25/01/2017 Prime Minister's Questions


25/01/2017

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Order, questions to the Prime Minister, Helen Jones!

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Number one, Sir.

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The Prime Minister.

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As the response from the whole House showed, we all do indeed

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all welcome the Speaker of the Burmese Parliament

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and his colleagues to see our deliberations today.

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I am also sure that the whole House will join me in sending our thoughts

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to the police officer who was shot in Belfast over the weekend,

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and to his friends and family.

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PSNI do a superb job in keeping us safe and secure,

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and they have our fullest support.

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Mr Speaker, this morning I had meetings with ministerial

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colleagues and others.

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In a addition to my duties in this House, I will further such

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meetings later today, and later this week I will travel

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to the United States for with President Trump.

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May I join the Prime Minister in sending good wishes to the

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police officer who was shot in Belfast.

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They are the best drivers on social mobility, 99% are rated

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good or outstanding, and 65% of their places

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are in the most deprived areas of this country.

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So why is the Prime Minister introducing cuts that

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threaten the very existence of maintained nursery schools?

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Is it not true that, when it comes to social mobility,

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her actions speak far louder than her words?

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I want to ensure, and this Government wants to ensure,

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that we see good quality education at every age and at every stage

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for children in this country.

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That is why we are looking at improving the number

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of good school places, but she talks about my record

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speaking louder than words.

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Can I just point out to the honourable lady

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that I was very proud, as chairman of an education

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authority in London in the 1990s, to introduce nursery school places

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for every three and four year old whose parents wanted one?

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The Prime Minister laid out a clear and bold plan for Brexit

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in her speech last week.

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Honourable...

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Honourable members...

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Honourable members, quite rightly, want an opportunity

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to scrutinise that plan.

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Does the Prime Minister agree that the best way of facilitating

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that scrutiny would be a Government White Paper,

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laying out our vision for a global Britain, based on free trade

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in goods and services, that will be to the benefit of us

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and other European countries?

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Well, my honourable friend raises the question

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of Parliamentary scrutiny.

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I have been clear, as have senior ministers, that we will ensure that

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Parliament has every opportunity to provide that scrutiny on this

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issue as we go through this process.

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But I recognise, I set out that bold plan for a global Britain last week,

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and I recognise there is an appetite in this House to see that plan set

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out in a White Paper.

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In response to my honourable friend's question, I can

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confirm to the House that our plan will be set

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out in a White Paper to be published to this House.

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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Mr Speaker, I join the Prime Minister in condolences,

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in expressing the condolences, I am sure, of the whole House

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to the family of the police officer who lost his life over the weekend

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in Northern Ireland.

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Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister has wasted 80 days between the time

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of the original judgment and the appeal, and is now

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finally admitting today, after pressure from all sides,

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that there is going to be a White Paper.

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Could we know when this white paper is going to be available to us?

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And why it has taken so long to get it?

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LAUGHTER

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Prime Minister!

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Can I say to the right honourable gentleman,

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he asked for debates, I was very clear there would always

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be debates in this House, and there will continue to be.

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He asked for votes, the House voted overwhelmingly

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for the Government to trigger Article 50 before the end

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of March this year.

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He asked for a plan, I set out, as my honourable friend

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for Croydon South said, a clear plan for a bold

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future for Britain.

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He and others asked for a White Paper, I have been clear there

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will be a White Paper.

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But I am also clear that the right honourable gentleman

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always asks about process, about the means to the end.

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I and this Government are focusing on the outcomes.

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We are focusing...

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We are focusing on a truly global Britain, building a stronger

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future for this country, the right deal for Britain and

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Britain out of the European Union.

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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Mr Speaker, my question wasn't complicated, it's just asked

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when the White Paper will come out!

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And will it be published before or at the same time

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as the bill that is apparently about to be published?

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Mr Speaker, last week, I asked the Prime Minister

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repeatedly to clarify whether her Government is prepared

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to pay to secure tariff-free access to the single European market.

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She repeatedly refused to answer the question,

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so I will ask her again.

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Is her Government ruling out paying a fee for tariff-free access

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to the single market, or the bespoke customs union

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that she outlined also in her speech?

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Can I first of all say to the right honourable gentleman,

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in his reference to the timing issue, these are two

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separate issues.

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The House has overwhelmingly voted that Article 50 should be triggered

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before the end of March 2017.

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Following the Supreme Court judgment a bill will be

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provided for this House, and there will be the proper

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debate in this chamber and the other place on that bill.

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There is then the separate question of publishing the plan

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that I have set out, a bold vision for

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Britain for the future.

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I will do that in a White Paper, and the right honourable gentleman

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knows that one of our objectives is the best possible

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free trade arrangement with the European Union,

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and that is what we will be out there negotiating for.

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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Some of this is very worrying to many people in this House,

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but more importantly, it is worrying to many others.

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For instance, the chief executive of Nissan was given assurances

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by her Business Secretary about future trade arrangements

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with Europe, but now says they will have to re-evaluate the situation

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about their investments in Britain.

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The Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, is threatening the EU that

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unless they give in to her demands, she will turn Britain into a bargain

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basement tax haven off the coast of Europe.

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We on this side of the House are very well aware

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of the consequences that would have, the damage it would do to jobs

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and living standards and our public services.

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Is she now going to rule out the bargain basement threat

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that was in her speech at Lancaster House?

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Prime Minister!

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I expect us to get a good deal for trading relationships

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with the European Union, but I am also clear that we will not

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sign up to a bad deal for the United Kingdom.

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And as to the threats that the right honourable gentleman claims

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about what might happen, and he often talks about this,

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he uses those phrases, talking about workers' rights,

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perhaps he should listen to his former colleague,

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the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has today said,

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"To give credit to the Government, I don't think they want to weaken

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"workers' rights," and he goes on to say, "I have seen no evidence

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"from the conversations I have had with senior members

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"of the Government that that is their aspiration

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"or their intention or something they want to do."

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As usual with Labour, the right hand is not

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talking to the far left!

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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The evidence of what the Tory party and this Government really thinks

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about workers' rights was there for all to see yesterday.

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A private member's bill under the ten minute rule bill

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by a Tory MP to tear up parts of the International Labour

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Organisation Convention, talking down my friend the member

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for Grimsby's bill to protect European workers' rights that have

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been attained in this country.

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That is the real agenda of the Tory party!

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Mr Speaker, what the Prime Minister is doing is petulantly aiming

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a threat at our public services with her threats

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about a bargain basement Britain.

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Is her priority our struggling NHS, those denied social care,

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children having their school funding cut, or is it once

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again further cuts in big business taxation to make the rich

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even better off?

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Prime Minister!

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I would simply remind the right honourable gentleman on the issue

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of workers' rights that I have been very clear that this Government

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will protect workers' rights, indeed we have a review of modern

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employment law to ensure that legislation is keeping up

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with the modern labour market.

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One of the objectives I set out in my plan for our negotiating

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objectives was to protect workers' rights.

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But he talks about threats to public services.

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I will tell him what the threat to public services would be,

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a Labour government borrowing 500 million extra pounds!

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That would destroy our economy and mean no funding

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for our public services.

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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The threat to workers' rights, Mr Speaker, is there every day.

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Six million earning less than the living wage.

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Many people, nearly a million, on zero hours contracts,

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with no protection offered by this Government.

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They are offering, once again, the bargain basement alternative.

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Will the Prime Minister, Mr Speaker, also take this opportunity today

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to congratulate the 100,000 people who marched in Britain last weekend

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to highlight women's rights after President Trump's inauguration,

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and express their concerns about his misogyny?

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Because many have concerns, Mr Speaker, that in her forthcoming

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meeting with President Trump, she will be prepared to offer up

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for sacrifice the opportunity for American

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companies to take over parts of our NHS or our public services.

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Will she assure the House that in any trade deal, none of those

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things will be offered up as a bargaining chip?

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Prime Minister!

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Again, I would point out to the honourable gentleman

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that it is this Government that introduced the national living wage.

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And that this Government has made changes to zero-hours contracts.

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But on the issue of my visit to the United States of America,

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on the issue of my visit, I am pleased that I am able to meet

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President Trump so early in his administration.

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That is a sign of the strength of the special relationship

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between the United Kingdom and the United States of America,

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a special relationship on which he and I intend to build.

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But can I also say to the Leader of the Opposition, I am not afraid

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to speak frankly to a President of the United States.

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I am able to do that because we have that special relationship.

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A special relationship that he would never have

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with the United States.

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Jeremy Corbyn!

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Mr Speaker, we would never allow Britain to be sold off on the cheap.

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How confident is she of getting a good deal for global Britain

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from a president who wants to put America first, buy American

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and build a wall between his country and Mexico?

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Mr Speaker, Article 50 wasn't about a court judgment

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against this Government, what is signified was the bad

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judgment of this Government, the bad judgment of prioritising

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corporate tax cuts over investment in national health and social care.

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The bad judgment of threatening European partners whilst offering

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a blank cheque to President Trump!

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The bad judgment of wanting to turn Britain into a

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bargain basement tax haven.

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So will she offer some clarity and some certainty and withdraw

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the threats to destroy the social structure of this country by turning

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us into the bargain basement she clearly threatens?

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We will be out around the world with the EU, America and other

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countries negotiating good trade deals for this country

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to bring prosperity.

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The right honourable gentleman wants to talk about Brexit.

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I have to say to him, he is the leader of the party,

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he can not agree with his Shadow Chancellor about Brexit.

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The Shadow Chancellor can't agree with the shadow Brexit secretary,

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the shadow Brexit secretary disagrees with the Shadow Home

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Secretary and the Shadow Home Secretary has to ring up the leader

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and tell him to change his mind.

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He talks about us standing up for Britain, they can't

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speak for themselves, they'll never speak for Britain.

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SHOUTING AND JEERS

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Thank you Mr Speaker.

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On the 27th December, another young woman lost her life

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driving through the West Country on the A303.

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In the past decade, more than 1,000 people have been killed

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or injured on that road.

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For 40 years, governments have promised to dual the lethal parts

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of the road where they become two and three and back again with no

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and back again with no central reservation.

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The queues on the road are also legendary.

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I know the Government is commited to an upgrade, but can

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the Prime Minister assure us that the proposed tunnel

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under Stonehenge will not hold up essential work elsewhere and we'll

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soon see cones on the road and spades in the ground?

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Well my honourable friend raises an important issue.

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He is absolutely right to do that.

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I can assure him we are working generally to improve

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the safety of our roads.

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He refers specifically to the issue of the A303 and the tragic incident

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that happened on the 27th of December.

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We've committed to creating a dual carriageway on the A303

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from the M3 to M5.

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I understand Highways England have launched a consultation

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into the route under Stonehenge and my honourable friend will want

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to look closely at that issue.

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This is all part of our ?2 billion investment in road improvements that

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will improve connections in the southwest but I can

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assure him that we have road safety at the forefront of our mind.

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I begin by wishing everybody a very happy Burns Day and of course

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extending congratulations to the Scotsman newspaper

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which is celebrating its bicentenary today.

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Yesterday, the Government lost in the Supreme Court, and today,

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we have a very welcome U-turn on a White Paper

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in regards to Brexit.

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So, in the spirit of progress for Parliament, in advance

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of meeting President Trump, will the Prime Minister tell

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Parliament what she wants to achieve in a UK-US trade deal?

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Can I join the right honourable gentleman in his good wishes

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for a happy Burns Day to everybody and also in recognising

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the bicentenary of the Scotsman.

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I'm sure everybody in the house would join me in that.

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What do we want to achieve in terms of our arrangements

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with the United States?

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It is very simple.

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We want to achieve an arrangement that ensures the interests

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of the United Kingdom are put first, and that is what I will be doing.

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And that we see a trade arrangement with the United States -

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as we will be looking for with other parts of the world -

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that can increase our trade, bring prosperity and growth

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to the UK, and my aim for this Government is to ensure

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that economy works for everybody in every part

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of the UK.

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The European Union, which we are still part of,

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has amongst the highest food safety standards anywhere in the world,

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and we are proud on our continent to have public

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national health systems.

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The United States, on the other hand, is keen to have health systems

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which are fully open to private competition.

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They want to export genetically modified organisms, beef raised

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with growth hormones and chicken meat washed with chlorinated water.

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Will the Prime Minister tell President Trump that she is not

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prepared to lower our food and safety standards, or to open

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health systems for privatisation, or does she believe that this

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is a price worth paying for a UK-US trade deal?

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We will be looking for a UK-US trade deal that improves trade

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between our two countries, that will bring prosperity

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and growth to this country, that will ensure we can bring jobs

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to this country as well.

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I can assure the right honourable gentleman that, in doing that,

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we will put UK interests and UK values first.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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Historic per capita spending in our regions,

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including Yorkshire, when compared to London is up to 40%

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lower for our local authorities, up to 50% lower for our schools

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and up to 60% lower for our transport prospects.

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Does the Prime Minister agree that if we want to build a country

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that works for everyone, we need a fair funding deal

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that works for everyone?

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I recognise the issues my honourable friend has raised.

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I can assure him our commitment in relation to the northern parts

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of England, including Yorkshire, is absolutely clear.

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We want to back business growth across the north.

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We are backing the Northern Powerhouse to help the great cities

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and towns of the North pool their strength

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and take on the world.

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Yorkshire LEPs have received an additional ?156 million

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in Government funding this week, and we are spending a record ?13

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billion on transport across North.

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As a result, there are more people in work in Yorkshire and the Humber

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than ever before, and the employment rate is at a record high.

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That's good news for people in the region and good news

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for the economy as a whole.

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The European Medicines Agency provides a single drug licencing

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system for 500 million people, and results in the UK having drugs

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licensed six to 12 months ahead of countries

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like Canada and Australia.

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Yesterday, the Health Secretary stated that the UK

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will not be in the EMA.

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Can the Prime Minister confirm this, and explain how she'll prevent

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delayed drug access for UK patients?

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Well, there are a number of organisations that we are part

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of as members of the European Union, and as part of the work

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that we are doing to look at the United Kingdom in the future

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when we have left the European Union, we look

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at the arrangements we can put in place to relation

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to those issues.

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-- in relation.

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We want to ensure that we continue to have, the pharmaceutical industry

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in this country is a very important part of our economy

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as is the ability of people to access these new drugs,

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I can assure the honourable lady that we are looking seriously

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at this and will ensure we have the arrangements we need.

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Too few British entrepreneurs are connecting with the capital

0:20:300:20:32

they need to start and grow.

0:20:320:20:35

As part of her industrial strategy, which will be looking

0:20:350:20:39

at access to capital, will the Prime Minister order a review

0:20:390:20:45

of the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise

0:20:450:20:48

Investment Scheme

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in the hope they can be simplified, helping to create the pools

0:20:490:20:51

of buccaneering capital that British industry needs?

0:20:510:20:56

My honourable friend raises an important issue, and he has long

0:20:560:20:59

been a champion of entrepreneurship in this country.

0:20:590:21:02

I can tell him that, in the industrial strategy,

0:21:020:21:06

we are committed to providing the best environment for business.

0:21:060:21:08

The Treasury has established a patient capital review, for example.

0:21:080:21:14

There is a panel that is looking at barriers that exist

0:21:140:21:17

to long-term investment.

0:21:170:21:19

and we are also increasing investment from venture

0:21:190:21:21

capital by the British Business Banks by ?400 million, and that

0:21:210:21:23

will unlock ?1 billion of new finance.

0:21:230:21:28

The Treasury will publish a consultation in the spring

0:21:280:21:32

looking at these issues and I'm sure my honourable friend will

0:21:320:21:35

wish to contribute.

0:21:350:21:45

Four and a half years ago, my constituents Chris and Lydia Leek

0:21:480:21:50

were on a family holiday on the Greek island of Zante

0:21:500:21:53

when their son Jamie was hit and killed by a speeding motor bike.

0:21:530:21:56

It was his ninth birthday.

0:21:560:21:58

The rider was convicted, but has appealed against his sentence

0:21:580:22:00

and to date remains a free man.

0:22:000:22:02

Will the Prime Minister agree to meet with Chris and Lydia

0:22:020:22:04

to discuss how they can finally secure justice for Jamie?

0:22:040:22:13

I say to the honourable lady I'm very happy to look at this case.

0:22:130:22:16

I mean, it is a tragic case she has described and our thoughts must be

0:22:160:22:20

with Chris and Lydia at the terrible loss that they have experienced.

0:22:200:22:25

To the issues of what is happening, in terms of the Greek

0:22:250:22:28

Criminal Justice System, of course, that is a matter

0:22:280:22:30

for the Greek authorities.

0:22:300:22:31

But we will, I will look seriously at this case and see

0:22:310:22:34

if there is anything that the Foreign Office can do

0:22:340:22:36

in relation to this.

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President Trump has repeatedly said that he will bring back torture

0:22:380:22:41

as an instrument of policy.

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When she sees him on Friday, will the Prime Minister make clear

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that in no circumstances will she permit Britain to be

0:22:480:22:51

dragged into facilitating that torture, as we were after

0:22:510:22:53

September 11th?

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I can assure my honourable friend that we have a very clear

0:22:580:23:01

position on torture.

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We do not sanction torture.

0:23:020:23:04

We do not get involved with that and that will continue

0:23:040:23:07

to be our position.

0:23:070:23:08

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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70% of my constituents voted Remain.

0:23:100:23:13

15% are citizens of other EU countries and almost all don't

0:23:130:23:17

trust her Government to negotiate a deal that secures the future

0:23:170:23:20

prosperity of London and the UK.

0:23:200:23:24

Will she give this House a veto on the deal she does,

0:23:240:23:27

or will she put that deal back to a referendum of

0:23:270:23:30

the British people?

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I say to the honourable gentleman...

0:23:330:23:36

people voted differently across the country.

0:23:360:23:39

There are parts of the country that voted to Remain and there are parts

0:23:390:23:42

of the country that voted to Leave.

0:23:420:23:44

What we now do is unite behind the result of

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the vote that took place.

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We come together as a country, we go out there, we make a success

0:23:480:23:51

of this and we ensure that we build that truly global Britain that

0:23:510:23:54

will bring jobs to his constituency and for his constituents.

0:23:540:23:58

Mr Speaker, this week, Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday.

0:23:580:24:04

We have been the most successful of new cities and have one

0:24:040:24:08

of the highest rates of economic growth.

0:24:080:24:12

Will the Prime Minister agree that Milton Keynes has a great future

0:24:120:24:15

and will be central to delivering this Government's ambitions?

0:24:150:24:20

Well, can I join my honourable friend in marking Milton Keynes'

0:24:200:24:22

50th birthday?

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And also I understand he has secured

0:24:300:24:32

a Westminster Hall debate later today on this subject.

0:24:320:24:35

I congratulate him on having done that.

0:24:350:24:37

I think Milton Keynes is a great example of what you can achieve

0:24:370:24:40

with a clear plan and with strong, local leadership.

0:24:400:24:43

We are providing, as he knows, additional funding

0:24:430:24:45

for the East-West rail project.

0:24:450:24:47

I know he supported that through chairing its APGG

0:24:470:24:57

The honourable gentleman has raised an issue,

0:25:360:25:37

which is a different gauge on the railways

0:25:370:25:39

here and on the continent -

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which has been, obviously, an issue for some considerable time.

0:25:400:25:48

We want to encourage freight on rails.

0:25:480:25:50

We have been encouraging freight on rail and we'll continue to do so.

0:25:500:25:54

Thank you, very much, Mr Speaker.

0:25:540:25:56

The Ministry of Cake in my constituency of

0:25:560:25:58

Taunton Deane, a ?30 million

0:25:580:26:01

turnover company has recently been bought by a French company called

0:26:010:26:04

Mademoiselle Desserts.

0:26:040:26:10

They trade across Europe, Ministry of Cake, and into China.

0:26:100:26:12

Does this not demonstrate, Prime Minister, and would you agree

0:26:120:26:15

with me that it demonstrates the confidence in our economy

0:26:150:26:17

in that a European company has bought in?

0:26:170:26:19

It demonstrates that we can unlock global trade and it demonstrates

0:26:190:26:28

that the South West is a terrific place to do business?

0:26:280:26:34

I absolutely agree with my honourable friend.

0:26:340:26:38

I think the investment that she has referred to of a French company

0:26:380:26:43

into a company in her constituency shows the confidence that people

0:26:430:26:47

have in our economy for the future.

0:26:480:26:57

It shows the fundamental strengths of our economy.

0:26:580:27:00

And it also shows that we can unlock global trade and, of course,

0:27:000:27:03

the south-west is a very good place to do business.

0:27:030:27:05

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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Robert Burns once wrote, "Whatever damages society

0:27:120:27:13

or any least part of it, that is my measure of iniquity.

0:27:130:27:16

Would the Prime Minister agree that that this description applies

0:27:160:27:19

perfectly to the detention fast track system recently found

0:27:190:27:21

to be illegal by British courts under which 10,000 asylum seekers

0:27:210:27:23

were denied a fair trial and some of whom where

0:27:230:27:26

probably unlegally deported to death and torture?

0:27:260:27:27

I say to the honourable gentleman the issue of the detained fast track

0:27:270:27:31

system in the asylum system is one that I looked

0:27:310:27:33

at when I was Home Secretary

0:27:330:27:36

and we did make a number of changes on how we operate it

0:27:360:27:39

but it was built on a strong principle - which is if there

0:27:390:27:42

is somebody whose case for asylum is such that they are almost certain

0:27:420:27:46

to be refused that asylum, then we want to be ensure they can

0:27:460:27:51

be removed from the country as quickly as possible,

0:27:510:27:53

hence the detained fast track.

0:27:530:27:59

I would like to ask my friend, the Prime Minister, if she would

0:27:590:28:04

assist in trying to get an enterprise zone in my

0:28:040:28:06

constituency as part of the industrial strategy.

0:28:060:28:08

It turns out that the Labour Council and Labour county council,

0:28:080:28:12

who were talking about an enterprise zone-esque project in the area,

0:28:120:28:16

have not applied for any funding whatsoever.

0:28:160:28:20

Would my right honourable friend please assist me in this endeavour?

0:28:200:28:24

Well, can I say to my honourable friend, I know what a champion

0:28:240:28:28

for his constituency it is.

0:28:280:28:30

And I'm sure that the Chancellor and the Business Secretary will look

0:28:300:28:33

at the issue that he has raised.

0:28:330:28:38

I also say how sad it is that Labour councils are not willing to put

0:28:380:28:44

forward proposals to increase the prosperity and economic

0:28:440:28:46

growth in their area.

0:28:460:28:47

Order.

0:28:470:28:48

Closed question.

0:28:480:28:49

Mr Patrick Grady.

0:28:490:28:50

Thank you.

0:28:500:28:53

Question 11.

0:28:530:28:54

I will meet the First Minister and leaders of the devolved

0:28:540:28:57

administrations at the joint ministerial committee on Monday,

0:28:570:28:59

but, of course, we regularly engage with the Scottish Government

0:28:590:29:01

on a number of issues.

0:29:010:29:03

When she does eventually meet with the First Minister, will she confirm

0:29:030:29:07

whether she supports the principle of the Scotland Act that whatever

0:29:070:29:12

is not reserved is devolved, and will she be able to tell

0:29:120:29:15

what powers will come to the Scottish Parliament

0:29:150:29:17

in the event of Brexit?

0:29:170:29:18

Can she confirm that the Great Repeal Bill will not be

0:29:180:29:21

the great power grab?

0:29:210:29:22

I have been very clear, echoed yesterday by the Secretary

0:29:220:29:24

of State for Exiting the European Union, that no powers

0:29:240:29:27

that no powers that are currently devolved will be taken back

0:29:270:29:32

to the UK Government.

0:29:320:29:38

What we will be looking at, and what we will be discussing

0:29:380:29:41

with the devolved administrations, is how we deal with those powers

0:29:410:29:43

which are currently in Brussels when they come back

0:29:430:29:45

to the United Kingdom, and what we want to ensure,

0:29:450:29:48

we want to ensure - that those powers are dealt

0:29:480:29:52

with so that we can maintain

0:29:520:29:53

the important single market of the United Kingdom.

0:29:530:29:55

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

0:29:550:29:59

It is currently an offence to assault a police officer,

0:29:590:30:01

an immigration officer or a prison officer,

0:30:010:30:04

but it is not a specific offence to assault an NHS worker,

0:30:040:30:09

whether a doctor, nurse or paramedic.

0:30:090:30:13

Does the Prime Minister agree with me that we should consider

0:30:130:30:15

extending a specific offence to these people to make it

0:30:150:30:18

absolutely clear that the public will not tolerate violence

0:30:180:30:21

towards our hard-working members of the NHS?

0:30:210:30:26

My honourable friend raises an important point,

0:30:260:30:29

of course we condemn assaults on anybody and any

0:30:290:30:31

violence that takes place,

0:30:310:30:33

but the Secretary of State for Health has heard

0:30:330:30:36

the case that he has put

0:30:360:30:40

and will be happy to look at the issue he has raised.

0:30:400:30:43

When she intrduces a UK agricultural policy,

0:30:430:30:49

because we're out of the Common Agricultural Policy,

0:30:490:30:51

will the Duke of Westminster still received ?407,000 year,

0:30:510:30:53

will the Duke of Northumberland still receive ?475,000 a year,

0:30:530:30:55

and will the Earl of Iver still receive ?915,000 a year

0:30:550:30:58

from the British taxpayer?

0:30:580:31:01

The honourable gentleman seems to know a lot about these ducal

0:31:010:31:04

matters, most interesting.

0:31:040:31:06

I will be fascinated by the reply.

0:31:060:31:08

Let's hear it!

0:31:080:31:09

Prime Minister.

0:31:090:31:12

One of the tasks that we will have, and the honourable gentleman

0:31:120:31:15

is right, when we leave the European Union, is to decide

0:31:150:31:18

what support is provided to agriculture as a result

0:31:180:31:20

of being outside of the Common Agricultural Policy.

0:31:200:31:24

I can assure him that we are taking the interest of all parts

0:31:240:31:28

of the UK into account

0:31:280:31:31

when we look into that system and what it should be in the future.

0:31:310:31:34

Ah, yes, Hampshire knight, I think!

0:31:340:31:36

Sir Gerald Howarth.

0:31:360:31:39

Last weekend, the Secretary of State for Defence made a very

0:31:390:31:42

welcome visit to Ukraine, where he said that freedom

0:31:420:31:45

and democracy are not tradable commodities.

0:31:450:31:47

As we mark the 25th anniversary of relations between our two

0:31:470:31:57

Parliaments, could I invite my right honourable friend to declare

0:31:570:31:59

the continued support of the UK for the maintenance

0:31:590:32:01

of an independent sovereign state in Ukraine, which has been subjected

0:32:010:32:04

to the most outrageous annexation of part of its providence by Russia?

0:32:040:32:07

I am very happy to join my honourable friend

0:32:070:32:09

in confirming our commitment to the independent

0:32:090:32:14

sovereign state of the Ukraine.

0:32:140:32:15

The Foreign Secretary has been doing a lot of work with other

0:32:150:32:20

Foreign Ministers on this particular issue, we do provide significant

0:32:200:32:22

support to Ukraine, and I hope soon to be up to meet

0:32:220:32:25

President Poroshenko

0:32:250:32:28

and talk about the support we provide.

0:32:280:32:30

Pat McFadden.

0:32:300:32:31

Last week, the Prime Minister said that Parliament would get a vote

0:32:310:32:34

on the final deal between the UK and the European Union.

0:32:340:32:37

Could she set out for the house what would happen

0:32:370:32:40

if Parliament said no to the terms of that deal?

0:32:400:32:43

Would she, in those circumstances, negotiate an alternative deal,

0:32:430:32:46

or would her no deal option be

0:32:460:32:50

falling back on WTO rules, which means 10% tariffs on cars,

0:32:500:32:54

20% on food and trick, and a host of other barriers

0:32:540:32:59

to trade, investment and prosperity in the UK?

0:32:590:33:09

Prime Minister.

0:33:090:33:10

As I also said in my speech, I expect we will be able to negotiate

0:33:100:33:13

a good deal in terms of trade with the European Union, because it

0:33:130:33:16

would be in our interests and those of the European Union as well.

0:33:160:33:19

There will be a vote on the deal for this Parliament, but then,

0:33:190:33:23

if this Parliament is not willing to accept a deal that has

0:33:230:33:32

been decided and agreed by the United Kingdom Government

0:33:320:33:34

with the European Union, I have said that if there is no deal,

0:33:340:33:37

we will have to fall back on other arrangements.

0:33:370:33:41

Mr Speaker, a great pleasure to welcome my honourable friend

0:33:410:33:43

the Prime Minister and her Cabinet to Sci-Tech Daresbury

0:33:430:33:45

earlier this week,

0:33:450:33:48

and I welcome the Government's industrial strategy to bring high

0:33:480:33:52

skill, high wage jobs to help close the North-South divide,

0:33:520:33:54

and the message is that Britain is open for business.

0:33:540:33:59

I thank my honourable friend and I and the whole Cabinet

0:33:590:34:02

were very pleased to be able to visit Daresbury,

0:34:020:34:04

pleased to be able to sit down and meet with small businesses

0:34:040:34:07

on that particular site to hear the support they have

0:34:070:34:11

for what the Government is doing in the industrial strategy.

0:34:110:34:13

Britain is open for business, we will be trading around the world,

0:34:130:34:18

a global leader in free trade - bringing jobs, economic growth

0:34:180:34:22

and prosperity to every part of this country.

0:34:220:34:27

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

0:34:270:34:33

We are now aware of the hundreds of thousands of women who marched

0:34:330:34:36

in behalf of women's rights last weekend.

0:34:360:34:38

In this House, we have been lobbied by members of the Women

0:34:380:34:41

Against State Pension Inequality, and many MPs have lodged petitions

0:34:410:34:43

asking the Government to act.

0:34:430:34:44

Can the Prime Minister tell us how many MPs have lodged such petitions?

0:34:440:34:51

I have to say to the honourable gentleman that I think the number

0:34:510:34:55

of petitions presented in this Parliament is a matter

0:34:550:34:58

for the House authorities, but what he also knows

0:34:580:35:00

is the Government has already taken

0:35:000:35:02

action, in relation to the issue of women's pensions, to reduce

0:35:020:35:04

the changes that will be experienced by women and putting

0:35:040:35:07

extra money into that.

0:35:070:35:11

Following her excellent EU speech last week,

0:35:110:35:14

will the Prime Minister consider unilaterally guaranteeing the rights

0:35:140:35:17

of EU citizens living and working in the UK?

0:35:170:35:22

This isn't just the decent thing to do but, by taking

0:35:220:35:24

the moral high ground, it will be a source of strength

0:35:240:35:28

going forward in the negotiations, and we can always return

0:35:280:35:30

to the issue of non-reciprocation by the EU if necessary later

0:35:300:35:34

in those negotiations.

0:35:340:35:37

I recognise the concern that my honourable friend has raised

0:35:370:35:39

in relation to this issue, but my position remains the same

0:35:390:35:42

as it always has been.

0:35:420:35:44

I expect and intend, and want to be able to guarantee the rights

0:35:440:35:47

of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom,

0:35:470:35:49

but as the British Prime Minister it is only right that I should give

0:35:490:35:52

consideration to the rights of UK citizens living elsewhere

0:35:520:35:58

in what will be the remaining 27

0:35:580:36:00

member states of the EU, and that's why I wanted that

0:36:000:36:03

reciprocal arrangement.

0:36:030:36:05

As I said in my speech last week, I remain open to this being an issue

0:36:050:36:08

we negotiate at a very early stage.

0:36:080:36:11

A good number of other states want that, some don't,

0:36:110:36:15

but I'm hoping we will be

0:36:150:36:20

able to do it at an early stage.

0:36:200:36:23

Dr Lisa Cameron.

0:36:230:36:24

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

0:36:240:36:27

As chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for disability,

0:36:270:36:29

we recently compiled an important report into the Government's pledge

0:36:290:36:31

to halve the employment gap.

0:36:310:36:34

Research shows this pledge will not be met for 50 years.

0:36:340:36:38

To date, no minister has met with the APPG

0:36:380:36:41

to discuss the report.

0:36:410:36:42

Will the Prime Minister place people with disability at the heart

0:36:420:36:45

of policy and ensure that her ministers engage

0:36:450:36:48

with the APPG and its recommendations?

0:36:480:36:56

The honourable lady raises an important issue about disabled

0:36:560:36:58

people in the workplace.

0:36:580:37:05

It is one we are aware of, and as we see the number of people in...

0:37:050:37:09

unemployment going down, and it does change the

0:37:090:37:11

ratios to an extent but the Secretary of State is looking

0:37:110:37:14

very seriously at how we can ensure that we are seeing more disabled

0:37:140:37:17

people in the workplace, and I am sure he will have seen that

0:37:170:37:21

request she has made.

0:37:210:37:24

Can I welcome the Prime Minister meeting with the president

0:37:240:37:29

of Turkey on Saturday, when we can show our solidarity

0:37:290:37:31

in the fight against terrorism, we can deepen our trading relationship,

0:37:310:37:35

and can the Prime Minister also seek support for a united and independent

0:37:350:37:40

Cyprus, free from Turkish troops?

0:37:400:37:43

I thank my honourable friend for raising the important issues

0:37:430:37:46

that I will be discussing with President Erdogan,

0:37:460:37:48

and with the Prime Minister of Turkey when I meet

0:37:480:37:51

them on Saturday.

0:37:510:37:52

He raises the issue of Cyprus.

0:37:520:37:54

I am hopeful that the talks will be able to continue

0:37:540:37:57

to come to a solution.

0:37:570:38:00

I think we're closer to a solution than we have been before.

0:38:000:38:02

I have already spoken to the Prime Minister

0:38:020:38:06

and President Erdogan about the need to ensure that we are creative

0:38:060:38:09

in thinking and finding a solution for this,

0:38:090:38:11

and I had a further telephone call with Nicos

0:38:110:38:14

Anastasiades over the weekend about this very issue.

0:38:140:38:17

We stand ready, as a guarantor, to play our part in making sure

0:38:170:38:21

we can see a successful conclusion of these talks, and see

0:38:210:38:24

that reunification of Cyprus, which people have been working

0:38:240:38:27

for, for some time.

0:38:270:38:29

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

0:38:290:38:33

I join the Prime Minister in wishing a speedy recovery

0:38:330:38:36

to the police officer who was shot and injured in my constituency

0:38:360:38:40

in North Belfast on Sunday night.

0:38:400:38:42

Thankfully, he was not killed, but that was not the intention

0:38:420:38:46

of the terrorists, of course.

0:38:460:38:48

It is very clear, Mr Speaker, that the political instability

0:38:480:38:51

brought about by Sinn Fein's collapse of the Assembly

0:38:510:38:54

is in no-one's interest, and it is also clear

0:38:540:38:57

that their intention is to try to rewrite the past.

0:38:570:39:01

Will she make it very clear that the legal persecution of police

0:39:010:39:05

officers and soldiers who did so much to bring peace

0:39:050:39:09

to Northern Ireland will not be allowed to continue?

0:39:090:39:13

I say to the right honourable gentleman that, as he indicates,

0:39:130:39:15

the political stability in Northern Ireland has been hard

0:39:150:39:19

earned over some considerable time, and none of us want to see

0:39:190:39:22

that thrown away.

0:39:220:39:24

He raises the issue of the current situation, where there are a number

0:39:240:39:27

of investigations by the PSNI into former soldiers

0:39:270:39:30

and their activities in Northern Ireland,

0:39:300:39:33

and I think it's right that we recognise that the majority

0:39:330:39:37

of people who lost their lives did so as a result of terrorist

0:39:370:39:40

activity, and it is important that the terrorist activity

0:39:400:39:42

is looked into.

0:39:420:39:44

That's why one of the issues that my right honourable friend,

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the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is looking

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at is this legacy question and how that can take place in future.

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Social care provided by Labour-led Derbyshire County Council in my area

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is failing miserably.

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Serious errors in process have led to, quite frankly,

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shameful consequences for some of my most vulnerable constituents.

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It is clearly not about funding, as they sit on reserves

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of about ?233 million.

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Will my right honourable friend instigate an urgent review of social

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care practice at the county council, because the people of

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Derbyshire deserve better?

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Prime Minister.

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My honourable friend has made an important point

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in relation to this issue, which is that successive social care

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is not wholly about funding, but the practice on the ground,

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and that is why we are very clear that it is important to see that

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integration between social and health care at a local level,

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and local authorities should be playing their part

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in delivering that.

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And this is an issue that we need to see addressed

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for the longer term as well.

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Frankly, it has been ducked by governments for too

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long in this country, and that's why this Government is determined

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to bring forward a sustainable programme in the future.

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Ed Miliband.

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CHEERING

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It brings...

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The right honourable gentleman never knew he was quite that popular!

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Ed Miliband!

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I was going to say, Mr Speaker, it brings back memories, actually!

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Can I say to the Prime Minister, as the first foreign leader

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to meet President Trump, she carries a huge responsibility

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on behalf not just of this country but the whole international

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community in the tone that she sets?

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Can I ask her to reassure us that she will say to the President

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that he must abide by and not withdraw from the Paris

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Climate Change treaty, and in case it is helpful,

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can she offer the services of UK scientists to convince the President

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that climate change is not a hoax invented by the Chinese?

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Prime Minister!

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Well, I recognise the role the right honourable gentleman has played

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in looking at this issue of climate change, and I hope he recognises

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the commitment this Government has shown to this

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issue of climate change

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with the legislation we have put through,

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and the changes that we have brought about in terms of the energy

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sector and uses of different forms of energy.

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The Obama administration obviously signed up to the Paris

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Climate Change agreement, we have now done that,

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I would hope that all parties would continue to ensure

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that the climate change agreement is put into practice.

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