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legacy bodies and will continue to make representations to the Irish

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government over a range of issues and I note that point he raced with

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me this morning. Questions to the Prime Minister? Mr Peter Heaton

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Jones. Question number one Mr Speaker... Thank you Mr Speaker. I

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am sure that the whole house would join me in offering our condolences

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to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and were

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injured in the gun attack in Qu bec city on Sunday. And in paying

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tribute to our former colleague. He was an outstanding

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parliamentarian, I'm sure that our thoughts are with his friends and

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family. I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others,

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and I shall have further such meetings later today. Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. I associate myself with the tribute paid to the victims in

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Canada and to the family of Tam Dalyell. Mr Speaker, North Devon is

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quite rightly concerned that the current review of health services

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across the county may result in the loss of some acute services at our

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hospital in Barnstable. For some residents, the nearest alternative

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could be three hours away. Will my honourable friend assure me that she

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will listen carefully to those concerns, because I want to be able

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to say to North Devon that we are the party of the LHS? -- the NHS.

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I thank my honourable friend for his question. I can reassure him that

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this Government is absolutely committed to ensuring the best

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possible health care for patients right across the country. I

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recognise that there are concerns that have been expressed locally

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about the North Devon District Hospital. I'd understand that there

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are no specific proposals at the moment, but I know that the input of

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local communities will remain crucial Robin Briars says. And I can

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assure him that of course it is this party in Government that is putting

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in the extra funding into the NHS and showing how we evaluate. Jeremy

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Corbyn. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I joined the Prime Minister in

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offering condolences to all those who died in the horrific attack,

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fuelled by hate, in Qu bec. We should send our solidarity to

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everybody in Canada in this sad occasion. I also associate myself to

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the tribute for the former member for West Lothian, can DL. Former

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father of the House, he probably thought to expose official

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wrongdoing and cover-ups from the miners strike to a ruck. I'm sure

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that the Prime Minister would agree with me that his scrutiny and

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contributions made this House a better place. And can I recommend to

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all members his autobiography, The Importance Of Being Awkward.

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LAUGHTER And I'm quite happy, Mr Speaker, to

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offer my copy to the Secretary of State for Brexit to have a good read

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of it. I'm sure he's probably already read it. Mr Speaker, at last

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week's Prime Minister is questions, the Prime Minister told the House,

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I'm not afraid to speak frankly to the president of the United States.

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What happened? Well, first of all, can I say to the right honourable

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gentleman that I wasn't aware of the book that he referred to, but I

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suspect, given the number of resignations he's had from his front

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bench, that some of his colleagues have indeed read that book! I'm

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happy to say to the right honourable gentleman that when I visited the

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United States, I'm pleased to say that I was able to build on the

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relationship that we have with our most important ally. And to get some

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very significant commitments from President Trump. And crucial among

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those was a 100% commitment to Nato. Nato, which keeps us safe and Europe

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safe too. Mr Speaker, Downing Street has not denied that the Prime

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Minister was told by the White House that the executive order on travel

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to the US was imminent. So let's be clear, was the Prime Minister told

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about the ban during her visit, and did she tried to persuade President

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Trump otherwise? First of all, on the policy that President Trump has

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introduced, this Government is clear that that policy is wrong. We

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wouldn't do it. In six years as Home Secretary, I never introduced such a

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policy. We believe it is divisive and wrong. If he's asking me whether

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I had advanced notice of the ban on refugees, the answer is no. If he's

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asking me if I had advanced notice that the executive order could

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affect British citizens, the answer is no. If he's asking if I had

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advanced notice of the travel restrictions, the answer is, we all

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did, because President Trump said he was going to do this in his election

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campaign. The question, the question is how you respond. The job of

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Government, the job of Government is not to chase the headlines. The job

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of Government... The job of Government is not a trait to the

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streets in protest. The job of Government is to protect the

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interests of British citizens, and that's exactly what we did -- not to

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take to the streets. Mr Speaker, on the day after the executive order

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was made to ban refugees and visitors from seven predominantly

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Muslim countries, why did she three times refused to condemn the ban

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then? I've made very clear, very clear, that we believe this policy

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is divisive and wrong. It's not a policy that we would introduce. I've

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also made very clear when asked about this that this Government has

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a very different approach to these issues. On refugees, this Government

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has a proud record of the support that we have given to refugees, and

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long may it continue. Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister said the United

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States is responsible for United States policy on refugees. But

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surely it is the responsibility of all of us to defend the 1951 refugee

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Convention, which commits this country, the United States, and 142

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other states to accept refugees without regard to their race,

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religion or country of origin. President Trump has breached that

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convention. Why didn't she speak out? First of all, I've made

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absolutely clear what the Goverment's view on this policy is.

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Secondly, as I've just said, this Government has a proud record, and

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this country has a proud record, of how it welcomes refugees. We have

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over the last recent years, we've introduced the very particular

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scheme to ensure that particularly vulnerable refugees in Syria can be

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brought to this country, and something like 10,000 Syrian

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refugees have come to this country since the conflict began. We are

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also the second biggest bilateral donor, helping and supporting

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refugees in the region. That is what we are doing. I have said that the

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policy is wrong. We will take a different view on we will continue

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to welcome refugees of this country. Mr Speaker, I also wrote to the

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Prime Minister on this issue, and I received a reply this morning. I

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hold in my hand her piece of paper. She makes no mention of the refugee

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Convention, nor condemns the US actions in this respect. Mr Speaker,

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last week I also asked the Prime Minister to assure the House that

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any United States trade deal, she would not offer up our National

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Health Service as a bargaining chip. She gave no answer when asked in the

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US she also refused to rule it out, so let's might ask her a third time,

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will she will out opening up our National Health Service to Private

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US health care companies? Yes or no? Mr Speaker, I could give a detailed

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answer to the right honourable gentleman's question, but I think a

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simple and straightforward reply is what is required. The NHS is not for

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sale, and it never will be. I hope, Mr Speaker, that includes not having

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US health care companies coming in to run any part of our National

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Health Service. Mr Speaker, President Trump has torn up

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international agreements on refugees. He has threatened to dump

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international agreements on climate change. He has praised the use of

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torture. He has incited hatred against Muslims, he is directly

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attacked women's rights. Just what more does the President Trump have

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to do before the Prime Minister will listen to the 1.8 million people who

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have already called for his state visit invitation to be withdrawn

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the right honourable gentleman's foreign policy is to object to and

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insult the democratically elected head of state of our most important

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ally. Let's just see what he would have achieved in the last week.

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Would he have been able to protect richest citizens from the impact of

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the executive order? No. -- British citizens. Would he have been able to

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lay the foundations of a trade deal? No. Would he have got a 100%

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commitment to Nato? No. That's what Labour has two of this country. Less

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protection for British citizens, less prosperous, let's save -- what

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Labour has to offer. -- less safe. He can lead a protest, I'm leading a

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country. Order, order. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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Today, it is inconceivable that somebody would be prosecuted because

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of who and what they are. Would my right honourable friend drawing me

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and welcoming the posthumous pardon of some 49,000 men thanks to the

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Goverment's Bill that was enacted yesterday, and encourage those who

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are still alive to come forward so that there are injustices can be

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overturned. I'm very happy to join my honourable friend in welcoming

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what I believe is an extremely important change to the law. We made

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a manifesto commitment to it and we have now delivered on it. Passing

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this law has been a long-standing commitment for the Government. It is

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momentous, it does take action to right the wrongs of the past, and

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like my right honourable friend, I would certainly encourage those

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still alive to applied the Home Office to have their references

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disregarded. We on these benches associate ourselves with all the

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comments thus far on the tragic deaths in Qu bec and on the passing

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of time DL. The respect for him was held across the political parties.

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He served with great distinction for more than 40 years. The Prime

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Minister had a very successful international visit in this last

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week. To Ireland. And there she spoke publicly about her commitment,

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it's very important I think, the commitment not to have a hard border

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on these islands. That there should continue to be free movement of

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peoples on these islands, and trade should be protected and enhanced.

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Given that people will be watching this not just in Britain but also in

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Ireland, would she take the opportunity to explain how she will

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deliver these sensible and important outcomes? These are absolutely the

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outcomes that we want to see. I was very pleased to meet with the

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Taoiseach and discuss with him the joint intent that of his government

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and mine have two ensure that we don't see a return to the borders of

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the past in Northern Ireland. And to say that of course we focus on the

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land border that is between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,

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of course the issue of movements from Ireland does in effect other

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places as well, such as port in Wales. It is an important issue for

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us, and we have agreed the work we are going to do together to deliver

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what I believe will be as frictionless as possible a border,

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and also one of the objectives that I set out in my plan for our

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negotiating objectives is to retain the Common travel area.

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We welcome what the Prime Minister has had to say on these issues and

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we welcome the intensifying of negotiations between the UK

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government and the devolved administrations ahead of triggering

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Article 50. So the Prime Minister is very helpfully explained that it is

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perfectly possible for parts of these islands to be in the single

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market, without Borders, with free movement of people and at the same

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time protect and enhance trade with one another. This is very, very

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welcome, Mr Speaker. Will the Prime Minister give a commitment to work

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with the Irish government and a commitment to work with the Scottish

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government to deliver all of these things? Or will we just have to get

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on with it ourselves? First of all, the Right Honourable gentleman is

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right, that following the meeting of the plenary session on Monday

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morning we did agree to an intensification of discussion on

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issues related to the bringing back of powers from Brussels, and as to

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where those powers should lie within the United Kingdom, and to intensify

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that in the run-up to the triggering of Article 50 and beyond. On the

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other question, I'm afraid he really should listen to the answer that are

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given because he's trying to imply something that isn't there. Yes. We

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are very clear that we want to see a frictionless border between Northern

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Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I'm also clear that one of the

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objectives of our negotiation is to see us frictionless a border as

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possible between the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

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If he is so worried about having a frictionless border between Scotland

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and the European Union, he shouldn't want to see Scotland independent and

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take it out of the European Union. Order! We shouldn't have to allow

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for the reaction to every answer from the SMB benches before we

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proceed to the next question. Mrs Maria Miller. -- SNP. EU nationals

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provide a vital and expert service in my hospital in Basingstoke. Along

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with thousands of others they face an uncertain future. I know this is

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something the Prime Minister wants to give priority to in sorting out,

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will we be hearing more about it in the forthcoming White Paper? My

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right honourable friend makes an important point. I would like to

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confirm my intention and expectation that we will be able to offer that

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reassurance. I do also want to see reassurance offered to UK nationals

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in the EU. I will be working to ensure this is an issue we can deal

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with at an early stage in the negotiations. It was one of the

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objectives I set out in the plan. It will be referenced in the White

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Paper. I can inform my right honourable friend and the House that

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that White Paper will be published tomorrow.

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Prime Minister, your responses today have been deeply unsatisfactory. The

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president of the United States had -- has advocated torture, misogyny,

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racial discrimination, sexual assault, isolationism. The leaders

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of Canada and Germany responded robustly but your response was to

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jump on a plane as soon as possible to hold his hand. Mr Speaker,

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doesn't this country deserve our leader willing to stand up for

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British values? Order! I have issued no response and

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the honourable gentleman not only shouldn't breach Parliamentary

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protocol, but he shouldn't tempt me. The Prime Minister. I will tell you

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what standing up for British values is. I had this government introduced

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the first modern slavery act in this country. I have ensured that stop

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and search is reduced because I don't believe that anybody on the

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streets of this country should be stopped and searched because of the

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colour of their skin. And I ensured justice for the families of

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Hillsborough. Despite the fact most of the country -- countries covered

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by the Trump ban have total exclusion of Israeli visitors,

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shouldn't the protestors be calling for that banned to be lifted? I

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thank my right honourable friend for pointing this out. It is absolutely

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right that this House should be aware of the discrimination and the

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band that exists around the world, particularly for those who are is

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really sad isn't -- citizens. We don't agree with that approach. And

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it is not an approach we shall be taking. I wait for the day when the

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right honourable gentleman opposite stance up and condemns it, too. Mr

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Speaker, a constituent of mine suffered a bleed on the brain in

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2012. She has struggled to work since but was due to disk -- to

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retire in December. Due to changes to state pension retirement age, she

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will not retire until 2022. This has short-changed 2.2 million women and

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brought shame to this government. Will the Prime Minister look again

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and support Diana and the millions of women who deserve fairness in

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retirement? The issue of those who are known...

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To refer the honourable gentleman to the fact we did commit over ?1

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billion to lessen the impact on those affected, so no one will see

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their pension age changed by more than 18 months. But we do have to be

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realistic and looking at pension ages, but the fact that people are

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living longer. If we want a sustainable pension system, we need

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to equalise the state pension age faster and bring forward the rise. I

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welcome the ?450 million announced in the Autumn Statement to fund a

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trial for the pilot of the digital railway. Given the new fleet of

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trains on the border and the economic growth opportunity that

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exists for our region, does the Prime Minister agree that the main

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line represents the most compelling case for that pilot? My honourable

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friend is right about what he says about transport links. I understand

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digital signalling could increase capacity by up to 40%. Hence the

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investment he refers to. I know that the Department for Transport is

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looking currently at where those trials should take place. But we

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certainly recognise that the great Eastern and mainline is one of the

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areas that could benefit. A few moments ago the Prime Minister tried

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to claim credit for passing Stonewall's Alan Turing bill. She

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didn't. The bill pardons all gay men found guilty of crimes no longer on

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the statute book. So when will the Prime Minister follow the Scottish

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government and pardon automatically the living as well as the dead? When

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I was home Secretary the legislation was introduced that gives the

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opportunity for those who are alive to apply to the Home Office to have

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those events is no longer on the statute book expunged from their

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record. The honourable gentleman says they are not doing it. My

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honourable friend and I have both, in this chamber today, encouraged

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people to come forward and make that application. That is a message we

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should all give. At the White House my right honourable friend gain some

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assurances from President Trump about his commitment to Nato, an

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achievement welcomed by the governments the Czech Republic,

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Latvia and Lithuania. Does my right honourable friend agree with me that

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the way to engage with President Trump and win such agreements is by

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not insulting our close ally, but by bringing him close, and not doing as

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the leader of the is it and demands, that we reject our closest ally?

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Would this not leave Britain and our European partners less safe and less

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secure? My honourable friend is absolutely right in the points he

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makes. We should never forget that America is our most important ally.

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It is a long-standing relationship. American men and women served

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alongside and died alongside UK men and women in two world Wars to

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protect our security and the security of Europe. If we were not

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able to have that relationship and see that commitment to Nato

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particularly, we would see this country and Europe less safe.

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Many were surprised that immediately after those cosy images with Donald

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Trump, the Prime Minister chose to meet with the Turkish president, who

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has been running an increasingly repressive regime since last summer.

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Could the Prime Minister confirm whether she raised any human rights

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concerns with President Cardigan? Will it be the policy of post-Brexit

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Britain to put arms deals before human rights abuses? First of all, I

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think the honourable lady should recognise that Turkey is an

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important country in relation to both our security and the issue of

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migration into Turkey and potentially into Europe. Turkey has,

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and continues to host, 3 million refugees from Syria. I commended the

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Turkish government on the welcome they have given those refugees. And

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yes, I did raise and I suggest to the honourable lady she should just

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have looked at the press conference I gave after my discussions with

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President erred again, in which I made it clear that we had condemned

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the coup but we also expected the Turkish government to support its

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democratic institutions, to support international human rights and the

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rule of law. I wholeheartedly congratulate my right honourable

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friend in securing 100% for Nato from the US administration.

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Cucchietti climb what she is to persuade our other allies the

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importance of press -- their obligations? Can I thank my

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honourable friend for the work he does on the Nato Parliamentary

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assembly. I know he is fully engaged with that. There are commitments

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that have been made. At the Nato Summit in 2014 Oliver Nato allies

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committed to spending 2% on defence within a decade. We have seen

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progress but I agree with President Trump that many allies need to go

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further. I can assure my honourable friend that I and other ministers

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across government raise our -- the issue regularly.

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Last week's London air pollution was worse than that of Beijing. So will

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the Prime Minister assure me and my constituents in Osterley, Brentford

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and Chiswick, that the hugely expensive proposal to double the

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capacity of the M4 as it arrives in London will be shelled forthwith? --

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shelved. The issue of air quality is one this government takes seriously.

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Quite a lot of work has been done since 2011. Over ?2 billion has been

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committed to enable, for example, bus operators to upgrade their

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fleets. But we do recognise that more needs to be done. We have seen

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a reduction in nitrous oxide fumes in recent years but we will be

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bringing forward proposals to ensure we can maintain the air quality that

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we all want to see. As a fellow Bartra member of Parliament, will my

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right honourable friend the show her support for brighter Bircher, the

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campaign that is part of the 2017 Europe mental health, and give her

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continued -- commitments to ensure we have parity between mental health

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and physical health in this country? I am very happy to endorse the

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campaign that my friend has referred to. I think it is important that we

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continue to raise awareness of the issues around mental health. And the

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fact the government has committed to this parity of esteem between mental

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health and physical health is important. There is more to do a

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mental health. I have set out some steps we need to take. But I commend

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all those working to raise awareness of mental health and provide support

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to those with mental health problems. The Association of

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directors of adult social services have said that 4.6 billion has been

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cut from social care budgets since 2010. Does the Prime Minister take

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any responsibility for the pain and the distress that the Tories have

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inflicted on poor vulnerable older people being denied their rightful

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care? Yes, horror no? This government has taken a number of

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steps to increase the funding from local authorities to provide for

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social care. I also believe it is important that we do ensure best

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practice is being developed and put into place across the country. There

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are some parts of the country where the record on social care, the

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interaction between hospitals, is better than others. There is a

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longer term issue to ensure that we have a sustainable system for

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delivering social care for people in this country. The Labour Party

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ducked that issue for 13 years. We're addressing it. Will my right

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honourable friend join me in congratulating the academy on the

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recently received world-class schools quality mark award, and

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indicate how awards such as this drive people excellence? I am happy

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to join my friend in congratulating the whole team at Morley Academy. I

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think it shows the work the trust is doing in driving up excellence and

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improving outcomes for pupils. We are determined to drive up standards

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in schools to ensure broad children have good school places, a good

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school place for every child, so they can all be at the level we see

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in the Morley Academy. How will the thousands of people who've lost

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their jobs at BHS feel that it may take years before the case of Philip

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Green, the disgraced and discredited businessperson, will have his

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knighthood possibly withdrawn, taken away or otherwise? Isn't it

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remarkable? People lose their jobs, they suffer all the consequences and

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this man keeps his billions and his knighthood.

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The honourable gentleman has raised an important issue. This has been

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raised by many members of this house in terms of their concern about what

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happened at BHS and the attitude and approach Philip Green talk. The

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issue of whether a knighthood should be taken away from somebody is a

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matter for the relevant committee. They will be looking at this. I

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understand they have said they are waiting for the investigations to

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complete, but this is an issue for an independent committee. Tonight

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there will be an historic vote in this place. A vote that I never

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thought I would see in my political lifetime. The British Parliament

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voted to withdraw from the European Union under the excellent leadership

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of the Prime Minister. Would the Prime Minister be surprised that

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people on the opposite bench or demand time to discuss this and

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debated, namely the Liberal Democrats, didn't even bother to

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turn up last night? These benches or pack, both benches were packed, the

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DV -- the DUP were here and there were some Labour members. Isn't that

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surprising? Throughout my political career I

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have fought -- nothing the Liberal Democrats do ever surprises me. But

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I will join my honourable friend in commending the bill that is before

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the House. This House has a simple decision. We gave the right of

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judgment to the British people. They made their choice, they want to

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leave the EU. The question every member must ask themselves as they

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go through the lobbies tonight is, do they trust the people?

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The right honourable gentleman is here now.

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Let's here the fellow. Tim Farron. -- let's hear the fellow.

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Who'd have guessed it, Mr Speaker? We are here now...

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LAUGHTER. Asking the questions about the

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future of our country on Brexit that a strong Leader of the Opposition

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should be asking. Order! Order, Mr Knight! I'm very

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worried about you. You recently suffered from a bad leg. With all

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that shedding you will be suffering from a bad head. Calm yourself, man!

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The Prime Minister will return... The Prime Minister will return at

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some point with a deal with Europe that our people will have to live

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with for decades to come. Especially our young people. 73% of whom voted

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to remain. Nobody knows what that deal will look like. But someone,

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someone will get to agree at. Should it be her government? Should it be

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this parliament? Or should it be, as I believe, the British people?

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I've already said they will be a vote on the deal in this Parliament.

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Calm yourself. You are in a state of excessive excitement, even by your

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standards. Nigel Adams. Quite difficult to follow that! Back in

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the real world... LAUGHTER.

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In December 2015, my constituency suffered some terrible flooding,

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particularly the town of Tadcaster. The damage was made worse when the

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bridge collapsed. Thankfully the Briton -- bridge will be reopened

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this week. Willie Prime Minister thank all those involved in the

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restoration of the bridge? Would you join me in thanking the residents of

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Tadcaster who have had a terrible year? 5-macro I am very happy to

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join my honourable friend both in commending and in thanking all those

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who have worked so hard to see the restoration of the bridge at

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Tadcaster, but also the people of Tadcaster who have had to put up

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with this disruption and inconvenience for such a long period

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of time. I'm sure they will all welcome the return of the bridge. We

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commend all those involved. The News revealed yesterday that

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Toshiba is reviewing its investment in the Moorside nuclear-power plant.

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Not only does it put a cloud over jobs in Cumbria, but also over the

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future of our energy and security. What does he do personally to make

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sure the deal stays on track? I can assure the honourable gentleman that

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in relation to a number of deals and potential deals around the nuclear

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industry, both I and the Business Secretary are involved in these and

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are very keen to ensure that these jobs are brought to the United

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Kingdom, and we do see these deals keeping on track. So I can assure

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him that the government's commitment is there.

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This week, the Danish drug firm invested 115 million in the UK, in

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order to further research into type two diabetes. With the Prime

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Minister join me in welcoming the investment, welcoming those

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academics and scientists, many from the EU and around the world, who

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will appreciate that the surety she spoke of earlier? But also work with

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me to ensure that new treatments get to patients as quickly as possible?

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This is an issue that I do recognise particularly, personally, although I

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am a type one diabetic rather than Type II. Any investment in research

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for diabetes is to be welcomed. We do need to ensure that where there

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are new solution is found, where there is support for diabetics

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found, that we see that getting to people as quickly as possible. There

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is a significant number of people who suffer from type two diabetes in

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this country, and the figures show there is a great risk that number

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will increase significantly in coming years. We need to do all we

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can to prevent people becoming Type II diabetics in the first place, but

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also to support those who are, so that we see that people suffer from

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fewer complications in future and are able to manage their lives.

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Today's is world hijab day. I wonder if the Prime Minister would join me

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in recognising the right of Muslim Women's Network the hijab without

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fear, if they wish? And the right of all women everywhere to wear what

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they want, when they want. Willie Prime Minister also commit to

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standing up for the right to refuge for men, women and children wherever

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they may be, regardless of their religion? First of all, on the

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second point of the honourable lady races, it is absolutely the case

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that this country welcomes refugees to the United Kingdom. And we do so

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regardless of their religion. There is no question of discriminating on

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the religion. On the issue that she raises about the wearing of the

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hijab, I am absolutely in line with her. What a woman wears is a woman's

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choice. The Russian armed forces regularly

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carry out large-scale exercises, including with nuclear capable

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equipments, on the borders of eastern Europe. Would my right

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honourable friend I agree with me that the American commitment to Nato

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is absolutely pivotal in protecting the countries of eastern Europe from

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going the same way as already has happened to eastern Ukraine? I

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absolutely agree with my honourable friend. I think the commitment that

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President Trump has given, 100% commitment to Nato, is crucial in

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ensuring we can provide for the security of this country and others

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in Europe, and particularly for those in eastern Europe on the

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borders with Russia. I know that my honourable friend earlier referred

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to the fact that the Czech republic, the Latvian government, the little

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winning government, had welcomed that 100% commitment. -- Lithuanian

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government. We have played our part. 300 troops will be going to

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Lithuania and Estonia later this year.

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In 2015, my constituent was lured to her death to Pakistan where she was

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brutally raped and murdered. Willie Prime Minister join me in

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reiterating the commitment of this House and this country, that we will

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not tolerate violence against women, and to encourage the Pakistani

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government to continue in its efforts for justice for our British

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girl? Yes, can I say to the honourable lady that obviously she

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has raised a very tragic case that has taken place. Our deepest

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sympathies are with Samir's husband following her tragic death last

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year. We don't interfere in the legal processes of another country.

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But the Foreign Office, I understand from the Foreign Office the

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Pakistani police have charged two people with murder. The Foreign

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Office are provided assistance to Samir's husband and will continue to

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do so. I understand the Home Secretary will be meeting the

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honourable lady soon to discuss this issue.

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