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office numbers as members rightly expect. Order. Questions to be Prime


Minister. Mr Toby Perkins. In addition to my duties I shall


have further such meetings today Mr Speaker, the Government chose to


launch the pupil premium at a school in Chesterfield where 70% of people


receive free school meals. The headteacher, Dave Shaw was running


the Great North Run for a cancer charity. However, her new schools'


funding formula means that the junior school now face the biggest


cuts in all of Derbyshire. Running for cash is now the only alternative


to sacking staff. Will she go to the finish line and tell Dave Shaw how


this is a fairer funding formula? Well, I'm pleased to say that in the


local authority that covers the honourable gentleman's constituency,


we have seen an increase of over 17,000 children at good or


outstanding schools since 2010. That's down to Government changes


and the hard work of teaches and other staff in the schools. For a


very long time, it has been the general view - and I have campaigned


on this for a long time - that actually we need to see a fair


funding formula for schools. What Government has brought forward is a


consultation on a fairer funding formula. We look at the results of


that fairer funding formula and will bring forward our firm proposals in


due course. Over the course of the last 12


months, as part of the Defence Select Committee, I have' had the


opportunity to look into the historic Iraq team and how we as a


country deal with more historical allegations for our servicemen and


women, not only for us who serve but for many members across this House


it has been a deeply disturbing experience. I know the Prime


Minister gets it but will she double her and her Government's commitments


to get a grip on this historical process, so that never again, will


our servicemen and women be exposed... I'm sure the whole House


will want to join me in praising the bravery and commitment of all those


who Seb in our Armed Forces. I would like to thank my honourable friend


for the work he is doing on the Defence Committee because of course


he brings personal expertise to that work. Those who serve on the front


line deserve our support when they get home. I can assure my honourable


friend of the Government's commitment to that. All troops


facing allegations receive Legal Aid from the Government, with the


guarantee that this will not be claimed back. In relation to the


issue he has referred to, we are committed to reducing its case load


to a small number of credible cases as quickly as possible and I


recognise the action that has been taken in relation to the individuals


he has referred to, I think it is absolutely appalling when people try


to make a business out of chasing after our brave troops.


Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, nine out of ten NHS


Trusts say their hospitals have been at unsafe levels of overcrowding.


One in six Accident Emergency units in England are set to be


closed or downgraded. Could the Prime Minister please explain how


closing A departments will tackle overcrowding and ever-growing


waiting lists? First of all, can I extend my thanks and I'm sure that


of the whole House to the hard-working staff in the NHS who do


a great job, day-in and day-out, treating patients. Yes we recognise


there are heavy priors on the NHS. That's -- pressures on the NHS.


That's why, this year we are funding the NHS at 1.3 billion pounds more


than the Labour Party promised at the last election. He refers


specifically to Accident Emergency. What is your response in


Accident Emergency? We see 600 more A consultants. 1,500 more A


doctors and 2,000 more paramedics. It's not about standing up and


making a sound bite and asking a question, it is about delivering


results and that's what this Conservative Government is doing. Mr


Speaker, congratulating A staff is one thing, paying them properly is


another. I hope she managed to see the BBC reports on the royal


Blackburn A department which showed that pep had to wait up to 13


hours and 52 minutes to be seen. Shocking. A major cause of the


pressure on A is the 4.6 billion cut in the social care budget since


2010. Shocking. Earlier this week, Liverpool's very esteemed adult


social care director resigned saying, "Frankly, I can't see social


services surviving after two years". "That's the maximum." People are


suffering and we are really only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Mr


Speaker, what advice does the Government have to the people of


Liverpool in this situation? SHOUTING


THE SPEAKER: Order, order. It is bad enough that when members who are


within the curt ledge of the chamber shout. Those who are not, absolutely


should not do so. It is a discourtesy to the House of Commons.


Nothing more, nothing less. Please don't do it.


The Prime Minister. Well, he refers at an early stage in his question to


Blackburn oo. Imehappy to say compared to 2010 there are more


hospital doctors and more nurses in the Blackburn East Lang kashire


Hospital's NHS Trust. He went on to talk about waiting times and waiting


times can be an issue. Where is it that you wait a week longer for


pneumonia treatment? That you wait a week longer for heart disease


treatment? That you wait seven weeks longer for cataract treatment? 11


weeks longer for hernia treatment and 21 weeks longer for a hip


operation? It's not in England, it's in Wales. Who is in power in Wales?


Labour. Mr Speaker, my question was about the comments from the director


of social care in Liverpool and why the people of Liverpool are having


to suffer these great cuts. Liverpool has asked to meet the


Government on four occasions. The crisis is so bad that until


yesterday, Mr Speaker, David Hodge, the Conservative leader of Surrey


County Council, planned to hold a referendum for a 15% increase in


council tax. And at the last minute it was called off. Can the Prime


Minister tell the House whether or not a special deal was done for


Surrey? The decision as to whether or not to hold a referendum in


Surrey is entirely a matter for the local authority in Surrey. In Surrey


County Council. The right honourable gentleman has raised the issue of


social care, which we've exchanged on across this Despatch Box before


and as I've said before, we do need to find a long-term sustainable


solution for social care in this country. So I recognise the


short-term pressures. That's why we have enabled local authorities to


put more money into social care. We have provided more money over the


next two years, ?900 million more will be available for social care.


But we also need to look at ensuring that good practice is spread across


the whole of the country. We can look at places like Barnsley, North


Tyneside, St Helen's, Rutland, towards the end of last year, no


delayed discharges attributed to social care in those councils. We


need to look long-term and that's why the Cabinet is driving a review


w the relevant department, to find a sustainable solution, which the


Labour Party ducked for far too long. My question was, whether there


had been a special deal done for Surrey. The #4r50eder said they had


many conversations with the Government. We know they have


because I've been leaked copies of text be send by by the Tory leader


intended to somebody called Nick who works for ministers in the


Department for Communities and Local Government and this text reads "I'm


advised that DCLG officials have been working on a solution and that


you will be contacted me to agree a memorandum of understanding." Ah.


Will the Government now publish this memorandum of understanding and


while they are about it, will all councils be offered the same deal?


What we have given all councils is the opportunity to raise a 3%


precept on the council tax for that go to go into social care. He talks


about understanding. What the Labour Party fails to understand... THE


SPEAKER: Order. There is far too much noise. Mr Pound calm yourself,


you are supposed to be a senior statesman.


Order. And Mr Rotherham, you should reserve your shouting for the stands


at Anfield. Prime Minister. As I say, all councils have the


opportunity to raise the 3% precept to put that funding into the


provision of social care. What the Labour Party fails to understand is


that this is not just a question of looking at money, it is a question


of looking at spreading best practice and finding a sustainable


solution. And I have to say to him, that if we look at social care


provision across the entire country, the last thing social care providers


need is another one of Labour's bouncing cheques.


Mrnchts speaker, I wonder if it is anything to do with the fact that


the Chancellor and Health Secretary both represent Surrey


constituencies? Mr Speakerers there was a second text from Surrey County


Council leader to Nick and in the second text it says "The numbers you


indicated are the numbers that I understand are acceptable for me to


accept and call off the R." Now I've been reading a bit of John Le Carre,


and apparently R means, referendum. It's very subtle, all this.


He goes on to say in his text to Nick "If it is possible for that


info to be sent to myself, I can then revert back soonest. Really


want to kill this off." So, how much did the Government offer Surrey to


kill this off? And is the same sweetheart deal on offer to every


council facing the social care crisis, created by her Government?


I've made clear to the right honourable gentleman what has been


made available to every council, which is the ability to raise the


precept. And I have to say to him... THE SPEAKER: Order. As colleagues


know, I never mind how long Prime Minister's Questions takes. The


questions must be heard and the answers must be heard.


The Prime Minister. I have to say to him, he comes to the despatch broks


making all sorts of claims. Yet again what we get from Labour are


alternative facts. -- Despatch Box. What they really need is an


alternative leader. Mr Speaker, my question was - what


deal has been offered to Surrey that got them to call off a referendum


and will the same deal be offered to every other council going through a


social care crisis? Mr Speaker, hospital wards are overcrowded. 1


million people aren't getting the care they need. And family members,


mostly women, are having to give up work to care for loved ones. Every


day that the Prime Minister fails to act, this crisis gets worse. So will


she, finally, come clean and provide local authorities with the funding


they need to fund social care properly, so that our often elderly


and vulnerable people can be treated with the support and dignity that


they deserve in a civilised society? The deal that is on offer to all


councils is the one I have already set out. Let me just be very clear


with the right honourable gentleman, because as ever, he stands up and


consistently asks for more spending. More money, more funding. What he


always fails to recognise, what he fails to recognise is that you can


only spend money on social care and on the National Health Service if


off strong economy to deliver the wealth that you need. There is a


fundamental difference between us. When I... THE SPEAKER: Order. I'm


sorry there is still too much noise in the chamber. People observing our


proceedings here and on the outside what the questions heard and the


answers heard and they will be. Prime Minister.


There is a difference between us, when I talk about half a trillion


pounds, that's the money we will be spending on the NHS this Parliament.


When Labour talk about half a trillion pounds, tss the money they


want to borrow. Conservatives investing in the NHS, Labour


bankrupting Britain. Thank you, Mr Speaker, there are


significant challenges facing this great nafgs ours, Prime Minister,


one of which is tackling mental health, particularly for young


people. The pressures of juggling school life, family life and staying


safe and feeling valued online are more difficult than ever, would the


Prime Minister agree to meet with me and my team to discuss the Mental


Health Act that we have been working on and developing, an app to give


young people a tool box to help them in the times of crisis?


I am interested to hear of this. Mental health is an area where we do


need to put more of a focus and make progress. I am pleased to say that


something like 1400 more people are accessing mental health services


every day. But more needs to be done. We are putting ?68 million


into improving mental health care through digital innovation, which


sounds as if it fits right into what my honourable friend is looking at.


There will be a particular focus on that with children and young


people's mental health in mind. He might want to look out for the


Department of Health and the Department for Education joint green


paper that they will publish in October. Angus Robertson. Last


night, parliamentarians from across the chamber and across the parties


voted overwhelmingly against the UK Government's Brexit plans in the


Scottish Parliament. If the United Kingdom is a partnership of equals,


will the Prime Minister compromise like the Scottish Government and


reach a negotiated agreement before invoking Article 50, or will she


just carry on regardless? As the right honourable gentleman knows,


when the UK Government negotiates, it will be negotiating as the


government for the whole of the United Kingdom. We have put in place


the JNC arrangements through various committees which enable us to work


closely with the devolved administrations identify the


particular issues that they want to see represented as we put our views


together. We have said we will intensify the discussions within


that arrangement and that is what we'll do. Angus Robertson. When the


Prime Minister was in Edinburgh on the 15th of July last year, she


pledged that she would "Not trigger article 50 until she had an agreed


UK-wide approach. So given that the Scottish Parliament has voted


overwhelmingly against her approach, and all bar one MP representing a


Scottish constituency in this House of Commons has voted against her


approach, she does not have an agreed UK-wide approach. As the


Prime Minister knows, a lot of people in Scotland watch Prime


Minister's Questions. So will she tell those viewers in Scotland when


she intends to keep her word to Scotland or not? We are ensuring


that we are working with the Scottish Government and the other


devolved administrations as we take this matter forward. I would just


remind the right honourable gentleman of two things. First of


all, the Supreme Court was clear that the Scottish parliament does


not have a veto on the triggering of article 50. The bill that is going


through the House is obviously giving the power to the government


to trigger article 50. I would also remind him of this point, because he


constantly refers to the interests of Scotland inside the European


Union. An independent Scotland would not be in the European Union. Mr


Speaker, the people of Rossendale and Darwen warmly welcome


Government's housing White Paper. Will my right honourable friend


confirm that when it comes to providing more security for renters,


building more affordable homes and helping people buy their own home,


it is this party, the Conservative Party, that is fixing our broken


housing market? Am happy to agree with my honourable friend. Our


broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in


Britain today and the housing White Paper brought out by my right


honourable friend II for communities and local government sets out the


steps we will take to fix it and my honourable friend is right. It is


the Conservatives who are going to support local authorities to deliver


more of the right homes in the right places to encourage faster build-up


of developments. I'm sure everybody recognised the problem of planning


permission that are given and then not built out, and create the


conditions for a more competitive and diverse housing market. We are


setting out the response abilities of all parties in building the homes


that Britain needs. Does the Prime Minister agree that in a 21st


century parliament, the rules should not able any member to speak for


longer than 58 minutes in a three-hour debate? Does she agree


that the rules of the House should be changed to prevent filibustering


and French other members from all sides of the House get that our


share of the time available? I have to say, I find that a rather curious


question from the honourable gentleman. Last night, as it


happens, I was out of the House between the two votes. I switched on


the BBC Parliament channel and I saw the honourable gentleman speaking. I


turned over to something else. I switched back. I saw the honourable


gentleman still speaking! I switched over to something else. I switched


back and the honourable gentleman was still speaking. He is the last


person to complain about filibustering in this House. Mrs


Theresa Villiers. Mr Speaker,... Order! Mr Hughes, you seem to be in


a state of permanent overexcitement. Calm yourself, man, take some sort


of medication and it will soothe you. We must hear Mrs Williams. As


we prepare in this House to take back control over our laws on


agriculture, was she agree to use Brexit as an opportunity to


strengthen, not weaken the rules which safeguard the welfare of


animals? My right honourable friend raises an important point which is


of concern are many people in this house and outside. We should be


proud in the UK that we have some of the highest animal welfare standards


in the world. Indeed, one of the highest scores for animal protection


in the world. Leaving the EU will not change this. I can assure my


right honourable friend that we are committed to maintaining and where


possible, improving standards of welfare in the UK while ensuring


that our industry is not put at a competitive disadvantage. Last week,


the Russian Duma decriminalised violence against women and children.


I trust the government will encourage Russia to rethink this


aggressive approach which could realise a domestic violence. Does


she agree that ratify the Convention would send a message to Russia and


the world of the priority that should be placed on ending


gender-based violence? I am proud that in this country, we have


strengthened the law on domestic violence and violence against women


and girls. We see this as a retrograde step by the Russian


government, repealing existing legislation sends out absolutely the


wrong message on what is a global problem. We have joined others in


both the Council of Europe and the OSCE in criticising this decision.


Each year, the NHS reportedly spends ?80 million more than it needs to on


prescriptions for basic painkillers that can be sourced much more


cheaply. Yet at the same time, secondary breast cancer patients


face being denied life extending drugs. May I ask my right honourable


friend to review this poor allocation of resources and give


breast cancer sufferers the hope that they deserve? This is obviously


an important issue that my honourable friend has raised. I


understand that on the point of basic medication, it is in the fact


that the NHS pays more for basic painkillers than on the high street.


In fact, their prices are lower. In the case of the drug, it is right


that difficult decisions are made on the basis of clinical evidence. I


understand that Nice is undertaking a comprehensive assessment before


making a final recommendation and in the meantime, the drug is still


available to patients. Last month, a report was published on historical


institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. Given the uncertain


political institutions in Northern Ireland, if the executive is not up


and running within a month, will the Prime Minister commit to


implementing a report on historical institutional abuse in full? This


was obviously an important review and of course we have our inquiry


into historic child abuse taking place in England and Wales. I


recognise the point the honourable gentleman makes about looking ahead


to the future. We obviously have the elections on the 2nd of March. There


were then be a period of time for an executive to be put together. I


would encourage all parties to work to ensure that an executive can be


put together in Northern Ireland to maintain the devolved institutions.


I don't want to see the benefits that have come of progress being


undone at this stage. I am sure that looking ahead, whatever is necessary


will be done to ensure that the findings of that report are taken


into account and acted on. The Prime Minister has been clear in her


negotiating objectives as we prepare to leave the European Union. But


with the Prime Minister agree with me that regions like the West


Midlands, part of which I represent, needs a voice in those negotiations


to ensure that we take the opportunities presented by Brexit to


raise investment in education, skills and infrastructure in the


region to ensure that her vision of a global Britain represents the


interests of all the regions of England as well as the broader


United Kingdom? I agree with my honourable friend. When we negotiate


as a United Kingdom, we will be negotiating for the whole of the


United Kingdom and taking account of all parts of the United Kingdom. We


have ambition in terms of making the Midlands and engine for growth. It


is about growing the region's economy and more jobs. That is why


money has been put into funding the Birmingham rail hub, for example. Of


course, the West Midlands will be getting a strong voice nationally


with a directed irate elected mayor in May. I believe Andy Street will


be a very good mayor for the West Midlands. In welcoming the


honourable gentleman back again to the chamber, I call Mr Ronnie


Campbell. Looking pretty slim as well, Mr Speaker! Mr Speaker, I had


five months under the health service in Newcastle, under the auspices of


Professor Griffiths, a marvellous surgeon. He just about saved my


life. But there was a flip side. That is the best side of the


national health and it has been wonderful, the service I got. But


there is a flip side, which is what we are seeing today. We now have


dedicated nurses who are called corridor nurses. They are in the


corridor, looking after patients on trolleys. That is not the way we


want our health service to run. Get your purse open and give them the


money they want. As the Speaker said, I welcome the honourable


gentleman to his place again in this chamber. And I commend the surgeon


and all those who have treated him in the National Health Service that


has enabled him to be here today and to continue his duties. As we know,


there are surgeons, doctors, nurses and other staff up and down the NHS


day in and day out, saving lives. We should commend them for all that


they do. The north-east is a good example of some of the really good


practice that we see in the National Health Service. I want to see that


good practice being spread across the NHS across the whole country. Dr


Sarah Wollaston. I am not alone in hearing from family 's long settled


here in Britain who are deeply worried that they could be separated


after we leave the European Union. I know that the Prime Minister will


not want that to happen, and I wonder if today, she could reassure


all our constituents that those who were born elsewhere in the European


Union but settled here in the UK are married or in partnerships with


British citizens, will have the right to remain? My honourable


friend raises an issue that is of concern to members across this


House. As she says, it is of concern to many individuals outside of this


House who will want reassurance about their future. I want to be


able to give that reassurance, but I do want to see the same reassurance


for UK citizens living in the EU. But when I trigger article 50, I


intend to make it clear that I want this to be a priority for an early


stage of the negotiations so that we can address this issue and reassure


the people concerned. Just two weeks ago, a 15-year-old left school and


was stabbed four times and died. Three days earlier, a 19-year-old


was stabbed to death in Wembley. And just a few months earlier, two of my


young constituents were killed and the police said it was a case of


mistaken identity. They were 22-year-old and a 27-year-old. Next


week, I am eating the deputy Mayor of London to discuss this issue and


other issues. The Prime Minister meet with me, fellow MPs and my


borough commander to talk about this issue and the sycamore project which


we would like to see rolled out in London and beyond?


Can I express obviously the condolences of the whole House to


the familiar lanes friends to all of those she referred to in her


question who of been so brutally stabbed and attacked and suffered


from knife attacks she refers to. Obviously this is an important


issue. It is a particularly important issue for London but it is


one that we want to see addressed. A lot of good work that has been done.


I'm in the aware of the sycamore project she has referred to but


would be happy to hear more details of it.


From medics at Kingston Hospital to researchers at Kingston university,


and staff at growing electronics businesses, Kingston's workforce is


enriched by highly-skilled workers from abroad so. Can my honourable


friend refirm after we leave the EU we'll continue to welcome


highly-skilled worksers from the EU and beyond. I thank my honourable


friend for his question. We are very clear that we dop want to bring the


numbers of net migration down but we also want to ensure that the


brightest and best are still welcome here in the United Kingdom. And


that's why I think people want to see the UK Government making


decisions about people who are coming here from the European Union,


but we are very clear about the importance, as I said in my speech


in Lancaster House, there will still be immigration from the European


Union into the UK and we want to ensure that the brightest and best


are able to come here. Yesterday the Brexit minister


claimed that Parliament will have a meaningful vote on the final EU


deal. But account Prime Minister confirm that under her plans


Parliament will either have to accept what the Government offers or


fall back on WTO rules? And in the event there's no deal, there'll be


no vote at all? Isn't the reality this is just take it or leave it and


it is not a meaningful concession, it's a con? We have been very clear.


I said in my Lancaster House speech that there would be a vote on the


final deal. There were a number of questions on what exactly that


meant. We will bring forward o motion on the final agreement for


approval by both Houses of Parliament and before the final


agreement is concluded. We do expect. I know this has been an


issue for a number of honourable and right honourable members. We do


expect and intend that will happen before the European Parliament


debate before it votes and debates on the final agreement.


As the Prime Minister knows, Trafford Schools are the best in the


country. But they are also in one of the F40 worst-funded areas but


perversely the draft funding formula would actually cut funding to are


Trafford Schools not increase T when she reviews the draft proposals l


she look, please for a new formula that guarantees that all of the


worst-funded areas are increased in funding, not cut? My honourable


friend raises, again, an important point that I know is a matter which


is on the minds of a number of honourable and right honourable


friends. As I said earlier, I think the current system of funding is


unfair, it is not transparent. I think it is out of date. I want to


see a session at the that does support our aspiration to ensure


that every child has a good school place. But, in looking at these


reforms I can assure my honourable friend that we want to get this


right. It is why we are consulting and why we will look very closely at


the responses to that consultation. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.


Npower have announced a 9.8% increase on dual fuel bills which


even the former boss, the former tsar has described as shocking. EDS


announced a 8.4% electricity hike and it is reported that British Gas


is preparing its 11 million customs tomorrow Merse for a 9% increase.


Ofgem has moved to protect those on prepayment ministers with a cap on


energy bills. I ask the Prime Minister why doesn't she demand


similar protection for the majority of customs Merse who are being


ripped off as the CMA has said to the sum of ?1.4 billion. The Right


Honourable lady might have missed the fact that where we have said


that markets aren't working we will look at the measures needed and the


energy market is one we are looking at at the moment. In the spirit of


neutrality. The Prime Minister's Lancaster House was a call to put


the divisions behind us. Does my right honourable friend agree that


this is a vision that everyone in the House should support, that the


more united we are, the stronger our negotiating position will be. THE


SPEAKER: The honourable gentleman must be concerned. Does she share my


surprise that certain members opposite that disagreeing with their


current party leader, can cause headaches, that some may not have


learned. Can I say to my honourable friend,


he is absolutely right that I think the country wants us, in this House,


and everybody in the country, wants to unite behind the Government's


work to ensure that we get the best-possible deal for the UK, as we


leave the European Union, and I believe that we can get a deal that


actually is going to be in the interests both of the UK and of the


European Union. I had hoped that I was going to be able to welcome the


Shadow Home Secretary to the front bench in time for the vote that's


going to take place later tonight. Perhaps members of the Labour Party


are starting to realise the only real headache is their leader. Thank


you, very much, Mr Speaker. Does the Prime Minister agree with


the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation that if Britain


were to leave the EU on WTO terms, it would cost ?9 billion in lost


trade each year? What we want to do is to ensure that we negotiate a


deal with the European Union that enables us to have the best-possible


deal in trading with and operating within the European Union single


market in goods and services. I believe that's possible, precisely


because, as I have just said n response to my honourable friend the


member for Lincoln, I believe that is a deal that is good, not just for


but for the EU as well. The Prime Minister rightly argues


for true parity of esteem between mental and physical health but


parent in York have been sold that their children must wait up to a


year for an assessment by the child, now adolescent mentalhealth


services. As the Department of Health actually does not currently


record these figures, would the Prime Minister consider making the


monitoring fted waiting times a requirement? My honourable friend


has raised an important point. As I set out a few weeks ago, the


Government will be reviewing the separation of CAMs services across


the country because I recognise some of the concerns that honourable


members have made. We want to ensure that children and young people have


easy access at the right time to mental health because of the


evidence that a significant proportion of mental health problems


that arise later in life actually sta of children and adolescents. We


have made more money available to support transformation in children


and young peep's mental health but the Shadow Health Secretary - sorry,


the Health Secretary... -- young people's mental health.


He is in his place as well. I haute Shadow Health Secretary will


agree with me we need to review CAM services and are giving the right


support to children and young people, adolescents with mental


health problems and we'll look at the issue my honourable friend has


raised. Many honourable members in this


House have recently made the long journey up to West Cumbria for the


by-election and we've all experienced the states of our roads


and local railways. It's taken a by-election for transport ministers


to look seriously and show any real interest in this. Can I is ask, is


the Prime Minister planning a trip herself, so she too can experience


why we need proper investment from this Government into our transport


infrastructure in West Cumbria? We are putting more money, the


Government is putting more money into infrastructure investment


across the country but you have to say to her, the Labour Party had 13


years to improve transport in West Cumbria and didn't do anything about


it. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I recently visited a world class


coach-building manufacture based in my constituent and heard about their


exciting plans for the future. With my right honourable friend join me


in emphasising the importance of skills and manufacturing for our


economy, especially as we look to leave the European Union? Can I


thank my honourable friend for drawing our attention to the example


of Woodall Nicholson and say how pleased we are to hear they have


good plans for the future. Can I say he is right, as we leave the EU we


will be doing that from a position of strength. He is right that skills


and manufacturing are an important of our economy for the future that's


why in the industrial strategy we are looking at how we can develop


the excellence we already have in the UK, for the prosperous, growing


economy for the future. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Prime


Minister's right honourable friend, the member for Rushcliffe last week


pointed out that her aspiration to achieve barrier-free tariff-free


trade with the single market, getting all the benefits but paying


none of the cost, was actually akin to disappearing down the rabbit hole


to wonderland. Mr Speaker, I think she makes a very interesting choice


for Alice. But, if she doesn't manage to achieve that Higham Biggs,


would she produce an analysis of what trading on WTO rules would


actually mean for our economy, so we can make a proper choice? Can I say


I commend my right honourable friend the member for Rushcliffe for the


significant service he has given to this House and his constituents over


the years. He and I have have worked well over a number of years although


I have to say when I was Home Secretary and he was Justice


Secretary, I used to say that I locked him up and he let them out.


Can I say to the Right Honourable lady, as far as this Government is


concerned, we believe it is possible within the two-year time frame to


get the agreement, not just for our withdrawal from the European Union,


but also the trade arrangements that will ensure that we have a strong,


strategic partnership with the European Union in the future.


In my right honourable friend's meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu this


week, did she press the only way to get a lasting peace settlement is


for young Palestinians and Israelis to look Ford to a job, a sharing


prosperity and a life without fear, does she agree the only way to


achieve this is face-to-face negotiations? And will she join the


Israeli Prime Minister in pressing the Prime Minister of the


Palestinian authorities for face-to-face negotiations? My right


honourable friend does make a very important point about this. We


continue as a Government a Conservative Government in the UK to


believe that the two-state solution is a right one. That means a viable


Palestinian state but also a safe and secure Israel. And, of course,


it is for the parties to negotiate. Obviously there are others on the


international arena who are doing their work to facilitate an


agreement in the Middle East. But, ultimately it is for the two parties


to agree a way forward. THE SPEAKER: Order.