06/09/2017 Prime Minister's Questions

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As we return from the summer recess, I'm shower thoughts of the House


will be the Vic tempts of the Barcelona terror attack. Mr Speaker,


awant to reassure the house the UK has ensured assistance in the form


of military and humanitarian resources are in place including in


the overseas territories who are preparing for Hurricane Irma. In


addition to my duties in this house, I will have meets later today.


Everyone agrees with my right honourable friend and the thoughts


she shares with those in the terror attack


Bears lone in a. As part of the process, it is imperative we


transfer there are many serious concerns about the means not the


ends of the EU withdrawal Bill. So, could my Right Honourable Friend


assure me she will look in particular at those amendments that


seek to change the EU withdrawal Bill so that it doesn't become an


unprecedented and unnecessary Government power grab? I'm grateful


to my Right Honourable Friend for raising this issue. I know, like me,


she wants to see an orderly exit from the EU and will be supporting


this bill which enables us not just to leave the EU but to do so in an


orderly manner with a functioning statute book. We will require


certain powers to make corrections to the statute book after the bill


becomes law because negotiations are ongoing. We'll do if through


secondary legislation. An approach that has been endorsed by the House


of Lords constitution committee. I would like to reassure my Right


Honourable Friend that as the bill goes through its scrutiny in this


House and the debate continues, we will listen very carefully to that


debate. I will be very happy to meet my right honourable friend to


discuss this further. THE SPEAKER: Jeremy Corbyn Mr


Speaker, I agree with the moment on what she just said about Barcelona.


The attack was appalling. We should think of the victims but also thank


the people of Barcelona for their wonderful community response to what


was a threat to all of them. I hope the whole House will join me of


thinking of the Vic tiffs of the terrible floods in Bangladesh,


Nepal, searer a Lee Yoann, and in Texas and our thoughts with those


facing Hurricane Irma in the United States. Every member of this house


should be concerned inflation is once again running ahead of people's


pay. This week, workers at McDonald's took strikes action for


the first time. The boss of McDonald's is sported to have earned


8. ?1.8 million does the Prime Minister back the McDonald's


workers' case for an end to zero hours contracts and decent pay? The


issue that has taken place in McDonald's is a matter for


McDonald's to deal with. The questions... Let's focus. Let's


focus on what the right honourable gentleman has raised which is, let's


focus on what he's raised on zero hours contracts. The number of


people on zero hours contracts is very small. There are people who


genuinely say as a proportion of the workforce who say it is a benefit to


them being on those contracts. For 13 years, the Labour Party was in


Government and did nothing about zero hours contracts. It is this


Conservative Government that has put the workers first and band exclusive


zero hours contracts. Mr Speaker, my question was about McDonald's and


the Chief Executive is paid 1,300 times as much as his staffment there


are 800,000 people approximately in Britain on zero hours contracts.


When she became leader, the Prime Minister pledged "I want to make


shareholder votes on corporate pay not just advisory but binding" and


she put it into her manifesto. That manifesto's been dumped or arc


I'veed. Like so much else in her manifesto, where was the tough talk


on corporate greed? Was it just for the election campaign? Or is it


going to be... Or is it going to be put into law? Well, I suggest to the


right honourable gentleman he looks at the action Conservative have


taken on this Irish you. We recently published our proposals on corporate


governance. It is Conservative who force companies to disclose board


pay. That's been done not by a Labour Government but the


Conservative Party who's been putting workers first. I note she


uses the worse advisory. Page 18 of the dumped manifesto says... The


next, says, Mr Speaker, the next to help


people struggling, Mr Speaker, to help people struggling to make ends


meet, many politicians have become convinced we need to cap energy


prices. Even the Prime Minister was briefly converted to this policy.


Last week, the profit margins of the big six energy companies hit their


highest ever level. I wonder if I could prevail on the Prime Minister


to stick to her own manifesto pledges on this matter as well?


Well, first of all, on the question of what we were doing on corporate


governance, I didn't use the word advisory. He needs to listen to my


answer and not just read out the statement... He's raised an


important issue. He's raised an important issue about energy prices.


We are concerned about the way that particular market is operating. We


expect the companies to treat customers fairly. That's why we've


been looking at the action that can be taken. Why the Business Secretary


has been doing that. He wrote to Ofgem in June asking them to advise


on what action they could take to safeguard customers. We're


particularly concerned about those who are the poorest customers who


are kept on these tariffs that do not give them value for money. So, I


agree, it's the Government that's doing something about it. Well, Mr


Speaker, if only that were the case. Ofgem's plans only will benefit 2.6


million customers. 17 million customers are short changed by the


big six energy companies. She could and should take action on it. Mr


Speaker, she's not the only one going back on her word...


When the members opposite have #k5u78ed down a little, I'd like to


say this, at last year's Sports Direct annual meeting, Mike Ashley


personally pledged to ban the use of zero hours contracts in his company.


A year on, they're still exploiting insecure hours workers with zero


hours contracts. Will the Prime Minister join me in now demanding


that Mr Ashley honour his words and ends zero hours contract in all of


his companies? I've said it is this Government that's taken action in


relation to zero hours contracts unlike the Labour Party. The right


honourable gentleman talks about manifestos and people going back on


their word. I might remind him in the Labour Party manifesto there was


a commitment to support Trident, our independent nuclear deterrent.


Shortly after the election, in private, he told people he didn't


agree with that. For years, the right honourable gentleman sat on


the Labour Party benches and didn't support Labour policy. Now he's


Labour Leader and he still doesn't support Labour policy. Mr Speaker, I


listened really carefully to what the Prime Minister said on this


occasion. I'm struggling to see the connection between what she just


said, Mike Ashley, Sports Direct and McDonald's! So, maybe she could now


answer the question, will she condemn what Sports Direct and


McDonald's are doing to their staff? It is quite straightforward. Yes or


no? Mr Speaker, today, thousands of nursing and other health care staff


are outside Parliament. They're demanding this Government scrap the


1% pay cap. Poor pay means experienced staff are leaving and


fewer people are training to become nurses. There's already a shortage


of 40,000 nurses across the UK. Will the Prime Minister please see sense


and end the public sector pay cap and ensure our NHS staff are


properly paid. We absolutely value the work of all


those working in the public sector, nurses, teachers and others who are


doing a good job for us day in, day out in what are often difficult and


harrowing circumstances. It might be helpful if I remind the House on


where we are on the issue of pay review bodies in public sector pay.


There are two reports still to be published and for the Government to


respond to for police and prison officers. Later, as always happens


every year, later in the autumn we'll publish the frame work for


2018/19 and continue to balance the need to protect jobs, public sector


workers and the need to ensure we're also protecting and being fair to


those who are paying for it, including public sector workers. I


say to the right honourable gentleman, what we have seen, what


he does in this House and outside this House is consistently stand up


and ask for more money to be spent on this that and the other. He can


do that in opposition. He asks consistently for more money


to be spent jockey can do that in opposition because he knows he


doesn't have to pay for it. The problem with Labour is that they do


it in government as well and when... As a result of the decisions the


Labour Party took in government... As a result of decisions the Labour


Party took in government, we now have to pay more on debt interest


ban on NHS paid. That's the result of Labour. The Prime Minister had no


problems finding ?1 billion to please the DUP, no problems


whatsoever. And NHS staff are 14% worse off than they were seven years


ago. Is she really happy that NHS staff use food banks? Warm words


don't pay food bills. Pay rises will help to do that. She must end the


public sector pay cap. The reality for working people is lower wages


and less job security, within work poverty now at record levels. So


will the Prime Minister clarifies and she evaded during the election


campaign? For those struggling to get by, whether employed,


self-employed, permanent or temporary, can the Prime Minister


categorically state today they will not see rises in the basic rate of


income tax, national insurance contributions or VAT? I can tell the


right honourable gentleman the help we have been giving to those who are


just about managing. We've taken 4 million B but out of paying income


tax altogether. We've given a tax cut to over 30 million people. We


see record numbers of people in employment in this country. We're


given the lowest earners the highest pay rise for 20 years by introducing


the national living wage. But you only get that with a strong economy.


We believe in sound money, he believes in higher debts. We believe


in making our economy strong so we can invest in our public services.


Labour's approaches reckless, ours is balanced. Our approach delivers a


strong economy, more money for public services, more jobs for


people and families, but you only get a strong economy and a better


future with the Conservatives. Thank you, Mr Speaker. As the Prime


Minister said, this Government has an outstanding record of job


creation with 3 million more people in work than seven years ago. It is


perfectly true that wage rises have not been as high as we would have


hoped but I'm proud that we gave that big boost to people at the low


end with a rise in the national living wage. What the right


honourable gentleman opposite does not understand, you can only have


sustainable rises in pay with increases in productivity. My


question to the Prime Minister is, will she instruct all of her


ministers to bring forward proposals for productivity rises in time for


the Chancellor to announce them at the budget? I thank my right Rory


Bourke friend and he has absolutely put his finger on its. Productivity


is absolutely crucial for the strength of our economy going


forward and improving that productivity. That is why we have


introduced our modern industrial strategy, which will boost


productivity and is also why we are introducing really good quality tech


Loughgall -- technical education in this country for the first time, to


ensure that young people have the skills they need to take the higher


paid jobs that will be created as a result of our industrial strategy.


Does the Prime Minister agree with me that immigration is essential to


the strength of the UK economy, as well as enhancing our diversity and


cultural fabric? As I have said on many occasions before, overall


immigration has been good for the UK. But what people want to see is


control of that immigration. That is what people wanted to see as a


result of coming out of the European Union. We're already able to


exercise controls in relation to those who come to this country from


outside the countries within the European Union and we continue to


believe as a Government that it is important to have net migration and


sustainable levels, which we believe to be in the tens of thousands,


because of the impact particularly on people on the lower end of the


income scale in depressing their wages. Mr Speaker, last October the


Prime Minister was forced into a humiliating U-turn on prose Poles --


proposals to force companies to disclose any foreign workers


employed. During the summer, 100 EU nationals resident in the UK


received to deportation notices in error, causing alarm to them and


many others. We need to cherish those who are here and not chase


them away. The Prime Minister must stop dancing to the tune of her


right-wing backbenchers and apologise for the disgraceful


treatment her Government has shown migrants in the UK. In the first


instance, will she pledged that international students will no


longer be included in the net migration figures? Can I just say to


the honourable gentleman back in relation to the error that was made


by the Home Office, every single one of those individuals was telephoned


with an apology. It shouldn't have happened in the first place but the


Government did telephone with an apology. Let me just say this to the


honourable gentleman. As I explain to my first answer to him, there is


a reason for wanting to ensure we can control migration. It is because


of the impact that that migration can have on people, on access to


services, on access to infrastructure but crucially, it


often hits those at the lower end of the income scale hardest and I


suggest that the honourable gentleman thinks about that impact,


rather than just standing up here and saying what he has done. Is


important we bring in controls, we want to want to continue to welcome


the brightest and the best here to the UK, and we continue to do so. I


know that my right honourable friend will be as alarmed and angered as


many at the decision of the Northern Ireland judicial authority to open


the so-called legacy cases involving past and present members of the


Armed Forces. These cases have been meticulously investigated and


represent just 10% of deaths in the troubles. A line really does need to


be drawn here. Does my right honourable friend agree that it is


wrong to single out any group for this kind of investigation, and that


the hundreds of thousands of people who served in Northern Ireland


should feel appreciated for the difficult job they did, not being


hounded into old age by investigations of this kind? Can I


first of all say to my right honourable friend that we are


unstinting in our admiration for the role that our Armed Forces played in


ensuring Northern Ireland's future would only ever be decided by


democracy and consent, and the overwhelming majority serve with


great distinction and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. But as part


of our work to implement the Stormont House agreement, we will


ensure that new supporters will be under obligations to be fair,


balanced and proportionate, which will make sure our veterans are not


unfairly treated or disproportionately investigated and


indeed reflect the fact that 90% of deaths in the troubles were caused


by terrorist and not the Armed Forces. But as he will appreciate,


the investigations by PSNI are, of course, a matter for them, as they


are independent of government. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister


will be aware of the death of my constituent Kim Briggs, who was


knocked over last year by a cyclist on an illegal fixed wheel bike with


no front brake. Does the Prime Minister agree with me that the law


on dangerous driving should be extended to include offences by


cyclists, and does she also agree with me that the 1861 offence of


wanton and furious driving, which the prosecution had to rely upon in


this case, is hopelessly outdated and wholly inadequate? Can I first


of all extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the honourable


lady's constituent who died in this tragic circumstances, and she has


raised an important issue. I think we should welcome the fact that they


were able to find legislation under which to make a prosecution but the


point is a general one about ensuring our legislation gives up to


date with events that take place ensure this is something the


Secretary of State for transport will look at. Living near a natural


green space is good for your physical and mental health but those


in the most deprived areas of the country are the least likely to do


so. My right honourable friend is committed to reducing inequality and


improving mental health. Can I ask her to read the new report published


by the Conservative environment network, masterminded by my


honourable friend, the Member for Taunton Deane, and ask to take on


board its recommendation to consider the environment across government


policy? The whole question of mental health is one that I know she has


campaigned on and has a particular interest in and it is interesting


that she has raised, and I welcome the fact she has raised this issue


of the health benefits of green space, which is becoming ever more


recognised and certainly, I know this is something that the


Conservatives network highlights in its report it up Defra will be


producing a 25 year environment plan. It will look at the evidence


in that report and it will focus on what can be done to ensure that the


benefits provided by access to green space are available to all segments


of society. Thank you, Mr Speaker. This summer, a third of all parents


across the country went without a meal to ensure that they can feed


their children during the school holidays. In Stoke-on-Trent, amazing


volunteers came together to provide over 10,000 meals for local kids.


I'm very proud of my constituents but I'm disgusted that this


Government, who have done nothing and turned a blind eye. How many


kids have to go hungry, how many parents have to go without food,


before this Prime Minister will do her job and act? Well, I have to say


to the honourable lady, I recognise an issue that she has raised about


children, particularly those who are normally able to access free school


meals during term time and the impact this has during the holidays,


is a matter that her writer Robert friend the Member for Birkenhead has


been taking up, together with colleagues in the APPG for hunger.


From the Government's point of view our focus remains on tackling the


root causes of poverty. This is what is important, not just the symptoms.


Nearly three quarters of children from workless families moved out of


poverty when their parents entered into full-time work and we see


record levels of employment under this government. That's why this is


so important. Ensuring that we get a strong economy and those jobs. But


I'm sure that ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions on


the Department for Education will be looking at the proposals the right


honourable member for Birkenhead has brought forward. The reductions in


unemployment, poverty and income inequality are some of our proudest


achievements in recent years. What more is the Government planning to


do to further the one nation principal and ensure a fairer


society still? Under this Government, we have seen income


inequality fall to its lowest level since 1986. The number of people in


absolute poverty is at a record low and we've got the lowest


unemployment rate since 1975. But he's right, there is more to do, and


that's why yesterday we announced a ?40 million for youth organisations


to boost the skills and life chances for young people who are living in


disadvantaged areas. I think that will have a transformational effect


on the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people and will


help to achieve the fairer society that my honourable friend has


rightly referred to. Thank you, Mr Speaker. A few weeks ago, the


utterly shaming lack of mental health provision in this country was


condemned by our most senior family court judge, as he sought a bed for


a desperately ill teenage girl. The 17-year-old had been restrained no


fewer than 117 times in a place not fit to care for her. Does the Prime


Minister agree with me, in echoing the words of Sir James Mumby, that


the continued failure to tackle our nation's mental health crisis means


the state will have blood on its hands? I'm sure everybody across


this House was concerned to read of the circumstances of the individual


that she has referred to and the treatment that she had received. I


accept that we need to do more in relation to our mental health


services. That's precisely why the Government is putting more money


into mental health, it is why we have introduced a number of


programmes, particularly focusing on the mental health of young people,


it is why we have reduced by 80% the numbers of people being detained in


police cells because of their mental ill-health and, as I say, we've


increased the funding. But of course we need to do more. That's why we


are pushing forward on further change. We are pledged to reforming


outdated mental health laws and we've created targets to improve


standards of care. I agree mental-health is important. This


Government is focusing on it and putting more resources into it.


Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given the importance of the fishing industry


around the whole of the UK and in particular in Banff and Buchan, can


I ask what discussions the government has had with


representatives of fishing in the north-east of Scotland as heart of


the ongoing EU negotiations? I recognise the importance of the


fishing industry to a number of parts of the UK, including my


honourable friend's constituency, and he is right to raise this point.


The Government is engaging with a range of fishing stakeholders,


including a meeting with the Scottish Fishermen's Federation,


which took place in July. We do value our fishing communities and


supporting them will be an important part of the action we will take as


part of the EU. We are working closely with the fishing industry. I


have met some fishermen and spoken to them over the summer about the


industry and we are working with fishermen and others who have a


stake in the industry to make sure we get this right when we leave the


EU. The Prime Minister will be aware of


our initiative last week to have devolution running immediately in


parallel with the talks process, an initiative welcomed by the opinion


in Northern Ireland. If, however, despite our best efforts and


agreement with all the other parties, Sinn Fein continues to


block the restoration of Government in Northern Ireland, will she


confirm to the House what her Government spokesperson said


yesterday evening about the future governance arrangements for Northern


Ireland, in particular, a welcome statement there will be no question


of joint authority or a role for Dublin? The right honourable


gentleman is right about the importance of the talks we have to


restore devolved administration in Northern Ireland. I'm happy to


confirm we'd not be looking at a joint authority. He will be aware...


In relation to the Government of the Republic of Ireland in north/south


co-ordination. The focus should be in trying to ensure we resolve the


current differences and see that devolved administration reasserted


in Northern Ireland. That is what would be best for the people of


Northern Ireland. Thank you Mr Speaker, by refusing to discuss free


trade, does the Prime Minister agree that the European Commission is


damaging the employment and economic interests of their own member


states? For ex-ample endangerings jobs in the German car industry?


Will the Prime Minister call on other heads of European Government


to prevail on the European Commission to end this act of wanton


economic self-harm and start free trade talks which are so clearly in


the interests of everybody? My Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of


State for exiting the EU was back in Brussels for the further rounds of


negotiations. Those have been productive. We do want to see the


discussions moving on to the future relationship. What this Government


has done and will continue to do is publish a set of position papers


setting out options and ideas for how that deep and special parter


inship can be taken forward in the future. This isn't just a question


of what suits the UK. It is in the interests of the European Union to


have that good, deep and special partnership. What action is the


Prime Minister taking to ensure that my constituents, many of whom are


paying in excess of ?5,000 to travel to London every year, get better


service, not the service the new plans under our Government


introduced. And under these plans, the people of Bedford will lose the


Intercity rail service?s Can I say to the honourable gentleman, if you


look at the record of this Government, we recognise the


importance of rail services. Oh, he says, no we don't. I suggest he


looks at the funding we are putting in to improving rail services across


this country. That is a sign of recognition we have of the


importance of those services. One person sleeping rough is one too


many. Our party's manifesto set out to end rough sleeping by the end of


this Parliament. Given the important role that charities play in this


task, will the Prime Minister join me in paying tribute to the


excellent charity Crisis, which is marking its 5th anniversary? Can I


first of all pay tribute to my honourable friend. This had is an


issue he cares about deeply and he co-chairs the APPG on ending


homelessness. He's right, we had a commitment to reduce rough leaping,


eliminating by 2027. ?50 million has been allocated to 2020 to tackle


homelessness and rough sleeping. I'm also happy to join with him in


paying tribute to Crisis as they mark their 5th anniversary. They've


been doing, over those 50 years, a very important job. I will be


hosting a reception for them to mark their 5th anniversary in Downing


Street later today. The University of Bradford makes a compelling case


for a medical school teaching all types of health professionals. Can


the Prime Minister confirm those universities where the need is the


most will be given the opportunity to set up medical schools? We are


pleased we'll be increasing the number of training places. That does


mean the Department of Health is looking at the whole question of


what places are available where and what new medical schools should be


set up. I'm sure the Secretary of State for Health will be interested


in hearing her pitch for Bradford to have a medical school. In the 1960


and 70s thousands of women were described a pregnancy test which


resulted in profound effects for the babies that followed, including my


constituent Charlotte Fensom who cares as a sister alongside elderly


parents of her brother Steve enwho was pro frownedly affected. Those


families now deserve justice and there should be a chance to launch a


public inquiry into this terrible scandal? My honourable friend has


raised an important issue. She's right to do so. We should recognise


the impact this had on those women who took this hormone pregnancy test


from the late 1950s into 1978. There is an expert working group set up


which is looking into this issue which is due to publish its findings


in the autumn. I would be happy to meet my honourable friend to discuss


this issue with her. Parents in my constituency are disappointed. Over


the summer, they sought to take advantage


THE SPEAKER: Order! An unseemly response. The honourable lady ask a


new member. She's highly articulate and she will be heard! The


honourable lady will be heard! Parents any my constituency are


disappointed. They sought to take advantage of the 30 hours childcare


but due to underfunding found it was not available and not free. Will the


Prime Minister apologise to parents across the country for false


advertising on what over wise would have been a welcome policy? What I


can tell the honourable lady is we are investing ?1 billion of extra


funding every year in early years entitlement. That includes 3 million


a year. This investment is based on work that was done, a plan by the


Department for Education which was described by the National Audit


Office as thorough and wide-ranging. There are important ways that


childcare providers can get more from their funding. The DFE is


offering to support them to do that. Our hourly funding rate is


significantly higher than the average cost of providing a place to


a three or four-year-old. I hope the honourable lady thinks this is


something this Government is delivering on. For the second year


running, planning the festival of engineering, this time with the


honourable member for South West Wiltshire. We hope to inspire 3,000


children to help challenge stereotypes of engineering careers


to help combat the local skills gap and in addition, to highlight


Wiltshire is a hub of engineerings design and technology. Would the


Prime Minister consider attending this wonderful event? Can I


congratulate my honourable friend for her initiative. She does raise


an important point. It is important we see more young people moving into


engineering. Pursuing careers in engineering and describes more


generally. The steps she's taking with our honourable friend is an


important part of this. We need to address those stereotypes. I'm


particularly keen to address women in engineering. We should see more


women. If my diary allows, I will be very happy to attend. Clinicians


don't believe it will be safe, commissioners and providers don't


believe it would be feasible. Isn't it now the time for ministers to


reverse the decision they took in 2011 to close the A department at


King George hospital? Can I say, we have been very clear that where


decisions are taken, we want those decisions to be taken at a local


level with clinical advice. That is what the Department of Health is


doing. As home sectsry, the Prime Minister was one of the first to


appreciate the alarming extent of child sexual exploitation and


respond to calls to set up the historic abuse inquiry. Does she


agree those who expose to root out the criminal perpetrators for the


horrific crimes they commit especially in the face of cultural


sensitivities should be encouraged and promoted not gagged? My


honourable friend has raised a very sensitive and important issue. As he


says, was an issue I took a particular interest in when I was


Home Secretary. Anyone who abuses a child must be stopped regardless of


race, age or gender. Child exploiltation happens in all areas


of the country. It can take many different forms. I'm clear and the


Government is clear political or cultural sensitivities must not get


in the way of pro venting and uncovering child abuse. The freedom


to speak out must apply to those in positions of responsibility,


including ministers and shadow ministers on both sides of this


House. If we turn a blind eye to this abuse, as has happened too much


in the past, then more crimes will be committed and more children will


be suffering in silence. Thank you. Glenfield's children's heart surgery


unit has some of the best outcomes in the country, including mortality


rates lower than the national average. One of the Professor'S says


proposals to Church of England children's heart surgery are


embarrassing and plucked out of thin air. Can I ask the Prime Minister to


ensure the final decision is made on the basis of sound clinical evidence


and when this House is sitting so MPs can question ministers about NHS


England's plans? The honourable lady is aware there are many ways MPs can


question ministers about plans. As I said in answer to one of her


honourable friends earlier. The decisions about the future structure


of the NHS, Sir veries and provision are being taken on the basis of


clinical needs and clinical evidence. Britain is among the


world's leading digital economies. As we leave the EU, technology will


be crucial to a successful Brexit from the Northern Irish border to


customs controls. Does the Prime Minister agree that Brexit can


kick-start a further wave of ding stall investment and working with


the industry, a Brexit technology task force could help her do that?


My honourable friend is right about the position the UK holds in


relation to science and innovation. We're already a leading destination.


We've some of the world's top universities, three of which are in


the world's top ten. We've more Nobel Prize winners than any country


outside of the United States. We've proud history of cutting edge rest


search, science and took nothingy. Brexit gives us an opportunity to


give a further kick-start to our position in relation to the digital


economy. We'll want to attract investment from all over the world


in relation to this and work with industry to ensure that can be done.


In her conference speech last year, the Prime Minister said existing


workers legal right will continue to be guaranteed in law as long Asim


aPrime Minister. Can the Prime Minister tell the House how long


that will be? Can I say to the honourable gentleman, that is a


commitment that I'm happy to stand by in relation to improving workers'


rights. That's something we've den doing as a Conservative Party and


something I'll continue to do as Prime Minister. Mr Speaker, tomorrow


is world awareness day which highlights this devastating muscle


wasting condition which affects young men. If as anticipated the


current development of a more reliable newborn screening test goes


ahead, psychological support must be readily available to any affected


families. Will the Prime Minister provide assurance to families that


NHS England will develop such a vital psychological support? This is


an important aspect of this terrible condition. I recognise the


importance of ensuring people can access appropriate psychological


support when they have a young family member diagnosed with this


serious health problem. In relation to the new screening test, I


understand muscular Diss fie UK is working with NHS England's advisory


groups to understand how best to meet the needs of parents and


careers following the diagnosis of this. I'm grateful to my Right


Honourable Friend for raising this issue.