06/09/2017 Prime Minister's Questions


06/09/2017

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

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

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

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of military and humanitarian resources are in place including in

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the overseas territories who are preparing for Hurricane Irma. In

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

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Everyone agrees with my right honourable friend and the thoughts

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she shares with those in the terror attack

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

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transfer there are many serious concerns about the means not the

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

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assure me she will look in particular at those amendments that

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

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unprecedented and unnecessary Government power grab? I'm grateful

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

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

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

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orderly manner with a functioning statute book. We will require

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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discuss this further. THE SPEAKER: Jeremy Corbyn Mr

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

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

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the people of Barcelona for their wonderful community response to what

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conservative Government that has put the workers first and band exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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right honourable gentleman he looks at the action Conservative have

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

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governance. It is Conservative who force companies to disclose board

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

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

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

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next, says, Mr Speaker, the next to help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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particularly concerned about those who are the poorest customers who

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

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

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

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million customers. 17 million customers are short changed by the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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honourable gentleman talks about manifestos and people going back on

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

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a commitment to support Trident, our independent nuclear deterrent.

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

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

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

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

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listened really carefully to what the Prime Minister said on this

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

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

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answer the question, will she condemn what Sports Direct and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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properly paid. We absolutely value the work of all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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do that in opposition. He asks consistently for more money

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will the Prime Minister clarifies and she evaded during the election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minister said, this Government has an outstanding record of job

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

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

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

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

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honourable gentleman opposite does not understand, you can only have

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sustainable rises in pay with increases in productivity. My

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

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ministers to bring forward proposals for productivity rises in time for

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

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

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is absolutely crucial for the strength of our economy going

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forward and improving that productivity. That is why we have

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introduced our modern industrial strategy, which will boost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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outside the countries within the European Union and we continue to

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

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

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

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

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

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proposals to force companies to disclose any foreign workers

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

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

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

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

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right-wing backbenchers and apologise for the disgraceful

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

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instance, will she pledged that international students will no

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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services, on access to infrastructure but crucially, it

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

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suggest that the honourable gentleman thinks about that impact,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Armed Forces. These cases have been meticulously investigated and

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

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

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

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the hundreds of thousands of people who served in Northern Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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democracy and consent, and the overwhelming majority serve with

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

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

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

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

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unfairly treated or disproportionately investigated and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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on dangerous driving should be extended to include offences by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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date with events that take place ensure this is something the

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

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

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

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

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

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by the Conservative environment network, masterminded by my

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

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board its recommendation to consider the environment across government

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

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

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

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

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recognised and certainly, I know this is something that the

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Conservatives network highlights in its report it up Defra will be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nearly three quarters of children from workless families moved out of

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

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

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

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

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

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honourable member for Birkenhead has brought forward. The reductions in

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unemployment, poverty and income inequality are some of our proudest

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

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do to further the one nation principal and ensure a fairer

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society still? Under this Government, we have seen income

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

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

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

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

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

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disadvantaged areas. I think that will have a transformational effect

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

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help to achieve the fairer society that my honourable friend has

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

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utterly shaming lack of mental health provision in this country was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I ask what discussions the government has had with

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

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the ongoing EU negotiations? I recognise the importance of the

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

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

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The Government is engaging with a range of fishing stakeholders,

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including a meeting with the Scottish Fishermen's Federation,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EU. The Prime Minister will be aware of

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our initiative last week to have devolution running immediately in

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

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

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agreement with all the other parties, Sinn Fein continues to

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block the restoration of Government in Northern Ireland, will she

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confirm to the House what her Government spokesperson said

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yesterday evening about the future governance arrangements for Northern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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current differences and see that devolved administration reasserted

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

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

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

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damaging the employment and economic interests of their own member

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

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Will the Prime Minister call on other heads of European Government

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

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

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

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

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

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discussions moving on to the future relationship. What this Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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service, not the service the new plans under our Government

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

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

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look at the record of this Government, we recognise the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the Prime Minister confirm those universities where the need is the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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constituent Charlotte Fensom who cares as a sister alongside elderly

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

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

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public inquiry into this terrible scandal? My honourable friend has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the summer, they sought to take advantage

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

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

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honourable lady will be heard! Parents any my constituency are

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

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

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Prime Minister apologise to parents across the country for false

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

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

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

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

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Department for Education which was described by the National Audit

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

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

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

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significantly higher than the average cost of providing a place to

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

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something this Government is delivering on. For the second year

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

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

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children to help challenge stereotypes of engineering careers

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

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

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Prime Minister consider attending this wonderful event? Can I

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congratulate my honourable friend for her initiative. She does raise

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

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engineering. Pursuing careers in engineering and describes more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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appreciate the alarming extent of child sexual exploitation and

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

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

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horrific crimes they commit especially in the face of cultural

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sensitivities should be encouraged and promoted not gagged? My

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

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

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

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

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

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Government is clear political or cultural sensitivities must not get

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

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

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including ministers and shadow ministers on both sides of this

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

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

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

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

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

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proposals to Church of England children's heart surgery are

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

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

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

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

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

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honourable friends earlier. The decisions about the future structure

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

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clinical needs and clinical evidence. Britain is among the

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

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

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customs controls. Does the Prime Minister agree that Brexit can

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is world awareness day which highlights this devastating muscle

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wasting condition which affects young men. If as anticipated the

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current development of a more reliable newborn screening test goes

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ahead, psychological support must be readily available to any affected

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families. Will the Prime Minister provide assurance to families that

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

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an important aspect of this terrible condition. I recognise the

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importance of ensuring people can access appropriate psychological

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support when they have a young family member diagnosed with this

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

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

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

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

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Honourable Friend for raising this issue.

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