07/02/2018 Prime Minister's Questions


07/02/2018

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Commission and the UK makes it

absolutely clear that the Belfast

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Agreement remains in tact and all of

it is part of the -- will remain

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intact.

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And the house will join me in KGB to

Dean sprouting in Iraq, his death

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was not the cause of enemy activity.

The house will join in offering

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condolences to his family and

friends at this difficult time.

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Yesterday, winning one the right to

vote. I know the whole house, well,

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from a sedentary position, Labour

say someone, I'm pleased to say that

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universal suffrage did come for

women ten years later under a

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Conservative government. But I'm

sure Mr Speaker, the whole house

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will want to join me in marking the

heroic and tireless struggle that

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led to women having the vote because

it forever changed our nation's

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future. Mr Speaker, this morning I

had meetings with ministerial

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colleagues and others, in addition

to my duties in this house, I shall

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have further such meetings later

today.

My constituent, Natasha,

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suffers from Hank Hanley anaemia, a

debilitating disease which carries

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with it a high risk of cancer.

Natasha was on lifetime disability

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living allowance which was removed

following her T20 assessment. When

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she appealed, she was told because

she has a degree she does not need

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as much support. I'm sure the Prime

Minister is aware that disease and

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cancer are no respect is of

disability and qualifications. --

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following her PIP assessment. I'm

asking the Prime Minister what

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urgent action she will take to

improve the quality and the standard

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of PIP assessments?

Obviously, the

DWP is constantly looking at the

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standard of PIP assessments that are

being made. I'm sorry to hear the

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case the honourable lady has set

out, I think those people would be

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very concerned at hearing that case

and I'm surprised at the judgment

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that was given in relation to that

individual, can I suggest she sent

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in the detail and I will make sure

it is looked into?

Mr Speaker, my

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right honourable friend will be

aware of the Ukip led Thanet

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Council's broken election promise to

support the reopening of minced and

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airport. On the basis that the site

was to be redesignated as mixed use

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with thousands of houses, the plan

was sensibly rejected by local

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councillors and I salute them for

doing so. And she give me her

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assurance that Thanet should now be

given as miserable a time as

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necessary, perhaps under a new

administration. -- as reasonable

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time is necessary, perhaps under a

new administration, to get it right.

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My honourable friend is right to

raise this matter on behalf of his

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constituents. I understand that

Thanet District Council has not

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adopted a local plan since 2006.

That is why my right honourable

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friend the Housing Secretary has

written to the District Council to

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begin the formal process of

considering intervention and this is

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a very serious step which shows that

the council has not been doing what

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it should be doing in relation to a

local plan so my right honourable

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friend the Secretary of State is now

considering whether to intervene and

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he will be making an announcement in

due course.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Thank you

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Mr Speaker, I joined the Prime

Minister in paying tribute to

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captain Dean Sprouting from Jarrow

on his death and his family,

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hopefully they will accept our

condolences after this terrible

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incident. It is of course the

anniversary of women first getting

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the right to vote in 1918. I pay

tribute to all those that campaign

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all over the country to achieve that

right. We should understand that our

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rights come from the activities of

ordinary people doing extraordinary

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things to bring about democracy and

justice within our society. And

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those women that suffered

grievously, being force-fed in

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Holloway prison in my constituency,

and those that suffered so much,

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need to be remembered for all time.

Working-class women as well as many

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other women fought for that right

and it is one we should all be proud

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of. Mr Speaker, with crime rising,

does the Prime Minister regret

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cutting 21,000 police officers?

Can

I first of all said to the right

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honourable gentleman that we should

be saluting all of those who were

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involved in that struggle to ensure

that women could get the right to

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vote. I was very pleased yesterday

to have an opportunity to meet Helen

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Pankhurst, the great granddaughter

of Emmeline Pankhurst and to see

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that the memory is being kept going

and as I said yesterday in my

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speech, I myself heard about the

fight by the suffragettes from my

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late godmother, whose mother was a

suffragette and both of whose

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parents knew the Pankhurst family.

He raises the issue of police

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numbers and crime. What we actually

have seen from the crime survey is

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that crime is now down at record low

levels. That is what has been

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achieved and it has been achieved by

a Conservative government that at

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the same time has been protecting

police budgets.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr

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Speaker, recorded crime is up by a

fifth since 2010. Violent crime is

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up by 20% and during the period the

Prime Minister was Home Secretary,

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£2.3 billion was cut from police

budgets. Her Majesty 's Inspectorate

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of Constabulary warns neighbourhood

policing risks being eroded and the

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shortage of detectives is at a

national crisis. Does the Prime

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Minister think the Inspectorate is

scaremongering?

The right honourable

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gentleman mentions the issue about

recorded crime. One of the

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challenges we have seen in the

police in recent years is ensuring

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that we get proper recording of

particularly certain tribes of crime

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-- types of crime and I'm pleased to

say we have seen improvements in the

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last seven or eight years in the

recording by police of certain types

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of crime. He also talks about the

issue of police budgets. As I have

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said, this is a government that is

actually protecting police budgets

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and I might remind the right

honourable gentleman that the Labour

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Party's former Shadow Home

Secretary, now the police and crime

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commission for greater Manchester,

Intel said the police could take an

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up to 10% cut in their budgets.

Mr

Speaker, the Inspectorate also found

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that the police are failing to

properly record tens of thousands of

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offences and in addition to the

gutting of 21,000 police officers,

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the government has also cut 6700

police community support officers.

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The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire

says, "We do not have the resources

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to keep residents safe. The position

is a scandal"

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to keep residents safe. The position

is a scandal". Too many people don't

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feel safe and too many people aren't

safe. We have just seen the highest

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rise in recorded crime for a quarter

of a century. The Chief Constable of

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Lancashire said, "The government's

police cuts have made it much more

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difficult to keep people safe". Is

he wrong?

Can I say to the right

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honourable gentleman, on the issue

of recording crime, he mentions Her

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Majesty 's Inspectorate of

Constabulary, it is precisely

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because when I was Home Secretary, I

asked the Inspectorate of

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Constabulary to look at the

recording of police crime to make

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sure that police forces were doing

it properly and indeed, some changes

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were made as a result of that so we

now see the better recording of

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crime. We also see £450 million

extra being made available to the

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police but what have we also seen

over the last few years? The

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creation of the National Crime

Agency, our police forces taking

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more notice of helping to support

vulnerable victims, doing more on

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modern slavery, doing more domestic

violence, taking issues seriously

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that they were not taking seriously

before.

Mr Speaker, if you ask the

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Inspectorate and look at unrecorded

crime and they tell you what is

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going on, the least you could do is

act on what they tell you. Mr

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Speaker, if I could quote something

at the Prime Minister, it might

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sound familiar to her, "The first

duty of the government is to protect

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the public and keep them safe. I

have to say to the government they

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are not putting enough focus on

police resources". If you cast their

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rise to the bar back benches of the

Conservative Party, she will see the

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member for Shipley. That is what he

said about her government and what

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it is doing. Gun crime, Mr Speaker,

has increased by 20% in the last

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year. The Chief Constable of

Merseyside said recently, "Have I

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got sufficient resources to fight

gun crime? No, I haven't"

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got sufficient resources to fight

gun crime? No, I haven't". Does the

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Prime Minister think he is crying

wolf?

The right honourable gentleman

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can't get away from the fact that

what the government is doing is

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protecting police budgets, in fact,

not just protecting police budgets,

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but increasing with £450 million

extra. What we are also doing is

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ensuring that our police have the

powers that they need to do the job

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that we want them to do. I seem to

remember the right honourable

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gentleman does not have that good

record when it comes to increasing

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the powers for the police to do

their job.

Mr Speaker, since 2015,

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direct government funding to the

police has fallen by £413 million.

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The Chief Constable of the West

Midlands, Dave Thompson, said, "The

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current flat cash settlement for

policing means force budgets will

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fall in real terms"

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policing means force budgets will

fall in real terms". As well as

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police cuts, other public service

cuts are clearly contributing to the

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rise in crime. 3600 youth workers

have lost their jobs. 600 youth

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centres have closed and been boarded

up. Probation service cut and

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privatised. Re-offenders committing

more offences. When it comes to

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tackling crime, prevention and cure

our two sides of the same coin. So

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why is the government cutting both

prevention and cure?

I have to say

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to the right honourable gentleman,

we have put in place various pieces

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of work on anti-knife crime, on

serious violence, on issues like

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domestic violence but I come back to

the point I made in the last

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response, the Leader of the

Opposition, the right honourable

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gentleman voted against changing the

law so that anyone caught carrying a

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knife for a second time would face a

custodial sentence. He has called

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for much shorter sentences for those

who break the law and he might want

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to reflect on the fact that when

there was a Conservative mayor in

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London, knife crime went down. Now

there is a lay-by mayor in London,

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knife crime is going up.

Jeremy

Corbyn.

-- and labour mayor in

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London.

Mr Speaker, I am very clear

that crime is of course wrong but

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the way you deal with it is by an

effective probation service, is by

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community service orders, is by the

rehabilitation of offenders. And

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what she said goes to the heart of

the Prime Minister's record. She, Mr

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Speaker, was Home Secretary physics

years. Crime is up, violent crime

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rising, police numbers down and

Chief Constable saying they no

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longer have the resources to keep

communities safe. After seven years,

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seven years of cuts, will the Prime

Minister today admit that her

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government's relentless cuts to

police, probation services and

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social services have left us less

safe? The reality is, you can't have

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public safety on the cheap.

Well,

the right honourable gentleman

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really needs to reflect on what

Labour would be doing if they were

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in government. You can only pay for

our public services if you have a

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strong economy and what would we

see, what would we see with the

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Labour Party? Well, we don't need to

ask ourselves what we would see with

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the Labour Party because the Shadow

Chancellor's adviser told us that

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the weekend. He said this, "We need

to think about the obvious problems

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which might face a radical Labour

government, such as capital flight

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for a run on the pound"

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government, such as capital flight

for a run on the pound". That's what

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Labour would do, bankrupt Britain

and the police would have less money

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under Labour than under the

Conservatives.

Thank you Mr Speaker.

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Travelling around the country and

meeting people from diverse

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communities, members of the Jewish

and Muslim community have raised the

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point for the coroner's act to

specifically take into account

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people's faith considerations, as in

their faith, loved ones must be

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buried within 24 hours. Will the

Prime Minister join me and the

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honourable member for Maidstone and

faith communities to look at this

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important matter.

Can I say to my

honourable friend, I would like to

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thank him for raising this point

because he's doing so on behalf of

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communities across the country and

he does so from a unique position

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with his own experience and

understanding of these issues. It is

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important that we take into account

specific requirements of someone's

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faith, especially when they have

lost a loved one and are grieving

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and I know that although, as he will

be aware, coroners are an

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independent judicial office, I

understand the Ministry of Justice

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is speaking to the Chief coroner

about this point, to see what more

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can be done and I am sure my right

honourable friend the Lord

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Chancellor will be happy to meet and

discuss this issue further with my

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honourable friend.

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Yesterday it was announced that ten

Royal Bank of Scotland branches in

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Scotland have been -- that were

earmarked for closure are to be

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reprieved, news for which I am

grateful, on the back of community

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pressure under the leadership shown

by the Scottish National Party.

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On three occasions I have asked the

Prime Minister at Prime Minister 's

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questions to bring Ross McEwan

entered ten Downing St. For the

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Prime Minister to accept

responsibilities given that we on

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RBS. Well the Prime Minister Colin

Ross McEwan and join us and call for

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all the branches to remain open? --

call in Ross McEwan?

As I have said

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before of course it is important for

customers, especially those

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vulnerable, to be able to call on

the services they need. I welcome

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the decision from the Royal Bank of

Scotland, and commercial decision

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for them. But if the right

honourable gentleman is so keen on

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ensuring that communities and people

perhaps in remote communities have

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access to the services they need,

they should ask himself why it is

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the Scottish government has been

such a failure in ensuring people in

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remote communities have broadband

access to online banking. They need

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to get their act together because

quite simply Scotland under the Nats

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is getting left behind.

Mr Speaker,

that was pathetic. The Prime

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Minister hasn't answered. We have

saved the banks. Yesterday we

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celebrated the achievements of the

suffragette movement, which was

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about democracy, equality and

fairness for women. However today in

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the United Kingdom, 3.8 million

women are not receiving the pension

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they are entitled to. A vote in this

house last November received

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unanimous cross-party support, 288

to zero, calling on the Government

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in London to do the right thing.

Will the Prime Minister do her bit

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for gender equality, and end the

injustice faced by 1950s women?

I

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say to the right honourable

gentleman that as people are living

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longer it is important that we

equalise the retirement leader

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pension age between men and women

and we are doing that and doing it

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faster -- Villa pension age between

men and women. We are giving greater

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protection to the women involved and

an extra £1 billion has been put in

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to ensure no one will see their

pension entitlement changed by more

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than 18 months. That was a real

response to the issue that was being

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addressed, but I think if he wants

to talk about equality, then he has

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to recognise the importance of the

equality of the state pension age

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between men and women.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I never

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thought I would see the day when

where I read the Leader of the

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Opposition follows -- where I lead.

There is clearly hope for them yet.

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LAUGHTER

Last year the Government advertised

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for the post of disability

Commissioner. Lord Shinkwin, my

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noble friend, applied for the

position and was appointed. Yet only

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a few weeks later he was told by the

equality and human rights commission

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that the post had been abolished

altogether. Was the Prime Minister

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consulted about that decision? Does

she agree with the decision to

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abolish that post, and if not can I

urge her to urge the commission to

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reinstate the post of disability

Commissioner and reinstall Lord

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Shinkwin to his rightful place on

it?

Can I thank my honourable friend

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for raising this point? Firstly, can

I say I have known the noble Lord,

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Lord Shinkwin, for many years and he

has been a valiant champion for the

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rights of disabled people over those

years and I think his own experience

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and the example he set in his work

in public life, and particularly in

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the other place, are a fine example

of how disabled people can actually

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be standing up, speeding up, and

ensure they are taking their

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rightful place in public life --

speaking up. The HRC is an

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independent body and it was their

decision to abolish the disability

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Commissioner. The question is what

is being done to help disabled

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people and how can we ensure we are

helping disabled people? That is why

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we are committed to tackling the

injustices that disabled people

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face. We are spending over £50

billion a year on benefits to

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support disabled people and people

with health conditions, a record

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high. But of course we do want to

ensure and I would urge the HRC to

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ensure that in their work they are

paying proper attention to the needs

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and rights of disabled people,

because that is an important part of

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their remit.

Mr Speaker, my

constituent's son was killed by a

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learner driver taking a lesson. With

one in four young drivers being

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involved in an accident within the

first two years of starting to

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drive, and 400 deaths or serious

injuries on our roads involving

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young drivers each year, will the

Prime Minister meet with me and my

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constituents to hear their story and

consider the introduction of a

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graduated licensing system for the

UK as they have another countries?

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The honourable lady has obviously

raised an important issue and I will

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certainly look at the request that

she has made. And I will also ask

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the Department for Transport to look

at this as an issue. As she says

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there are too many people who suffer

a loss and tragedy at the hands of

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learner drivers in these

circumstances and we will certainly

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look at that.

The Royal Marines are the most

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adaptable of our elite infantry,

central to our amphibious capability

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and they provide much of our special

forces. Does the Prime Minister

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agree with me that producing them

further at this stage would be

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inconsistent with this Government's

strong record on defence and

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security?

Can I say to my honourable friend

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that the Royal Marines do indeed

play a vital role in defending our

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country and I pay tribute to them

for all that they do.

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Detecting the UK is of course our

priority and as my honourable friend

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will know, we have in place a

review, and organising defence

0:21:070:21:13

programme, about ensuring the

defence capabilities we have meet

0:21:130:21:17

the rapidly changing and evolving

threats that we face. I think that

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is the right thing for us to do, but

of course any comments that have

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been made, any suggestions made,

about cuts to defence or purely

0:21:250:21:28

speculative. I would remind my

honourable friend and other members

0:21:280:21:31

of this House that in fact we are

committed to increasing our spending

0:21:310:21:34

on defence.

In offering him best

wishes for his birthday on Sunday, I

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call Mr Dennis Skinner.

I didn't

know about that.

0:21:410:21:46

LAUGHTER

I don't celebrate things like that.

0:21:460:21:51

I don't think you should celebrate

age.

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Anyway...

LAUGHTER

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There are another group of people

that need help, and they are the

0:21:570:22:02

people who work in the National

Health Service. And what they told

0:22:020:22:06

me last week was the best period

that they ever experienced was in

0:22:060:22:13

the Labour Government when they had

the money increased from £33 billion

0:22:130:22:24

in 1997 to £100 billion in 2010.

That was a golden period. Why did

0:22:240:22:35

they do it? How did they do it? The

Chancellor of the Exchequer but 1%

0:22:350:22:42

on the national insurance, and in

hypothecation terms it went directly

0:22:420:22:51

to the health service, and it is

called long-term stability. Under

0:22:510:22:57

this Government they don't know

whether they are coming or going. It

0:22:570:23:00

is high time this Government did the

same as we did between 97 and 2010.

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Yes, and happy birthday, Dennis.

Can I say to the honourable

0:23:200:23:27

gentleman, he says why were the

Labour Party in that position of

0:23:270:23:30

being able to spend more on public

services. I will tell him. Because

0:23:300:23:34

the Conservative Government had left

the golden economic legacy.

0:23:340:23:40

a golden economic legacy.

0:23:400:23:50

Regardless of how popular you are...

Thank you, Mr Speaker. The

0:23:520:23:58

Conservative lead District Council

have refused the proposed expansion

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of the enormous logistics part in --

Logistics Park in my constituency.

0:24:030:24:09

Given the Prime Minister's recent

welcome remarks about sustainable

0:24:090:24:13

developments, will she please

arrange for me to meet the relevant

0:24:130:24:17

Government ministers to discuss the

creation of a national planning

0:24:170:24:23

framework for the future location of

these enormous Logistics Park 's?

My

0:24:230:24:27

honourable friend has raised an

important point, and obviously it is

0:24:270:24:33

a matter of considerable interest to

his constituents. Of course we need

0:24:330:24:37

the right balance between enabling

development and growth to take place

0:24:370:24:40

while continuing to protect and

enhance our natural environment. And

0:24:400:24:43

the purpose of the planning system

is to contribute to achieving that

0:24:430:24:48

sustainable development, but

regarding the very specific issue

0:24:480:24:50

about these logistics parks, I'm

sure one of the ministers from

0:24:500:24:56

housing and communities and local

Government, indeed possibly my right

0:24:560:25:00

honourable friend the Housing

Secretary, will be happy to meet and

0:25:000:25:02

discuss it with them.

Is the Prime Minister were ever

0:25:020:25:08

Universal Credit claimant forgets

their username or password they must

0:25:080:25:12

attend a face-to-face interview at

the job centre to have them reset?

0:25:120:25:15

The Secretary of State can't give a

date when this will be fixed so will

0:25:150:25:18

the Prime Minister to commit to know

for the job centre closures until

0:25:180:25:22

Universal Credit claimants can

access basic online functions as a

0:25:220:25:31

available with HMRC?

I'll ask the

Secretary of State responsible to

0:25:310:25:36

look carefully at identifying a date

when that change will be made.

0:25:360:25:42

Mr Speaker, according to statistics

around 3400 people in my

0:25:420:25:48

constituency last year were

diagnosed with cancer. Cancer

0:25:480:25:51

survival rates have meant there are

7000 people alive today who may not

0:25:510:25:55

have been if the rates of 2010 were

still in place. Does my right

0:25:550:26:00

honourable friend see this as a

testament to the NHS and that she

0:26:000:26:04

recognised...

Well, I absolutely

agree with my honourable friend. It

0:26:040:26:08

is very good news there are 7000

more people alive today. Cancer

0:26:080:26:13

sufferers alive today, than would

have been had we simply continued in

0:26:130:26:16

the way we were in 2010. I am very

happy to join him in welcoming the

0:26:160:26:21

news. Cancer survival rates have

increased year-on-year. Of course,

0:26:210:26:26

we want them to increase even

further.

0:26:260:26:30

Last year we had 7 million more

diagnostic tests than in 2010 and

0:26:300:26:34

290,000 patients started treatment

for cancer, 57,000 more than in

0:26:340:26:40

2010, but he is absolutely right. We

should welcome the improvement that

0:26:400:26:43

has been made, we should

congratulate and thank the NHS staff

0:26:430:26:48

for all they have been doing, but

there is more for us to do and that

0:26:480:26:51

is why we are backing up our plans

for cancer with a further £600

0:26:510:26:56

million to implement the cancer

strategy for England.

0:26:560:27:01

The Prime Minister, as we have just

heard, continues to be in denial

0:27:010:27:07

about the rising level of crime and

following police numbers. Despite

0:27:070:27:11

her repeated assurances budgets have

not been protected for my local

0:27:110:27:15

police force, with 80 million and

1000 police officers lost already.

0:27:150:27:19

Will she meet with me and a

delegation of small businesses that

0:27:190:27:22

do so much for my local economy yet

have seen significant rises and

0:27:220:27:27

Brechins in crime as a result of

these Tory cuts?

-- break-ins.

0:27:270:27:35

Obviously I will look at his request

but for those concerned about the

0:27:350:27:38

way in which policing is being

undertaken in their area, they

0:27:380:27:41

should actually speak to the local

police, who make operational

0:27:410:27:45

decisions about what is happening.

We protected overall police spending

0:27:450:27:50

and we continue to protect it, and

indeed more money is being put into

0:27:500:27:55

the police. I remind the honourable

gentleman that it was a Labour

0:27:550:27:59

Shadow Home Secretary who said that

the police budgets could be cut by

0:27:590:28:02

10%.

NHS figures show that in the

0:28:020:28:11

south-west NHS funding, the growth

in NHS funding, is 2.2% less than

0:28:110:28:17

the national average. It is also

true that it is more challenging in

0:28:170:28:21

the south-west with an ageing

demographic and sparsity. Does the

0:28:210:28:24

Prime Minister agree with me that

providers in the south-west, that

0:28:240:28:31

they deserve their fair share of NHS

funding, and will she take action to

0:28:310:28:35

address this inequality?

0:28:350:28:40

Let me say to my honourable friend

that the National for me which is

0:28:400:28:43

the basis for calculating funding

does take into account a large

0:28:430:28:46

number of factors including being

rural and the demographics which

0:28:460:28:52

other factors he has suggested needs

to be considered. NHS Curnow saw an

0:28:520:28:56

increase in their funding this year

and will see a further increase in

0:28:560:28:59

their funding next year, taking

funding to over £760 million. This

0:28:590:29:05

is part of our commitment to

ensuring we are putting extra

0:29:050:29:07

funding in the NHS but of course, we

continue to look at ensuring the

0:29:070:29:12

distribution of that funding takes

account of all the factors that need

0:29:120:29:16

to do.

Leila Moran.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker, under the 1824 rate --

0:29:160:29:23

vagrancy act, rough sleeping is

illegal and the act was used nearly

0:29:230:29:26

2000 times last year to drag

homeless people before the courts.

0:29:260:29:29

Scotland and Northern Ireland have

already repealed it is so will the

0:29:290:29:32

Prime Minister support my bill that

consigned this heartless Dickensian

0:29:320:29:37

law to the history books across the

whole of the UK?

What we are doing

0:29:370:29:43

is recognising we need to take

action in relation to rough

0:29:430:29:45

sleeping. That is why we are putting

more money into projects to reduce

0:29:450:29:50

rough sleeping and indeed, projects

like housing first, which are being

0:29:500:29:55

put into place in a number of places

in the country to ensure that we can

0:29:550:29:58

provide for those rough sleeping.

None of us want to see rough

0:29:580:30:02

sleepers on the street. That is why

the government is taking action.

0:30:020:30:07

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Today is the

anniversary of the signing of the

0:30:070:30:10

Maastricht Treaty. We have come a

very long way. May I congratulate my

0:30:100:30:18

right honourable friend on her

approach to the customs union? May I

0:30:180:30:24

also mention the fact that in the

liaison committee last December, I

0:30:240:30:30

warned her about ultimatums from the

EU and again in my question only

0:30:300:30:36

last week. Would she be given to be

very robust when discussing these

0:30:360:30:39

matters in the Brexit committee as I

am sure she will be, in order to we

0:30:390:30:44

repudiate any of these EU threats?

I

can assure my honourable friend the

0:30:440:30:53

first, I suspect that at the time

that the legislation was going

0:30:530:30:55

through in this house, there were

not many who would have thought that

0:30:550:31:00

my honourable friend would be

standing up recognising the signing

0:31:000:31:03

of the anniversary of the Maastricht

Treaty. I suspect he only feels able

0:31:030:31:07

to do so because we are coming out

of the European Union and I can

0:31:070:31:10

assure you we will be robust in our

arguments. As I have said right from

0:31:100:31:14

the very beginning, we will hear

noises find all sorts of things

0:31:140:31:17

being said about positions being

taken. What matters is the positions

0:31:170:31:21

we take in the negotiations, as we

sit down and negotiate the best

0:31:210:31:25

deal. We have shown we can do that.

We did it in December and we are

0:31:250:31:28

going to do it again.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker. Kirklees Council, who serve

0:31:280:31:35

my constituency, have already had

their budget cut by nearly £200

0:31:350:31:41

million, with a possible £45 million

of cuts to come. Which of the

0:31:410:31:47

following things would the Prime

Minister recommend they cut next?

0:31:470:31:51

Care for an older person with

dementia, emptying the bends,

0:31:510:31:55

providing hot school meals for

vulnerable children, libraries,

0:31:550:31:59

leisure centres or museums, or

supporting the 24% of children

0:31:590:32:04

living in poverty? Your choice,

Prime Minister.

I would have thought

0:32:040:32:11

that the honourable lady should have

been welcoming the improvements that

0:32:110:32:15

have taken place in her

constituency. She should have

0:32:150:32:19

welcomed them any more children who

are in good for outstanding schools

0:32:190:32:22

as a result of this government -- be

many more children. She should have

0:32:220:32:27

welcomed the extra help landing and

more people...

The Prime Minister is

0:32:270:32:30

in the middle of giving her answer,

order, members must not shout at the

0:32:300:32:35

Prime Minister when she's giving her

answer. OK.

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

0:32:350:32:41

Recent reports have suggested the

European Commission is asking that

0:32:410:32:44

we enter into certain limited

legally binding agreements in

0:32:440:32:49

relation to bits of our exit in

isolation. Could the Prime Minister

0:32:490:32:53

confirm it remains the government's

policy that nothing is agreed until

0:32:530:32:57

everything is agreed and therefore,

we will only enter into a legally

0:32:570:33:01

binding agreement in relation to the

entire exit agreement and not just

0:33:010:33:05

part of it as Jamaat

my honourable

friend is right and it was reflected

0:33:050:33:12

in the joint report that was

published in December that nothing

0:33:120:33:15

is agreed until everything is

agreed. The negotiations that are

0:33:150:33:18

now taking place firstly, to put

greater detail into the definition

0:33:180:33:23

of the implementation period, and we

expect to do that by the March

0:33:230:33:27

European Council. Alongside that,

there is looking at the legal basis

0:33:270:33:31

of the withdrawal agreement which of

course will have to come to this

0:33:310:33:34

parliament for agreement for both

the withdrawal agreement and the

0:33:340:33:40

implementation built in due course.

At that stage, I would expect to

0:33:400:33:45

have the future relationship set out

in a way so people are able to look

0:33:450:33:48

at the whole package when they come

to make the decision.

Sir Vincent

0:33:480:33:53

cable.

The Prime Minister knows that

one of the key objectives of

0:33:530:33:57

American trade negotiators in any

future deal after Brexit is to

0:33:570:34:02

secure access for American companies

to business in the NHS. Can she give

0:34:020:34:07

an absolute guarantee that in those

negotiations, the NHS will be

0:34:070:34:12

excluded from their scope? And can

she confirmed that in her

0:34:120:34:16

conversations with President drunk,

she has made it absolutely clear to

0:34:160:34:19

him that the NHS is not for sale

question mark -- with President

0:34:190:34:22

Trump.

I want to say to the right

honourable gentleman that we are

0:34:220:34:27

starting the discussions with the

American administration, firstly

0:34:270:34:30

looking at what we can do to

increase trade between the US and UK

0:34:300:34:35

already, even before a possibility

any free trade agreement and he does

0:34:350:34:38

not know what they are going to say

their requirements for the free

0:34:380:34:40

trade agreement, we will go into the

negotiations to get the best

0:34:400:34:44

possible deal for the UK.

Mr

Speaker, a recent report by open

0:34:440:34:51

doors highlights the top countries

that suffer horrific persecution

0:34:510:34:56

against Christians. We need to take

action and send a signal to other

0:34:560:35:01

nations. These are countries that

are often associated with luxury

0:35:010:35:05

holidays. Will the Prime Minister

consider it a marking a specific

0:35:050:35:09

fixed percentage of international

aid to go towards tackling religious

0:35:090:35:12

persecution?

Yes, well, I have to

say to my honourable friend that

0:35:120:35:19

this is an issue that I of concern

to many members of this house and I

0:35:190:35:24

was pleased a matter of weeks ago to

meet Father Daniel from miniver and

0:35:240:35:35

Idlib, who talked about the very

real persecution is congregation

0:35:350:35:38

were suffering and had suffered in

the past. He presented me with a

0:35:380:35:42

Bible which was burned, which had

been rescued when a church had

0:35:420:35:46

actually been set on fire. This is a

real issue. We are, all of our aid

0:35:460:35:53

is distributed on the basis of need

to ensure civilians are not

0:35:530:35:56

disconnected against on the basis of

race, ethnicity or religion. --

0:35:560:36:01

discriminated against. We are

working with governments, the

0:36:010:36:04

international community and the UN

to support the rights of minorities

0:36:040:36:06

and that our aid reaches those in

need but we will of course further

0:36:060:36:10

explore Whatmore support we can give

-- what more support we can give to

0:36:100:36:18

work against persecution of

religious minorities.

The Prime

0:36:180:36:21

Minister will be aware that all free

trade agreements involve some custom

0:36:210:36:25

checks and therefore infrastructure

at frontiers which would be

0:36:250:36:28

completely incompatible with

maintaining an open border between

0:36:280:36:32

Northern Ireland and the republic.

As the Cabinet subcommittee has

0:36:320:36:35

apparently today finally got around

to discussing this, could the Prime

0:36:350:36:38

Minister explain to the house why

she is so opposed to the UK

0:36:380:36:42

remaining in a customs union with

the EU when not only would this be

0:36:420:36:47

better for the British economy than

a vague deep and special

0:36:470:36:51

partnership, whatever that is but

would help to ensure that the border

0:36:510:36:54

remains as it is today which is

everybody wants? Wright UK is

0:36:540:37:00

leaving the European Union. That

means we are leaving the single

0:37:000:37:03

market. We are leaving the customs

union.

If we were full members of

0:37:030:37:07

the customs union, we would not be

able to do trade deals around the

0:37:070:37:10

rest of the world and we are going

to have an independent trade policy

0:37:100:37:13

and do those deals. He asks me about

customs arrangements but I have to

0:37:130:37:18

say to him that I suggest he looks

to the paper that was published by

0:37:180:37:20

the government last summer.

Thank

you Mr Speaker. Headway, the brain

0:37:200:37:28

injury charity, says that a family

recent had to pay £1500 over 15

0:37:280:37:34

weeks for hospital car parking

charges, Clic Sargeant said families

0:37:340:37:42

that have children with Baghdad to

pay £100, despite the government

0:37:420:37:49

misses, hospital staff, nurses and

Borders have to pay car parking

0:37:490:37:52

charges, given unanimous motion last

week in the House of Commons, will

0:37:520:37:56

my honourable friend address this

social injustice and abolish

0:37:560:37:59

hospital car parking charges once

and for all?

I recognise this is an

0:37:590:38:05

issue my honourable friend has been

campaigning on for some time. As he

0:38:050:38:09

says in his question, we have of

course set strong guidance -- sent

0:38:090:38:15

strong guidance to hospital trusts

on the issue of car parking charges

0:38:150:38:18

and we of course look to ensure that

those are being met. Of course,

0:38:180:38:23

individual hospitals are taking

their own decisions in relation to

0:38:230:38:25

this matter but I think it is right

the government has set very clear

0:38:250:38:31

guidelines to hospitals as to how

they approach this.

Mr Speaker, the

0:38:310:38:37

Prime Minister has done much to

tackle modern slavery but my

0:38:370:38:42

constituent was trafficked here as a

child, sold at least once on the

0:38:420:38:46

long journey and then forced to work

in the dark in a cannabis factory

0:38:460:38:51

for years. Now the Home Office is

proposing to send him back to

0:38:510:38:55

Vietnam. Will the Prime Minister

intervened, not just in this case

0:38:550:39:00

but in this complex and confused

area of the law?

I recognise as the

0:39:000:39:07

honourable lady says that there are

cases which are complex in terms of

0:39:070:39:10

the legal application. My right

honourable friend the Home Secretary

0:39:100:39:14

has heard the case the honourable

lady as set out and I'm sure we will

0:39:140:39:18

look at that particular issue, both

the individual case but also the

0:39:180:39:22

wider point that the honourable lady

is making. I am sure we all want to

0:39:220:39:28

ensure that actually, as we know,

the best possible solution for this

0:39:280:39:33

is people like her constituent not

to be trafficked into the UK in the

0:39:330:39:35

first place to be working in

cannabis factories.

Like many, I'm

0:39:350:39:41

delighted to note the good progress

made in lifting the ban on beef

0:39:410:39:44

exports to China. What is my right

honourable friend doing to ensure

0:39:440:39:48

that we are able to export Scotch

beef and other Scottish products

0:39:480:39:53

like whiskey to other parts or all

parts of the world?

Can I say to my

0:39:530:40:00

honourable friend I was very pleased

when I was in China last week, we

0:40:000:40:03

were able to work with the Chinese

government towards that opening up

0:40:030:40:09

of the Chinese market, particularly

to beef products and also to dairy

0:40:090:40:13

products, which are two key issues

for the UK. But also, I'm pleased to

0:40:130:40:18

say the Chief Executive of the

Scotch Whisky Association was on the

0:40:180:40:21

business delegation with me and was

doing everything that she does most

0:40:210:40:26

ably to promote the interests of

Scotch whiskey and of course, the

0:40:260:40:32

answer to his question is what we

are doing is making sure we can have

0:40:320:40:37

an independent trade policy,

developing trade deals around the

0:40:370:40:40

rest of the world which means that

good Scottish products and indeed

0:40:400:40:43

good products from the rest of UK

can be sold around world.

Mr

0:40:430:40:48

Speaker, the centuries-old UK in, a

world-class company, Britain's third

0:40:480:40:55

biggest engineering company is

facing a hostile takeover by

0:40:550:40:58

Melrose, leading to break up,

sell-off, closures and redundancies.

0:40:580:41:01

That would be to make a mockery of

industrial strategy. Can I ask the

0:41:010:41:07

Prime Minister this, that government

has the power to intervene because

0:41:070:41:10

of the defence work carried out by

GKN? Will the Prime Minister act in

0:41:100:41:17

the national interest and block this

unwanted takeover?

I can say to the

0:41:170:41:23

honourable gentleman that of course

the business department will be

0:41:230:41:25

looking closely and have been

following closely the issue he has

0:41:250:41:28

raised and I can assure him that I

and the government as a whole will

0:41:280:41:32

always act in the UK national

interest.

With the largest

0:41:320:41:38

undeveloped brownfield sites in the

country located in my constituency

0:41:380:41:41

at Stanton, will my right honourable

friend explain to the house at the

0:41:410:41:45

new housing infrastructure fund will

help residents buy a new home?

Can I

0:41:450:41:51

say to my honourable friend that I

think the housing infrastructure

0:41:510:41:54

fund is a very important

development, one of the major

0:41:540:41:57

complaints that constituent often

have and residents have when they

0:41:570:42:00

see the possibility of development

in their area is lack of

0:42:000:42:04

infrastructure. What the housing

infrastructure fund enables is

0:42:040:42:07

infrastructure to be built and put

in place so it can support of

0:42:070:42:10

elements in a way that helps support

local residents. -- support

0:42:100:42:15

developments. I'm pleased the

announcement of nearly £900 million

0:42:150:42:19

which the Housing Secretary

announced last week, we are seeing

0:42:190:42:21

real interest in the housing

infrastructure fund, which is making

0:42:210:42:25

a difference and enabling more homes

to be built and more of her

0:42:250:42:28

constituents to be able to buy her

own -- their own homes.

My

0:42:280:42:33

constituent is 58, she has the

beauty, four pins in her leg, a

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walking frame and is just out of

hospital after having clot her long

0:42:380:42:43

billy dragged along, she got exactly

do the job centre, having found the

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government posted on Friday, will

she apologise for not having told

0:42:470:42:50

any of the constituency Bridgestone

whose job centres were being closed,

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will she refund my constituent the

£10 she spent on a taxi and Wilshere

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apologise for this absolutely

ridiculous situation?

I say to the

0:42:580:43:02

honourable lady that yes, we are

seeing some job being closed in

0:43:020:43:06

Scotland. There's not going to be

any decrease in the level of service

0:43:060:43:09

offered to the people of Scotland.

We are increasing the number of work

0:43:090:43:13

coaches across the country. What we

are doing is ensuring that we can

0:43:130:43:17

continue to provide a good service

to the people of Scotland.

Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. Intimidation on

social media is a growing issue for

0:43:240:43:27

many people across the country and

yesterday, highlighted especially

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for women standing for election. Can

my right honourable friend update us

0:43:320:43:36

on the progress being made and does

she agree we should take no lessons

0:43:360:43:39

from a party whose Shadow Chancellor

has called for violence against

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women?

Yes, can I say to my

honourable friend that I think this

0:43:430:43:53

issue is a particularly important

one. I announced yesterday, I said

0:43:530:43:57

yesterday, as indeed my right

honourable friend the Home Secretary

0:43:570:44:00

said at the weekend, we are

consulting on a new offence of

0:44:000:44:05

intimidation of election candidates

and campaigners. That follows the

0:44:050:44:09

report from the committee about the

degree to which intimidation was

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done to at the last election,

particularly women, BME and LGBT

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candidates. This is an absolute

disgrace, it has no part in our

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public life and I would urge the

Shadow Chancellor once again come he

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keeps refusing to do this, to

apologise to the Secretary of State

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for Work and Pensions for saying she

should be lynched.

Order.

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