21/02/2018 Prime Minister's Questions


21/02/2018

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Irish dropped by his determination

to listen to the views of the

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families were affected by this

tragedy and make sure those views

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are taken fully into account.

Questions the Prime Minister, Ruth

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Cadbury.

Thank you. This morning, I

had meetings with ministerial

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colleagues in addition to my

meetings in this house, I should

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have further such meetings

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This morning the High Court ruled

that the government's air quality

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plan is unlawful. What does the

Prime Minister feel is worse, losing

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for the third time in the High

Court, or 40,000 unnecessary deaths

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and the impact on children's health

of the UK's unsustainable air

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quality?

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The issue the Honourable lady has

raised is an important one. That is

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why we have been taking action to

improve air quality. May I just say

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to the honourable lady that the way

she has described the court's

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decision this morning, I don't think

properly reflects the decision that

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the court has given. If I can just

perhaps... Mr Speaker, explain to

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the house, because we... We do

welcome the fact that the court has

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dismissed the complaint relating to

five cities with major air quality

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problems, has found that we are

taking appropriate action, they have

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agreed that the modelling we used to

support the 2017 air quality plan is

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sound. They have asked us to go

further in areas with less severe

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air quality problems where we

thought a pragmatic approach was

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appropriate. We will now formalise

that. But on two of the three camps

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they found in the government's

favour. -- to recounts.

We want to

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see more police on the streets. I

lobbied the police Minister for

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funds to put more police on the

streets. Will the Prime Minister

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join me in urging the Labour Police

and Crime Commissioner... To put

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more police on the streets instead

of increasing his Budget for back

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office staff by £10 million.

CHEERING

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My honourable friend raises an

important issue. He is right to

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speak up for his constituents in

relation to this. He's also right

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because as a Government we've been

keen to ensure police are out there,

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not in back office jobs. More money,

more money is going to policing.

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Order! Please. The questions and the

answers must be heard. And I make no

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apology for repeating that the

discussions here at Prime Minister's

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Questions should bear some

resemblance to what the house is

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saying in relation to culture. We

have recently had a report on

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harassment. Let's try to behave

properly in these sessions. That

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means listening to the answers, and

listening to the questions. Both

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sides of the house have got to try

to wake up to the reality that huge

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numbers of people outside this place

couldn't care less about the press

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gallery, huge numbers of people

outside this place disapprove of

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this sort of behaviour on both

sides. Stop it! Prime Minister.

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Thank you. The funding settlement

for next year provides extra money

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for policing, which means that the

West Midlands Police will receive an

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increase of £9.5 million. As my

honourable friend says it is up to

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the West Midlands Police and Crime

Commissioner, the Labour

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commissioner, to decide how he

spends that money. But I know that

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police forces can be more effective

and productive. And I'm sure he is

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going to make his case very strongly

to the Labour Commissioner.

Jeremy

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Corbyn.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday the

Brexit secretary assured the country

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that Brexit will not plunge Britain

into a mad Max style world road from

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dystopian fiction -- borrowed from

dystopian fiction. Doesn't the Prime

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Minister think that he could set the

bar a little bit higher?

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LAUGHTER

I'll tell you, as the Right

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Honourable gentleman knows, we are

clear we are going to ensure that

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when we leave the EU we are going to

be able to take back control of our

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borders, our money, and our laws.

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As I have to say to him, the only

fiction around in relation to the

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Brexit and the European Union is the

Labour Party's front bench who

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cannot even agree with themselves on

what their policy is.

Jeremy Corbyn.

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One of her former Brexit ministers

in the other place warned the Prime

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Minister that Britain will be

walking a gangplank into thin air if

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she doesn't decide what she actually

wants on leaving the EU. In his

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speech the Brexit secretary also

said fears about a deregulatory race

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to the bottom were based on nothing.

So, why then did his own

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department's exit analysis say there

could be opportunities for Britain

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in the regulating areas such as

environment and employment law?

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He talks about what we actually want

to achieve when we leave the EU.

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I'll tell him what we want to

achieve. We want to ensure this is a

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country that can negotiate

free-trade deals around the rest of

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the world. We want to ensure we have

a good trade agreement with the

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European Union, and that is what we

will start negotiating. We want to

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make sure we have a get security

partnership with the EU, as I set

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out in detail in my speech in Munich

last week. But what we also want

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insurers that this country takes the

opportunities that will be open to

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us outside the EU to boost our

economy, to ensure we are developing

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the economy of the future, the jobs

of the future, more high-paid, high

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skilled jobs, for the people in this

country. We are putting people

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first.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, in December the Foreign

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Secretary and the Environment

Secretary were briefing about the

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working Time directive would be

scrapped. CBI and the unions are

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clear they are not looking for a

bonfire of regulations, quite the

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opposite. The only party that wants

to scrap workers regulation issues

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are the party opposite. In her

Lancaster house speech a year ago

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the PM clearly stated, I also want

tariff free trade with Europe. Now,

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a year on, she has downgraded that

aimed to a tariff free -- as tariff

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free as possible. Businesses and

workers want tariff free to protect

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jobs, so why has the Government

abandoned that and want as tariff

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free as possible as to what the

Government has not abandoned its

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negotiating position in relation to

this.

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We will be ensuring that we get that

good, comrades of trade agreement

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new economic partnership with the

European Union.

-- as tariff free as

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possible. I have been clear since I

became Prime Minister that this is a

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Government that will not only

protect workers' rights, but enhance

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workers' rights. Let's look at the

Conservatives' record in Government.

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Which Government was a tactic action

on zero-hours contracts? A

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Conservative Government, not Labour.

Which Government is it that got

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Matthew Taylor to actually report on

the new economy so we insured

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workers got the highest rights?

Conservative, not Labour. Which

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Government is ensuring that workers

voices are heard on the boards of

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companies? A Conservative

Government, not Labour.

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I don't know if she has had a chance

to read the Daily Telegraph today,

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but 62 of her backbenchers want a

bonfire of regulations, want to

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destroy workers right in this

country. When the government's EU

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and exit analysis... Mr Speaker,

when the government's EU and exit

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analysis was published it said it

does not consider our desired

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outcome. Could the Prime Minister

take this opportunity now to tell

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the house and the country what is

the government's desired outcome?

A

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bespoke economic partnership.

OK,

given the PM ruled out any form of

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customs union post Brexit, can she

explain how she expects to avoid a

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hard border with Northern Ireland?

This question has been asked

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previously. I've already pointed out

that the Government published papers

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last summer which showed how we can

deliver exactly that, no hard border

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between the Republic of Ireland and

Northern Ireland, they bespoke

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economic partnership with the EU.

The Foreign Secretary recently made

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a speech about Brexit. He found time

to mention carrots, spam, stag

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parties a plague of boils and

V-signs. No mention of Northern

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Ireland in his speech.

Calm

yourself. It's only Wednesday, you

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have the rest of the week to get

through, this is not good for your

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health. You should appreciate my

kindness.

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We are halfway through the six

speeches we were told would set out

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the Government's negotiating

position. So far all we have had is

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a waffle and empty rhetoric...

Businesses need to know. People want

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to know. Even her backbenchers are

demanding to know. But it isn't

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clear from today's exchanges, this

Government isn't on the road to

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Brexit, Mr Speaker, it is on the

road to nowhere.

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I think... I think I have mentioned

to the right honourable gentleman

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before that his job is to ask a

question, not make... But, you know,

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I'm perfectly happy... I'm perfectly

happy to respond to the point that

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he made. He said that we have not

set out any detail. Can I suggest to

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him that he needs to think very

carefully about the security

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partnership that we want with the

European Union when we have left. I

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set out in my speech in Munich last

week exactly what we want that

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security partnership to cover,

because we believe, we believe in

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ensuring that we are maintaining the

security and safety of people here

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in the UK, but also of people in

Europe. And we are unconditionally

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committed to the safety and security

of Europe. But can I congratulate

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the right honourable gentleman,

because normally he stands up every

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week and asks me to sign a blank

cheque. And I know he likes Czechs,

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but really.

LAUGHTER

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My constituent was killed when a car

mounted the pavement with tests done

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after the incident saying that the

driver had an undiagnosed medical

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condition which would have been

assessed by the DVLA had it been

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found up beforehand. What does the

Prime Minister think of the current

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restrictions and rules of those

holding driving licences?

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It is crucial. We want to ensure

that people who are driving are

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actually fit to drive. I know that

the sympathies of not just my

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honourable friend but the whole of

this house will be with her family

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and friends. The current driving

licence system is designed to

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balance the needs of road safety and

with those of the individual. All

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drivers must inform the DVLA if they

have a medical condition which would

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affect their driving and discuss any

issues with their own medical

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professional. We take this seriously

and we are committed to ensuring

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that those who are granted a driving

licence are those who are fit to

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drive.

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At least 194 people have been killed

in the last 48-hours in eastern

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Ghouta, can the Prime Minister tell

the House what discussions her

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government has had with UN

colleagues on Sunday on enforcing

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existing UN resolutions calling for

an end of sieges of civilian areas

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and attacks on civilians?

Can I say

he has raised an important issue and

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we are appalled by the escalation of

air strikes in Ghouta and are

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concerned by the reports of the

deliberate targeting of civilians

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and this is in violation of

international law and we as a

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Government do call on the regime and

its backers to cease this campaign

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of violence and they should respect

international law, protect civilians

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and allow rapid humanitarian access.

There is concern that it is

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something like 700 people who need

medical evacuation are being refused

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that. We will work with the UN and

the the process and finally I would

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say that the UN envoy has our full

support in the work he is do Iing to

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try to find a -- doing by trying to

find a solution.

The bombing is

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relentless. Doctors are treating

pregnant women and babies who have

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lost limbs, it is thought over 100

children have been killed since

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Sunday. The UN has issued pleas

calling for political intervention,

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state nothing words will do justice

to the children killed, their

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mothers, their fathers and their

loved ones. Will the Prime Minister

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show leadership and join me in

calling for an urgent meeting of the

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UN Security Council to address the

horrific genocide unfolding in

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Syria?

The UN has called on

governments around the world to call

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out the action that has been taken

and to be ready to stand against

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thattance. Action. We will be

ensuring that we will be talking to

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our colleagues in the UN to ensure

that the best possible approach that

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can be taken. But it is not just

about the Syrian government. It is

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about the backers of the Syrian

Government as well and we call on

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all their backers, including Russia

to ensure that this violence stops

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and those in need of help are given

that help.

Thank you Mr Speaker. A

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company has been manufacturing in

Britain for a hundred years in my

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constituency. They're the only

British company bidding to produce

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our new passport, the other two

being French. Will my honourable

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friend commit to doing all she can

to support our manufacturers, our

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innovators and making our new blue

passports truly British?

Can I say

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to my honourable friend I'm sure he

is aware that this will be an open

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and fair competition that I can't

comment on individual bids, but I'm

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sure he will make his voice heard.

From autumn 2019 we will issue now

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passports. That has been the colour

of voice for passports -- choice for

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passports and it is right we return

to deciding the colour of passports

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we wants and not the EU.

Thank you

Mr Speaker. My constituent Claire,

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suffered tragedy when her two

children were murdered by their

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father in an arson attack at the

family home. This brave woman has

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since dedicated herself to

campaigning for protection of

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victims of domestic violence. Can I

ask the Prime Minister when is the

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domestic violence bill going to be

published and will it be as

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comprehensive as she promised?

Can I

say to the honourable lady that our

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thoughts are with Claire after this

terrible tragedy that she has been

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through. And we do recognise the

need to ensure that we are providing

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support for the victims of domestic

violence. As she said, there are

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many aspects to this issue. The Home

Secretary before she brings forward

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the legislation will be issuing a

consultation to ensure we listen to

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all those who have been affected so

wir dealing with all the aexpects of

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this Esh -- we are dealing with all

the aspects this. We are committed

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to working to support the victims of

violence and to ensure that we end

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violence against women and girls.

Thank you. I visited a memory cafe

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in my constituency, the cafe is open

to individuals and their carers and

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help to provide support for the

memory loss. I was touched by the

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dedication of these volunteers and

will be hosting my own MP's memory

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surgery to enable local residents

the opportunity to speak. Will the

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Prime Minister take this opportunity

to update what the house what the

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Government is doing to help with

those suffering from dementia.

I'm

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happy to join my honourable friend

in congratulating the carers looking

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after people with dementia. And also

the volunteers who provide services

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for people with dementia and for

their carers. We are working with

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partners across the health system to

ensure more people with dementia

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receive a diagnosis, to raise

awareness and provide the care and

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support that they need. I'm also

pleased to say there are 2.3 million

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dementia friends across the country.

We are doubling spending on dementia

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research and I'm going to make sure

that members of cabinet are given

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the dementia friends training.

Last

night I attended a meeting of

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resident s who are concerned about

rising levels of crime and

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anti-social behaviour. Crime has

increased 18% and we have lost over

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500 police officers and suffered £40

million worth of cuts to policing.

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Will the Prime Minister commit to

giving back the money for

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neighbourhood policing and apologise

to the constituent of the area who

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have had to put their hands back in

their pocket to compensate for her

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massive cuts?

First, can I say to

the the honourable lady that it is

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good to see her back in her place in

this House. As I said earlier, what

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we are doing, we are providing extra

funding for police forces. Now, it

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is no good Labour members shaking

their heads and saying no you're

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not. Because we are providing extra

funding for police forces. And of

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course it is then up to the police

and crime commissioners to decide

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how that is spent.

Mr Speaker I'm

sure the whole House would join me

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in welcoming the delegation of

French MPs watching proceedings

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today. The people from across the

European Union have the belief they

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can build a life here. So they want

certainty. What reassurances can the

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Prime Minister give that speedy low

cost system starting from the

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premise they will be staying with

soon be in place to allow them to

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get on with their lives and play an

important role in our community and

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culture?

Well, can I say to my

honourable friend I'm happy to join

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the fact that we are being, have

been joined by a delegation of

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French MPs. But he has raised an

important points about citizens

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living here. They have made a huge

contribution to our country and we

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want them to stay. I'm clear that EU

citizens living in the UK today will

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be able to stay. He refers to

process and I can assure him it

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won't cost more Nan than a British

passport. It will be a digital

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system and ensure that this is as

simple for people as we can provide.

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Over a million people are living

with the consequences of acquired

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Britain injury and thanks to the

government's new trauma centres, 600

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extra lives are being saved each

year. The problem is many of these

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people are having their lives saved

but they're not getting the

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rehabilitation that get them to live

independent lives again. Miracles

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can be done. But have the units have

no rehabilitation consu ant. Will

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the get all those together, the MoD,

the justice system, and the

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department for work and pensions to

make sure every person with an

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acquired brain injury gets the full

rehabilitation that they need?

The

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honourable gentleman has raised a

very important point. As he may know

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there are two ways in which those

rehabilitation service are

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commissioned. NHS England

commissions centres for complex

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brain injury. But more routine

rehabilitation is provided,

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commissioned locally. But NHS

England sets out guidance to those

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commissioners. He has raised a very

important point and I will ask the

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Health Secretary to respond to him

and take up the issues that, the

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specific question he has raised.

Can

I tell the Prime Minister how

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welcome the police minister's

statement was yesterday at the

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urgent question that he is going to

help Alfie Digly find a way to get

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through the law to access medicinal

cannabis. Will the Prime Minister

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join the majority of states of the

EU, of the United States, of British

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public opinion and all the

colleagues who raise questions

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yesterday to give British citizens

the earliest possible action to the

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benefit of medicines derived from

cannabis and for the United Kingdom

0:25:010:25:06

to get on the front foot in

licencing these to get the benefits.

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I know that the sympathies of the

members across the House are with

0:25:120:25:17

Alfie and his family. And of course,

people with chronic pain and

0:25:170:25:23

illnesses, we recognise will always

look to alleviate their symptoms. We

0:25:230:25:26

do need to ensure that if we are

going to allow medicines are going

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to be permitted to use that they

have been through the most rigorous

0:25:330:25:37

testing and we apply the most

rigorous standards before they're

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used. We believe cannabis should be

subjected to same regulation as

0:25:420:25:47

other medicines.

Mr Speaker, I have

highlighted each Tory Scottish MP

0:25:470:25:58

costs a lot of money. The Scottish

leader is cheaper because £15,000

0:25:580:26:04

you can hire her for a day for a

fund-raising dinner. At that same

0:26:040:26:09

dinner the Defence Secretary was on

high for 30,000. 2,000 bought the

0:26:090:26:16

international Secretary and 55,000

the Prime Minister. Does she agree

0:26:160:26:20

that although they will sell

anything that moves, it is time to

0:26:200:26:26

halt the privatisation of Tory MPs.

I was struggling to hear. Before I

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ask the Prime Minister to respond, I

need an assurance from tech the

0:26:320:26:37

honourable gentleman that he is not

suggesting the presence of a member

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of Parliament was bought. If he is

suggesting that, that is out of

0:26:410:26:45

order. That is what the honourable

gentleman is saying?

I was referring

0:26:450:26:49

to a story in the newspapers.

I'm

afraid that is not good enough. I

0:26:490:26:56

have to make instant judgments if

the Prime Minister wishes to issue a

0:26:560:27:01

response she is free to do. No.

Twice in the last four weeks the

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equalities commission has had cause

to write to the Labour Party

0:27:110:27:16

regarding breaches of equality law.

Does my honourable friend agree that

0:27:160:27:20

equality law must be applied equally

and they're there to protect all

0:27:200:27:26

groups equally?

I'm happy to agree

with my honourable friend on that

0:27:260:27:30

point. I was in opposition when the

equality act went through and we

0:27:300:27:36

supported that, it is there to

ensure as he said that people are

0:27:360:27:41

treated equally.

The Government's

decision to leave and withdraw from

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the customs s union could limit our

access to medicines. The CEO...

0:27:470:28:01

Let's be clear about this. This

question like every question will be

0:28:010:28:07

heard. The honourable lady will not

be shouted down. And that is the end

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of the matter. So if some foolish

person is seeking to do so, examine

0:28:120:28:18

your behaviour and stop it.

Thank

you.

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The CEO of the nuclear Association

points out that if medical isotopes

0:28:290:28:32

used to treat cancer are delayed in

reaching the UK, they could be

0:28:320:28:36

deemed useless on arrival because of

their short half-life. Will the

0:28:360:28:40

Prime Minister explain to the House

how she plans to prevent delays to

0:28:400:28:46

treatment due to her hard pursuit of

a hard Brexit?

The honourable lady

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is wrong on two counts. First, we

are pursuing a Brexit that will

0:28:520:28:57

enable us to have that economic

partnership which views that freedom

0:28:570:29:03

of trade across the borders with the

EU, but it is also the case, as we

0:29:030:29:07

have made clear previously, that the

availability of medical

0:29:070:29:11

radioisotopes will not be impacted

by the UK exit from the rot. The

0:29:110:29:15

import or Excel -- export of these

radioisotopes is not subject to

0:29:150:29:24

licensing requirements, so our

ability to import them from Europe

0:29:240:29:26

and the rest of the world will not

be affected by our withdrawal from

0:29:260:29:30

the EU.

0:29:300:29:40

I was very pleased to meet him and

to meet my honourable friend the

0:30:070:30:10

member for Eastleigh to discuss this

particular issue. And I recognise

0:30:100:30:15

there are many individuals whose

lives have been affected by this.

0:30:150:30:18

There are very powerful stories of

these individuals. I know this has

0:30:180:30:24

been a concern across this house.

And concerns raised by campaign

0:30:240:30:31

groups by not just this but other

issues. It has highlighted that

0:30:310:30:35

there is an issue with our

regulatory health system and we are

0:30:350:30:42

determined to do better. I was

struck by the powerful stories I

0:30:420:30:45

heard. We need a faster and more

understanding response to patients.

0:30:450:30:53

If my right honourable friend could

be more patient, he will be making a

0:30:530:31:00

statement this afternoon, setting

out his plans for review on these

0:31:000:31:02

issues.

It is over eight months

since the terrible fire at Grenfell

0:31:020:31:09

Tower. But thousands of people are

still living in blocks with

0:31:090:31:14

dangerous flammable cladding,

including cityscape in Croydon. This

0:31:140:31:17

dangerous cladding was allowed to go

out because of flawed Government

0:31:170:31:21

guidance. There is still on average

one fire every month linked to this

0:31:210:31:25

cladding. It's clear this is the

governments responsibility. Why is

0:31:250:31:28

she running the risk of a second

Grenfell Tower when she could act

0:31:280:31:32

and take this dangerous cladding

down? -- Government's

0:31:320:31:35

responsibility.

Over the years,

under both Labour and Conservative

0:31:350:31:43

governments, building regulation and

enforcement have been looked at. The

0:31:430:31:46

arrangement in relation to

enforcement were changed by the last

0:31:460:31:49

Labour Government. What we did

immediately following the appalling

0:31:490:31:56

fire at Grenfell Tower, what we did

immediately was to ensure that all

0:31:560:32:00

those, local authorities and others,

worked with their Fire authorities

0:32:000:32:06

to inspect towers, to look at where

the cladding was... And there are

0:32:060:32:09

not just issues about the cladding,

but how it is affixed to the

0:32:090:32:13

building, as well. Action was taken

by local Fire authorities in those

0:32:130:32:16

areas where they felt it was

necessary to do that. That's why we

0:32:160:32:21

saw, for example, people in Camden

leaving their tower block while

0:32:210:32:24

action was being taken. The Housing

Secretary has put in place that

0:32:240:32:33

review of the regulations. It was

urgently put in place. Action is

0:32:330:32:36

being taken as a result of that

review.

Yesterday, after months of

0:32:360:32:45

ignoring evidence from a wide range

of stakeholders, the SNP agreed to

0:32:450:32:50

pause their plans to merge British

Transport Police into police

0:32:500:32:54

Scotland. During this pause the

Scottish Government must look at all

0:32:540:32:58

options for the future of PTP when

that is devolved from this

0:32:580:33:03

Parliament to ensure that we get the

best possible deal rather than these

0:33:030:33:08

failed regulation plans. -- BTP when

that is devolved.

This is an

0:33:080:33:17

important point. We are committed to

delivering business commission in

0:33:170:33:20

full. We are devolving powers over

to the Scottish Government in this

0:33:200:33:25

area. But the number one priority

must be the safety of the public as

0:33:250:33:31

they travel. We will work with the

Scottish Government to make sure

0:33:310:33:36

there is a smooth transfer of the

British Transport Police to their

0:33:360:33:39

responsibility. Whether or not the

British Transport Police is merged

0:33:390:33:44

with police Scotland is a matter for

the Scottish Government. But the

0:33:440:33:49

Scottish Government...

Order! Calm

yourself. You're supposed to be

0:33:490:33:56

setting an example to some of your

colleagues. You aspire to be a

0:33:560:34:00

statesman. One century or another.

The Prime Minister.

The honourable

0:34:000:34:08

gentleman is the right example, I

was going to say. It is a matter for

0:34:080:34:14

the Scottish Government as to what

they choose to do. But I would urge

0:34:140:34:19

the Scottish Government to ensure

they are putting the safety and

0:34:190:34:21

security of people who are

travelling first when they make that

0:34:210:34:24

decision.

I would like to ask a

question. Over the course of the

0:34:240:34:36

last two months this Government has

butchered Glasgow's job centre

0:34:360:34:40

network. Will the Prime Minister

look me in the high-end tell me no

0:34:400:34:43

more job centres in Glasgow are due

for closure -- look me in the eye

0:34:430:34:50

and tell me.

He is perfectly right to ask me for

0:34:500:34:53

questions about which I am

responsible. I have the right, as I

0:34:530:34:56

did previously to comment on issues

which we are taking up with the

0:34:560:35:00

Scottish Government.

I say to the

honourable gentleman, I will be the

0:35:000:35:05

judge of what is in order. And the

honourable gentleman will accept the

0:35:050:35:09

ruling. The Prime Minister was in

order and that is, again, the end of

0:35:090:35:14

it. Somebody must decide. I have

done so.

0:35:140:35:16

Thank you, Mr Speaker. What we are

doing in relation to the job centre

0:35:160:35:23

services is ensuring that there is

going to be no decrease in the level

0:35:230:35:27

of services that job centres are

offering people in Scotland. In fact

0:35:270:35:30

we will increase the number of work

coaches across the country to

0:35:300:35:34

provide more support to the people

that need it. These plans are

0:35:340:35:38

designed to retain the skills and

experience of the workforce across

0:35:380:35:42

the country and to ensure that we

not just protect but enhance the

0:35:420:35:45

service offered to people.

Will the Prime Minister tell the

0:35:450:35:54

international aid sector that

despite the abuses that have come to

0:35:540:35:57

light recently that this Government

is committed to helping the most

0:35:570:36:01

vulnerable and poorest people around

the world. But the sector really

0:36:010:36:06

does need to get its act in order.

This Government maintains its

0:36:060:36:12

commitment to helping the most

vulnerable people around the world.

0:36:120:36:15

We maintain our commitment to our

international development Budget.

0:36:150:36:19

But we do want to work with

organisations that meet the high

0:36:190:36:22

standards we expect. And the

behaviour of Oxfam staff in Haiti

0:36:220:36:26

was quite frankly horrific. Far

below those standards. But I am

0:36:260:36:30

pleased to say that not only has my

right honourable friend the

0:36:300:36:34

International Development Secretary

showed immediate action by demanding

0:36:340:36:38

assurances from all our charitable

partners here and abroad about their

0:36:380:36:42

safeguarding and protection

policies. And demanded those by the

0:36:420:36:46

end of the month. The Charity

commission will hold an emergency

0:36:460:36:52

safeguard summit. They will bring in

international charities and expects

0:36:520:36:56

to look at what can be used for aid

workers. -- charities and experts.

0:36:560:37:04

Then we'll take that into the

international arena. It is crucial

0:37:040:37:08

we continue our support of aid for

those most vulnerable. But they also

0:37:080:37:13

deserve to be treated by the same

high standards we would expect to be

0:37:130:37:18

treated ourselves.

My constituent was refused leave to

0:37:180:37:23

remain because of a minor legitimate

correction to his tax return which

0:37:230:37:26

the Home Office under section three

to 2.5 under the immigration act is

0:37:260:37:31

deemed a threat to national

security. Today there is a protest

0:37:310:37:34

outside against the planned policies

in the same nature. My constituent's

0:37:340:37:45

home is Glasgow. He has contributed

to society. Why does the Prime

0:37:450:37:48

Minister want to force him out?

I won't comment on individual case.

0:37:480:37:53

The Home Office looks at the

circumstances of individuals. There

0:37:530:37:56

are rules in place and the Home

Office will decisions accordingly.

0:37:560:38:03

-- will make decisions accordingly.

We will all be aware of the

0:38:030:38:08

excellent work done by the Holocaust

education trust. And the brilliant

0:38:080:38:12

efforts from the Auschwitz Project.

At the moment the Polish

0:38:120:38:15

Constitutional Court is considering

the idea of diminishing the role --

0:38:150:38:29

diminishing its role. Will the Prime

Minister ensure that the families

0:38:290:38:32

and victims and survivors' words are

heard, that history cannot be

0:38:320:38:40

rewritten by getting in touch with

the Polish Constitutional Court.

0:38:400:38:44

The Government has already raised

this issue with them. What we should

0:38:440:38:47

be doing is ensuring that nobody

forgets the Holocaust. Nobody

0:38:470:38:53

forgets the horrific, inhumanity to

man that was shown through the

0:38:530:38:56

actions that were taken by the Nazis

in the Holocaust. The Holocaust

0:38:560:39:01

education trust does very important

work. The education centre and

0:39:010:39:04

memorial which will be placed here

at Westminster will be a

0:39:040:39:08

long-standing memorial to people and

will also do that important job of

0:39:080:39:15

educating people of the past so we

make sure we don't see horrific

0:39:150:39:18

crimes like this being committed

against.

0:39:180:39:21

How would the Prime Minister feel if

somebody stole her car, then it cost

0:39:210:39:27

£200 to get it back? That is what is

happening to hundreds of people. Why

0:39:270:39:32

doesn't she allow the police to use

proceeds of crime returns to recover

0:39:320:39:36

legitimate cost and put an end to

this state sponsored secondary

0:39:360:39:42

marking of innocent victims?

A lot of work has been done on what

0:39:420:39:51

the proceeds of crime can be spent

on. The Home Secretary has heard the

0:39:510:39:54

question he has raised. I will

ensure this is looked into.

0:39:540:40:00

Three months ago I rose at the case

of a constituent distressed by the

0:40:000:40:07

relationship between his 17-year-old

daughter and her much older driving

0:40:070:40:10

instructor. The driving and vehicle

standards agency announced this week

0:40:100:40:16

that a consensual sexual

relationship between an approved

0:40:160:40:18

driving instructor and a 16 or

17-year-old pupil will now be

0:40:180:40:23

considered and exploitation of their

position of trust. Any instructor

0:40:230:40:27

involved will likely be struck off

the register. Can I thank the Prime

0:40:270:40:32

Minister for her response. The DVS

aphid their action. And does my

0:40:320:40:36

right honourable friend agree that

this sets a strong example and which

0:40:360:40:40

you ask the Department for Education

to consider adding driving

0:40:400:40:43

instructors and other coaches to

their list of those formerly covered

0:40:430:40:48

in law by a position of trust. --

bank the DVSA for their action.

0:40:480:40:57

From that has a change in attitude

from the DVSA. Hopefully that will

0:40:570:41:03

benefit others who may have been put

into that awful situation. I was

0:41:030:41:07

certainly off the Department for

Education about it.

0:41:070:41:15

£11.1 million projected current

overspend is the highest in

0:41:150:41:20

Yorkshire and Humber and the second

highest in England. This is clearly

0:41:200:41:23

in correlation with the cuts since

2010. What does the Prime Minister

0:41:230:41:31

say to those children who need these

vital council services but may not

0:41:310:41:35

be able to access them because the

Conservatives continue to cut

0:41:350:41:39

council budgets so savagely.

As I pointed out earlier, in

0:41:390:41:46

response to other questions. What we

are doing is ensuring, as we have

0:41:460:41:49

done over the settlement period,

that local authorities have more

0:41:490:41:53

money to deal with... Particularly

difficult issues they have to deal

0:41:530:41:59

with at a local level. We want to

see and ensure that children are

0:41:590:42:03

given the best possible start in

life. But it is completely wrong to

0:42:030:42:08

suggest that decisions taken at

local level are all the

0:42:080:42:11

responsibility of this Government.

It is clear from academics,

0:42:110:42:19

behaviourists, charities and

trainers that electrocuting dogs

0:42:190:42:21

does not help train them but risks

more long-term consequences for

0:42:210:42:27

their welfare. Thank you to all of

the colleagues who came along to the

0:42:270:42:30

event yesterday to sign up the

pledge to ban the electric shock dog

0:42:300:42:34

collar. As dogs are man's best

friend it's time we showed some of

0:42:340:42:38

that loyalty and friendship in

return by banning the use,

0:42:380:42:43

distribution, and sale of these

barbaric devices.

0:42:430:42:46

I think you are raising this issue.

I know he has been campaigning long

0:42:460:42:51

and hard on this particular issue.

We have made clear in the updated

0:42:510:42:55

statutory code of practice for the

welfare of dogs that positive

0:42:550:42:58

training should be used, any

training that involves injury, pain,

0:42:580:43:04

or distress would breach the animal

welfare act of 2006. I understand my

0:43:040:43:09

honourable friend will be meeting

the Environment Secretary to discuss

0:43:090:43:11

this matter further.

The deputy president of the National

0:43:110:43:16

farmers union has said that losing

full access to the European single

0:43:160:43:21

market could be absolutely

disastrous for British agriculture.

0:43:210:43:24

Does the Prime Minister agree with

her?

0:43:240:43:29

My position is we are going to

negotiate an economic partnership, a

0:43:290:43:33

new partnership with the EU and I

can assure the honourable lady that

0:43:330:43:37

the interests of agriculture will be

one of the considerations we take

0:43:370:43:41

into account when we make sure we

are still able to have a good trade

0:43:410:43:45

arrangement with the EU as well as

immoved trade with the rest of

0:43:450:43:49

world.

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