28/02/2018 Prime Minister's Questions


28/02/2018

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Yemen will help the peace process

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which is necessary to end the

conflict in Yemen both north and

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south.

It's your lucky day.

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This morning I had meetings with

ministerial colleagues and others. I

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shall have further such meetings

later today.

Sheffield Young carers

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as a group supporting inspirational

young people who balance all the

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normal challenges of their young

lives with the demands of caring for

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a parent or sibling often with acute

needs. People like John, who has

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been caring for his mother with

fibromyalgia from the age of ten or

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Phoebe, supporting her father with

mental health problems from age

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eight. They have practical ideas

about what the Government can do to

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make their lives easier. Will the

Prime Minister meet them and agreed

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to hear their proposals? I think it

is absolutely right that he raises

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this issue.

Many young people are

caring for their parents, sometimes

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for siblings as well. All too often

they go unseen and unheard and

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certainly one of the things we are

doing is a government is trying to

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ensure that we do see more

opportunities and ability to

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identify, to assess Young carers and

their families and to support them

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and make the rights of young carers

clear and I know the Department of

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Health and social care is intending

to publish a plan setting out our

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targeted crosscurrents action on

this area but I would be happy to

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meet with a group of young carers to

hear directly from them.

Mr

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Speaker... I believe in the global

Britain and I want us to trade

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freely with the world so can my

right honourable friend explain the

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difference between a customs union

and a customs arrangement. There

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seems to be some confusion.

Can I

say to my honourable friend that he

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is absolutely right. We want to be

able to have good trading

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relationships with the EU but we

also want to be able to negotiate

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trade deals around the rest of the

world with an independent trade

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policy and I was rather confused

because I heard a speech earlier in

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the week which I believe was given

by the Labour leader on this

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subject, where he said he wanted

Labour to negotiate a new

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comprehensive customs union - that

would mean we couldn't do our own

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trade deals - and it would betray

the vote of the British people. And

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in about the next sentence he said

he wanted a customs arrangement,

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meaning we could negotiate our new

trade deals. That is the

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Government's position. So what does

he want to do - let down the country

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or agree with the Government?

Jeremy

Corbyn.

Shouting mangrove Good

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afternoon, Mr Speaker. I hope the

whole house will join me in passing

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our deepest condolences to the

families of those injured and who

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died in the explosion in Leicester

in the constituency of my friend the

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member of the Leicester West. Could

we say thank you to all the

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emergency services and hospital

staff who worked to save lives in

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that terrible situation. The Prime

Minister emerged from her away day

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at Chequers to promise a Brexit of

ambitious, managed divergences.

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Could she tell the country what on

earth ambitious, managed divergences

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will mean in practice?

Can I first

of all say to the right honourable

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gentleman that I join him, and I'm

sure the whole house, in expressing

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our condolences to the family and

friends of those who lost their

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lives in the explosion in Leicester,

and I also agree with him that we

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should commend the actions and the

work of the emergency services who

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day in, day out, do so much for all

of us but in circumstances like that

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really showed the great job that

they do in dealing with that issue.

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Give them a pay rise!

He asked me

about the Government's position on

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the EU. It is very simple. We want

to deliver a proposal to the British

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people that will bring back control

of our laws, our borders and our

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money. Of course that is in direct

contrast with the Labour Party's

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position, who want to be in a

customs union, have free movement

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and pay whatever it takes to the EU.

That would mean giving away control

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of our laws, our borders and our

money and that would be a betrayal

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of the British people. . I

understand the Prime Minister is

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going to make a speech about this on

Friday but I hope she will address

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the concerns of 94% of small and

medium-size businesses who say the

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Government is ignoring their

concerns about how we leave the EU.

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But who does she think might be

better at identifying the business

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opportunities of the future - the

Confederation of British Industry,

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the engineering employers Federation

and the Institute of Directors, or

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the international trade secretary?

The right honourable gentleman talks

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about the views of business and

talks about the views of small

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business. Can I just refer him to

what the Federation of Small

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Businesses has said about our

position? The UK small business

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community sees the potential wins an

independent global trade policy. We

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want trade kept as easy as possible

with the EU 27 - that is our

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position. Small businesses are

pushing to export to new growth

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areas, the US, English-speaking

nations in emerging economies and

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the Commonwealth. A good trading

relationship with the EU and free

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trade deals around the rest of the

world under an independent sovereign

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nation.

The international trade

secretary says that business

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organisations and the TUC have got

it all wrong, that they don't know

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best how to prosper or grasp

opportunities. I just put it gently

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to her, it might be they have more

of a clue than he has about the

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interests of business, jobs and

living standards. Last week, the

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Health Secretary - and it is

wonderful to see him here today. I

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assume he was speaking on behalf of

the Government when he said there

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will be areas and sectors of

industry where we agree to align our

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regulations. He seems to know the

answer, so can the Prime Minister

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and light and the rest of us as to

which sectors of the Government --

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which sectors the Government wants

to remain aligned and which they

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plan to divert?

First of all, The

right honourable gentleman himself

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has said that I am going to be

making a speech on these issues

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later this week, so he could... Just

calm down! I've already set out in

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some detail the position that the

Government is taking. I will

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elaborate on that further this week.

What we want to ensure it is across

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a variety of sectors, the issues

like financial services, which are

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such a crucial part of our economy,

that we get the relationship that

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means we are able to ensure we can

see that trade going across the

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borders between the UK and the

remaining EU 27 members, and that we

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have no hard border between Northern

Ireland and Ireland and we are

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committed to delivering on that. But

he talks about people not having a

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clue. I'll tell you who hasn't got a

clue about business and jobs - that

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is a Labour Party that wants to

borrow 500 billion and bankrupt

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Britain.

The endless round of

after-dinner speeches by the Prime

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Minister on Europe does not really

substitute for negotiations as to

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what is actually going to result

from these negotiations altogether.

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One of the sector already suffering

very badly is that of health and

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social care. It is highly reliant,

Mr Speaker, on migrant workers. We

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depend on them for our health and

the care of those that need it.

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Isn't the Prime Minister just a

little bit concerned that European

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Union workers with vital skills are

leaving Britain in unprecedented

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numbers now?

As the right honourable

gentleman might have noticed from

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the last set of immigration figures,

we actually still see more people

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coming into the UK from the EU than

our going back to the European

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Union. But we do have a care about

the number of nurses and GPs we have

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in the NHS. That's why we have set

the highest levels of training,

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numbers of people in training, for

both nurses and GPs. It is why we

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have significantly increased the

opportunity is not just for people

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coming from the EU to work in our

national health services but

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actually for those people here in

this country who want to work in our

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NHS to get those training places and

do the excellent job that we know

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they will do for patients in our

National Health Service.

From a

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government that has cut the nurse

training bursary, that does not seem

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to understand it takes eight years

to train a doctor and completely

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oblivious, apparently, to the fact

that there are 100,000 vacancies in

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the NHS now, I suggest some members

get a life and go and visit a

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hospital and see just how hard those

people work in order to cover for

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the vacancies that are there. Surely

we need to give immediate, real

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assurance to EU nationals that they

have a future in this country. Mr

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Speaker, just three months ago the

Foreign Secretary told the House

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with regard to Northern Ireland, and

I quote, "There can be no hard

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border - that would be unthinkable".

That is what he said. Yet in a

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leaked letter to the Prime Minister,

he wrote, "Even if a hard border is

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reintroduced, we would expect to see

95 % plus of goods pass". He is

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shouting at the moment and is

obviously big thing of the border

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with the Camden/ Islington border.

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so, Mr Speaker... Can the Prime

Minister confirm that she will not

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renege on commitments made in phase

one to keep an open border in

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Ireland?

Can I say to the right

honourable gentleman, he actually

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raced through different issues in

that question so I'll address all of

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them. He raised the issue of rights

for EU nationals and, of course, a

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key part of the December joint

report that we agree with the

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European Union was about the rights

of EU citizens living here in the UK

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and the rights of United Kingdom

citizens living in the EU 27. That

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was an important thing to have

agreed on an early stage in the

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negotiations. We said we'd do it and

we did just that. He talks about the

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number of nurses. There are now

13,900 more nurses on our wards than

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they were under Labour and while he

is talking about the number of years

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that it takes to train doctors... He

said it takes eight years to train a

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doctor. Well, if he is worried about

the number of doctors there are now,

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eight years ago it was the Labour

government deciding vote number of

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doctors that were going to be

trained, so he could talk about

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that. And then... And... And just

finally, because he referred to the

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position on Northern Ireland, the

Foreign Secretary and I are

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absolutely committed to ensuring

that we deliver on no hard border

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between Northern Ireland and

Ireland. That is the position of the

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UK Government, it is the position of

the parties in Northern Ireland, it

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is the position of the Irish

Government and it was what we agreed

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in the December agreement on that

drug reported talk we are all

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committed to ensuring there is no

hard border between Northern Ireland

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and Ireland.

If that is the case,

why is the private secretary in

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private correspondence with the

Prime Minister, talking about doing

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the opposite of that which was

agreed in phase one? This is a

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government in disarray. Every time

the Cabinet meets, all we get is

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even more bizarre sound bites.

Remember when we had Brexit means

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Brexit? Then we had red, white and

blue Brexit, which presumably

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appealed to the members opposite.

Then we had liberal Brexit and now

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we have ambitious, managed

divergences. The Government is so

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divided, the Prime Minister is

incapable of delivering a coherent

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and decisive plan for Brexit. So,

when is she going to put the

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country's interests before the

outsized egos of her own Cabinet?

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Can I say to the right honourable

gentleman, my priorities are the

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priorities of the British people.

Yes, we are going to get Brexit

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write and deliver a good Brexit deal

for them but we are also delivering

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the homes that the country needs so

people can on their own home. We are

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raising standards in our schools so

our kids all get a good education.

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We are protecting the environment

for future generations. That as a

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Conservative Government delivering

on people's priorities and giving

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them optimism and hope for the

future, as opposed to a Labour Party

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that would bankrupt Britain,

betrayed voters and drag this

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country down.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker...

Mr Clarke,

you are getting overexcited. I was

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calling Chris Davies, the honourable

gentleman behind you.

Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. May I start by wishing you,

Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister and

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indeed the whole house a very happy

St David's Day. Can I thank my right

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honourable friend for taking

representatives of River Is Simple,

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a leader in the field of hydrogen

powered automotive is and based in

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Brecon and Radnorshire on her recent

successful trade visit to China.

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What is the Government planning to

do to help regional SMEs to make the

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most of potential trade

opportunities with emerging markets

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once we leave the EU?

I can say to

him that I was very happy to take a

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large business delegation with me on

a trip to China, including

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representatives of that company. It

was a very good trip and very

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positive in terms of the connections

and the deals that were agreed as a

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result of that trip. I can assure

him that the Department for

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International Trade is working hard

to support SM ease across the UK to

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help exporters with buyers around

the world and, of course, companies

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in the UK can access size -- access

our network and a programme of

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international events and I would

commend the work of colleagues who

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are trade envoys, including my

honourable friend the Member for

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Gloucester who is the trade envoys

are China and who accompanied me on

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that trip. I am pleased to say that

last year UK Export Finance provided

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£3 billion in support, helping 221

UK companies to sell into 63

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countries. 79% of those companies

were SMEs.

In 2012, the Prime

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Minister talked about, and I quote,

"A future in which Scotland, Wales,

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Northern Ireland and England

continued to flourish in side by

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side as equal partners". Does the

Prime Minister still stand by this?

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Of course I continue to stand by

wanting to ensure that all parts of

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the UK continue to flourish. I think

the best way of doing that is

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ensuring all parts of the UK remain

in the UK.

Of course, Mr Speaker,

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the emphasis was on equal and we are

faced with a situation that there is

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a power grab by Westminster and it

is no surprise that the Scottish and

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Welsh governments are putting

forward continuity bills to stop the

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power grab by Westminster. The

Foreign Secretary's leaked letter on

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the Irish border shows he can't get

to grips with one of the most

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fundamental issues of Brexit. The

Foreign Secretary compared crossing

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the Irish border to going between

Camden and Westminster. Frankly, you

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could not make this stuff up. This

is a UK Government that is prepared

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to put in jeopardy the Good Friday

Agreement. Does the Prime Minister

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agree with the bumbling Foreign

Secretary, who was making the UK a

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laughing stock?

Can I say to the

right honourable gentleman, first of

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all, this government is absolutely

committed to the Belfast agreement.

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Indeed, we made sure that that

agreement was included in the joint

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report that we agreed with the EU

last December, so that commitment to

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the Belfast agreement stands and we

are committed to the Belfast

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agreement and the institutions under

the Belfast agreement. He refers to

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this issue of devolved powers which

are coming back from the EU. That

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was his reference. We have also

given an absolute commitment to

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amending clause 11 and that remains

unchanged. My right honourable

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friend the Chancellor of the Duchy

of Lancaster hasn't recently met

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with representatives of the vol dub

illustrations. He put forward a

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further proposal for them which

ensured that more powers are

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directly devolved and with the

Northern Ireland Executive and it

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was acknowledged that that was a

significant step forward. I have to

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say to the right honourable

gentleman, he talks about continuity

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bills. The proposals being put

forward are necessary and would be

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rather more helpful if he was to

concentrate on reaching an agreement

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in relation to the withdrawal

agreement, because we want to ensure

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more powers are devolved to the

administrations and that is what we

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will deliver.

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Back in the real world, last year

Network Rail paid out £181 million

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in conversation to train operating

copies the cancellations and delays

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yet only 74 million of that was

passed on to passengers. Why should

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train operators benefit financially

from failure to deliver a decent

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service when it's the passengers who

suffer the aggravation,

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inconvenience and cost? What is she

planning to do to make sure the

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money goes to the rightful place,

the passenger?

Can I say to my

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honourable friend, that yes, she is

right, the rail opposite dot-macro

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operators are compensated when there

is disruption on the tracks run by

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Network Rail. Compensation has

happened not as a result of their

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doing but as a result of something

Network Rail is doing. We do ensure

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there is also compensation available

to those who suffer from the

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disruption, to the passengers who

suffer from the destruction, and I'm

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pleased to say that automatic

payments are available to many rail

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operators but not everybody can be

automatically refunded. We are

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operating a delay repay scheme which

means everyone regardless of the

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ticket I can have access to the

compensation that they deserve. We

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want to ensure that passengers do

get the compensation they deserve

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when their journeys are disrupted.

I

would ask the Prime Minister to

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reinforce her earlier comments.

Given the imminent publication from

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the EU of draft rating from

December's joint report. Will the

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Prime Minister confirmed that she

will never agree to any trade

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borders between Northern Ireland and

the rest of the UK?

Well, can I say

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that we continue to stand behind all

the commitments mean made in

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December and my negotiating team

will work with the commission to

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agree how they should be translated

into legal form in the withdrawal

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agreement. But he is correct, the

draft would, if implement it,

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undermine the UK Common Market and

threaten constitutional integrity of

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the UK by creating a customs and

regulatory border down the Irish

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Sea. And no UK Prime Minister could

ever agree to it. I will be making

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it crystal clear to Jean-Claude

Juncker and others that we will

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never do so. We are committed to

ensuring we see no hard border

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between Northern Ireland and Ireland

but the December text also made

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clear that there should continue to

be trade between Northern Ireland

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and the rest of the United Kingdom,

as there is today.

Unemployment has

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fallen faster in the north-east than

anywhere else in our country. The

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next step is to put rocket boosters

under the economy in Tyneside would

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be to create a free port at the

port. .

Can I say to my honourable

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friend that when I visited Teesport,

this was one of the proposals that

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they did put to me. I'm very happy

to join with him in welcoming the

0:22:300:22:35

fall in on climate we've seen in the

north-east and there are a number of

0:22:350:22:38

ways in which we are providing and

ensuring we see that economic growth

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continuing in the north-east. That's

why we are investing £126 million

0:22:420:22:46

through the Tees Valley local growth

deal. I know that the Chancellor has

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confirmed recently we do remain open

to ideas that could drive growth and

0:22:520:22:55

provide benefits to the UK and its

people and so we'll keep all these

0:22:550:22:59

options under consideration.

Agents

from the Shell gas company recently

0:22:590:23:08

posted a premium contract to my

closet, Alison Davies, asking her to

0:23:080:23:14

agree to a geological survey on her

farm. She rejected this request when

0:23:140:23:21

she was doorstep a few days earlier.

Does the Prime Minister know what it

0:23:210:23:24

feels like to get an unsolicited

letter from a group who won't take

0:23:240:23:29

no for an answer? And will she join

the Welsh and Scottish governments

0:23:290:23:36

by saying no to fracking in England?

Shale gas extraction could be a very

0:23:360:23:46

important part of ensuring energy

security in this country. I am sure

0:23:460:23:52

all his constituents and the

constituents of others represented

0:23:520:23:54

in this house will want to ensure

the government is doing everything

0:23:540:23:58

it can to ensure we maintain our

energy security. We don't see the

0:23:580:24:01

lights being turned off.

It's

obvious that there will be concerned

0:24:010:24:08

about the draft from the EU of the

withdrawal agreement. Can the Prime

0:24:080:24:12

Minister assure me that when she

responds she'll have utmost in her

0:24:120:24:16

mind the importance of both

preserving and also strengthening

0:24:160:24:20

the union of the UK of Great Britain

and Northern Ireland?

He raises an

0:24:200:24:27

important point first of all, if I

can reiterate the point that I made

0:24:270:24:31

in response to an earlier question,

we're very that we want to ensure

0:24:310:24:35

that we are able to see that

trading, that movement between all

0:24:350:24:40

parts of the UK, that common single

market within the UK, that all parts

0:24:400:24:45

of the UK benefit from. We are

committed to protecting and

0:24:450:24:49

enhancing our British union of

England, Scotland, Wales and

0:24:490:24:54

Northern Ireland. The devolved

administration should be fully

0:24:540:24:56

engaged in preparations for the UK's

exit. Discussions have been taken

0:24:560:25:00

from them and as I said also in

response to the leader of the SNP,

0:25:000:25:07

it's our intention that the vast

majority of powers returning from

0:25:070:25:10

Brussels will start off in

Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Not

0:25:100:25:14

in Whitehall. We will continue to

talk to devolved administrations

0:25:140:25:21

because we also need to ensure we

maintain the single market of the

0:25:210:25:23

UK.

Last December's report, the

joint report, guaranteed continuing

0:25:230:25:32

unfettered access for Northern

Ireland businesses into the UK into

0:25:320:25:36

the market. Does the Prime Minister

agreed with me that the EU appears

0:25:360:25:41

now to be trying to cherry pick that

agreement by ignoring such critical

0:25:410:25:45

comments to our economy?

Can I say

to the honourable gentleman that it

0:25:450:25:50

is absolutely clear? First of all,

we stand by the commitments we made

0:25:500:25:55

in December and we are going to

work, the negotiating team will be

0:25:550:25:59

working to agree how we put that

into a withdrawal text. Part of that

0:25:590:26:04

agreement was of course that we will

see no hard border between Northern

0:26:040:26:08

Ireland and Ireland. Another part

was that there would be guaranteed

0:26:080:26:14

access for Northern Ireland business

to the UK market. As I said earlier

0:26:140:26:18

and I am happy to repeat a legal

text of the commission, if

0:26:180:26:24

implemented, would undermine the UK

Common Market and threaten the

0:26:240:26:28

constitutional integrity of the UK

by creating a customs and regulatory

0:26:280:26:32

border down the Irish Sea. No UK

Prime Minister could ever agree to

0:26:320:26:36

it and I will be making that

absolutely clear.

Can I welcome the

0:26:360:26:44

Prime Minister's very firm

reaffirmation of her commitment to

0:26:440:26:46

the Good Friday Agreement and the

open border, and to the December

0:26:460:26:50

agreement she made on the withdrawal

terms, which included, if necessary,

0:26:500:26:55

full regulatory convergence on both

sides of the border. Does she accept

0:26:550:27:01

that means, if necessary, that with

full regulatory convergence between

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the UK and the European Union?

Can I

perhaps at this stage, prior to my

0:27:070:27:14

speech and Freddie, referred him --

on Friday, to the speech I made in

0:27:140:27:21

Florence last year which set out

that we recognise the rest areas we

0:27:210:27:27

will have the same objectives as the

U and we want to achieve those

0:27:270:27:30

objectives in the same way. There

will be other areas we want to

0:27:300:27:34

achieve objectives by different

means and there will be other areas

0:27:340:27:39

where our objectives will differ.

What matters is that it is this

0:27:390:27:42

United Kingdom that will be able to

take the decisions about the rules

0:27:420:27:46

it applies.

My constituency roads

are in a terrible state of repair.

0:27:460:27:58

In all my life I've never seen such

a mess. Small potholes are being

0:27:580:28:02

left by Lancashire County Council to

become big potholes. In several

0:28:020:28:07

cases, these emerge to become

trenches -- these are emerging. It

0:28:070:28:14

is dangerous for pedestrians,

cyclists take their life in their

0:28:140:28:16

hands, motorists damage their cars

or swerve to avoid them. Does the

0:28:160:28:21

Prime Minister agree with me that

this is an unacceptable state of

0:28:210:28:25

affairs and not least because of the

failure...

Order! Sit down. This is

0:28:250:28:34

very discourteous. The remainder of

the honourable lady's question will

0:28:340:28:37

be heard. It's as simple and

unarguable as that. The honourable

0:28:370:28:44

lady will be heard on her feet and

that's the end of the matter.

Thank

0:28:440:28:47

you. Does the Prime Minister agree

that this is an unacceptable state

0:28:470:28:52

of affairs, not least because the

failure to put one stitch in Time is

0:28:520:28:56

a leading to far more expensive

repairs?

Can I say... Can I say to

0:28:560:29:07

the honourable lady that we all

recognise the issue of potholes and

0:29:070:29:10

the important issue will stop it is

why my honourable friend the member

0:29:100:29:14

for Northampton North actually is

this a while back and we put more

0:29:140:29:20

money into the issue of dealing with

potholes as a government. She talks

0:29:200:29:24

about a stitch in time, I'm afraid I

won't take any of that from a Labour

0:29:240:29:28

Party that when in government failed

to mend the roof while the sun was

0:29:280:29:31

shining!

Next week we celebrate

International Women's Day.

0:29:310:29:44

Celebrating the achievements of

women globally. With a record of

0:29:440:29:49

action on the gender pay gap, with

more women in work, and more

0:29:490:29:53

childcare to help them, doesn't the

Prime Minister agree with me that

0:29:530:29:57

it's the Conservatives while in

government with two female prime

0:29:570:30:02

ministers that I really delivering

for women?

Can I say to my

0:30:020:30:07

honourable friend but she's

absolutely right? I'm happy to join

0:30:070:30:11

her in celebrating International

Women's Day because I want girls who

0:30:110:30:13

are growing up today to know that

they can achieve anything they want.

0:30:130:30:17

How far they go is about them and

their abilities and their

0:30:170:30:22

willingness to work hard. We do see

female employment at a joint record

0:30:220:30:25

high. There are 1.2 million women

led businesses now, the highest

0:30:250:30:30

since records began. The gender pay

gap is at a record low for full-time

0:30:300:30:34

employment. That is a Conservative

Party in government that is

0:30:340:30:38

delivering for women.

Will the Prime

Minister support the joint

0:30:380:30:44

endeavours of 18 Conservative and

Labour councils from Yorkshire, the

0:30:440:30:51

Yorkshire CBI, the Yorkshire

Institute of directors, the

0:30:510:30:55

Yorkshire TUC, is grazed the

Archbishop of York, in their efforts

0:30:550:30:58

to get an all Yorkshire devolution

settlement by 2020 with the first

0:30:580:31:03

directly elected mayor from God's

own county?

Can I say to the

0:31:030:31:08

honourable gentleman that we are

committed to devolving powers to

0:31:080:31:11

local areas where it will deliver at

local services and greater value for

0:31:110:31:16

money and clear accountability. I'm

pleased to say we've already agreed

0:31:160:31:19

an ambitious devolution deal with

Sheffield city region which will

0:31:190:31:23

bring around 1 billion of new

investment to the area. I hear the

0:31:230:31:27

enthusiasm he set forward for more

devolution in Yorkshire and I'm

0:31:270:31:30

pleased to say that I believe my

right honourable friend the housing

0:31:300:31:36

Secretary actually met with a group

of councillors from Yorkshire

0:31:360:31:39

yesterday to discuss these very

ideas.

Excellent to see the right

0:31:390:31:45

honourable gentleman of Bexley and

Sid got back in his place. James

0:31:450:31:50

Brokenshire!

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

It is very good to be back. Last

0:31:500:31:57

year I had the privilege to open the

guys Cancer Centre at Queen Mary 's

0:31:570:32:03

Hospital in Sidcup in my own

constituency. Not knowing then how

0:32:030:32:08

relevant that might be to me! I pay

tribute to the NHS and the

0:32:080:32:15

outstanding people who work within

it and my own treatment has been

0:32:150:32:18

absolutely outstanding. But I know

that early diagnosis and early

0:32:180:32:24

treatment is key. And therefore,

with this in mind, will my right

0:32:240:32:29

honourable friend see that the long

health check programme announced by

0:32:290:32:35

NHS England last November is

implemented -- the lung check

0:32:350:32:43

programme is intimated as speedily

as possible. Will she do all she can

0:32:430:32:46

to challenge the stigma attached to

lung cancer and some of the false

0:32:460:32:51

judgments that are made so that it

receives the attention it deserves

0:32:510:32:56

and those suffering with the disease

receive the care that they need?

Can

0:32:560:33:03

I say to my right honourable friend

that I am absolutely delighted to

0:33:030:33:07

see him back in his place in this

house? Can I also commend him for

0:33:070:33:12

the interviews that he gave over the

weekend and the way he spoke about

0:33:120:33:15

his own experience? He's absolutely

right about early diagnosis. I think

0:33:150:33:20

the message that my right honourable

friend gave from his experience

0:33:200:33:24

needs to be one that we all promote

around the country, which is, if

0:33:240:33:29

there is the slightest doubt was on,

if something happens that you think

0:33:290:33:32

is potentially problematic and the

sign of something, then please go to

0:33:320:33:37

the doctor and get it checked out.

There are many men particularly who

0:33:370:33:42

think, oh, no, it's better not to,

we'll just put up with it. Actually,

0:33:420:33:46

go and get it checked out because,

crucially, in cancer and in many

0:33:460:33:50

other areas, but in cancer, like

lung cancer, if that early diagnosis

0:33:500:33:55

and early action can be taken, it

means an enormous difference to the

0:33:550:34:00

patient. I can assure him that we

are looking very carefully and

0:34:000:34:06

monitoring the effectiveness

particularly of scanning of

0:34:060:34:07

high-risk groups, and we'll be

looking carefully at the results of

0:34:070:34:10

that. As he says, we need to ensure

we get rid of the stigma of lung

0:34:100:34:15

cancer and that anybody who has the

slightest suspicion of a problem

0:34:150:34:18

actually goes to the doctor, get

them self checked out and gets the

0:34:180:34:21

treatment they need.

For many young

people in the north-east, employment

0:34:210:34:29

is precarious and low paid. Since

the introduction of the

0:34:290:34:33

apprenticeship levy, youth

unemployment in Gateshead, my

0:34:330:34:35

constituency, has remained

stubbornly constant, while

0:34:350:34:39

apprenticeship recruitment has

declined by 35%. Having a plan to

0:34:390:34:44

develop a plan is not good enough.

What does the Prime Minister

0:34:440:34:47

actually want to do to resolve the

problem of youth unemployment in the

0:34:470:34:50

north-east of England?

As I heard

earlier from my honourable friend

0:34:500:34:58

for Middlesbrough, actually what we

have seen overall in the north-east

0:34:580:35:00

is unemployment overall in the

north-east has fallen faster than in

0:35:000:35:06

many other parts of the country and

that is something to be welcomed. We

0:35:060:35:10

do need to ensure we are seeing the

intended outcome of the

0:35:100:35:16

apprenticeship levy, more

opportunities for young people

0:35:160:35:20

actually been put into practice and

I'm sure that my honourable friend

0:35:200:35:26

who is responsible for the

apprenticeship issue will take up

0:35:260:35:29

the particular reference that he's

made to the apprenticeships in the

0:35:290:35:31

north-east.

Last Sunday, we

celebrated the achievements of

0:35:310:35:40

Chichester born astronaut Tim Peake

by honouring him with the freedom of

0:35:400:35:44

the city. Will the Prime Minister

join me in congratulating Tim and

0:35:440:35:47

give assurances that our significant

investment in the European Space

0:35:470:35:50

Agency, EU space programmes and

research, will continue as we leave

0:35:500:35:56

the European Union?

Can I say to my

honourable friend that this is an

0:35:560:36:01

important issue? I was very pleased,

one of the best receptions I hosted

0:36:010:36:06

when I became Prime Minister was Tim

Peake. And to see the enormous

0:36:060:36:10

enthusiasm he generated among young

people for space and science. The

0:36:100:36:14

joint report we agreed with the EU

in December made clear that through

0:36:140:36:19

the multi-annual financial

framework, we'll continue to

0:36:190:36:22

participate in programmes funded by

that and that includes space, but

0:36:220:36:26

will also discuss with the EU how we

can build on our successful

0:36:260:36:29

cooperation on space as negotiations

proceed. She will have seen some

0:36:290:36:34

important developments including

legislation in this house that will

0:36:340:36:37

enable us to take a real forward

position in relation to space in the

0:36:370:36:40

future.

The Prime Minister will be

aware that the huge new Midland

0:36:400:36:48

Metropolitan Hospital is currently

halted by the Karelian collapse.

0:36:480:36:52

It's already two thirds finished and

the longer the restart on work is

0:36:520:36:55

delayed the more the ultimate costs

will rise. Only this week, more

0:36:550:37:00

project management staff were laid

off. Will the Prime Minister commit

0:37:000:37:04

to getting this site back to work,

instruct her ministers, especially

0:37:040:37:08

in health of the Treasury, to get

the work rolling again next month

0:37:080:37:13

and complete this much needed

hospital?

I understand that over

0:37:130:37:21

8000 Karelian workers have had their

jobs safeguarded but of course that

0:37:210:37:24

is no comfort to those who have

found themselves redundant and the

0:37:240:37:29

families of those who have been made

redundant. He raised the issue about

0:37:290:37:33

the hospital. The department for

health and social care and NHS

0:37:330:37:36

improvement are working with the

trust and the PFI company so that

0:37:360:37:39

work can recommence as soon as

possible.

Will my right honourable

0:37:390:37:43

friend agreed that is behind the

smiling beard of the Leader of the

0:37:430:37:47

Opposition lies the real threat to

this economy? The Shadow Chancellor

0:37:470:37:55

and his hard-line Marxism as Mark

can you reassure the country and the

0:37:550:38:00

house that this country will put

jobs, prosperity and growth before

0:38:000:38:05

ideology?

Were not going to talk

about beards, we'll talk about

0:38:050:38:09

policy. We won't talk about the

honourable gentleman's beard either.

0:38:090:38:17

He is absolutely right that if we

want to build a strong economy with

0:38:170:38:21

high skill, high-paid jobs for the

future, the way to do that is not to

0:38:210:38:26

go out borrowing hundreds of

billions of pounds and bankrupting

0:38:260:38:28

our economy. The Labour Party will

be a real threat to the economy of

0:38:280:38:33

this country, but more than that

they'd be a threat to the jobs of

0:38:330:38:36

hard-working people up and down the

country.

0:38:360:38:42

This week is the seventh anniversary

of the 2011 referendum in Wales,

0:38:420:38:47

where the people of my country

overwhelmingly supported full

0:38:470:38:51

legislative solemn whoa sovereignty

of devolved Lizzie. Despite

0:38:510:38:57

concessions in this week's speech by

the de facto Deputy Prime Minister

0:38:570:39:01

the withdrawal bill will drive a

sledgehammer through the Welsh

0:39:010:39:04

constitution and it isn't it the

reality that under her plans for

0:39:040:39:08

Brexit Britannia Wales would be

ruled Togo, a vassal country? -- a

0:39:080:39:17

rule taker.

He is wrong about what

we're proposing in relation to the

0:39:170:39:21

devolved administrations. We will be

devolving far more powers to the

0:39:210:39:25

devolved administrations. This is

something the government has done

0:39:250:39:29

only recently. In the Wales that we

have seen new powers being devolved

0:39:290:39:32

to Welsh Government. We are

absolutely clear that we want to see

0:39:320:39:37

the vast majority of powers

returning from Brussels, starting

0:39:370:39:42

off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and

Belfast, not on Whitehall. But we

0:39:420:39:46

are also clear that where powers are

related to the UK as a whole, it

0:39:460:39:50

makes sense for us to ensure that

rules continue to apply across the

0:39:500:39:54

whole of the UK in the same way.

To

celebrate world Budai tomorrow,

0:39:540:40:02

would the Prime Minister join me in

helping share a story of child

0:40:020:40:08

literacy campaign to make reading

for ten minutes with a child as much

0:40:080:40:13

a part of a day as eating fruit and

veg?

I am very happy to join her in

0:40:130:40:20

welcoming that campaign and to mark

world but die which is the day to

0:40:200:40:24

enjoy and celebrate reading. As a

child I very much enjoyed reading

0:40:240:40:27

and this idea of trying to make sure

we see ten minutes of reading every

0:40:270:40:31

day with a child becoming a natural

habit for everybody is extremely

0:40:310:40:35

important and I would certainly

support that.

Sunday's explosion in

0:40:350:40:41

Leicester has been a terrible shock

to the local community. I know all

0:40:410:40:45

of our thoughts are with the

families and friends of those who

0:40:450:40:48

tragically lost their lives and

those that have been injured. I

0:40:480:40:54

thank the Prime Minister and the

Leader of the Opposition for

0:40:540:41:00

praising our incredible emergency

services, who are continuing to work

0:41:000:41:05

in extremely difficult

circumstances. Will the Prime

0:41:050:41:07

Minister also pay tribute to our

local residents, who have pulled

0:41:070:41:12

together to support one another,

showing great strength and courage,

0:41:120:41:16

and will she make sure we get all

the support we need to get to the

0:41:160:41:21

bottom of what's happened and to

help my constituents but their lives

0:41:210:41:24

back together again?

Can I say to

the honourable lady, but as both I

0:41:240:41:34

and the Leader of the Opposition

said earlier, we express our

0:41:340:41:37

condolences to the family and

friends of those who were sadly

0:41:370:41:39

killed in this tragedy but also we

recognise the impact it has all the

0:41:390:41:44

local community and I am very happy

to pay tribute to local residents

0:41:440:41:48

who have shown that, I think, the

real value of community in the way

0:41:480:41:50

they have come together on this and

I assure her everything will be done

0:41:500:41:54

to get to the bottom of why this

happened and to ensure, as far as

0:41:540:41:58

possible, depending on the cause,

but it would not happen to anybody

0:41:580:42:01

again.

Mr Speaker, last year I

attended a meeting the House of

0:42:010:42:07

Lords organised by wonderful

crossbench peer and human rights

0:42:070:42:11

campaigner Baroness Cox, in which

three very brave woman told us their

0:42:110:42:16

harrowing tales of how they have

been treated and discriminated

0:42:160:42:19

against by Sharia councils. It is

amazing how noisy feminists in this

0:42:190:42:24

place are so quiet about this issue

when women are being discriminated

0:42:240:42:28

against so blatantly in this

country. Isn't it time this

0:42:280:42:36

alternative discriminatory form of

justice was no longer tolerated in

0:42:360:42:39

this country?

Can I say to my

honourable friend that we are very

0:42:390:42:46

clear that there is one rule of law

in the United Kingdom and that is

0:42:460:42:50

British law. But he is right and I

myself have also heard stories from

0:42:500:42:56

individual women who have been

discriminated, felt they have been

0:42:560:42:59

discriminated and treated badly as a

result of decisions by Sharia

0:42:590:43:04

courts. That's why when I was Home

Secretary I set up the review into

0:43:040:43:07

sharia courts and that is a review

which I believe has recently

0:43:070:43:11

published its report and the Home

Secretary will be responding to that

0:43:110:43:15

shortly.

Victims... Sorry,

organisations working with the

0:43:150:43:21

victims of Modern Slavery Bill

report that tomorrow the

0:43:210:43:26

Government's cutting their miserable

daily living allowance. Will the

0:43:260:43:31

Prime Minister stop that cut?

Can I

say to the right honourable

0:43:310:43:35

gentleman... First of all can I

commend him for the interest and

0:43:350:43:39

work he has done in the interests of

Modern Slavery Bill human

0:43:390:43:42

trafficking and all our efforts to

stop this terrible, horrendous crime

0:43:420:43:45

that takes place. Our benefits

system is there to provide a safety

0:43:450:43:50

net for people. We have been putting

changes in place to make sure we

0:43:500:43:54

give more help to those who need it

most. In relation to the specific

0:43:540:43:58

issue he has raised, I'm not aware

of the details but I know my right

0:43:580:44:02

honourable friend the Secretary of

State for Work and Pensions will

0:44:020:44:05

want to look of the specific issue

he has raised.

A free independent

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press is vital to our country. Does

she share my concerns about the

0:44:100:44:16

links Max Mosley has with Impress

and some of our leading politicians?

0:44:160:44:23

Can I say to my honourable friend, I

think some people will have been

0:44:230:44:28

surprised to learn of those links

with some leading politicians but

0:44:280:44:33

can I also say to her that I

absolutely, absolutely agree with

0:44:330:44:36

her that a free press is very

important. It underpins our

0:44:360:44:43

democracy and whatever they say

about us, whatever they write about

0:44:430:44:47

us, actually, it is important that

they are able to hold politicians,

0:44:470:44:52

the powerful, to account and they

are able to shine a light in some of

0:44:520:44:56

the darkest corners of our society.

And as far as I'm concerned, as

0:44:560:45:01

Prime Minister, while I am Prime

Minister, that will never change.

0:45:010:45:07

Edinburgh airport has recently

launched its noise abatement

0:45:070:45:09

consultation process but given that

aviation is a reserved matter, will

0:45:090:45:15

the Prime Minister undertake and

agree that her government will

0:45:150:45:20

undertake an investigation as to

whether the level of night flights

0:45:200:45:24

at Edinburgh airport has now reached

the same level as was reached at

0:45:240:45:27

Stansted when it was regulated?

Can

I say to the honourable lady that I

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was not aware of the work that was

being done at Edinburgh airport but

0:45:330:45:37

I am very happy to as the Department

for Transport a look at the

0:45:370:45:40

particular issue she has raised.

I

am sure the whole house would agree

0:45:400:45:48

that the value of peace is

priceless. Can I ask my right

0:45:480:45:53

honourable friend to confirm her

support for and, indeed, the Good

0:45:530:45:57

Friday Agreement is safe in her

hands?

My honourable friend has

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raised an important point and I

should recognise that, of course,

0:46:020:46:07

this April will mark the 20th

anniversary of the historic Belfast

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agreement and that agreement has

been fundamental, together with its

0:46:110:46:16

successors, in helping Northern

Ireland move forward to from its

0:46:160:46:19

troubled past to a brighter future.

I can assure my honourable friend

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that this government remains

absolutely committed to the Belfast

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