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investment is taking place across

the north Wales network, signalling,

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but I also think any addition to the

debate is interesting and we look at

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those in due course.

Questions to the Prime Minister.

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Members will also have seen reports

of a number of suspicious packages

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targeting Muslim members. I am sure

the whole house will join in

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condemning this app horror and

behaviour that has no place in our

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society. I can tell the House an

investigation is under way and steps

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are being taken to bring the

perpetrators to justice. I will make

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a statement following PMQs updating

the house on the Salisbury incident.

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This morning I had meetings, in

addition to my duties in this House

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I will have further meetings today.

I want to thank the Prime Minister

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for agreeing to meet with me to

discuss the work of the cross-party

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use violence commission. Youth

violence is complex and needs

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long-term solutions but some things

can be done now, such as legislating

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to ensure all knives and sharp

instruments in shops are knocked

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away or stored behind counters,

ensuring no one can steal them and

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use them.

Will she do this? The honourable

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lady raises an important issue. This

is a complex problem and we need to

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ensure we have long-term solutions.

The Home Secretary will publish a

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strategy that will put emphasis on

interventions early with young

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people. It is important we have

tough legislation, but we need to

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work in partnership with retailers.

We have consulted on measures

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including restrictions on knives

sold online and in 2016 we reached a

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voluntary agreement with major

retailers about how knives were

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displayed and training given to

staff to support action to tackle

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knife crime. She is right to raise

this as a concern.

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On the subject of Northern Ireland,

does the Prime Minister stand-by

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commitments made in the joint report

of December and will she confirm we

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will accept nothing that will

undermine the integrity of the

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United Kingdom.

Can I confirm that we stand by all

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commitments we made in December. We

have been clear our preferred option

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is to deliver them through the new

partnership with the EU with

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solutions to address the unique

circumstances in Northern Ireland if

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needed. The work we are undertaking

will include that on the final

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so-called backdrop that will form

part of the agreement. I cannot

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approve the text the commission

proposes. We stand ready to work

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with commission and Irish

governments to ensure all

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commitments are included in the

withdrawal agreement.

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I along with the Prime Minister

absolutely condemn the vile messages

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and threatening packages that have

been sent to Muslim members of the

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house. Also the rise in Islamophobia

and abusive messages sent to Muslim

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families all over the country. It

has to be condemned by all, as we

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condemn anybody who attempts to

divide our country by racism or

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extremism. We have to stand united

with any community under threat at

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any time. I am sure the house will

join me in supporting what the Prime

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Minister said about Stephen Hawking,

one of the most acclaimed scientists

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of his generation who helped us to

understand about the world and

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universe and was also concerned

about peace and the survival of the

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world, and also a passionate

campaigner for the NHS. He said, I

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have received excellent medical

attention in Britain. I believe in

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universal health care and I am not

afraid to say so. If we believe in

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universal health care, how can it be

possible someone lives and works in

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this country, pays taxes, but is

denied access to the NHS for

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life-saving cancer treatment?

Can the Prime Minister explain? I

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join with him in saying there is no

place in society for hate crime or

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racism. We should stand united

against such behaviour and

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activities. Can I say to him that we

do ensure, and I am pleased we have

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a good record on cancer provision we

make. We see more people surviving

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cancer as a result of changes and

developments in the NHS, than ever

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before. We works to ensure the

situation we are... The treatments

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we are making available of the best

we can. I am not aware of the case

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the right honourable gentleman

raises. But we do want to ensure all

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those who are entitled to service

and treatment through the NHS are

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able to achieve it. There are

questions around particular drug is

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made available to individuals, which

we continue to look at.

I will be

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writing to the Prime Minister about

the case. It is a man who has lived

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in this country for 44 years, worked

and paid his taxes. He is an older

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gentleman and is now denied cancer

treatment. I suspect he is not alone

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and I urge her to discuss this with

the Home Office and others. I

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received a letter from Hillary, a

British pensioner, and it goes to

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the point the Prime Minister just

said, and she says, I am now having

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to pay for my thyroid medication

because the CCG needs to save money.

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I have worked all my life, paid

National Insurance and this is not

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fair. Last March the Health

Secretary said it is essential we

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get back to the 95% target for

accident and emergency waiting times

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and he said it should happen, I

quote, in the course of the next

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calendar year. The calendar year is

up, can she explain why this is no

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longer possible?

On the individual

case I look forward to receiving

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details from the right honourable

gentleman. May I take the

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opportunity of reminding him I think

he raised a case about Georgina with

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me last October and has not written

to me about that.

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So... As I say, I look forward to

receiving the details of the case he

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has just set out. What we have done

in relation to cancer treatment is

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ensure there are more tests taking

place. We see more people being seen

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by specialists for suspected cancer

and more people starting treatment

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for cancer which is why I say we

have seen an improvement in cancer

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treatment available in this country,

and in relation to accident and

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emergency, we have more doctors

working in accident and emergency

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and we have put more money in, for

winter pressures and to ensure

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accident and emergency departments

can provide treatment right for the

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patient before them, because for

some, they do not need to be

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admitted to hospital, they need to

see a GP. We are working with the

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NHS to ensure the treatment patients

receive is right for them.

My

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understanding is Georgina's case was

resolved before. Following my

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raising it here. If nothing else, Mr

Speaker, it proves the power of

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Parliament. Key A&E waiting targets

have not been met since 2015. NHS

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managers say they will not be met

until 2019, and February was the

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worst ever month for accident and

emergency performances. The NHS

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providers director said, this is the

first time we have had to accept the

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NHS will not meet its key

constitutional standards, if we want

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to provide quality of care, we need

the right long-term financial

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settlement. The NHS is clearly in

crisis, so why was there not a penny

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extra for the NHS in yesterday's

statement by the Chancellor?

We did

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not wait until yesterday's Spring

statement to announce more money, we

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announced it in the budget last

autumn. As a result of that the NHS

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is getting £2.5 billion more in the

forthcoming financial year and more

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to fund the nurses' pay settlement

when resolved.

Under Labour, the 18

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week target for nonurgent operations

was in place. The target has been

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abandoned by the Prime Minister.

When will it be reinstated? The

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right honourable gentleman talks

under Labour things were being

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delivered, perhaps he might look to

see what Labour are doing in Wales.

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The latest annual data shows when

looking at 12 hour waiting times in

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A&E that 3.4% of patients waited

over 12 hours in Wales, compared to

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1.3% in England. If he wants to talk

about meeting targets he should talk

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to a Labour government in Wales.

NHS

England abandoned the A&E targets

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until April 20 19. It is a bit rich

for the Prime Minister to be

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scaremongering about Wales when she

has abandoned targets in England. A

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recent...

Order. Lots of questions

to get through.

A recent report

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states NHS funding will fall by 0.3%

in 2019. People'slives are at stake.

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Is the Prime Minister really saying

A&E doctors are wrong, NHS managers

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are wrong, Royal colleges are wrong,

health unions are wrong, and

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actually it is only she who knows

best about the NHS?

Can I point out

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to the right honourable gentleman,

he talks about scaremongering in

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Wales, I was pointing out the facts

about what is happening in the NHS

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in Wales. That is why we do see

people in Wales often trying to get

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treatment in England, rather than in

Wales. Can I also say, we are

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putting more money into the NHS, but

what you need in order to be able to

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do that is to ensure you have a

strong economy to provide the money

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for the National Health Service.

What we know about Labour's

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policies, it would cause a run on

the pound, cause a crash on the

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economy and there would be less

money for the NHS.

When people are

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dying because of overcrowding and

long waiting in hospitals I think

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the Prime Minister should get a grip

on it and ensure the NHS now has the

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money it needs to deal with the

patient demands. In a recent

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interview the Health Secretary said

of NHS staff, when they signed up to

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go into medicine, they knew there

would be pressurised moments. What

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they also expected was a

recognition, annual pay rise,

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without cuts in paid leave, proper

funding for the NHS. When there are

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100,000 unfilled posts, clearly not

enough staff around them to share

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the burden. We started with

Professor Stephen Hawking who said a

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few months ago, there is

overwhelming evidence that NHS

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funding and the number of doctors

and nurses are inadequate, and it is

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getting worse.

Does she agree with

Professor Hawking? I am very happy

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to point out facts. We have 14,900

more doctors in the NHS, we have

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almost 13,900 more nurses working on

our wards, why did we put an

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emphasis on nurses working in our

awards? Because of what we saw under

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the Labour government in Mid

Staffordshire. And I say this, what

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we need to do to ensure we can

provide the funding for the NHS, and

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we are providing record levels of

funding for the NHS, is to ensure we

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take a balanced approach to the

economy, an approach that deals with

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debts, keeps taxes low on working

families, and puts more money into

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public services like hospitals and

schools. Labour's approach would

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increase debt and mean less money

for schools and hospitals, and it

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would mean higher taxes for ordinary

working people because what we know

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about the Labour Party, it is always

ordinary people who paid the price

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of Labour.

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Last week's launch of a consultation

on all aspects of domestic violence

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will be widely welcomed in

Gloucester and across the country,

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so will the Prime Minister, who has

done so much on these issues,

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confirmed today that the Government

intends to increase spending, bed

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provision and, when Cesare, women's

refuges so that those who have

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survived get the help and save haven

they deserve?

My honourable friend

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has raised a very important issue,

which I have not only given

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considerable attention to but my

right honourable friend the Home

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Secretary continues to follow. It is

a very important point. We are

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entirely committed to developing a

sustainable funding model for

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refugees. -- refugees. I can

guarantee that funding will continue

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to refuges at a similar level to

today because I know how important

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it is to people at a time of crisis.

We will increase the funding for

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short-term supported housing overall

including Refuges indefinitely,

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which means no refuge should worry

about closing or have any doubts

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about our commitment to ensuring we

find a sustainable model for them.

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Thank you, Mr spigot it can I

associate myself with the remarks of

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the Prime Minister and the Labour

Party leader about Islam phobia and

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our thoughts are with the family and

friends of doctor Steven Holker in.

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Mr Speaker, four months the devolved

administrations have been waiting

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for the devolved straight to table

amendments to close 11. On Monday

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bees long awaited amendments were

published but without the agreement

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of the devolved governments. Can the

Prime Minister Talbot House why

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these amendments have been forced on

the devolved administrations?

Can I

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say to him, in one sentence he says

he was waiting for this amendment,

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and the reason we were taking time

is because we were talking with the

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Scottish Government and the Welsh

Government, and when we do publish,

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we -- he complains that we have

published it. You need to get his

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sorry state it

I would encourage the

Prime Minister to listen to the

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question because it was a about

agreement. The Prime Minister

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famously claimed that the UK was

made up of equal partners. What an

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irony, now that she is overseeing

the demolition of the demolition

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settlement. In 1997, the Tories were

happy to oppose the re-establishment

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of the Scottish Parliament. Things

haven't changed. Now in 2018 they

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are happy to systematically

destroyed the settlement that the

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parliament provides for. Can I call

upon the Prime Minister once again -

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stop this attack on devolution and

redouble your efforts in working

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with the devolved administrations

and finding agreement.

This is a

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government that has given more

powers to the Scottish Government,

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this is a government that will be

giving more powers to the Scottish

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Government, significant extra powers

will be devolved to the Scottish and

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Welsh Government as a result of the

decisions we are taking around

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Brexit. But we have given more

powers, including, of course, the

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tax-raising powers. It is just a

pity that the Scottish Nationalists

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have chosen to use their tax-raising

powers on people earning £26,000 or

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more.

Horsham last week held an

apprenticeship there, hailed as a

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success. Since 2010 there has been a

70% reduction in youth unemployment.

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Nationally we see increasing

exports, increasing productivity,

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increasing real wages. Were right

honourable friend remind the House

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that it is that sustained economic

performance that underpins our

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investment in our value public

services?

Can I commend Horsham for

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holding an apprenticeship there. It

is important we give young people an

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opportunity for those

apprenticeships but he is right, we

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can only fund those public services

if we have the strength and our

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economy providing the income to

enable us to do that. In the last

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few weeks we have seen money factory

output which has grown for several

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months for the first time since

1968. We have seen the best two

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quarters of productivity growth

since the financial crisis and the

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lowest year-to-date net borrowing

since 2008 and employment near a

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record high. That is what

Conservatives are doing, delivering

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a strong economy, new jobs,

healthier finances, an economy that

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is really fit for the future. Mr

Speaker, last week GKN workers came

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to Parliament, typically 2530 years'

service, their mums and dads before

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them working for a British

engineering icon 259 years old. Sat

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opposite were the three fabulously

wealthy owners of Melrose,

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determined to stage a hostile

takeover of their company, break it

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up and sell it off. Can I ask the

Prime Minister this - she told

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parliament she would at a national

interest. The next ten days will

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decide the future. Wushu use the

powers she has two intervened to

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block this hostile takeover in the

British national interest?

I say to

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the honourable gentleman, as he

knows, the Business Secretary has

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been speaking to both of these

companies on an impartial basis. We

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will always act in the UK national

interest. Actually, it is under this

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government that we've seen the

changes introduced to the takeover

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code to provide greater transparency

to give target firms more time to

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respond. There are a narrow range of

scenarios where ministers can

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intervene on mergers on public

interest grounds but we will always

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act in the national interest.

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medical students are going into

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general practice this year, which is

excellent news. But we are still

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losing too many experienced GPs in

their mid-50s due to the tax

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penalties on their old pension

scheme. Would be Government look at

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a targeted, time-limited exemption

on this dedicated group of

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commissions who do so much for the

health of us all?

This is an

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important point. As he will know,

experienced senior hospital doctors

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and GPs who become a member of the

National Health Service pensions

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scheme benefit from one of the best

defined benefit occupational health

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schemes and we provide generous tax

relief stoop allow everyone to build

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up a pension pot worth just over £1

million tax-free but the issue he is

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raising is that GPs are not

penalised if they work after age 55

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but many may have exhausted the

generous allowance for tax relief

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that is available by that time. But

I can say to the honourable friend

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that the Chancellor of the Exchequer

was listening to a question that he

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raised.

The 13th of April this year

represents the 99th anniversary of a

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massacre in India, in which more

than 1000 peaceful protesters were

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murdered by soldiers under the

command of general Dire. Will the

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Prime Minister join me in

commemorating the massacre and meet

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with me and others campaigning for

this shameful episode to be

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remembered across the UK?

The

honourable gentleman has raised a

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very specific issue and a very

specific point and I will be happy

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to look at the question he has

raised with me and respond in

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writing.

In my constituency,

Farnborough in the borough of

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Rushmore, is the birthplace of

British aviation and now home to a

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thriving range of aviation,

aerospace and other businesses. Will

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the Prime Minister join me in

extending our best wishes to the

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Zephyr team as they look forward to

making a world record breaking

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attempt for high altitude unmanned

aviation?

I'm very happy to join

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with my honourable friend in wishing

all the very best to the Zephyr team

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in the attempt they are making but

he is right that his constituency

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plays a very crucial role in the

aerospace industry and I am pleased

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to say that we are continuing to

work with that industry through the

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aerospace growth partnership, to

ensure that we can further enhance

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that industry and we wish the Zephyr

team well.

UK has the lowest growth

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in the G7, so why is the Government

's answer to this to give hand-outs

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to the wealthiest bankers to fund an

already lavish lifestyle, paid for

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by taking the crumbs off the table

of those on Universal Credit, whose

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children depend on free school

meals?

First of all, the honourable

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gentleman might not have noticed

that the wealthiest 1% people in

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this country are now paying the

biggest share of tax, 28%, than they

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ever did under a Labour government.

If he is referring to the bank levy,

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can I also say to him, it was the

Conservative Party that introduced

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the bank levy that has raised £15

billion and is predicted to raise a

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further £11 billion that we can

spend on public services. It is the

0:24:360:24:41

Conservative government that is

changing the way we do it so we do

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it in a better way, so in future we

will be raising nearly £19 billion

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extra from the banks over the next

five years. That is £3 billion more

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money from the banks to be spent on

public services.

Great British food

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is produced by hard-working farming

families in this country. As we

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produce the new British agricultural

policy, does my right honourable

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friend agree with me that supporting

food production in this country is a

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public good?

I'm very happy to agree

with my honourable friend. The

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importance of food production in

this country... I am also happy to

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commend the work of hard-working

farmers up and down the country, but

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also all those who work in our food

production industry and we now have,

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as he will know, a historic

opportunity as we leave the EU to

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deliver a farming policy that is

going to work for the whole

0:25:410:25:44

industry.

Just minutes ago, Facebook

announced that they will be taking

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down several pages associated with

the extremist group Britain First.

0:25:490:25:55

Does the primaries to join me in

welcoming that, but does she not

0:25:550:25:58

also accept that Benny is to be a

clear rule provided by government to

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give guidance to social media

companies on how they operate in our

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democracy

I certainly welcome at

announcement by Facebook and I'm

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pleased to say that my right

honourable friend the Home Secretary

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has been working with these

companies to ensure that they do do

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more, act more clearly in taking

down material of an extremist

0:26:190:26:22

nature, but I'm very pleased to

welcome the announcement that

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Facebook has made and I hope other

companies will follow.

May I first

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congratulate the Prime Minister on

her pioneering work in fighting

0:26:300:26:33

modern day slavery. However, has she

been advised that the central plank

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of her law enforcement policy is not

working? With 65 prosecutions of

0:26:380:26:44

traffickers abandoned last year

because of victim fear as to their

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safety and no reparations orders to

compensate victims for the ordeal is

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made against convicted traffickers?

I thank the raising what is a very

0:26:520:26:58

important issue. In fact, at the

meeting that I chaired recently in a

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matter of two weeks ago, I think it

was, of the Modern Slavery Bill task

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force that I have brought together

to bring people from across

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government but also from law

enforcement, from the judiciary...

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Sorry, from criminal justice more

generally, and from others to look

0:27:130:27:18

at how we are working on this, we

are looking at prosecutions and how

0:27:180:27:23

we can ensure that more prosecutions

go ahead in future and perpetrators

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are brought to justice.

Shockingly

in this country, in 2017, there were

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2120 children who were identified as

being a potential victims of child

0:27:370:27:42

slavery. I know the Prime Minister's

personal commitment to tackling this

0:27:420:27:47

issue but surely we ought to have

more data. We have no idea how many

0:27:470:27:51

of those children go missing, we

have no idea how many are deported

0:27:510:27:56

and we have no idea how many are

trafficked again. In this country in

0:27:560:28:02

2018, a modern democracy, that isn't

to not good enough. Can the Prime

0:28:020:28:06

Minister tell us what she will do

about that?

He has raised a very

0:28:060:28:10

important issue and it has for a

long time where children identified

0:28:100:28:15

as the victims of slavery and human

trafficking, and when sometimes we

0:28:150:28:19

do see them, sadly, being in a

position where they are then able to

0:28:190:28:25

be taken out by traffickers and

resubmitted to the horrible

0:28:250:28:29

circumstances that that brings to

them. Just on the point that he is

0:28:290:28:33

making about asylum and deportation,

we don't return unaccompanied

0:28:330:28:37

children who don't qualify for

asylum or humanitarian protection

0:28:370:28:41

unless we can confirm that there are

safe and adequate reception

0:28:410:28:44

programmes and arrangements in place

in their home country, and if we

0:28:440:28:48

can't confirm such arrangements we

grant temporary leave up until the

0:28:480:28:51

child is 17.5. We confirmed our

commitment to roll out independent

0:28:510:28:57

child trafficking advocates across

the country. This is a system we

0:28:570:29:01

piloted previously, which will give

support to those child victims to

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ensure they are given the support

they need and they don't fall back

0:29:050:29:08

into the hands of traffickers.

Like

many towns and cities across the

0:29:080:29:16

country, Telford has had some

experiences of distressing cases of

0:29:160:29:21

child sexual exploitation. The

authorities in Telford have now

0:29:210:29:25

agreed to conduct an independent

inquiry to find out what happened

0:29:250:29:29

and to give victims answers. Will my

right honourable friend join me in

0:29:290:29:34

congratulating two brave women,

campaigner Holly archer and Sunday

0:29:340:29:41

Mirror journalist Geraldine McKelvey

for their working bringing this

0:29:410:29:44

about and will she do everything

possible to ensure this inquiry

0:29:440:29:47

starts without delay and leaves no

stone unturned?

0:29:470:29:53

I think we have all been shocked by

the horrific case we have seen in

0:29:530:29:59

Telford or some of the most

vulnerable being preyed upon by

0:29:590:30:03

ruthless criminals.

Sadly this is

not the first example we have seen

0:30:030:30:07

taking place across our country. I

am happy to join my honourable

0:30:070:30:12

friend in congratulating Holly and

Geraldine for their work. It is not

0:30:120:30:17

easy but it is right they have

brought this to light and action can

0:30:170:30:20

be taken and I am pleased the

authorities will conduct an enquiry.

0:30:200:30:24

It is important it begins its work

in order to get to the truth does it

0:30:240:30:29

as quickly as possible. I understand

my honourable friend will meet

0:30:290:30:37

Parliamentary Under Secretary for

crime, safeguarding and

0:30:370:30:39

vulnerability to discuss this.

Shortly after the Prime Minister

0:30:390:30:44

took office she said she wanted to

put the government on the side of

0:30:440:30:48

the poorest in society. She even

stood in front of a crumbling sign

0:30:480:30:53

that said she wanted a country that

works for everyone, but with the

0:30:530:30:58

recent IFS report stating 37% of

children are set to live in poverty

0:30:580:31:04

by 2022, what went wrong, Prime

Minister?

We have seen 200,000 fewer

0:31:040:31:12

children living in absolute poverty

under this government. We continue

0:31:120:31:16

to take action to ensure we are

helping families get a regular

0:31:160:31:22

income by helping people into work,

we are ensuring the lowest paid get

0:31:220:31:28

that pay increase, through

increasing the national living wage,

0:31:280:31:31

and ensuring we help people with the

standard of living by cutting taxes

0:31:310:31:35

for 31 million people.

Is she aware

the inspirational music man project

0:31:350:31:43

in Southend that works with people

who have learning difficulties has

0:31:430:31:47

now set a world record for tinkling

of the most number of triangles

0:31:470:31:52

ever? Does my right honourable

friend agree that is yet another

0:31:520:31:59

reason why Southend should be made a

city, and will she please now

0:31:590:32:06

organise a contest with her

honourable friends so that Southend

0:32:060:32:10

becomes the first post Brexit city?

I am very happy to congratulate the

0:32:100:32:18

music man project in Southend for

the record achieved in tinkling

0:32:180:32:23

triangles. I am sure he has heard

his bid for Southend to become a

0:32:230:32:30

city. I have to say that of course

there will be a number of members of

0:32:300:32:35

the house who will put forward their

own towns for that accolade. I knew

0:32:350:32:40

a city had to have a cathedral, I

did not know it had to have tinkling

0:32:400:32:45

triangles and!

The Prime Minister

will be aware the notorious rapist

0:32:450:32:54

John Worboys was released from high

security prison. One of my

0:32:540:32:59

constituents who gave evidence at

his trial as a victim wants to know

0:32:590:33:03

why he was not tested first in open

prison conditions, and why the

0:33:030:33:09

parole board is not required to

publish the reasoning behind its

0:33:090:33:14

release decisions, including

evidence of contrition?

There is a

0:33:140:33:19

case before the courts at the moment

and I understand as part of the case

0:33:190:33:23

the parole board will be required to

explain the reasons why they took

0:33:230:33:27

the decision but in terms of the

overall issue of parole board

0:33:270:33:34

decisions, when this decision became

clear, my right honourable friend

0:33:340:33:40

the then Justice Secretary called

for work to be done which is being

0:33:400:33:46

continued under the current Justice

Secretary to look at the question of

0:33:460:33:50

decisions and transparency around

them.

Thank you. I am immensely

0:33:500:33:58

proud to have the world's leading

teaching hospital of Adam Brookes in

0:33:580:34:03

my constituency. Their excellence

means they rely heavily on doctors

0:34:030:34:07

from overseas but of late have

struggled to bring doctors in

0:34:070:34:12

because of restrictions on visa

numbers and with applications

0:34:120:34:16

reducing, it is a problem. Can you

reassure me and Adam -- the

0:34:160:34:26

hospital?

I am aware of that

particular issue. In the longer

0:34:260:34:31

term, one of the things we are doing

is to ensure we can train more

0:34:310:34:36

doctors in the UK but I am aware of

the issue she has raised.

I will

0:34:360:34:40

look into it. Last year the Prime

Minister acknowledged our social

0:34:400:34:47

care system is broken and promised

to fix it. Since then two care

0:34:470:34:52

providers in Crewe and Nantwich have

been placed in special measures and

0:34:520:34:56

another is worried it may close

because of a lack of funding. What

0:34:560:35:00

do she say to providers whose state

the local government settlement does

0:35:000:35:05

not go far enough and they cannot

afford to wait for the government

0:35:050:35:08

green paper?

I would say that as she

will know, I have always said there

0:35:080:35:16

were short-term measures that needed

to be taken in terms of pressure on

0:35:160:35:20

social care and medium and long-term

measures. In the short-term we have

0:35:200:35:25

provided more funding, 2 billion

extra was announced by the

0:35:250:35:28

Chancellor. We are seeing more money

going into social care in local

0:35:280:35:33

authorities. In the medium term we

need to assure best practice is

0:35:330:35:37

spread across the country and we

also need to ensure we can develop a

0:35:370:35:43

long-term sustainable funding model

and that is what we continue to work

0:35:430:35:46

on.

It is sadly a matter of public

record that RBS and HBOS

0:35:460:35:56

deliberately asset stripped

thousands of potentially viable

0:35:560:35:59

businesses to benefit their own bank

or bankers. Evidence before the High

0:35:590:36:04

Court indicates Lloyds might also

beat guilty of the same. Would she

0:36:040:36:10

considered the cause of the

all-party group for their business

0:36:100:36:14

banking, which has been endorsed by

the chief executive Andrew Bailey

0:36:140:36:20

for a public inquiry into this

disgraceful scandal?

This is an

0:36:200:36:25

issue of concern to many. Small

businesses the backbone of the

0:36:250:36:29

economy and we need to ensure we

learn lessons from what happened at

0:36:290:36:34

RBS and HBOS. The SCA has reported

areas of widespread inappropriate

0:36:340:36:39

treatment of firms by RBS, who

apologised and set up a compensation

0:36:390:36:44

scheme for victims. There an

investigation conducted by the SCA

0:36:440:36:50

into RBS and also they are

undertaking separate investigations

0:36:500:36:54

into HBOS but we will continue to

work with the regulator and industry

0:36:540:36:58

to ensure small and medium

businesses get the support they

0:36:580:37:00

need.

Since Christmas there have

been five high-profile gun crimes in

0:37:000:37:11

Haringey, including last Thursday

when a 19-year-old young man was

0:37:110:37:15

shot in the head with the Marx man

on the back of the mopeds, to the

0:37:150:37:19

entrance of the cinema inward green.

We know our streets are plagued by

0:37:190:37:24

knife crime, now the intent to kill

with a gun takes the epidemic to a

0:37:240:37:29

new level. It cannot go one. Will

the Prime Minister meet with me and

0:37:290:37:34

community leaders to put an end to

this epidemic of gun crime?

I

0:37:340:37:43

suggest she meets with the Home

Secretary who will publish a

0:37:430:37:48

strategy in relation to this issue

of serious violence that takes

0:37:480:37:51

place. We are concerned about... The

use of mopeds has been used for

0:37:510:37:59

snatching amasses what we have been

looking at and working on with the

0:37:590:38:03

police but on the issue of gun

crime, I am sure my right honourable

0:38:030:38:08

friend will meet her.

Could I agree

entirely with what the member said,

0:38:080:38:17

the Prime Minister has done more

than anyone to end the terrible

0:38:170:38:21

modern day slavery but we have one

problem and that is the treatment of

0:38:210:38:27

child victims. They are put in the

care of local authorities. They are

0:38:270:38:32

then trafficked again. Could we have

a system like we do for adults when

0:38:320:38:38

safe homes all provided Sentry, not

by local government, so that

0:38:380:38:42

trafficking again can not occur? He

follows up on an important point

0:38:420:38:49

about child victims of trafficking.

I will look at the issue he has

0:38:490:38:54

raised. The Independent child

advocates I referred to was one way

0:38:540:39:00

where we can give greater support to

child victims to ensure we do not

0:39:000:39:06

see them being lost to the local

authorities and trafficked again

0:39:060:39:10

because it is a scandal when a

victim goes into the care of the

0:39:100:39:14

local

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