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sure that he would welcome the cover

evidence that my humble friends the

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Chancellor of extractor mentioned

last week, with regards to specific

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issues of tourism in Northern

Ireland.

Questions to the Prime

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Minister?

Mr Speaker. Tomorrow,

marks the one-year anniversary of

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the Westminster terrorist attack. It

was a sick and depraved attack on

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the street of our capital, but what

I member most is the exceptional

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bravery of our police and security

services, who risk their lives to

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keep us safe. I know members will be

attending the events tomorrow and

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over the weekend to mark this tragic

anniversary. Mr Speaker, I am sure

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that the whole house wishes to join

me in exerting our sincere

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condolences to the family of the RAF

personnel member who died yesterday

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tragically. I know that members of

the House is will wish to join me in

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congratulating the winner of the

teaching prize. It is a fitting

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tribute to everything that she has

done. I look forward to

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congratulating her in person. This

morning, I had meetings with the

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colleagues and others, and I shall

have further such meetings later

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today.

I am sure the whole house

would want to be associated with

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Series to ten, Merseyside Police

have lost 1084 police officers.

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Crime went up by 18 and a half

percent and there were 21 firearm

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discharge is, one of which resulted

in a fatality. Across the forces,

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there were 94 firearm discharges

with four fatalities. Local MPs have

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met Home Office ministers, but no

extra resources have been provided.

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Will the Prime Minister arrange for

the Home Secretary arrange with

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local MPs to discuss the additional

support with this serious problem.

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Can I say to the honourable

gentleman that in the safety

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partnership with Merseyside Police,

crime statistics in the constituency

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have fallen since 2010, but can I

say to the Right Honourable

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gentleman that he obviously mentions

incidents that are of real concern.

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And I'm sure the police are giving

their attention to those incidents.

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What we are doing is ensuring that

overall, antique points at my right

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honourable friend to ensure that

overall in the next year, not only

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are we protecting police budgets we

could see 450 million extra pounds

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being available to the forces across

the country.

Can I associate myself

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with the prime Mr's earlier

comments. Britain's ability to trade

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with the world has been curtailed by

the EU for over 40 years -- Prime

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Minister. We have now won the

ability to sign our own trade

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agreements around the world. And as

the Prime Minister agree with me

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that this is Britain's greatest

opportunity in Brexit and ensures we

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can embrace the globe as a truly

proud international country once

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again.

My honourable friend raises a

very important point. And it is

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something I agree with him when this

is an important opportunity for the

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UK posts Brexit. And we need to

forge our own way by signing trade

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deals with old friends and new

allies alike. And has he knows we

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can bring into force new trade

arrangements around the rest of the

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world a clue truly global Britain.

-- for a truly global Britain.

I to

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join the primer listing

commemorating the attacks that took

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place in Westminster a year ago and

I will be some of the events

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tomorrow. We should all remember

this as an attack on democracy

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within our society -- join the Prime

Minister. I also join in sending

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condolences to the family of the Red

Arrows engineer who sadly died

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yesterday and we wish the pilot well

in his recovery. Mr Speaker, I had

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the pleasure of meeting Andria who

won the global teacher award and we

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should congratulate and the school

in Brent for the great work she does

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there. Mr Speaker, today is the

Kurdish New Year, so can we wish all

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Kurdish people around the world a

happy day, and particularly for

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those suffering so much in the

conflict in Syria, a hope of peace

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in the year to come. Mr Speaker,

does the Prime Minister believe that

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the collapse of Northamptonshire

Council is the result of

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Conservative incompetence at a local

level or conservative incompetence

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at an national level.

Can

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I first joined the honourable

gentleman in those celebrating

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Kurdish people around the world are

happy day. There has been a report

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into Northamptonshire County

Council, but let's look at what we

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see across the board in counsels. --

in local councils. If you look at

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what is happening in councils up and

down this country there is one

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message for everybody, and that is

the Conservative councils cost you

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less.

Mr Speaker, my question was

actually quite specific to

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Northamptonshire. And the Tory

leader of the council said we had

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been warning the government since

2013/14 that we could not cope with

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the level of cuts we were facing.

Three years ago Mr Speaker, that

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Council, Brent, it was pioneering an

easy council model. It then

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proceeded to outsource 96% of its

council staff and transferred them

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to News service providers run by

private companies paying dividends.

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Now that counsel has gone bust. So

does the Prime Minister really

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believe that the slash and burn

model for local government is really

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a good one?

Can I say to the right

honourable gentleman it would be

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helpful if he first accurately

reflected the independent statutory

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inspection which concluded last week

where the report was clear that

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Northamptonshire's failure was not a

case of underfunding. So his claims,

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indeed Northamptonshire's core

spending power is set to rise by

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£14.5 million. I say to the right

honourable gentleman the attack that

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he is making that this is all about

the amount of money that government

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is providing is not correct. What we

are ensuring is that councils are

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able to provide good service is up

and down the country that is what we

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see with councils, Conservative

councils, up and down the country

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costing people less than Labour.

The

problem is that Northamptonshire has

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gone bust and it is caused by the

Conservative government and counsel.

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And it is a model used by Barnett

counsel, until recently run by the

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Conservatives, where capita holds

councils with an estimated value of

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£500 million. Government cuts mean

councils across England face a 5.2

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million funding gap by 2020, so does

the government believe it was right

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to prioritise tax cuts for the

super-rich and big business.

The

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house is becoming overexcited. I say

that the Prime Minister's answer

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must be heard, and the right

honourable gentleman must also be

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heard, and it will be, however long

it takes. Mr Snell you are behaving

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in a most undignified manner.

There

seems to be a lot of concern among

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Conservative members about my

suggestion that the government had

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prioritised. And put it as something

more than funding for social care

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for bin collection or street

cleaning.

Can I say to the right

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honourable gentleman he talks about

bin collection, but people in

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Birmingham living under a Labour

council saw thousands of tonnes of

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waste on the street because they

were failing to collect the bins.

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And we all know he talks about

payments, but we all know he talks

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about tax, and the top 1% of

taxpayers are paying the highest

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burden of tax than they ever paid

under Labour. And we all know what

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Labour would mean for council

taxpayers, because just this week,

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the Shadow Communities Secretary.

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Could it be that he does not want

people to know he is supporting? He

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has supported a plan to stop local

taxpayers to have the right to stop

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tax hikes. He supported a plan. To

have a land value tax, tax on your

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home and garden, and wants to

introduce a new hotel tax and we all

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know what would happen under Labour,

more taxes on ordinary working

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people and they would pay the price.

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Mr Speaker, the shadow Secretary for

local government supports councils

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and thinks they should be properly

funded and doesn't think they should

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be a vehicle for privatisation. Mr

Speaker, the leader of Surrey County

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Council, who just happens to be a

conservative says, we are facing the

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most difficult financial crisis in

our history and he did not mince his

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words. He went on to say that the

government cannot stand idly by

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while Rome burns. Council funding

has been cut by half since 2010.

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Households in England now face

council tax rises of £1 billion. The

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Tory leader of the local government

Association says councils will have

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to continue to cut back services or

stop some altogether due to

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government cuts. So, as people open

their council tax bills, isn't it

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clear what the Conservative

messages? Pay more to get less.

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The average council tax for bands

deep property is £100 less and

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Conservative than Labour. He says

his Shadow Local Government

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Secretary is supporting councils

foresaw I wonder if he is supporting

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these councils, Haringey, whether

Labour leader was forced out?

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Brighton, where the Labour leader

was forced out? Cornwall, where the

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Labour group leader was forced out?

What are these people done? They

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have supported building more homes,

providing good local services, and

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tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour

Party. So the message is clear. If

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you believe in good local services,

if you want to see more homes built,

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and if you want to tackle

anti-Semitism, there is no place for

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you in the Labour Party.

Jeremy

Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, Labour councils

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build houses. Conservative councils

privatise.

Order. Order. There is a

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very raucous atmosphere. I will say

it again. Backbench members should

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seek to imitate the Zen like calm of

the father of the House, an example

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to us all. Jeremy Corbyn.

We all

admire Zen, Mr Speaker. Pay more for

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less is what the Conservative

message is. In Leicestershire, the

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County Council is pushing through

£50 million worth of cuts. And

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cancel increases of 6%. -- council

tax increases. They blamed

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chronically low Government funding.

That is the message, pay more to get

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less. It's not just households. The

average small shop will see their

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rates bill increase by £3600. Empty

shops suck the life out of the high

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streets and local communities. So

why is the Prime Minister presiding

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over a Government that is tearing

the heart out of our local high

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streets?

First of all, we have

provided extra support for small

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businesses in relation to business

rates. Secondly, it talks about

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Labour councils building homes but

actually we have built more homes

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under this Government run under 13

years of a Labour Government. And he

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talks about local level councils.

Yesterday two Labour councillors

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from Ashfield joined the

Conservatives. What did one of them

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say? They said both locally and

nationally, the Labour Party has

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been taken over by the hard left.

They are more interested in fighting

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internal ideological battles than

standing up for the priorities of

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working men and women. Conservatives

will always welcome people who care

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about their local area at and we

will always stand up for people in

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their local area.

Jeremy Corbyn. Mr

Speaker, half a million businesses

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will see their rates rise this year,

some by 500%. Even Mary Porters, who

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led the Government's says the

high-tech campaign, said it was

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simply a PR campaign which looked

like we are doing something and

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hoped it might kick-start something,

but it didn't. This Conservative

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Government has slashed public

services. They cut funding and

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expect councils to build up the

pieces. The result of this is

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children's centres are closing,

schools are struggling, fewer police

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on the streets, older people and

left without care and dignity. And

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refugees turning women away. --

refuges. It's unsustainable. And

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doesn't that tell you everything you

need to know? Doesn't that tell you

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everything you need to know about

this Government, that it demands

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households and businesses to pay

more to get less?

This Government is

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spending more on our schools and our

NHS than ever before. We are able to

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do that because of a balanced

approach we take to the good economy

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and because of the strong economy we

see under the Conservatives. But I

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notice the right Honourable

gentleman in his six questions is

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not mentioned today's unemployment

figures. Employment is at a joint

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record high. Unemployment has not

been lower since 1975. Economic

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inactivity is at a record low. That

is a strong jobs market. Utilising

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benefits for a market, Labour

members of Parliament?

Thank you, Mr

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Speaker. I can only assume that the

Leader of the Opposition has not

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read the report but Northamptonshire

County Council. Worldwide, I want to

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focus on a different issue today.

Worldwide, every minute millions of

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throwaway paper copy cups go to

landfill in order to solve it we

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need industry consumers and

Government to work together. In that

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spirit, a company in my constituency

have developed a fully recyclable

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alternative cap that can be easily

recycled, unlike the current option.

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Will my right honourable friend join

me in welcoming that innovation and

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perhaps I might be able to give one

to her if she's around afterwards?

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LAUGHTER

Well... I'm very happy... I'm very

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happy to say to my honourable friend

that if you would like to come along

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and see me afterwards...

LAUGHTER

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He has raised an important point

and, as he knows, we are committed

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to wanting to leave our environment

in a better state than we found it

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and I would like to congratulate the

innovation. This is an important

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example of working with industry to

ensure that we are dealing with this

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issue of plastic waste. We are clear

in our environment plan we want to

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do and that's a very good example of

that.

Thank you. Can I also talk

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about the remarks about the

terrorist atrocity in Westminster a

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year ago, our thoughts are with

those who gave their lives and of

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course the work of the emergency

services. I want to associate myself

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with the remarks. Does the Prime

Minister agree that subverting the

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democratic political process in any

country is totally unacceptable?

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Well, we certainly believe in

ensuring that democratic processes

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are able to continue, people seek

free and fair elections and I think

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that everybody in this House would

accept.

Can I thank the Prime

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Minister for that answer? The parent

company of Cambridge analytic is to

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check laboratories, run by a

chairman of Oxford Conservative

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Association, and its founding

chairman was a former Conservative

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MP. A director appears to have been

donated over £700,000 to the Tory

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party. A former Conservative Party

treasurer is a shareholder. We know

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about the links to the Conservative

Party and they go on and on. Will

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the Prime Minister confirmed to the

House her governments connections to

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the company?

Can I say, the right

honourable gentleman has been

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talking about two companies, the

parent company and he also referred

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to Cambridge analytic, and I can say

as far as I'm aware the Government

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has no current contracts with

Cambridge analytic or the other

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group. What we have seen in

Cambridge analytic are the

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allegations clearly very concerning,

and it absolutely right that they

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should be properly investigated. It

is right that the information

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Commissioner is doing exactly that.

People need to have confidence in

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how their personal data is being

used. And I would expect Facebook,

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Cambridge analytic and all

organisations involved to comply

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fully with the investigation taking

place. I'm pleased to say of course

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the bill we are bringing forward on

data protection will strengthen

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legislation on this and give the ICO

the information Commissioner office

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tougher powers to ensure

organisations comply and I hope it

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will be supported from everybody

across this House.

We have a lot of

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backbenchers questions to get

through. Gordon Anderson.

Some

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London boroughs are renting houses

in Kent including Sittingbourne for

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use as temporary accommodation for

homeless families. My local

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authorities are then expected to

provide those families with the

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support they need. This is putting a

strain on Kent's schools, hospitals

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and social services who receive no

extra funding to provide that

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support. Would my right honourable

friend agree with me that the London

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Mayor and London boroughs should

provide more homes in the capital so

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London families can be looked after

by them instead of placing the

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burden on hard-pressed council

taxpayers in Kent?

Can I say to my

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honourable friend that he is right

to speak up on behalf of his

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constituents on this issue for some

London authorities must secure

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temporary accommodation within their

own borough as far as is reasonably

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practical. But we've also change the

laws so the council must take into

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account the impact a change in

location would have on a household.

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He's absolutely right, we do want to

see the London Mayor and boroughs

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being able to build more homes. The

London Mayor has had money provided

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to him to build affordable homes.

It's a pity he has not been building

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as many as we would like to see.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. School cuts

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in Portsmouth under this Government

will reach 3.3 by 2019 and

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classrooms will be starved of

resources they need including

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textbooks and basic stationary. At

the same time, 40,000 children in

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the south-east rely on food banks.

If the Prime Minister was a teacher,

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who had been under a pay cut for

eight years, what would she buy a

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struggling child in one of my city's

classrooms, a textbook or a square

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meal?

Can I say to the honourable

gentleman, he raises the issue of

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school funding. As I said earlier,

actually, the amount of money we are

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spending on schools is greater than

it has ever been before. What

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matters is the quality of education

provided in schools for Sabato is

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why I'm sorry he didn't welcome the

fact that we now see over 20,000

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children at a good school in his

area, 9000 more than in 2010.

We

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should all recognise and welcome the

employment figures announced today.

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I'm sure we all welcome that, but

given the latest report that there

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are an acceptably high levels of

youth unemployment among ethnic

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communities in Britain, will my

right honourable friend explained to

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the House what the new 19 limp and

fund will do to help young people

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into work?

He raises are very

important point. We know these

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figures because of the racial

disparity ordered which I

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commissioned when I became Prime

Minister, it shows there's been

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progress, but we do need to do more

because 16-24 -year-old in ethnic

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groups are likely to be twice

unemployed than their white peers.

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And £90 million I have announced

will help to tackle those

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inequalities in youth unemployment

and it is an initiative which will

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be run by the big lottery fund, and

it will identify the barriers to

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employment for those young people

and help them to overcome those

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barriers. I think that is incredibly

important and I was very pleased to

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visit Birmingham, which is doing

excellent work in this area.

Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. The war in Syria

has now entered its eighth year. In

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recent weeks, over 1000 people have

been killed in eastern provinces and

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hundreds of Kurds lie dead and

200,000 civilians are fleeing for

0:25:430:25:49

their lives. Even the hospital has

been attacked. What will the

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Government do to help ring urgent

humanitarian relief to those in such

0:25:540:25:59

despair?

Can I say that we take the

situation in eastern provinces in

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Syria very seriously indeed and it

is an issue which has been raised at

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the United Nations Security Council.

The Foreign Secretary has raised

0:26:120:26:16

this issue with others as well. We

need to ensure that we are very

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clear about what needs to happen to

ensure people could be protected,

0:26:220:26:26

humanitarian aid could get in and

for those whom it was necessary, for

0:26:260:26:30

them, because of their condition, to

be given a safe passage to do so and

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we will continue to press this case.

We recently interviewed a panel of

0:26:340:26:42

university vice chancellors on the

education select committee who

0:26:420:26:45

failed to recognise their salaries

are outrageous, being twice that of

0:26:450:26:49

the Prime Minister, and mainly

funded by the taxpayer and student

0:26:490:26:53

debt. Given that these outrageous

salaries are paid in the poorest

0:26:530:26:58

performing universities, were the

Prime Minister confirmed this will

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be looked at in the post education

review

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I think she has raised a point

others are concerned about as well.

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Universities are autonomous from

governments and with up to them how

0:27:110:27:13

they set their pay levels but they

should recognise students and

0:27:130:27:19

taxpayers are continued into the

higher education system and expect

0:27:190:27:23

value for money. The office of

students which has been set up will

0:27:230:27:26

be acting to ensure greater

transparency in relating to senior

0:27:260:27:30

staff pay full stop and requiring a

justification for total enumeration

0:27:300:27:34

package awarded to the providers

most senior staff so we will start

0:27:340:27:40

to see a light beam shone very

clearly on the issue.

0:27:400:27:49

Last week, the agriculture and

fisheries secretary, and Ruth

0:27:490:27:53

Davidson said that the Prime

Minister has been clear, Britain

0:27:530:27:57

will leave the CFP as of March 20

19. Now the UK is staying in the

0:27:570:28:04

fisheries policy but with no say on

quotas. The worst deal imaginable.

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What changed between last week and

this week?

Can I say to the

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honourable gentleman that we will be

working with the fishing industry,

0:28:170:28:21

both fishermen and fish processors,

that we do see a bright future for

0:28:210:28:27

the freshening industry -- fishing

industry. We will take back control

0:28:270:28:31

of the waters and make sure we do

not see British fishermen unfairly

0:28:310:28:36

denied access to other waters and we

want to rebuild our fishing

0:28:360:28:41

industry. That is a Conservative

Party that is committed to coming

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out of the Common fisheries policy.

His party wants to stay in the

0:28:460:28:49

Common fisheries policy.

Mr Speaker,

char well is really proud to be

0:28:490:29:00

building three houses a day, and

construction traffic is playing

0:29:000:29:05

havoc with our road surfaces. Will

the Prime Minister meet with me to

0:29:050:29:11

discuss what more national

government can do to help with

0:29:110:29:13

inevitable growing pains

0:29:130:29:17

can either say to my honourable

friend to congratulate Charwell for

0:29:180:29:26

the homes they are building.

I

recognise that this brings with it

0:29:260:29:28

other challenges and at budget we

more than doubled the housing

0:29:280:29:34

infrastructure fund with another

£2.7 billion, and earlier today my

0:29:340:29:38

right honourable friend, the Housing

Secretary announced a further 44

0:29:380:29:45

areas for infrastructure projects

with the potential to deliver

0:29:450:29:49

400,000 more homes, so I recognise

the important role infrastructure

0:29:490:29:52

plays.

0:29:520:29:54

The Prime Minister was right to

prevent members of the Royal family

0:29:570:30:01

and government ministers from

attending the football World Cup in

0:30:010:30:06

Russia. But what is being done to

safeguard everyday football fans in

0:30:060:30:11

what was in my view is already a

dangerous place to watch football.

0:30:110:30:18

Even before the incident in

Salisbury. What advice will be given

0:30:180:30:23

to travelling English supporters,

many of whom have already bought

0:30:230:30:26

their tickets? And if she confident

that adequate cooperation between

0:30:260:30:31

our police and the Russian police

will protect English fans?

I

0:30:310:30:36

recognise the important issue the

honourable gentleman has raised

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because we want British football

fans to be able to be safe when they

0:30:400:30:43

are enjoying watching the England

team. And we are currently working

0:30:430:30:47

with the police and they are looking

closely at what arrangements will be

0:30:470:30:51

in place to support the England

football fans who travelled to

0:30:510:30:55

Russia and the Foreign Office will

be carefully monitoring the

0:30:550:30:59

situation to make sure advice is

available to football fans so they

0:30:590:31:03

are aware of the circumstances that

will be in Russia and what support

0:31:030:31:05

will be available.

My right

honourable friend will be aware that

0:31:050:31:12

I mentioned Jackie Woodcock, a

terminally ill constituents of mine

0:31:120:31:17

who set up the dying to work

campaign. Santander, her mortgage

0:31:170:31:22

brokers have been incredibly helpful

in freezing her payments and will

0:31:220:31:26

take it from her estate when she

dies, but now they have gone even

0:31:260:31:31

further and are not increasing the

interest payments either. So would

0:31:310:31:35

my right honourable friend agree

that other banks should follow the

0:31:350:31:40

cover -- caring and compassionate

example set by Santander and

0:31:400:31:45

encourage them to look after

terminally ill people in the same

0:31:450:31:49

way?

Can I say to my honourable

friend that she has raised an issue

0:31:490:31:55

about which she cares deeply, and

I'm certainly happy to join her in

0:31:550:32:00

congratulating Santander and the

support they have provided to Jackie

0:32:000:32:03

Woodcock. Obviously she has raised a

wider issue and it is important for

0:32:030:32:09

employers to be aware of and to

fulfil their legal obligations

0:32:090:32:13

towards their employees, including

the terminally ill employees, and

0:32:130:32:16

I'm sure others will look at the

excellent example Santander has set.

0:32:160:32:22

The Sunday Times said this week that

affordable housing and easy access

0:32:220:32:30

to London in Bedford has made it one

of the best places to live in the

0:32:300:32:35

UK. But Bedford constituents are

worried about and concerned about

0:32:350:32:37

the school funding cuts and services

cuts, the impending closure of the

0:32:370:32:46

only walk-in centre, the big

increase in homelessness and the

0:32:460:32:50

loss of peak-time rail services to

London. My question to the Prime

0:32:500:32:54

Minister is, why is the government

ruining the prospects of our great

0:32:540:32:59

town?

I can say to the honourable

gentleman that the prospects of his

0:32:590:33:05

great town are being improved by the

fact we see thousands more children

0:33:050:33:10

in good and outstanding schools in

Bedford and we have in the local

0:33:100:33:14

authority than we have gone before

and when we came into power and it's

0:33:140:33:17

being improved, and then more

funding in Bedford, but it's also a

0:33:170:33:25

government that is ensuring we have

a strong economy providing jobs for

0:33:250:33:28

people in his constituency.

Thank

you, Mr Speaker. Financial services

0:33:280:33:38

are of critical importance both to

thousands of my constituents in

0:33:380:33:42

Hitchin and Harpenden and also to

the country as a whole. Will the

0:33:420:33:45

Prime Minister take this opportunity

to update the house on progress made

0:33:450:33:50

on ensuring that our future trade

deal with the European Union

0:33:500:33:55

includes an agreement on financial

services?

Can I say to my honourable

0:33:550:34:03

friend that I'm well aware of the

importance of financial services

0:34:030:34:06

both for the United Kingdom and

constituents in his constituency and

0:34:060:34:11

elsewhere but also the important

role the City of London plays in

0:34:110:34:15

terms of the financial sector for

the whole of the European Union.

0:34:150:34:19

This is a matter in which we are in

discussion with the European Union

0:34:190:34:22

about and there is a recognition of

the significant role the City of

0:34:220:34:26

London plays and the importance of

ensuring that we may access to

0:34:260:34:30

finance across the European Union.

Mental health issues affect one in

0:34:300:34:38

ten children who on average have to

see their GP three times borate --

0:34:380:34:42

before referral with many waiting

for up to 18 months for treatment.

0:34:420:34:48

At a time when national funding in

the area is being constantly cut,

0:34:480:34:52

including a 5% reduction in funding

to Lewisham, is this not another

0:34:520:34:57

example of the government saying one

thing but doing another with our

0:34:570:35:03

NHS?

May I say, that the government

is putting more funding into mental

0:35:030:35:08

health provision and have already

made available an additional £1.4

0:35:080:35:12

billion to improve children and

young people's mental health

0:35:120:35:16

services. And we have committed that

70,000 more people will have access

0:35:160:35:21

to mental health care. I will say

this to the honourable lady that she

0:35:210:35:26

rightly raises mental health issues,

particular she is raised if young

0:35:260:35:32

people, but across the board we need

to give more attention to mental

0:35:320:35:35

health. We are putting more money

into it and we want to see parity of

0:35:350:35:39

esteem between mental and physical

health in the National Health

0:35:390:35:41

Service. It is something the Labour

Party in 13 years of government have

0:35:410:35:45

failed to do.

The EU agreement

published this week has left

0:35:450:35:54

fishermen from Amble and the

north-east anxious. Why we will gain

0:35:540:36:00

control in the fermentation period,

which is great news, there is real

0:36:000:36:04

concern in case EU colleagues try to

take advantage of us losing our

0:36:040:36:07

voice in the CFP bike changing quota

rules during the implementation

0:36:070:36:13

period, so will the Prime Minister

consider asking deference to prepare

0:36:130:36:18

a financial mitigation plan to

protect the fleet should we need to

0:36:180:36:21

do so?

There needs to be the

certainty to operate on the same

0:36:210:36:33

basis until we reach a new

partnership we are renegotiating. As

0:36:330:36:37

I said earlier, the new partnership

means we want to take back control

0:36:370:36:42

of the waters and ensure British

fishermen are not unfairly denied

0:36:420:36:46

access to other waters and ensure

that we cannot -- we can rebuild the

0:36:460:36:52

fishing industry, which I think is

important. What has been agreed is

0:36:520:36:57

the stability key not being changed,

so the quotas that British fishermen

0:36:570:37:02

will operate under will not be

changed. I know that deaf are

0:37:020:37:05

looking actively at how we can

ensure that we are not only

0:37:050:37:10

maintaining the fishing industry but

that and rebuild it -- I know that

0:37:100:37:15

Defra are looking actively.

This

week every party in Westminster took

0:37:150:37:20

part in an international summit to

challenge violence against women in

0:37:200:37:24

politics. Online abuse dominated

discussions. Last year her

0:37:240:37:27

government considered a statutory

practice for social media

0:37:270:37:33

corporations for the abuse of

content they publish. Will the Prime

0:37:330:37:36

Minister say if she remains content

with a toothless, voluntary code, or

0:37:360:37:40

will she give it a digital guard dog

that both barks and bites?

Can I say

0:37:400:37:46

to the honourable lady that she

raises an important point. On all of

0:37:460:37:50

these issues we have taken the view

that we sit down with the industry

0:37:500:37:53

and work with them to see what they

are willing to do on a voluntary

0:37:530:37:57

basis but they know if that doesn't

actually work we will look at

0:37:570:38:00

legislation. The abuse that was

undertaken, she referred to the

0:38:000:38:08

abuse and political campaigning. I'm

afraid that is a sorry state of

0:38:080:38:11

affairs we have reached in this

country and we want to see the free

0:38:110:38:14

and fair election and people having

the confidence to be to go out and

0:38:140:38:17

put their views forward without

feeling they will be abused.

The

0:38:170:38:26

clinically led future fit programme

for Shropshire seeks to improve and

0:38:260:38:29

modernise hospital services across

Shropshire and we have been waiting

0:38:290:38:34

for a decision on this issue for

many years. Could the Prime Minister

0:38:340:38:39

use her good offices to ensure that

this vital scheme is supported in

0:38:390:38:42

the coming weeks so we can secure

the vital investment for Shropshire

0:38:420:38:48

NHS?

My honourable friend is right

to speak up for Shropshire in the

0:38:480:38:51

way he has done and he will be

pleased to see that the Right

0:38:510:38:57

Honourable friend the Secretary of

State for Health and social care

0:38:570:39:01

purred to his comments and we will

contact him about this issue.

Mr

0:39:010:39:07

Speaker, the review made a big

difference in improving services for

0:39:070:39:12

children with communication needs.

Communication is the key life skill

0:39:120:39:15

for children to learn and thrive,

yet a decade on, the latest report

0:39:150:39:21

shows much more needs to be done. So

will the Prime Minister commit to a

0:39:210:39:27

cross government strategy that puts

this issue at the heart of policy

0:39:270:39:31

and gives all our children the best

possible start in life?

My

0:39:310:39:36

honourable gentleman has raised an

important issue and the Department

0:39:360:39:41

for Education will be considering

the report carefully because we do

0:39:410:39:43

not want to see any child held back

from achieving their potential which

0:39:430:39:49

includes ensuring those children

with speech, language and

0:39:490:39:52

communication needs are given the

support that they need and that

0:39:520:39:56

there has been particular training

for teachers to support children who

0:39:560:40:00

require additional help to

communicate. But we will introduce

0:40:000:40:03

the education health and care plans

to make sure children with

0:40:030:40:05

additional needs receive the right

support to succeed in school in the

0:40:050:40:10

future but we will look carefully at

the report and respond in due

0:40:100:40:13

course.

Unlike the SNP, I do not

want to see Britain rejoin the

0:40:130:40:21

disastrous Common fisheries policy.

0:40:210:40:24

But I do have some concerns about

the fisheries aspects of the

0:40:320:40:35

transitional agreement which has

been provisionally agreed with the

0:40:350:40:41

European union. Before she travels

to the European Council, can the

0:40:410:40:45

Prime Minister assure the house and

fishing communities around the UK

0:40:450:40:50

that we will absolutely and

unequivocally take back full control

0:40:500:40:57

of our waters from 2021?

As I said

earlier, the point about the

0:40:570:41:06

fermentation period is that it is

the period during which people are

0:41:060:41:12

allowed to move to make the changes

that the new economic partnerships

0:41:120:41:15

we have and it will ensure that

businesses, fishermen included,

0:41:150:41:18

don't face to changes on the cliff

edge in the way that they are

0:41:180:41:23

operating. By definition because it

is maintaining the status quo so

0:41:230:41:26

people don't have to make those

extra changes, it is, I recognise

0:41:260:41:32

not the same and won't be the same

as the end state when we have a

0:41:320:41:36

future economic partnership and have

that new relationship. As I said

0:41:360:41:40

earlier one of the elements we will

be looking for in reassuring the

0:41:400:41:44

visiting industry is to ensure that

we do take back control of our

0:41:440:41:49

waters.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I

associate with myself with the Prime

0:41:490:41:56

Minister, the Leader of the

Opposition and the leader of the SNP

0:41:560:42:00

by offering condolences to the

family of the RAF engineer who was

0:42:000:42:04

killed tragically in my constituency

yesterday. The RAF has been part of

0:42:040:42:08

my constituency for over 75 years

and they are a tight-knit group of

0:42:080:42:13

aircraft men and support staff on

the ground. And whilst they are

0:42:130:42:16

grieving, will the primaries to join

with me in paying tribute to the

0:42:160:42:22

Royal Air Force and whilst they

commemorate their century of

0:42:220:42:24

dedicated service to our country.

I

am very happy to join the honourable

0:42:240:42:31

gentleman in saying what a great job

the Royal Air Force does for us, and

0:42:310:42:36

he sees it at first hand in its

connection with his constituency,

0:42:360:42:40

but we should recognise the valour

of all of those serving in our Armed

0:42:400:42:46

Forces, and particularly in this

100th year of the Royal Air Force,

0:42:460:42:49

those who serve in the Royal Air

Force, and we thank them for it.

0:42:490:42:56

May I welcome the government's

decision to create a medical school

0:42:560:42:58

at Canterbury in East Kent but to

clean my honourable friend the

0:42:580:43:04

Member for Faversham who has been

indefatigable in the fight for this.

0:43:040:43:08

Does not underline the importance of

training more doctors and nurses to

0:43:080:43:13

ensure our health services in the

region is well staffed and well

0:43:130:43:15

looked after?

My honourable friend

is right. I'm pleased to welcome the

0:43:150:43:21

new medical school in Canterbury and

the four other schools set up around

0:43:210:43:25

those parts of the country and he's

also right this is about ensuring we

0:43:250:43:30

are training a workforce for the

National Health Service and we have

0:43:300:43:38

raised significantly the number of

training places, the biggest the NHS

0:43:380:43:40

has ever seen.

Thank you. Given that

mesh can shrink in a woman's body,

0:43:400:43:52

will she supported proposals to

this?

This is a very important issue

0:43:520:44:05

and this has caused concern to

women. And I will look in detail at

0:44:050:44:09

it. I'm happy to write to her about

it but I recognise the concern is

0:44:090:44:13

about this particular issue and I

will write about what the NHS will

0:44:130:44:16

be doing on it.

Thank you. Will she

congratulate the remarkable start of

0:44:160:44:26

Prince Alexander Hospital in Harlow

to ensure they are out of special

0:44:260:44:28

measures today? Will she support our

campaign for a new hospital to

0:44:280:44:34

ensure the staff is fit for the 21st

century?

Can I congratulate the

0:44:340:44:40

local hospital in Harlow he is

referring to four coming out of

0:44:400:44:46

special measures? That's very

important and I know will give added

0:44:460:44:49

confidence to his constituents. He

tempts me to support a new hospital

0:44:490:44:54

in his area and I'm sure as he will

know the Secretary of State has

0:44:540:44:59

heard his request in relation to

that. What we do know is we are

0:44:590:45:04

putting more money into

0:45:040:45:05