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Hello and welcome to the week in
Parliament, coming up an
uncomfortable morning of questioning
for Oxfam bosses.
I am sorry, we are
sorry for the damage that Oxfam has
More grating for Caribbean,
this time it's those responsible for
pensions and auditing.
striking out onto the street thing,
I thought it was surprised, you
wildly to after this.
If you can
stand the noise, get out of the
chamber. We get the lowdown on
Disapprove, disapprove of
this sort of behaviour. Of both
sides stop it.
But first, it was the
feelings by Oxfam which dominated
the early part of the week. The
sense of anger wasn't just down to
the wrongdoing, the fact that
charity workers had paid woman for
sex in earthquake ravaged Haiti, it
was also the wake the organisation
dealt with it and so Oxfam bosses
steeled themselves for two
uncomfortable I of
cross-examination. First it was the
issue of The Commons made by this
charity chief executive.
appeared to be downplaying this
Scandella using the parallel with
the murder of babies in their pots
which many people regarded as
grossly inappropriate. Can they give
you the opportunity to apologise?
Certainty chairman, I do apologise.
I was thinking under stress, I'd
given many interviews and given many
decisions to try and beat Oxfam's
response to this, I was thinking
about amazing work I had seen Oxfam
do across the world most recently
for refugees coming from Myanmar. I
should not have said those things.
It is not for Oxfam to judge issues
of proportionality were motivation.
I repeat Oxfam's broader apology and
my personal apology, I am sorry, we
are sorry for the damage that Oxfam
has done. Both of the people of
Haiti but also to wider efforts for
aid and development by possibly
undermining public support.
in a country behave well as
citizens, because they are policed,
this is about aligning our people
with the values of Oxfam. Some
hideous men came into her
organisation and abused the trust of
the British people, the supporters,
but they were able to get away, to
get a recommendation to leave. This
So we're going to change
the culture. The Conservatives said
she had been highlighting the
problem of sexual exploitation for
two years but no one had taken any
Everybody knew this
happened. Everybody knew that the
ape that there was pretty rotten
because it had gotten all these
people who are abusing women and
girls regularly in all countries but
nobody, not one organisation was
actually attacking it or doing
nothing about it. That's shocking.
They are supposed to be good people.
Trying to help the world but it
would appear that you're not as good
as you should be.
heartbreaking that we are in the
situation with I want to assure you
that you are not doing nothing. We
were working on it but we have
reached a point where the world has
woken up to the abuse of women and
girls in a very special way and we
find ourselves not to have done
enough but we did something. We have
been improving every year but we are
not very want to be.
In the Commons,
the International Development
Secretary gave a withering verdict
on the previous leadership. Accusing
directors of putting the protection
of Oxfam reputation ahead of those
they were supposed to help.
be able to trust organisations not
only to do all they can to prevent
harm but to report and follow-up
incidents of wrongdoing when they
occur. In this duty, Oxfam failed,
under the watch of Barbara and
Penny. They did not provide a full
report to the Charity commission,
they did not provide a full report
to their donors. They did not
provide any report the prosecuting
authorities. In my view Mr Speaker,
they misled quite possibly
Development Secretary. The exchanges
between Theresa May and Jeremy
Corbyn at prime ministers questions
are usually a Brexit free zone. But
the Cabinet were convening at their
residents the next day to pin down
the UK future relationship with the
EU. And so, the opposition leader
made an exception. He began with
David Davis is comforting
reassurance that post Brexit Britain
would not descend into a desert work
society had collapsed.
the Brexit said -- secretary assured
the country that Brexit will not
plunge Britain into a mad Max style
world borrowed from the dystopian
fiction. Those of the Prime Minister
feels he could set the bar just a
little bit higher?
As the right honourable gentleman
knows, be very clear we are going to
ensure that when we leave the
European Union we will be able to
take back control of our borders,
our money, and our laws. And I have
to say to him the only fiction
around in relation to Brexit and the
European Union is the Labour Party
front bench who can't even agree
with themselves what their policy
In December that for an
secretary and the Environment
Secretary were briefing that the
working Time directive would be
scrapped. The CBI and the unions are
very clear that they are not looking
for a bonfire regulation, quite the
opposite. The only party it wants to
scrap work relation protections are
the party opposite.
I have been
clear since I became Prime Minister.
That this is a government that will
not only protect workers' rights but
enhance workers' rights. And that's
just look at the conservatives
record in government. Who was it?
Which government was it that took
action on zero-hours contracts? A
conservative government. Not labour.
Which government it it? That adopted
Matthew Taylor to report on the new
economy to -- a conservative
government, not labour. Which
government is it that ensuring that
workers voices are heard on the
boards of companies a conservative
government, not labour.
I don't know
if she's had a chance to read the
Daily Telegraph today but 62 of her
backbenchers want a bonfire of
regulations, want to destroy
workers' rights in this country.
Well as usual during premises
questions, the Commons was extremely
noisy. And here is the point I think
of peak rowdiness.
Will the Prime
Minister joined me in urging with
the neighbour obese and crime
Commissioner to put more police on
the streets instead of increasing
his budget for his staff by £10
Minister! No, the
microphones only pick up the sound
around the person who's speaking, I
was in the press gallery which looks
over the green benches and the noise
across the chamber is absolutely
incredible, it's like a wall of
Eventually the Speaker had
had enough. More money is going to
Quarter! Order! Please.
The questions and the answers must
be heard and I make no apology for
beating that the discussions here at
prime ministers questions should
bear some resemblance to what the
House is saying in relation to
culture. We have recently had a
report on harassment. Let's try to
behave properly in the session.
Well, one person who has heard many
prime ministers questions is marked
our parliamentary correspondent. I
hope is not affected your hearing?
It was a wall of sound when you're
in there, what you don't quite get
from the television coverage is the
cauldron like atmosphere, everywhere
you look there are people jabbing
their fingers and shutting out at
whoever is speaking with is the
Prime Minister or Jeremy Corbyn or
somebody else and the speakers point
there I was simply that you can't
isolate that from the rest of what
goes on in Parliament and if there
is a bullying culture of crime --
prime ministers question time that's
going to filter through into a lot
else that goes on in Parliament and
he does not want that to happen he
does not want people to get that
impression of the place.
Why do they
do it? In the newsroom we don't yell
at each other, why do MPs do that?
It's partly a bit of political
theatre, don't forget a lot of this
is quite calculated behind the
scenes. People actually sort of look
through the batting order of PMT was
an think all hang on he will be
talking about something very serious
and someone we don't want to shout
at him but that person is going to
be saying and they political point
and we want to try and disrupt them
and they know there are some MPs who
can be knocked off their stride by a
really good heckle and a lot of
conservatives think that Jeremy
Corbyn can be goaded and can get
very angry and you suddenly hear
that back of the throat voice he
gets when he's a bit under pressure.
And they like to get him into that
situation. And Theresa May also?
Yes, she tends to sort of carry on
fairly serenely but you can see
occasionally that she gets a little
bit rattled in the body language
which changes a bit and anyone can
in there, it's not all, comment on
anyone's character it can be a
horrible place when you're at the
centre of attention.
We had this
report about harassment at
Westminster, do you think that might
change the tone of prime ministers
questions, there are people who say
that it should, there are people who
argue and say you can't isolate the
beer basing phase of the
parliamentary week from the rest of
what Parliament does.
And this kind
of leakage from one part of
parliamentary life to all the rest
and can contaminate everything if
they're not careful in terms of how
the public sees it. That the Incas
is the moment in Parliament that is
most seen so that the moment when
they make a public impression and
the Speaker in particular is very
conscious of the dangers of that
being some kind of beer pit.
always saying the public hate this,
is that true?
To the public hate it?
Well, sometimes I think people can
condemn violent TV and violent
cinema but still watch it and I
think that maybe an adamant about pm
queues, it's the most entertaining
bit of the week. Whether it actually
matters or really changes peoples
perceptions except on a few very
dramatic occasions I think is
another question. It does liven up
the week for us. It certainly does.
You can get it marks for technical
Thank you. You may
remember a few weeks ago, for
Carillion executives lost for words
in the face of questions from a
joint committee, investigating why
the company failed. On Thursday it
was the pensions regulator and
auditors who face similar treatment
about their roles in the firms
collapse. Carillion provided
services for schools, hospitals and
prisons. It went into liquidation at
the beginning of the year and a hole
in the company's pension scheme at
hundreds of millions of pounds. More
than a thousand people lost their
jobs and there was widespread
disruption amongst subcontractors
and suppliers. First to face the
music was the pensions regulator.
How many other schemes work we did
all these extra years, but paying
dividends? How many in that
position, could you tell?
answer that question either, this is
complicated, numbers of our period
of time that changed constantly I
will be happy to send the committee
on Notes on how many schemes are in
That should be your
daily diet, every week you should
meet your that and say here is the
most vulnerable, still paying huge
dividends, what action are we
I can assure you that we
take forward these issues I have
unidentified beer with our very
committed staff down in Brighton.
doubt your actions. Next it was the
turn of the auditors.
I think it's
quite simple and for me it comes
down to this. I would not hire you
to do an audit of the contents of my
fridge because when I read it, I
would not know what is actually in
my fridge or not. And that's the
point of auditing isn't it? To tell
us what exists and what's there or
We'll tell you what was there
for the company records with is
And good to tell you what's in
it, I'm going to show you the
receipts from the supermarket.
That's enough, I mean you have to
open the fridge and have a look
what's in there.
His reply was to
the effect that the fridge had been
opened in 2014 and 15 but not in
2016. No, let's take a look at some
of the news from around with
Minister in brief. Up to 500 lives a
year could be saved if the laws on
organ donation in England were
changed MPs were told. It were
debating altering the rules on
consensus of people would expressly
have to opt out if they did not want
their organs used after that. A
conservative told the story of
nine-year-old hero who was killed in
a car accident.
One of her kidneys
was given to a man in his 30s who
had been on the waiting list for an
organ for 25 years. The other kidney
was given to a woman in her 50s who
had been on the waiting list for
nine and a half years. The young boy
he received hero's pancreas and
liver. And her heart, her heart was
given to a ten-year-old boy.
Health Secretary admitted the
response to the way medical problems
caused by three NHS treatments have
not always been good enough. Hormone
based pregnancy test claimed that
the miscarriages and birth defects.
Sodium valproate used to treat
epilepsy was linked to autism and
learning difficulties when taken in
pregnancy. And the general mesh
implants used after complications in
childbirth caused some patients
crippling side effects.
the reactions felt overly focused on
defending the status quo rather than
addressing the needs of patients.
And as a result, patients and their
families of spent too long feeling
they were not being listened to,
making agony of a complex medical
situation even worse.
So today, in
addition to practical steps, for
each of these three cases, I'm also
setting up plans to establish a
fairer, quicker and more
compassionate way of addressing
issues when they arise.
To try and help the boy who has a
rare form of epilepsy. For more up
sure, suffers as many as 30 filing
seizures a day. Being treated with
cannabis oil, which is illegal in
the UK. His epilepsy improved when
he took the drug.
thousands of people who happy choice
of suffering terrible pain, and
seizures, every day, or criminalize
themselves by breaking the law. I
would urge them to break the law!
Because the law in this case is cool
and lacks compassion!
Ireland is in a state of limbo, is a
good ape promised to provide clarity
for civil service, as soon as
possible. There has been no
functioning government for more than
a year after the coalition collapsed
in a bitter...
A group of charities
and others who want somebody to
lobby and minister to argue with
about mental health in Northern
Ireland. Eric had been the
there have been no ministers, let
them continue, yes we want to see
the evolution. But it is a
dereliction, to continue without a
budget without ministerial
decisions. It is time to get on with
When Boris Johnson proposed a
mile-long bridge, to connect with
friends, experts were quick to point
out having a bridge in one of the
busiest shipping lanes. But he would
not let that put them off.
existing channel tunnel is likely,
at the present rate, within the next
seven years, is a short time and the
lifetime, it is a curiosity! That
two of the most powerful economies
in the world, separated by barely 21
miles of water, are connected by
only one railway line.
emergency after the High Court ruled
its current plan to tackle air
pollution was unlawful. If court
victory for campaigners, the judge
said that the current approach, was
not sufficient. He said that steps
must be taken to comply with the law
as soon as possible. Any comments
there was clear anger from MPs.
fact is this is a national health
emergency, millions of people could
probably guide by recent estimates,
by 2040, this is not good enough.
She must act now.
exceeding legal limits of pollution,
and 2008, EU and get air quality
directive. It poses a serious
question as to whether this
conservative government can be
trusted with our environment.
Dealing with illegal air pollution
after they leave the EU, if this is
what we are witnessing now.
I am fed up with the opposition
simply not accepting that their hard
responsibility. To incentivize,
to nearly half of all vehicles sold,
I am not saying that previous Labour
ministers did not do things in good
faith. But as we have found out,
labour and ignored advice that
diesel fumes were toxic.
they're removing scenes in England,
many politicians have been affected
by cancer. And one of them was
labours Karen Lee.
She was diagnosed
with breast cancer
there were two foreign secretaries
when, she was treated at Nottingham
City Hospital, she had chemotherapy,
and her treatment was just amazing.
They just could not have been
better. As well as that, she came
home for the final weeks of her life
to die. And the
team that came was just I cannot
thank them enough. I wish it could
be me, and she is to say, I wish it
could be no one. And I just think
that in those moments, we have the
power to influence and change, and
maybe can join together across his
and make 2050, know when you die of
MPs went to comfort Karen Lee, on
the right of the picture. Something
the health minister noticed.
always does one person that does not
leads a dry eye in the house. I
think the whole house wanted to give
her a hug, and many of them did and
bless them for that.
head of the financial industry
regulator had to repay tax after
using an unapproved tax break
scheme. It emerged as Charles
Randall appeared before the treasury
committee, he put money into a
scheme that made use of tax breaks
and formal productions, it was an
error of judgement.
I was reassured
that this partnership had been
discussed with senior policy
officials who had indicated that
they had approved of it. It is clear
to me now that far from taking any
comfort or not, I should have seen
it as a warning signal because the
mere fact that an informant
insurance should be necessary,
should have been telling me that
this was an investment of which
there was no statutory framework.
Those who are seeking to be a chair,
but it would look like, how the
scheme works, it could well look
like some tax break so people can...
Sony not open to the consumers,
Bohn he takes up his new position as
leader of the SCA in April.
been happening in a lot of
Westminster, you be asking.
It got off to a bouncy start, from
basketball and the UK. MP reference
US hip-hop artist ice cube about the
benefits of the game. Yellow Nike
wraps which party will play in
basketball. It is an Olympic sport.
The House of Lords has its first
The House of Lords has its first
female, she is to be known as the
lady of the black rod, and she was
given a rousing reception as she was
given her duties.
We have all been
glued to our television, watching
Arnold Winter Olympics performance.
Winning three medals in one day.
Successfully defending her gold.
what is the skeleton? Basically it
is finding yourself down a frozen
track on a bobsled. Lying facedown!
Maybe the government will have a
head perspective now? In hot water
after making disparaging remarks at
a gig in Glasgow. He used it to
discredit the Scottish budget.
he said, of the First Minister,
those hands will be in everybody's
The prime ministers Brexit
showdown, ham hock
as this is the first step to offer a
And finally parliamentary procedure
can be a little baffling, but the
government business managers say
they are expecting to know all the
rules. Kelly was promoted to the job
last month, but she may not have
quite come to grips of what is what.
As amended in the public bill
She won't do that
again. And that is it for now, so
for me, goodbye.