Highlights of proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday 13 March, presented by Mandy Baker.
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Hello and welcome to the programme.
Delivering his Spring
Statement, the Chancellor
characterises his mood.
I meanwhile am at my most positively
Tigger - like today.
But his Labour shadow is not amused.
His complacency today is astounding.
And YouTube gets a dressing down.
It is shocking that you seem to know
so little about who they are, what
training they've had or if they are
employed by your organisation.
It used to be that cometh
the spring, cometh the Budget.
The full holding up the briefcase
outside Number 11, how much a bottle
of whisky was going up and a rabbit
out of the fiscal hat.
But that was in the old
days, well, last year.
It all changed when the Chancellor
announced budgets were now
to be autumnal affairs,
with just a limited
statement in the spring.
So it was that Philip Hammond rose
in the Commons with what he said
would be a short statement.
In fact, it was 36 minutes.
He began with an attack on Labour.
I reject the party opposite cosmic
doom and gloom about the state of
the nation. -- party opposite's doom
and gloom. Every year since 2010,
we've had to listen to the right
honourable member for Hayes and
Harlington predict a recession, none
of which has actually happened. If
there are any yours in the chamber,
they're over there. -- Eeyores. I
meanwhile I met my most positively
Tigger-like today as I come amid the
country which bases the future with
unique strengths. Since autumn, I
have committed to £60 billion of --
£16 billion of new spending shared
between... With almost £9 billion
extra per hour NHS and our social
care system. £4 billion going into
the NHS in 2018 - 2019 alone. If
management and unions reach
agreement on pay modernisation deal
for our nation's nurses... Who have
worked in very challenging
circumstances to provide NHS care
that we all value so highly. £2.2
billion... Taking public investment
in our schools, hospitals and
infrastructure in this Parliament to
its highest sustained level in 40
The Shadow Chancellor
was positively not Tigger-like.
His complacency today is astounding.
We face in every public service a
crisis on a scale we've never seen
before. Hasn't she listened to the
doctors, nurses, the teachers, the
police the carriers, and even his
own counsellors? -- the carers. They
are telling him to act now. For
eight years they've been ignored by
this government than today, they've
been in Godard again. NHS trusts
will end this financial year £1
billion in deficit. Doctors and
nurses are struggling, being asked
to do more and more while there is
100,000 NHS posts going on Bill. --
on fill. How many people have to die
waiting in an ambulance before he
acts? He's mentioned the payoff is
of the NHS staff, and I was forced
upon him by the Labour...
The SNP leader at Westminster
labelled the statement
much ado about nothing.
We are ten years on from the
financial crisis, the austerity is
still with us. There was a lack of
hope given to the people of the
United Kingdom from this statement
today. Mr Speaker, on the weekend we
saw the honourable member and his
other job as a linesman at the
Glasgow Celtic versus Rangers
football match, waving his flag
enthusiast thing... If anybody
deserves a red card today, it's the
Several Labour MPs lined up
to criticise the Chancellor,
firstly on the NHS.
Given that he knows that the budget
is going to be two late -- too late
to... That he knows that the
doubling up all the Prime Minister
and do a public apology to the staff
and pigeons of the NHS who will have
to endure Mr's crisis because of
The Chancellor has
been very upbeat today, but why is
he so upbeat when the growth figures
show that we have gone from near the
top of the G-7 and the G20 growth
lists to the bottom of both?
STUDIO: A Conservative MP quoted
from the economic forecast prepared
by the Office for Budget
The likelihood of unexpected
political development leads to
significant downside risks to
forecasts. Nasa PCs any of those
political downside risks sitting
directly in front of him? -- can I
ask the Chancellor if the...
is the risk...
STUDIO: While Philip Hammond
was delivering his statement,
news came through that the US
Secretary of State had been
fired by President Trump.
Rex Tillerson had only on Monday
backed British authorities
in blaming the Kremlin
for the poisoning of a former
Russian spy in Salisbury.
This seemed to be a departure
from the White House line which had
declined to blame Russia.
A note was passed to the Prime
Minister as she was listening
to the Chancellor,
as you can see on the
right of the picture.
Perhaps the moment she got
news of the sacking?
After reading the note,
she acknowledges it and then begins
to digest its contents.
Now, Labour has failed
in a bid to block changes
to Universal Credit,
free school meals and childcare.
It accused the Government of trying
to deny free school meals
to a million children.
Ministers hit back saying
that was "scaremongering
But there was a concession
to the DUP, with the Government
announcing that plans to end
the childcare voucher scheme
would be put off for six months.
The attack on the changes
to the welfare system were led
by the Shadow Education Secretary.
Many people, including MPs, wrongly
believed that all children in
poverty already get free school
meals. That is not currently the
case. Under the transitional
protection under Universal Credit,
they would be entitled to that
benefit and it's through this
secondary legislation that they're
pulling the rope from under the
flash point the rug from underneath
No child would lose
out their entitlement and that in
fact 50,000 more children would
benefit under our proposals when
compared to the previous system.
While I understand that is the
nature of the opposition to oppose,
scaremongering and misinformation
from that side of the House have
surely reached a new low.
ad nausea... That isn't much good
for people. It is just being a shift
from out of her poverty into in work
poverty, we note there has been a
rise in and work poverty and that
six to 7% of children, 67% of
children who are currently living in
poverty do so in a family where at
least one person works.
suggest that seeing as the
Government does like to make Liberal
Democrat policy, with the income tax
threshold, I'm not precious, you can
have another one, extend free school
meals to all children in primary
schools. And if not that, then at
least extend it to all children
under Universal Credit.
opposite frequently looked to us to
improve the situation and the lives
of the most vulnerable. That's what
this policy is doing. That's with
these regulations are doing today.
But unfortunately, the party
opposite seem not to live seem not
to lot get facts in the way -- get
in the way of a good story. They're
putting that before people.
talking about young mums who are
probably reentering the labour
market for the first time. We are
this incentivizing them from
working. The problem with the policy
here is that it's breaking that
principle of the Universal
This motion is not about
-- this motion is about playing
politics. Government have taken the
time to understand how best to
transfer a lump sum benefits like
free school meals into a system like
Universal Credit. By the way,
At the end of the debate
their was a concession
on the childcare voucher scheme.
Given the concerns raised across
this House, that there should be a
delay on the closure of that scheme
to allow for the concerts to be
Madam Deputy Speaker I
have heard the concerns that have
been raised about this and the
timing and they can confirm that we
will be able to keep the voucher
scheme open for a further six
STUDIO: Later, all four of Labour's
motions were rejected by MPs.
You're watching Tuesday
in Parliament with me, Mandy Baker.
The Conservative MP who represents
Telford has told ministers that
girls are being traded for sex
in "a routine way."
It's been reported that hundreds
of children could've fallen victim
to abusers over a 40-year period
in the Shropshire town.
These young girls are too often
white working-class, with multiple
from her abilities and that is what
perpetrators are targeting, that is
why perpetrators are targeting them.
It is also why so often they are
miscast as bringing it on
themselves. They are miscast as
being indulging in risky behaviour,
as being promiscuous. As somehow
being to blame for what is happening
to them. Had those girls been from a
different background, had they been
able to articulate more clearly what
it was that was happening to them,
have deep been able to identify that
it was a crime, -- had they been
able to do...
Lucy Allan called for
an independent inquiry.
The minister said this
was the worst of all crimes.
The scale of it is now being
encountered by the independent
inquiry of child sex abuse and I
think the Government recognises that
the inquiry will take a long time.
And I think where there are
incidents where we can intervene
earlier to try and prevent sexual
exploitation, I think we should.
A senior official at YouTube has
apologised to MPs for the company's
slowness in removing extremist
and offensive videos,
in particular those produced
by neo-Nazi groups such as National
William McCants faced
a barrage of questions
from the Home Affairs committee.
I want to say to begin, we apologise
for those videos being on our
platform. They should not have been
there. You should not have had to
come back to us repeatedly. These
four videos, because they are from a
proscribed terrorist organisation
should not have remained up on our
Do you have any reviewers
based in the United Kingdom?
believe we have a large team of
reviewers based in Ireland.
not in the UK.
Right, but I'm not
sure. We have of course full-time
employees that work on this, but if
you are asking me about contractors
that we use, I'm not sure if they
are based in the UK were not.
put some of these decisions out to
Sertraline, and that's
part of the trouble here, that these
videos were going to people --
certainly, and we're not able to
identify them, that's why they will
be routed to specialist and why the
general reviewers will be given
training in order to identify the
How many of the people who
make these decisions are actually
not YouTube employees?
don't know a number.
Do you do the
training for these contractors or
was that contracted out as well?
do not know who conduct the
training. I certainly know our trust
and safety teams are intimately
involved in designing the
This is new information
for us and I have to say it is
shocking, really shocking and you
don't even know where your review
teams are based, who they are,
whether they are done through
contract to other companies or
organizations or whether it is done
by YouTube. All of the statements
that you gave us at the beginning of
this evidence session about how much
it mattered to you personally, if
these things are actually being
implemented by staff on your behalf
or by people on your behalf, it is
frankly shocking that you seem to
know so little about who they are,
where they are, what training they
have had or even whether they are
employed by your organisation. You
have no response to that?
brought on to deal with
counterterrorism policy. I worked on
it at a very high level. Our trust
and safety teams are charged with
making sure that reviewers get the
training that they need.
from now on you'll be looking at it
like a hawk and take personal
responsibility for this. There is no
space for that. Is that then mean
that if you are back here in six
months' time this material is still
there that you will personally take
responsibility step down because you
are not performing as performing?
will take responsibility for
ensuring that this content does not
remain online. If it somehow gets
passed our failsafes, I am not doing
my job to make sure we are doing the
right thing to remove this content.
When we had evidence from YouTube in
the past you were very clear when
there is copyrighted material such
as songs, albums, the minute they
appear he removed them within
minutes and yet you have got
nothing, you have not invested
anything to match that kind of
copyright material and yet this
stuff is dangerous. It leads to
people losing their lives. It is
illegal. It is a cancer in society,
terrorism, and yet you are not
putting the effort into it and
frankly I feel insulted that YouTube
sent you to answer the questions.
This is not about your competence in
your field, but actually as an
organisation as big as YouTube
sending someone who does not know
the basic answers to the questions
and yet you have had nearly a week's
noticed to be answering this.
share your description of terrorism
as a cancer. That is why YouTube is
dedicated to removing that content
from its platform and we are putting
in place fixes every day, spending
millions of dollars to address this
problem. Our technology is getting
faster and we are expanding the
number of personnel who work on this
issue and we continue to make
improvements. Are we perfect? No.
Will we be perfect? No, but we are
getting better and better.
not about perfection. You being the
wrong person before this committee
and not having a clue what you are
talking about. That is what I feel
has just happened in this evidence
The blunt conclusion of Naz Shah.
Britain's first female
Muslim Cabinet minister has said
she won't be intimidated by letters
inciting violence against Muslims.
On Monday, MPs condemned the letters
encouraging people to take part
in a "Punish a Muslim" day.
I received a message my lords from a
friend, long message at the end of
it which she said I urge you please
do not go out on the 3rd of April.
It is punished for today. My lords,
I will along with many other Muslims
be going out on the 3rd of April
because we will not be intimidated
in this way.
The Government condemns
the content of the letters, as I
said in my original statement, as a
boring and misplaced in recent
society. I know the prime Minister
who as home Secretary to the number
of initiatives in partnership with
my noble friend will want to reflect
on the exchanges yesterday in the
Other Place, the exchange of today,
to see whether we can build on some
of the initiatives my noble friend
has referred to and see whether
there is further action we can take
in order to counter hate crime in
this country today.
From next year some British
institutions will no longer be able
to return works of art looted
by the Nazis to their
A Conservative MP
wants to change that.
Throughout the 1930s and 40s,
property of all kinds was
systematically stolen from millions
of people as part of Hitler's
horrific genocidal campaign against
Europe's Jewish community. That
included many precious works of art.
Legislation enacted in 2009 allowed
some institutions to ignore
statutory restrictions which prevent
them from giving away items
in their collections -
but that permission expires
in November next year.
Nothing can make up for the trauma
and suffering of those who
experienced the Holocaust at first
hand, or lost loved ones in that
horror, but at least we can give
them back to precious works of art
which were stolen from them. That is
what my proposal is designed to
Theresa Villiers added
that her proposed Bill
was supported by the Government.
Fears about a trade war
with the United States and the take
over battle for engineering giant
GKN were among the questions put
to Business Department ministers.
GKN employs 6,000 people
in the UK mostly in aerospace
and automotive technology.
It became a takeover target
after it issued profit
warnings late last year.
Some MPs have been calling
for a recent bid to be blocked.
G8 -- GKN was forged in our
country's first Industrial
Revolution, build the tanks used in
the D-Day landings and its
innovative battery technology will
power our future economy. The
Government industrial strategy
identifies potteries as a vast
batteries as a key technology and
manufacturing as a priority sector.
Yet the Secretary of State has
nothing to say about the hostile
takeover of this great firm. So will
he answer this question. Why is it
that as with arm and Unilever, all
too often the Secretary of State's
industrial strategy seems to leave
great British success stories less
great were less British?
honourable Lee I would have thought
informed her so as to the
responsibility of Ministers --
honourable Lady, Ministers under the
enterprise act. The enterprise act
2000 to pass under the previous
labour government, which requires
that Ministers can only intervene in
mergers that raise public interest
concerns on the grounds of national
security, financial stability and
media plurality. But she should know
that the Government reforms of
corporate governments have made sure
that GKN had longer to prepare their
defence, preventing the kind of
smash and grab raid that Taber --
Cadbury is what subject to under the
previous government. And permission
has been made for legally binding
undertakings to be given in takeover
Labour was worried about the impact
of the recent announcement by the US
of import tariffs on
steel and aluminium.
The president has revealed an
appetite for a trade war which began
with the announcement of steel
tariffs and now includes cuts to put
them on EU cars which could hit our
industry hard. Will the Secretary of
State tell this House when he is
doing to avoid a trade war with the
US? And should act in such tariffs
come into play what he will do to
protect our steel and automotive
It does no one any good if
we have tariffs in place that impede
trade and I would have thought that
her endorsement of the approach that
the Trade Secretary has taken would
And a Conservative had a question
on the issue of US tariffs too.
Can my right honourable friend
reissue of the House of the effort
he is making to secure exemption for
UK produced steel and aluminium
products from next week's imposition
I can assure the right
honourable friend I was in Brussels
yesterday meeting with the other
European Union Ministers and trade
union leaders and the representative
employees to make sure that we do
exactly what he says.
Ministers were accused
of being complacent about the impact
What should britain's response be
to the salisbury nerve agent attack?
That was a questions posed
during a Westminster Hall debate
on the diplomatic service
and its resources.
The suggestions put forward by one
of the experts to respond to
Russia's action was to withdraw from
the World Cup in Russia. Instead
have the World Cup in England. That
would be an impressive way of
putting pressure on Russia to bring
about change. It's a diplomatic way
perhaps but maybe an undiplomatic
way of doing it but important way of
I don't think it's a
serious, nearly serious enough for
the kind of step I believe this
government will need to take against
Russia. I think to say you will not
send a lot of dignitaries to the
World Cup is nowhere near good
enough and it's a pathetic response.
We will need to do much better and
much tougher than that. So that they
understand across the full spectrum
that this is the kind of behaviour
of which we will not put up with.
The Shadow foreign office minister
argued there had been a reduction
in the department's budget.
The smallest cut one can glean from
looking at the numbers is about 60%,
which is nonetheless extremely
large. And it does seem to me that
it is difficult for the Government
to project this global Britain role
while at the same time reducing
resources in the foreign office.
The minister said the government
was committed to making sure
the diplomatic service received
the resources that it needed.
Now finally just to return
to the Spring Statement.
And the Chancellor is always looking
for new ways to increase revenue.
The longest-serving MP -
the Father of the House -
is Ken Clarke, a former
himself of course.
He had an idea.
Can I suggest that he looks at some
of the extraordinary tax anomalies
he's inherited in the tax treatment
of older, prosperous people in
full-time work in this country. It
cannot be right...
I think I'm perfectly well placed.
Philip Hammond said he would be
looking at all options
before the next budget.
In the meantime, Mr Speaker, I can
tell my right honourable friend that
there is a mechanism for voluntary
donations to her Majesty's treasury
and in case it is misled I will send
a copy of our bank details.
One Conservative later made
the point that perhaps imposing
a new tax targeted at a core element
of the party's support may not be
a good idea after all.
And that's it.
So for now from me,
Mandy Baker goodbye.