Prime Minister’s Questions: 10 April 2019 – Universal Credit, Local Government funding, Article 50
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Prime Minister’s Questions: 10 April 2019 – Universal Credit, Local Government funding, Article 50


>>Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire) (Con):
If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 10 April.>>The
Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May): May I add my congratulations to Sarah Davies
on achieving this position, and say how good it always is to see women in high office? The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 is
a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Her Majesty the Queen said before visiting
Jallianwala Bagh in 1997, it is a “distressing example” of our history with India. We deeply
regret what happened and the suffering caused. I am pleased that today the UK-India relationship
is one of collaboration, partnership, prosperity and security. Indian diaspora make an enormous
contribution to British society, and I am sure the whole House wishes to see the UK’s
relationship with India continue to flourish. This morning I had meetings with ministerial
colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall have further such meetings
later today.>>Craig Tracey:
I fully agree with the Prime Minister when she has repeatedly said that we need to honour
both the result of the referendum and our manifesto commitments, which mean leaving
the customs union and the single market. Does my right hon. Friend agree with me that if
the best way to do that, rather than delivering a diluted deal that is unrecognisable to many
of those who voted to leave, is to go under World Trade Organisation rules, we should
grab that opportunity and believe in the ability of the British people and a Conservative Government
to make a success of it?>>The Prime Minister:
I agree with my hon. Friend that I believe a Conservative Government will make a success
of whatever the situation is in relation to Brexit. But I still believe that the best
Brexit for the UK is to be able to leave in an orderly way, to be able to leave with a
deal, and I want to ensure that that Brexit does indeed honour the result of the referendum.
There are Members of this House who do not want to honour the result of the referendum;
I do.>>Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North) (Lab):
I am very pleased that the Prime Minister mentioned what happened in Jallianwala Bagh
and the issues of the massacre at Amritsar 100 years ago. I think that the people, in
memory of those who lost their lives and the brutality of what happened, deserve a full,
clear and unequivocal apology for what took place on that occasion. I join the Prime Minister and yourself, Mr
Speaker, in welcoming Sarah Davies to her appointment. I am sure she is going to be
absolutely brilliant. I remember the day she started work in the House, and she has done
incredibly well. I also welcome my hon. Friend the new Member
for Newport West (Ruth Jones) who is here today. I believe that she is a very worthy
successor to the late Paul Flynn. Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Good
Friday agreement, a defining moment in Irish history, which allowed peace to prevail. It
was a great achievement, and I pay tribute to the work done by the Labour Government
at that time, as well as those on all sides in Ireland, north and south, and in this House
in achieving the crucial breakthrough in the peace process, which we have to ensure is
maintained. As we continue discussions to find a compromise
over the Brexit deal that could shape our future economic relationship with Europe—protecting
jobs, rights and our economy—we should not forget the communities across this country
that have been abandoned by this Government in the here and now. Official figures show
that nine of the 10 most deprived council areas in this country have seen cuts that
are almost three times the average of any other council. Why has the Prime Minister
decided to cut the worst-off areas in our country more than the most well-off?>>The Prime Minister:
First, the right hon. Gentleman is right to reference the 21st anniversary of the Belfast/Good
Friday agreement, which was indeed an important moment in Northern Irish history and which
has led to the peace that we have seen subsequently. May I welcome the actions that were taken
by politicians of all parties, in this House and elsewhere, to ensure that that peace was
possible and that that agreement was possible as well? May I say to the right hon. Gentleman in relation
to the issue of council funding that actually councils do have more money available this
year? [Hon. Members: “Ah!”] Yes, a real-terms increase. The right hon. Gentleman voted against
that money being available. But what we have also done is listen to councils, and given
them extra flexibility. For example, they have called for a long time to have the borrowing
cap lifted so that they could build more homes, and we have done exactly that—listened to
councils and given them what they wanted.>>Jeremy Corbyn:
The problem is that child poverty is rising. In councils with the highest levels of child
poverty, over £1,000 per household has been taken in funding cuts in the past decade.
Some of the wealthiest areas of our country have lost only £5. Take Swindon, for example,
where Honda recently announced 3,500 job cuts. Child poverty is over one third higher in
Swindon than it is in Surrey, but Swindon will have lost £235 per household in Government
funding cuts, whereas a household in Surrey will see more money from central Government.
Can the Prime Minister explain why Swindon faces cuts while Surrey gets more money?>>The Prime Minister:
Actually, what we see in terms of spending power per home is that the average spending
power per home for the most deprived local authorities is over 20% higher than for the
least deprived local authorities. That is Conservatives delivering for local councils.>>Jeremy Corbyn:
Homelessness is three times higher in Swindon than in Surrey. Today, we learn that two-thirds
of councils do not have the funding necessary to comply with the Homelessness Reduction
Act 2017. In Stoke-on-Trent, the council has lost £640 per household, yet child poverty
is more than double the rate in Surrey, which has seen an increase in funding. Does the
Prime Minister think that areas with the highest levels of child poverty deserve to be facing
the largest cuts in their budgets?>>The Prime Minister:
What I think is that Members across the House who are concerned about child poverty should
take action to ensure that we help families to get more money into their pockets. It is
this Government that have frozen fuel duty. It is this Government that have introduced
the national living wage. It is this Government that have given lower paid workers the highest
increase. It is this Government that on Saturday saw 32 million households see a tax cut. If
the right hon. Gentleman really wants to help people out there with money in their pockets
he should be backing these measures by the Government instead of voting against them.>>Jeremy Corbyn:
The reality is that under this Government 500,000 more children have gone into relative
poverty. In Stoke-on-Trent alone, 4,000 food bank parcels were handed out to children last
year. If that was not bad enough, it is about to get worse. Tory proposals on the new funding
formula for councils will make poorer areas even poorer. They are removing the word “deprivation”
from the funding criteria. In a phrase that George Orwell would have been very proud of
they have called this the fairer funding formula. Areas like Stoke will lose out even more.
Will the Prime Minister explain why she wants to give less funding to the most deprived
parts of our country?>>The Prime Minister:
No, that is not what we are doing. What we are doing is ensuring that we have a fairer
funding formula across local authorities. We are also ensuring that we are making more
money available for local authorities to spend. Let us just see what we see from council after
council up and down the country. If people want to ensure that they have good local services
and pay less in council tax, that is what they see under Conservative councils. There
is a clear message: if you want to pay less council tax and have good local services,
vote Conservative.>>Jeremy Corbyn:
Unfortunately for the Prime Minister the truth is that when Labour controls local councils,
households pay on average £350 less than those living in Tory areas. The average council
tax per dwelling in Labour council areas is £1,169 compared to £1,520 in Tory council
areas. The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has called the fairer funding formula
decision “perverse”. Even before this new formula kicks in, councils are losing
out now. A Conservative council leader said earlier this year: “we are really, really short of money…I
mean there is no money” for him to run his services. What does the Prime Minister say
to local authorities struggling to make ends meet while her Government continue to underfund
the vital services they deliver?>>The Prime Minister:
We have over the years asked local councils to take some difficult decisions in relation
to living within our means. Why did we have to do that? We had to do that because we were
left the biggest deficit in our peacetime history by the last Labour Government.>>Jeremy Corbyn:
A political choice to impose austerity on local government has hit the poorest and worst-off
the hardest in every one of our communities across the country. Since 2010, 50p of every
£1 has been stripped from local authorities by her Government. That is the reality of
what life is like for those trying to deliver services. The evidence is clear: the Tories have abandoned
communities across the country. They have left towns and cities to fend for themselves
after nine years of vindictive, damaging austerity: 1,000 fewer Sure Start centres—one of the
greatest achievements of the last Government; 760 fewer youth centres; and a social care
system in absolute crisis. Child poverty is up. Violent crime is up. Homelessness and
rough sleeping is also up. This Government stand for tax cuts for the richest and swingeing
cuts for the rest. Will the Prime Minister now admit that far from tackling the “burning
injustices” that she talked about, her Government’s cruel and unfair policies have pushed councils
to the brink and left those “just about managing” not being able to manage at all?
That is her legacy.>>The Prime Minister:
I am proud to lead a Government who have seen more children in good schools, more doctors,
more jobs, lower borrowing, lower unemployment and lower taxes—that is Conservatives delivering
across the country for everyone. What would we see with a Labour Government under the
right hon. Gentleman? We would see them destroying our defences and abandoning our allies, billions
more in borrowing, fewer opportunities and higher taxes for everyone. That is a Labour
future and we will never let it happen.>>Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury) (Con):
Some argue for completely free markets and self-regulation by big business, but this
can lead to harmful content and extreme views being promoted. The tech giants who act as
publishers have shown that without regulation they will not act. Will the Prime Minister
join me in welcoming the publication of the Online Harms White Paper and support the levelling
of the playing field between print and broadcast media and the tech giants?>>The Prime Minister:
My hon. Friend has raised a very important point that matters to people up and down the
country. The internet can be absolutely brilliant at connecting people and providing them with
information, and connecting people not just nationally but across the world, but for too
long the companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young
people, from harmful content. That is not good enough, and that is why we have listened
to campaigners and parents. We are putting a legal duty of care on internet companies
to keep people safe. I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Culture Secretary
and my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on the work that they have done on this issue.
Online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms and help restore public
trust in their technology.>>Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
(SNP): Today, as we know, is the anniversary of the
Good Friday agreement—a peace accord that not only ended violence in Northern Ireland
but brought stability for all of us living throughout the United Kingdom. Brexit threatens
to undermine that—to drag us out of the most successful peace project in history:
the European Union. What a tragedy. It is now one week since talks began between the
Tory Government and the Labour party. I want to ask the Prime Minister: at any point during
these talks, has a second referendum been offered on the Government side of the negotiating
table—yes or no, Prime Minister?>>The Prime Minister:
My position on a second referendum and the Government’s position has not changed. The
House has rejected a second referendum two times. When we come to a deal, we will have
to ensure that legislation goes through this House. Of course, it may be that there are
those in this House who wish to press that issue as that legislation goes through, but
my position on this has not changed.>>Ian Blackford:
It was a very simple question: has a referendum been offered—yes or no? People cannot have
faith in a backroom deal cooked up by two leaders who do not possess the ingredients
to hold their parties together, never mind hold these islands together. Scotland will
not be forced to accept what these two Brexit parties are preparing to serve up. There is
no such thing as a good Brexit. There is no such thing as a good Tory-Labour Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister must recognise the difference between what she believes is duty, but what
the rest of us see as delusion. In her final days as Prime Minister, will she accept the
EU offer of a long extension, accept that she has run out of road, and accept that the
only choice now is to put this back to the people?>>The Prime Minister:
As I have said, I have made my position clear. I think it is a little difficult for many
of us in the House to see the right hon. Gentleman, week after week, stand up and say that the
UK should stay in the European Union, given that Scottish independence would have meant
taking Scotland out of the European Union.>>Mr Speaker:
Order. There is a lot of noise. Let us hear the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr
Murrison).>>Dr Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire)
(Con): Surplus waste incinerator capacity is taking
pressure off efforts to reuse, recycle and reduce waste. Will the Government strengthen
their bid to host the 2020 United Nations climate change conference by putting a moratorium
on new incinerator, gasification and pyrolysis applications, including the one in Westbury,
in my constituency?>>The Prime Minister:
I thank my hon. Friend for raising this issue, and for highlighting the fact that we are
bidding to host COP26. The issue of incineration is crucial, particularly in certain local
areas. We want to maximise the amount of waste that is sent to recycling rather than to incineration
and landfill. Waste plants continue to play an important role in reducing the amount of
rubbish that is sent to landfill, and we welcome the efforts to drive it down further. but
if wider policies do not deliver our waste ambitions in the future—including those
higher recycling rates—we will consider introducing a tax on the incineration of waste,
which would operate in conjunction with the landfill tax and would take into account the
possible impact on local authorities.>>Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley) (Lab):
Charlie Foster, one of my young constituents—aged seven—has cystic fibrosis. When he has an
attack, he feels as if he is breathing through a straw. I have never tried the test, but
I will when I get back to my constituency. Young people are suffering very badly because
a drug called Orkambi has not been licensed by the National Institute for Health and Care
Excellence. It increases the lung capacity of these kids by 42%, and it stops them having
to be sent straight to hospital when they have an attack. Will the Prime Minister try
to get that drug across the line, and give kids like Charlie Foster a better quality
of life?>>The Prime Minister:
Let me say first that I am sure that the thoughts of the whole House are with Charlie and his
family. We recognise the significant concerns about
access to this drug. On 11 March, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health
held a meeting with the company Vertex, NHS England and NICE, and they discussed how best
to reach a deal so that people with cystic fibrosis and their families could benefit
as soon as possible. They met again later in March and they are continuing those discussions,
but I will ensure that the case that the hon. Gentleman has raised, and the importance of
the issue, are once again brought to the attention of the Department of Health.>>Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con):
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has produced an excellent report
on leasehold reform. As a result of the doubling of ground rents, outrageous charges for permissions
for minor improvements, and the absolute scandal of developers’ selling freeholds without
even contacting leaseholders, the market is broken. Does my right hon. Friend agree that
we cannot rely on voluntary codes to put this right, and that we need legislation to restore
fairness to the housing market?>>The Prime Minister:
I thank the Select Committee for its report, and I thank my hon. Friend for the way in
which he has championed housing issues. His Act is already having an effect on homelessness
reduction. We have committed ourselves to legislation
to reduce ground rent on future leases to a peppercorn. As for current leaseholders,
we have been working with the industry to ensure that existing leases with onerous ground
rent terms are changed to a better deal. Leaseholders of flats have a right of first refusal when
their freeholders are planning to sell the properties, and we are considering introducing
a right of first refusal for house lessees as well. Last year we made a commitment to
consider a range of charges facing leaseholders and freeholders, including permission fees,
and to consider in what circumstances they are justified and whether they should be capped
or banned. I have asked Lord Best to chair a working group to look into the regulating
and professionalising of property agents. We are considering the Committee’s report
carefully, but my hon. Friend is absolutely right: if we believe that a market is not
working properly, we should act to deal with that.>>Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and
Hillsborough) (Lab): The Prime Minister will be aware of the Channel
4 “Dispatches” investigation aired last week into the extent of the involvement of
both BAE and British military personnel in the tragic war in Yemen. In the programme,
it was claimed that BAE carries out 95% of the preparations for Typhoon bombing raids,
including the one that killed 40 schoolchildren in August 2018. Will the Government act now
to review arms export licences to Saudi Arabia and British complicity in these bombings?>>The Prime Minister:
We have one of the toughest regimes in relation to the export of arms across the world. The
hon. Lady references the situation in Yemen. We are very clear that that cannot go on.
It is four years since the beginning of that devastating conflict, and there needs to be
a political settlement. We are working with and backing work that is being done by the
UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths. The parties have made significant progress towards an
agreement to implement phase 1 of the redeployment of forces from Hodeidah, and we are urging
all parties to honour the agreements that were made in Stockholm. Our total bilateral
commitment to Yemen since the start of the conflict now stands at £717 million. We are
backing the UN peace process. The coalition is there and, as has been acknowledged by
the United Nations, it is there at the request of the Government of Yemen. We have been backing
the United Nations peace process and will continue to do so, and we will continue to
provide humanitarian support to the people of Yemen.>>Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham)
(Con): Children in Shrewsbury receive, on average,
£4,350 per annum for their education. Their counterparts in Hackney receive over 50% more,
at £6,590. These huge regional differences in funding for our schools are leading to
real problems in Shropshire in supporting children with special educational needs and
with the fabric of our school buildings. When will this Conservative Government finally
tackle the huge differences in regional funding for our schools?>>The Prime Minister:
We are obviously working to improve education for every child, regardless of what part of
the country they live in or their background. As I made clear earlier, we are putting more
funding into our schools through to 2020. We have recently announced an extra £250
million over two years for the high needs budget, together with extra money for children
with special educational needs. My hon. Friend references the funding formula and the distribution
of funds. The new national funding formula is about distributing funds more fairly, and
historically underfunded schools will be receiving the biggest increases, of up to 6% per pupil,
this year through the schools formula. We will also be allocating additional funding
to small, remote schools that play an essential part in rural communities. We have recognised
the need to introduce a fairer funding formula, and that is what we are doing.>>Sir Mark Hendrick (Preston) (Lab/Co-op):
In 2010, when the Conservative party took office, child poverty had been falling continuously
in Preston for 16 years. Today, according to Government figures, 38% of children in
Preston—that is nearly 8,000 kids—are living in poverty. Food banks are being overrun,
and what is accelerating that demand? It is the roll-out of universal credit from July
2018. When will the Prime Minister scrap universal credit?>>The Prime Minister:
The way to ensure that we develop a sustainable solution to poverty is to have a strong economy
and a welfare system that helps people into work. That is what universal credit does—200,000
more people in work as a result of introducing universal credit. Work is the best route out
of poverty. The evidence is that a child growing up in a home where all the adults work is
around five times less likely to be in poverty than a child from a home where nobody works.
We are making sure that we encourage people into the workplace. There are more jobs out
there, more people in work, a record level of people in employment. Work is the best
route out of poverty. Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet) (Con):
>>On Monday, a constituent contacted me to tell me that three men armed with a knife
had tried to rob his 15-year-old son as he walked from a friend’s home in a neighbouring
borough. He expressed his frustration that police stations are closing and that he never
seems to see police on the beat any longer. To keep our young people safe, is it not time
that the Mayor of London reversed his decision to close Barnet police station and others
in the London suburbs? [910343]>>The Prime Minister:
My right hon. Friend is absolutely right that decisions about the closure of police stations
across London are a matter for the Mayor of London. We have been protecting police funding.
This year, there will be almost £1 billion extra available for the police, and the Metropolitan
police are receiving up to £2.7 billion in funding in 2019-20—an increase on last year.
We will always ensure that the police have the powers and resources that they need, but
it is important that people recognise the responsibilities of the police and crime commissioners
and the decisions they take. In London, that is the Labour Mayor of London.>>Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and
Easter Ross) (LD): Mr Speaker, I really think it would be unwise
of me to mention any hotels in the highlands this week. At Dounreay in Caithness in my
constituency, we have a skills pool that is second to none. As Dounreay continues to decommission,
it is vital that we redeploy those skills to the maximum benefit of the local economy
and the UK economy. Can the Prime Minister give me an undertaking that the Government
will work very closely with the management at Dounreay, the relevant local trade unions
and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to make sure that redeployment of skills actually
happens to the benefit of the UK?>>The Prime Minister:
I recognise that this must be a time of concern for staff at Dounreay. It is important that
we recognise the skills that have been developed there and make sure we take every opportunity
to put them to the benefit not just of local people but, as the hon. Gentleman says, of
the United Kingdom. We welcome Dounreay Site Restoration’s statement of support for its
staff and its intention to support them through a transition into other employment. I understand
that it will develop training and support programmes to put individuals in the strongest
possible position to move into another local job in one of the growing local industries,
such as space, which the hon. Gentleman has referenced in previous Prime Minister’s
questions, or renewable energy. The hon. Gentleman asked about the Government’s
commitment. We remain absolutely committed to supporting the region and the staff affected.
We will continue to work with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Dounreay Site Restoration
Ltd, Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs and AECOM during this time.>>Damien Moore (Southport) (Con):
The “Access for All” programme championed by this Conservative Government is helping
more disabled people, elderly people and people with prams and pushchairs to access our stations
with greater ease. After my campaign in Southport, Hillside station was the successful recipient
of some of that funding. Will my right hon. Friend do more in that area so more of our
stations right across the country truly give access for all?>>The Prime Minister:
I congratulate my hon. Friend on his successful campaign to get that access at Hillside station.
We need to continue the programme of opening up routes for disabled people by ensuring
they have access to stations. We are moving closer to a transport sector that is truly
accessible. The changes that will take place at Hillside are an example of that. If the
programme continues to be delivered successfully, the Department for Transport will make submissions
for further funding in due course. It is absolutely clear that we are providing extra opportunities
for disabled people. I am pleased to say that 900,000 more disabled people are now in the
workplace. Access is important for them. The campaigns that my hon. Friend and other right
hon. and hon. Friends have run to get access to their stations are an important part of
that.>>Mr Speaker:
In wishing the hon. Gentleman a happy birthday, I call Luke Pollard.>>Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
(Lab/Co-op): Thank you, Mr Speaker. As you may know, there
are 53 Mondays this year on which rent is due for people who pay their rent weekly,
but there are only 52 universal credit payments this year. The Department for Work and Pensions
has acknowledged that that is a problem it is awaiting Government action on. Will the
Prime Minister confirm that she recognises that problem and that she will act to ensure
that people do not need to find an extra week’s rent or go into debt because of that entirely
predictable universal credit fault?>>The Prime Minister:
Of course no year contains 53 weeks, so if somebody pays a 53rd rent payment in a year,
it will cover some days in the subsequent year and mean that the following month has
only four payment dates. As such, the claimant will be overpaid for their housing, and a
shortfall is immediately recovered. It is about the way in which the days fall and making
sure the system works for everybody.>>Henry Smith (Crawley) (Con):
If the Prime Minister is seeking a year-long extension to Brexit, does she not recognise
that that would cost the British taxpayer over £1 billion a month in subscriptions
to the EU? Does she not agree that that funding would be better spent on tackling crime, or
funding schools and even tax cuts for my constituents and others up and down the country?>>The Prime Minister:
I am pressing the case for the extension that I wrote to Donald Tusk about last week, which
was in fact endorsed by Parliament last night. We could actually have been outside the European
Union by now, if we had managed to get the deal through. I am continuing to work to ensure
that we can deliver Brexit in a way that works for people across the country.>>Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow) (Lab):
What would the Prime Minister boast is her Government’s greatest achievement: the Brexit
shambles, rising knife crime, record numbers using food banks, pay packets worth less than
a decade ago, or the smallest Army since Waterloo?>>The Prime Minister:
I will tell the hon. Gentleman what I am proud of the Government achieving. We see more people
in work than ever before. We have seen tax cuts for 32 million people, we are seeing
wages rising, the deficit falling and debt coming down. We are restoring this country’s
finances to build a brighter future for all our constituents.>>Eddie Hughes (Walsall North) (Con):
I would like to see more women on the boards of big business, so will the Prime Minister
join me in congratulating Ruth Cairnie, who has recently been appointed the chair of Babcock
International, the first female chair it has ever had. Hopefully, she will improve the
company’s fortunes.>>The Prime Minister:
I thank my hon. Friend for raising that issue. I am very happy to congratulate Ruth Cairnie
on achieving that role as chairman of Babcock. The Government have been working and have
done a lot since 2010 to see more women on the boards of companies, as that is very important.
The greater the diversity we have on those boards, the better those companies will do.>>Wayne David (Caerphilly) (Lab):
Before the Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels, I have a little light reading for her. It
is a graph of police funding from the Government, in Gwent. It shows clearly that police funding
is going down, not up. Will she study this carefully, and come back to the House with
an accurate statement about what is really happening to police funding in this country?>>The Prime Minister:
We have been protecting police funding since 2015. This financial year, nearly £1 billion
extra is available to police, and we have indeed put extra money into police. My right
hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced the £100 million extra that is going into key
areas in relation to dealing with knife crime, and we have been protecting police funding
since 2015.>>Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire)
(Con): The Prime Minister earlier made reference
to the British Indian diaspora. Does she agree that the diaspora should be commended for
the fact that, despite comprising 4% of the UK population, they contribute some 10% of
taxes to the Treasury?>>The Prime Minister:
I am happy to welcome the contribution that the Indian diaspora make to our country. My
hon. Friend has referenced the economic contribution they make through their taxes, but many of
them run successful businesses that employ people up and down the country, many of them
are successfully exporting from this country and supporting our economy, and they also
play an important role in our society. I am very happy to welcome that and to congratulate
them on it. Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion) (Green):
This Friday, young people across the UK will again be calling for more urgent action on
the climate emergency. So far every party leader except the Prime Minister has agreed
to meet members of this extraordinary uprising. Following a speech at Davos and a meeting
with Pope Francis, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden, who sparked this global uprising,
will visit Parliament on 23 April. Will the Prime Minister agree to meet Greta and hear
direct from young people when she is here?>>The Prime Minister:
The hon. Lady asks whether I will meet and hear direct from young people about the issues
they are concerned about in relation to the environment and climate change. I do that,
and this gives me an opportunity to congratulate a school in my own constituency, St Mary’s
Catholic Primary School, which has won five green flag awards in the past 10 years and
last year won the first ever national green heart hero award. I assure her that I often
hear young people tell of the importance of climate change. This Government have a fine
record on climate change. One day, the hon. Lady will actually stand up in this House
and welcome the efforts that this Government have made.>>David Duguid (Banff and Buchan) (Con):
Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it is still this Government’s firm commitment
to leave the common fisheries policy and to negotiate as an independent coastal state
no later than December 2020?>>The Prime Minister:
I thank my hon. Friend; he has been consistent in his campaigning on this issue, which I
know is of great importance to his constituents. We remain committed to establishing fairer
fishing policies that truly work for coastal communities. The deal that we have agreed
with the European Union would see the UK leave the common fisheries policy, providing the
UK with full control of its waters as an independent coastal state. We remain committed to coming
out of the common fisheries policy.>>Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch
and Strathspey) (SNP): The Department for Work and Pensions has stated
in ministerial responses to written questions that“Universal Credit should not leave councils
out of pocket”,yet despite Highland Council providing evidence to show costs of £2.5
million, including £640,000 in additional administration, it still has no offer from
the Prime Minister’s Government. They are doing a runner, and every household in the
highlands is bearing the costs of universal credit. Is it not time that her Government
paid their bill?>>The Prime Minister:
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers I gave earlier in relation to universal credit
and the importance of this system, which is encouraging people into work—200,000 more
people are in work under universal credit and 700,000 people are getting money that
they were entitled to but not receiving before. Universal credit is helping people into work
and making sure that work pays.>>Neil O’Brien (Harborough) (Con):
My constituents, Mark and Panna Wilson, have a little son, Aadi, who has the terrible condition
of spinal muscular atrophy. He desperately needs the life-changing drug Spinraza, which
is available in many other countries. I know that the Health Secretary is working on this
urgently. Will the Prime Minister intervene to create a new route to market for this important
drug, so that my constituents can get the life-saving treatment that their son needs?>>The Prime Minister:
My hon. Friend has raised an important issue. Obviously, as he will appreciate, it is important
that we ensure, first, that patients get access to cost-effective innovative medicines, but
at a price that is fair and makes best use of NHS resources. That is the independent
system that we have through the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which reviews
the evidence. I understand that Biogen has submitted a revised submission to NICE in
relation to Spinraza and that a meeting of NICE’s independent appraisal committee took
place early in March to consider its recommendations. It is clear that everyone at the Department
of Health and Social Care and in NICE recognises the significance of this drug, but we need
to ensure that the decision taken is made on the basis of the clinical aspects, together
with cost-effectiveness. That is what NICE will do in looking at the new offer.>>Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield)
(Lab): When Melrose Industries took over GKN last
year, it promised Ministers that it would back British manufacturing and not reduce
the company’s defence capacity without the Government’s permission. Last week, GKN
announced that it intended to close the Kings Norton plant, which makes windscreens for
military and civilian aircraft. Will the Prime Minister tell GKN that the Government expect
the company to abide by both the spirit and the letter of the undertakings given by Melrose
last year?>>The Prime Minister:
I was not aware of the particular issue that the hon. Gentleman has raised. If I may, I
will look into it and respond to him in writing.

100 Comments

  • ronald tinson

    OMG After three years of Brexit no-gosiations we are now allowing the EU to tell us what length of extension they will would allow us to have. what has happened to the integrity of our country that now allows foreign politicians to dictate to us. the Brexit process has been a shamble but at least we have learned how the EU have strangle our sovereignty to the extent that we no longer rule our own Country. we need to leave this political club now. The only real benefactors of the EU are failed ex-politician who see the EU as a members club where tax free salaries and unaccounted for expenses are a looked upon a right for the political elite. which of course is paid for by our contribution to the EU, INCIDENTLY, OUT OF THE OVER TAXED INCOMES OF THE GREAT UNWASHED .

  • Серж Шуляченко

    Attention! The globalist puppet Macron blocked the Brexit talks.
    What can we patriots of Britain do? Counterattack!
    1. Abandon French wine and cars.
    2. Refuse all French goods.
    3. Throw away all French goods from British stores.
    We will not allow Macron to lend pressure to the UK.
    The church called praying for exit from the EU.

  • Windkind0

    If somebody has a good argument what would get easier, when you retreat into isolation while the rest of the world continues to trade globally, I would really like to hear it.

    Because currently I am not convinced of the theory that a nation that still has to rely on imports can profit from retreating. My feeling is, that people often favour the anti-globalist option because of a guts feeling it might make their world less complicated. In reality it might easily turn out it has just the opposite effect. It is a bit like living in a society where streets get build and everybody has a car – and you are the guy who out of pure nostalghia for simpler times decides to scrap your car and go back to horse and carriage. There is only one problem: just because you do, doesn't mean everybody else will. So now you are left with horse and carriage, but nothing really got simpler, you breath the exhaust fumes while everybody else overtakes you.

    Don't get me wrong, globalism has its downsides. Especially when implemented by neoliberalists, who mainly want to drain every ounce of public value out of all nations, while they want to crown the big corporations as new gods. However if we as people wanna have any influence against those big corporations, a big block like the EU has much more punch behind it, than any single nation within it. When the EU invited Facebooks boss Mark Zuckerberg, he came. When the UK asked him, he ignored it.

    But there are other fronts where I am not really convinced:

    Trade Deals: There was a time ~30 years ago when every nation still negotiated trade deals with single other nations. Now it is much more common to negotiate trade deals with trade blocks, instead of single states and it is easy: a block is usually more powerful than a single nation, because it is a bigger market. If your block has a bigger market you can convince others to give more concessions to enter that market (this is the same on a smaller scale when you are a manufacturer selling to distributors – if they are big and take much, they want you to give them a big margin – if they are smaller and take less, they can't really get such a big margin). Now comes the thing: the EU is the biggest single market on earth. That means they can get incredibly good concessions out of other trade partners – concessions the UK would have profited from. So the whole Trade deal argument is flawed from the start.

    Rules & Regulations: A often cited thing that people hate about the EU is it's rules and regulations (often ignoring the fact that their own government voted for this in their EU seat). Going back to a isolated national state doesn't make things easier to understand (unless, say you really isolate your nation completely, by locking your citizen in, allowing nobody to enter and prevent all legal import or export – a bit like North Korea). In fact it is far more complicated. If you are in the EU, you only have to apply EU rules. If you are outside of the EU you can apply your own rules only if you don't export any of it. If you want to export to the EU, you will still have to know and respect their regulations – only now you have no say in them and over 50% of the UK exports go to the EU, so unless you find a magical trading partner that suddenly has a demand for all of this you will still be bound to honor EU rules where you want to export. Oh and it will get more complicated: because what if UK law and EU law drifts appart? Certifications, Checks, … If you wanna trade with a block that has many regulations, you won't get less regulations to handle by leaving it – you will get more.

    Migration: I am not really sure if migration has anything to do with it at all, Germany and Austria have stricter migration laws than the UK, and they are in the EU as well. So before you blame the EU here, you might start blaming the Torries for not implementing anything like the other nations (e.g. in Germany migrants have to proof they have a company garanting them a job earning them over 1500€ for at least two years before they can even apply for anything more permanent, otherwise you have to leave within 2 months – and they have to stay in this job for the 2 years straight without interruption).

  • bob fagg B.F PIPES

    Does corbyn ever shut his mouth and give his arse a chance? i know we wouldn`t tell the difference but it would make a change

  • HANK THE TANK

    I HATE our GOVERNMENT with a passion! Big load of USELESS FAT CATS! UKIP all the way now! Just to get you lot OUT!!!!!!!!

  • Douglas Arthur

    I've just watched Guardian News live stream of the EU leaders (Ha !!!) arriving in Brussels to discuss an extension to Article 50. A bigger bunch of non-entities and shysters you would be hard pushed to find. My observation was – they are loving it. All these states who couldn't shine our shoes and they're lording it up for the cameras. I voted remain but am sick of it. Leave. Just leave and let Britain look after ourselves, put an end to this charade.

  • Niall Dickson

    As much as I can't stand May, a government under control by Corbyn would mean absolute chaos. He claims to be what Britain needs, how can he when he can't fire his own ex-girlfriend who is clearly clueless?

  • Happy Pancake

    35:30

    The Conservative government’s “fine record” on Climate Change:

    The UK is failing 14 of 19 biodiversity targets for 2020

    UK are ranked 189 out of 218 countries when it comes to protecting nature

    Conservatives have cut Renewable energy funding under Theresa May.

    The UK will fail to meet the 2020 PCA emissions target.

    The Conservatives have increased the % UK energy derived from coal.

    Under the Conservatives 60% of UK energy comes from cheap fossil fuels imported from abroad.

    Conservative MPs such as Jacob Rees Mogg vote against environmental regulation and own Oil and Gas Companies.

    Other Conservative MPs and the DUP deny Global Warming and are against environmental protection.

  • Lucifer Morningstar

    Jallianwala Bagh Massacre happened in 13 April 1919 and ended with 1000 dead and almost 1500 wounded when Dyer ordered to open fire at Sikh people. The House of Commons hated this and voted against him as a colonel while The House of Lords celebrated him. UK and India needs to know what happened and how sad it was for many and how joyous for a select some.

  • Lucifer Morningstar

    As always UK regrets it's bad colonial past with India and we Indian's are happy that y'all are working towards positive things now for our future.

  • Zachary Bohlman

    1:20

    “Absolutely nobody is talking about threatening our place in the single market” – Daniel Hannan 12/5/2015

    Will leavers ever stop lying?

  • MK Mind Control News

    Now you've got children on! Dire stuff really. Freemasons rule – manipulating children it's what it's always been about! The legacy of Freemason mind control of children goes back to the seventies – in my lifetime! the mind control technology is so advanced Grand Masters are in corners now……It goes back much further than that though doesn't it?

    There's a massive reptilian element
    (reptilian in terms of negative mind set – whether you're really a reptilian doesn't really matter) that enjoys remote mind control abuse in a power continuum. I've just had my groin messed around with for what about 4 or 5 hours non stop. What resistance to the groin probe…….Trying to sleep huh? Unpleasant to talk about, but i'd rather be honest about it, it frees people up if only slightly. It's a reptilian/Freemason mind control crescendo, has been for about a decade now, I didn't think it would get this extreme but it has.

    What kind of new religion abuses and tortures people? It's like the covert rise of a new mind control/techno fascist world – that has secret technologies that can prolong age, time reverse people, zero point energy etc. Just admit you've got the technology, what's the big deal?! Trying to wrap it up in a reptilian mind control religion is pretty low. Abuse is abuse. I don't believe in the way they treat people so I'd rather deflate it than have to agree with new covert lows in human behaviour.

    Both the PM and JC look like Freemasons being pretty cruel at this point, what's the difference? Deflating it means coming back down to earth and admitting whats happened rather than pretending you're some mythological archetype. (Freemasons stab each other in the back to maintain their mythological stance without even thinking about it) There are groups of people with incredibly problematical privileges. The Freemasons have been trying to create a global new religion with mind control and manipulation – because they don't believe we're all equal, funnily enough. It's this brainless mind control juggernaut that never stops like the truck in The Duel. Why are people constantly saying "air" ?Cos their egos constantly need re-inflating?! (Groan) It's worse than being in a school playground in 1986. The writer Fritz Springmeier said the UK was actually the most satanic island on Earth, and tbh I think I agree with him. I don't agree with everything he says, but he has described the brutality of the new mind control and abuse technologies brilliantly. Brilliant.
    If you've got any decent E's that will make me sound as blissed out as the local psychologist on the V2k (She's called Liz) please send them to me in a small envelope.

  • Dunnlrs

    It is good to see women who are competent at their job in High Office, but this woman who sits in High Office is a complete failure and should never have been PM in the first place. She is incompetent, directionless lacks leadership. She is possibly the worse PM since Anthony Eden (1955-57) worse, there isn’t anything that is positive about the anti-Semite, Marxist opposition leader.

    What I do know is that I will not be voting for either of their parties at the next EU election or GE.

  • abdul jafary

    Brilliant job Theresa may good deal with Brexit no extinction uk paid billions for Eastern Europe for social security,housing cost, police,homeless,better life more work for all uks citizens,Theresa may don’t make extinction to Theresa June

  • Kayz Photography

    Brexit or no Brexit, there isn't a single country in the world with a parliament that is as mature, as decent and as dignified as UK.

    UK citizens complain far too much about their parliament, without comparing with other democracies around the world – you have absolutely no idea how good you have it in UK.

    But this whole Brexit mess reminds of the old saying:
    "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it."

    Before someone accuses me of being a "Remainer" or "EU sympathiser", I am not a UK citizen, and I am also not a EU citizen.

  • Stephen London

    Thank you for uploading these, particularly with subtitles. Really helpful. More people should know these videos exist.

  • John Doe

    Tax cuts for the wealthy do not create jobs in the UK . That is a fact . Corbyn is absolutely correct when he says the May government gives tax cuts to the wealthy which is responsible for lack of money for vital public goods and services . And this privatization of public goods and services results in convoluted schemes to dissuade and deprive those in need from getting vital public goods and services . For profit companies make cuts so they can make money off the public funds . In the now semi privatized nhs there are less nurses , more misery and more deaths in a&e and in hospital . This privatization and neoliberal economics is evil and if the tories had there way most in Britain would be living in Dickens times misery , disease, death and very decreased lifespan . If the tories had there way our children would be working 14 hours a day , 7 days a week for 20 pence an hour .

  • JRR31984

    The pop pop and cheerio from the labour party leader who complained about his party the whole way now wants to show off a little glee for any possible gullible audiences to show validity. 2:43. Please.

  • JRR31984

    (And I really don't believe the mumbling that comes from the lady that sits next to him– for e.o. butter most likely)

  • JRR31984

    The labour party Sir is trying to say there was and is no real accountability for the present UK, but what the Prime Minister is saying that the labour party and the democratpigs keep trying to negate is the manipulation and fake formulas given by socialistdemocratpigs the past how many decades. It was all fake and exaggerated dreams away from the tree that grew it. (clintonbushpigs) (etc!)

  • JACK CHEUNG

    we are in 2019, and people are still doing stupid things. I can clearly see why the UK is becoming weaker and weaker than it used to.

  • Michael Danello

    The political posturing, misrepresentations, outright lies and incessant theatrical diatribes are offensive, unproductive and ultimately destructive to not only the politics but the population.

    This farcical weekly "show" is almost identical to the nonsense posing as politics in the US at the present time

    Ultimately everyone will come out the worse for this lack of accomodation and bargaining by the politicians. And the public they are supposed to represent are distracted and misled with false class warfare and invented problems

    The fair-minded and concerned are overwhelmed by the yelling, interruptions and distractions. I only hope that enough positive results are realized in spite of this theatre.

  • Elizabeth Armada

    May bayad pala ang Brexit extension???
    Sayang naman ang bilyones na salapi…
    Ganon po ba kalaki ang contribution ng Britanya sa EU kada buwan???

  • B A

    Brussels is run by the corporations, but 10 Downing is run by someone without a plan but to milk chaos of doing nothing as long as possible.

  • Thomas Wykes

    Prime Minister – why are you hiding the fact that you have already given away our Armed Forces to the EU without our consent?

  • CaptainCockers

    In British politics it is almost impossible to understand which party to vote for. Jeremy Corybn says conservatives cut funding to deprived council areas, then May stands up and says that they actually increased funding, then Corbyn stands up and says they did not… and on and on and on.

  • Alexander Challis

    If her plan was to set up Johnson and his pet JRM this is the time she should go and force them to stop criticising and take the decisions. Why have they not pushed for this? Maybe they know it will end careers when the people see hardship – are they going to retract from saying they know that hardship is coming and will be a price worth paying?

  • Mrbluesky99

    If it's treason Mays fault, why hasn't the rest of her cabinet ministers just force her out by resigning themselves?

  • John Sanders

    Jeremy Corbyn & the Labour party are the worst parasitic insidious entity to enable socialist-communist ideas into British politics who would gladly hand all power of the British goverment over to the E.U. ….. and for what… a central government like the E.U. to have power to rule over all of Europe.
    The E.U. is already an ersatz government that refuses accountability for the worst that is happenning in Europe….if it's allowed to grow larger it will become even more of a monster.

  • JRR31984

    (the love that Sir Tubby wants to give the old eu is about the most honorable that belongs to the idea that created it (as an umbrella) but that outlook died behind realities, and Ireland would be the one to have that feeling throughout and/or at the end– before independence sunk in)

  • Brian Smith

    I have had enough of these dishonest,self serving .duplicitous people.The word honourable,frequently used in the commons,should immediately be declared a capitol offence and punished accordingly.These people are not honourable,I doubt they even know the meaning of the word!

  • MR BOYDER

    WHAT A BUNCH OF CLOWNS….
    GOING AGAINST A PUBLIC VOTE COMMITTING TREASON.
    USELESS PEOPLE BRAINWASHED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ITS BULLSHIT LAWS.
    WE LIVE IN A DICTATORSHIP NOT A DEMOCRACY….THAT DIED END OF MARCH.

  • MR BOYDER

    REAMINER MAY ALL ALONG….
    NOT INTERESTED AT ALL IN DELIVERING WHAT SHE PROMISED AND JUST STICKING TO A ONE AGENDA…..HER OWN.

  • benbhoy9

    May …..you have the Biggest Brass Neck Ever…… OMG …..😱
    No Dignity ….beaten time after time after time …..
    The British People are Sick to the Backteeth of you ……
    As for you Corbyn ….your not much better ……
    The People WANT a 2nd Referendum ……NOW

  • Raphael Andrews

    There is one person in high office who was promoted above her pay grade, Theresa May is not fit to hold office  as PM and should GO NOW.

  • Greiguci Wootchie

    UC Is the best thing ever. It's got all the lazy, job shy bastards working. Look at the working population? Brilliant.

  • JRR31984

    Sir Tubby just sounds like a man who only cares about what he thinks–missing decades worth of information. 15:02.

  • Devin mccloud

    What is coming for the UK is going to be devastating Take back your country and burn all these wicked politicians!

  • Libelle

    They are so far from reality. They don't visit any areas. Their perception of the country, is what they see on the table during their many banquets. I have nothing but disgust for the whole lot of them.

  • Libelle

    The legal duty she wants to put on internet companies, to protect from inappropriate content, will go against everybody who dares speaking out against her. Just as the other daughter of a protestant priest, namely Merkel, did in Germany.

  • yerbabuenabcnkie9 *

    Me cago en los putisimos muertos de inglaterra tengo una ganas de q os vayais a tomar por culo I q os lo peten bien petao cerdos, eso si cuando vengaos a mi patria con El passporte en la mano I en la otra mano la Carta con los dias contaos pa eatar en españa perros q os den por culo perros Ala que os vayais no pisais españa ni en pintura desgraciaos

  • Beeble Brox

    I fear your Torys are so fixated on profit, they've forgotten People. The homelessness is DIRECTLY related to property owners selling to Arab & Chinese real estate investors, which drives rents UP and encourages less wealthy property owners to raise rents up kicking renters out OR kicking them out so they CAN raise rents (gentrification). She's batty too suggest paying LESS taxes gets you more social and public services,(parks, hospitals, libraries etc that SERVE THE PUBLIC), and privatizing these services is PRECISELY how the wealthy get wealthier, (just ask Putin and his oligarch buddies who live in stunning wealth while Russians starve), AND undermine Government oversight. You MUST regulate rent hikes AND protect renters rights.

    Is she suggesting wealthy people WILL pay taxes? BWAHHHHH HAHAHA!! WRONG! They wouldn't work tax loopholes were that true. Look at Amazon: they made 10 BILLION in profits in one year, and did NOT pay ANY income tax on that! (pardon the Yank example, you've got your own unregulated corps in the UK).

    No, they MUST pay their fair share! She's on a VERY slippery slope because there are DECADES worth of proof that Austerity does NOT WORK! Even an inbred idiot could see how erroneous such economic methods are. Hers will and are destroying the quality of life for millions of people. And those people need to stop voting for politicians who protect the interests of the top 5% of private wealth and sacrifice the POTENTIAL good fortune for the other 95%. It doesn't require either Socialism nor Economic libertarianism (which is what an Amazons and Mercer families ARE: Economic marauders who are busily working to "make government smaller", (read: PREVENT themselves from having to pay higher taxes and the freedom to exploit the desperation and fear of the middle and working classes by paying them less, driving them harder, firing them on a whim, undermining the value of their benefits while also making them pay more for them, etc etc), so they can drive the public in to greater poverty. Because if you have more poor and desperate people, you can hire them at half the rates and break their bodies without repercussion, because there's no gov power to regulate them.

    Henry Ford didn't voluntarily agree to give higher wages or safer working conditions. It took workers being injured and fired into homelessness, and dieing, and oweing "the company store" so much their pay was gone before they made it. It was UNION'S of workers who got the 40hr work week, over time, health and retirement benefits etc here inn the state's because, no, private owners do NOT willingly give profits too workers. But since the 70s, with "libertarian economics" gaining popularity inside "conservative", (ha! that's irony!), political circles, our every round of Rethiglicant prezzies and Senators has seen them creating insane tax laws that work AGAINST the majority of citizens as well as allowing the utter destruction of unions and as a result, workers rights and retirement security.

    Don't t fall for Mays rhetoric. She's fighting to protect both native and foreign uber-wealthy corps and individuals, NOT the average UK citizen.

  • Khaos Yin

    I never thought politics could be this addictive XD Dame….My high school made me hate politics for years I am kinda regret now XD

  • Vylkeer

    At this point I think they found about our obsession with John Bercow’s “ODAAH”, that’s why the video starts by getting right into it. I appreciate that and would like to greatly thank whoever is in charge of the UK Parliament’s official YouTube channel.

  • Reynaldo Romero

    Estos reyes y reinas puesta por la mano del hombre ya no deberían existir porque fue puesto por la iglesia que más pisoteado y a pisoteado la dignidad humana pero de verdad les digo que lo que viene pasarán cosas que quedarán marcadas para la historia y no merecen los ingleses seguir manteniendo a esos trasgresores que todo loque gastan se lo cargan al presupuesto y los bolsillos de todos los ingleses de clase media y las clases más de escasos recursos y esto ya no debe ni puede seguir pasando en pleno siglo 20

  • Simi Katheryn

    The Prime Minister failed to answer Caroline Lucas’ question. She felt attacked, got angry and deflected. Will you meet with Greta and the youth activists or not?

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