tv Prime Ministers Questions from the British House of Commons CSPAN February 3, 2016 7:14am-8:01am EST
stop cutting our nhs. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, it's very interesting the prime minister did not answer the question i put which is whether or not he will proceed to 3,200 people with cancer at the paren time. i hope he thinks seriously about this and does not proceed with this proposal. he will find that cancer support, recent mental health illness, parkinson's. those with a broader shoulder should bare a bigger load. please, prime minister, think
again and don't try and reverse the division of the house of lords on this important matter. [shouting] >> the people with the broader shoulders are the highest earners in this country and are paying a higher share of tax than they did under labour. i answer the question directly, if you're an existing claimant on allowance, your welfare isn't changing. in future, those people who are able to get back to work, we should help them to get back to work. that is what a compassionate country does. it's what clear what labour's policy is, cut nhs and put up taxes in scottland to pay for more welfare. that's not the approach that this country needs. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. my right honorable friend know that the west country is become the envy and the engine room as the rest of the country with thousands of companies moving
from the dark recesses of london to the bright sunlight of the west. will he keep supporting what they're now calling summer set by maintaining investment in our roads, in our rails and, of course, in our infrastructure? [shouting] >> i'm certainly keen to support. i thought he said silicone george for a minute. i was worried about that. i was essential he had a balanced economy and that means a strong economy in the west of our country as well as in the south as well as in the north. we have investing in the vital transport infrastructure not lease the vital roads to the west country and improving rail links as well as i saw myself yesterday. but we also need to make sure that this really effective across the country and it's going to be a big focus getting to the last 10% of homes in so many rural areas, it's going to be absolutely crucial.
>> angus robertson. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. today first minister of scottland, whales and northern ireland have joined the call for commitment by the uk government not to hold referendum in june which would clash with elections. [shouting] >> would the prime minister give that commitment today? >> first of all, there is no agreement and so no daters been fixed for the referendum. we discussed this a lot in the house common. minister of scottland is no in place today to hold within six weeks of elections and i could guaranty that won't happen. >> mr. speaker, have written
today saying that they believe holding a referendum in june, and i quote issues when clarity is required and call on the prime minister, i quote the eu referendum at least until later in the year. why will the prime minister not respect the electorate and the government of scottland, whales and northern ireland and give that commitment today? [shouting] >> first of all, i do respect the former prime minister of scottland that said that six weeks what was necessary. i respect northern ireland on the basis that people are perfectly capable of making up their mind in a local election or in a scottish parliamentary election and a periods afterwards making all over again on the european union. no date has been fixed. there must be a six-week gap but frankly he's looking at things to complain about.
this house has voted for a referendum. it would be pretty odd debating ages about not having one. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will be alarmed here, was making 25,000 pounds excessive who wanted an orderly hear if for leader. the honorable gentleman is entitled to be heard. i peal to start his question again to hear it. >> thank you, mr. prime minister. selling ily sit tobacco was making 25,000 pounds a week destroying the local economy, damaging people's health and nationally this trait is costing the economy 2 billion a year, will the government look at increasing the maximum penalty for this offense to bring it in
light -- >> hmrc working closely has been highly effective at reducing this tax gap of people selling illegal tobacco 1.3 billion of tax since the year of 2000. seizure penalties and prosecutions. prosecuted 800 people. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. my constituents work and tell me that they're denied for benefit benefits. can the prime minister -- [inaudible] >> how many low-paid should my constituents aspire to sanction
this year? >> sanctions in a benefit system are important. we want a benefit system that's there for people who can't find a job and who need support. it's not a shouldn't be, a lifestyle choice and if people can work, they should work. that's why we have a sanction system and i believe that sanction system is fairly applied. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, i share my honorable's disappointment that the european union is forcing him to abandon manifesto to change the benefit system for migrants and will my right honorable friend confirm that sadly the only way in which we're going to be able to regain control over our own borders is by leading the european union? >> i have great respect on my right honorable friend. we don't agree with this.
anyone coming from britain from the eu should not get unemployment benefit and we've fulfilled that promise. if within six months they don't have a job, they should go home. we fulfilled the promise. people should not be able to come here and send british job benefit back to their families and we have secured that they will only get job benefit at a local rate and we said no more something for nothing. the idea that you could come here, claim immediately from work benefit system without paying in was not right and i said we would secure a four-year gap and we have. it is a negotiation but these are good proposals that i think will have the backing of the british people because they mean no more something for nothing and that's a vital value for britain. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. a thousand part-time are directly impacted by the
industry, these and tens of thousands manufacturing jobs are at risk if china is granted manufacturing market economy -- the prime minister is very happy but can guaranty -- [inaudible] [shouting] >> that's why we are helping with manufacturing tax credits, apprenticeship schemes and helping with a whole range of measures, which are very, very important for the constituency she represents. that's what we want to see. the issue with market economy is a separate issue as i said before even if they get that they can't dump-steel products or other things into european markets and what we should be doing is making sure we're driving open markets for us to
sell to china, think are the ones with the mass i have growth in the middle-class taking place, hundreds of millions of people joining that and there's many great products that should be sold in china. >> andrew turner. >> sir, will be unable to do so next year. would my right honorable friend confirm the government's willingness to work with them over the coming months to help them to access existing sources or find new ways to address the island's unique circumstances? >> we would be happy to work with the isle of wight. what we are doing with this settlement for local government is because overall it's a
relatively flat-cash settlement over the five-year period. we are allowing towns to use their reserve and use that money directly to provide services to bridge over the period of the next five years. they're very happy to look at the circumstances but i believe this is a fair settlement. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister has told us today that more money is going into the nhs, let me tell him that my local hospital trust is spending 1.5 million pounds a week on interest payments alone for -- [shouting] >> wait for it. wait for it. [shouting] >> the prime minister eventually saw about the damage that high-cost credit was doing to
individuals. when will he deal to with theseo the public sector? >> well, sometimes it takes a long time to unwind the damage done by a labour government. [shouting] >> she's absolutely right, one of the first thing we did to begin initiatives and give better value for money but all of the projects including but what she's seeing in healthcare economy there's more gp's in the nhs, in terms of nhs group, next year they're getting a cash increase of 3.7%. that is money provided because we are putting more money in the nhs. >> a parent in my constituency has described as appalling,
failure to act on evidence and no -- not progressing and would he meet with my constituency when nonresident parents are gaming the system and depriving children of the sport they're entitled to. >> i'm very happy to arrange that meeting. i know my honorable friend speaks particularly about the behavior of the nonresident parent and how they give everyone the run-around and don't fulfill their duties and don't pay for the children that they're responsible for. we introduced a new statute for parents unable to make a family-base arrangement. should be bringing process, simple calculations and faster enforcement action but i will make sure she has a meet to go straighten out this case.
>> comment on recent events involving the investigation, alleged and will ensure that there are equal investigations another major atrocity by terrorist organizations. >> i will look carefully at what he says. we have to make sure that we look at all of these things in a fair and reasonable way and perhaps i can write to him about the issue. >> julian knight. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [shouting] >> 38 billion pounds a year is currently spent on pension tax relief. with 3 quarters are going to high-rate taxpayers who need it the least. would the prime minister think there's huge boost in the country if pensions tax release reform to a single flat rate which will affect millions of hard-working britains. >> i know my honorable friend
speaks with expertise because of the career before coming to the house. he brings a lot of knowledge to the seconder. he's right that there are great costs related to pension tax relief. that's why the chance to public consultation last summer to see whether the system should be reformed. taxes are a matter for the chancellor and budget. >> mr. speaker, i further support the child refugee last week as far as it goes. a nine-year-old girl asked me what we are doing to help refugee children. of course, what a child refugee child needs a home. when are we going to offer a home to 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children? >> let me say to the hon national lady, what we've done so far, she knows about the 20,000 relocation scheme, including many vulnerable children, that is going well. i think less people, fewer people are aware of the fact that in the last year through our normal processes we took
something like 2,500 uncompany children last year. you look at social services and the pressure they're under, they have something like a thousand children that they are looking after. another point that people don't always recognize, uncompany children in europe if they claim asylum in the country they're in if they have direct family in britain, they can come to britain. so we think that is the right approach taking some more people from the region but being cautious because all the evidence shows that even if it's an orphan child they may have broader family that's connected to and better to keep them with them. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. given the security threats faced by this country, whose policy are more dangerous, those in scottland or those on the party opposite who want to keep submarines without nuclear missiles? >> it is hard to choose from the
wrong or the bizarre, you can take your pick, labour's latest plan so use submarines to transport military personnel around the world. [laughter] >> it's the most expensive uber service that anyone has ever thought of. you really wonder what would they think of next. >> prime minister may be aware of the case of my constituent lisa brown, tenth of november 2015 as a missing person, could have been missing since the 6 of november. hisas mother and sister visited spain several times since and have made contact to spanish authorities, while the spanish authority say they are actively working on this case, there have been various pieces of missing information on the spanish media
which we know not have been helpful. could i call upon the prime minister to seek assurances on behalf of lisa's family from the spanish authorities here in london and madrid as well as the common wealth offense -- office to make sure everything has been done to lisa's family? >> the europe minister meets with him to try to make sure that everything is done for lisa 's family as possible. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [shouting] >> further to the question from the honorable lady, hospital trust is also wrestling with a disastrous signed loo the labour government. luckily there's light at tend of the tunnel. can the prime minister assist them in anyway in solving this
enormous mess left by the government. >> there are extremely difficult to sold pfi contracts, of course, they were ended into and signed, my understanding is that monitoring the quality commission are absolutely clear that would need long-term partnership and i understand partner in mid-february, that hopefully will help to support the services that we need, but i will look carefully to make sure the sector looks carefully. >> follow speaker, following the shocking official report into the murder here in london master's >> first of all t report was shocking. although the home secretary said this confirmed what the previous labour party understood what had happened. when you read the report all
over again it is deeply shocking what happened. that is why we've taken action in terms of asset freezes and the other measures described by the home secretary. in terms of the problem of so-called hot money coming into london, we have made in terms of transparency, beneficial ownership, who owns what in terms of company and also in terms of property. that is one of the best ways not just to make sure we don't have a legal russian money but make sure that corrupt money stole from african taxpayers and other continents don't end up in london. [shouting] >> here is a census from an e-mail on the weekend. no warning, i was told that was it and not to think about it anymore but now i dread the post
every day. for that i thank him. would my honorable touch closely the support we are given so we want to deliver and what is actually delivered is the same thing? >> i'm very happy to look at that specifically. i have been very clear about what went wrong and how unacceptable it was, including providing legal advise and also we will crack down on any legal firm because we have got written into law and group. we have an opportunity not just to raise but to try and tackle the issues in a systematic way. >> mr. speaker the dumping of chinese is crippling and
granting of market economy state china would dramatically reduce scope for taking mt dumping measures. why then is the prime minister supporting market strategy to china, beijing ahead of protecterring british industry? [shouting] >> i put helping british industry first. that's why we cut taxes for british energy. we are cutting the energy bills for british industry. we are helping with apprenticeships, we are open marketing abroad and could succeed and investing in our infrastructure and trying to make sure there's a real for british steel. i think the honorable gentleman is wrong. we should take the issues separately. there's illegal dumping, then we will support action in the european union and that can be in spite of the state that a country has. we always put burden on america before today, i don't think it's right to connect issues the way
he does. [shouting] >> yeah, yeah. >> mental health issues take many forms and services to those suffering from eating disorders are often overlooked. does the prime minister agree with me that it's an important opportunity to secure better mental health service provisions particularly for children and young adults? [shouting] >> i think my honorable friend is absolutely right. i don't see any reason why the desolution of resources to manchester under this landmark deal will disadvantage mental health. if anything, it would lead to priority given to mental health as people can see the connections between mental health and holding back opportunity for so many people. we are investing more in terms of children's mental health. i'm giving a greater focus particularly to eating disorders where we do see tragically a real growth. the money is there and the
evolution should help. the house has a chance to study the documents, published by the european council yesterday. i believe this is important milestone in the process of reform, renegotiation and referendum that we set out in our manifesto in which this government is delivering. we have now legislated for this referendum and we are holding that renegotiation. so let me set out the problems that we are trying to fix and the progress that we have made. first, we don't want to have our country bound up in a ever close political union in europe. we are a proud and independent nation with proud independent democratic institutions that has served us well over the centuries. for us europe is about working together to advance share
prosperity and security. mr. speaker, the draft text set out in full according to uk and clearly carves us out of further political integration and they actually go further to make sure that eu countries don't even have to aim for a common destination. this is a formal recognition of the flexible europe that britain has long been arguing for. in keeping europe out of ever-closer union, so we now have a proposal in the text that if brussels comes up with legislation we don't want we can get together with other parliaments and block it with a red card and we also propose a new mechanism to finally enforce principle, principle dear to this house states power should sit here in the parliament and
not in brussels. every year the european union has to go through powers they exercise and work out which are no longer needed and should be returned to nation states. now, second, i said we wanted to make europe more competitive and deal with the rule-making and the bureaucracy that can cost jobs here in britain and, indeed, across the european union. we ask for commit meants on all the areas central to european competitiveness. we want international trade deals signed, single market completed an regulation stripped back. all of these things are covered in the draft texts. there's a new proposal for specific targets to reduce burdens on business in key sectors. this will particularly help small and medium-size businesses and new mechanism to drive targets through and cut the level of red tape year on year. third, we are absolutely clear that britain is going to keep the pound, in my view, forever, we need to be just as clear that we can keep the pound in a european union that will be fair to our currency.
put simply the eu must not become a euro-only club. if it does, it would not be a club for us we call for a series of principles to protect the market in britain. there should be no discrimination against the pound, no disadvantage for businesses that use our currency wherever they're located in the eu and no option for britain ever again to be forced to bail out euro's own countries. all of the principles are reflected in the draft text which is league ally binding. there's the mechanism, mr. speaker, we should be clear, british jobs depend on being able to trade on level-plain field whether in financial services or cars or anything else. if this plan if agreed will provide the strongest possible protection for britain from discrimination and unfair rules and practices. for instance, never again could the eu try location policy
complex trades in euros must only take place in euro's own countries. these principles would outlaw this sort of proposal. now, fourth, we want to deal with the pressures of immigration which have become too great. of course, we need to do more to control migration from outside the european union, we are doing that and we will be announcing more measures on that front. but we need to control migration from within the eu too. the draft text represents the strongest package we've ever had on tackling be abusive free movement and closing down the back roots to britain. prevent those who pose a genuine and serious threat to those coming to the country, allowed thousands of illegal migrants to mary eu nationals and acquire the right to stay in our country and has been a source of frustration that we can't impose
immigration rules on third-international coming to the union. we have a proposal to put that right. mr. speaker, there are also new proposals to reduce the factor that benefit system excerpts across europe by allowing instant access of welfare from the day someone arrives. people said that europe wouldn't recognize that we had this problem but the text expolitic sitly recognize that is welfare system can act as unnatural draw to come to this country. now, mr. speaker, manifesto set out four objectives to solve this problem, i mentioned this at prime minister's questions. we delivered on two of them within months of the general election. already eu migrants will no longer be able to claim credits, new unemployment benefit while looking for work. and if those coming from the eu haven't found work within six months, they can now be required to live. now in these texts we've secured proposals for the other two areas, if someone comes from another country in europe
leaving family at home, they will have their child benefit paid at local rate not at a generous british rate and we have made progress on benefits. people said it would be impossible to end the idea of something for nothing and that a four-year restriction benefits was completely out of the question but that is now what is in the text. emergency brake will have to wait four years until they have full access to our benefits. the european commissioner said very clearly that britain qualifies already to use this mechanism. so with the necessary legislation we would be able to implement shortly after the referendum. finally let me be absolutely clear about the legal staters of the changes that are now on offer, people said we would never get something that was legally binding. but this plan if agreed will be exactly that. these changes will be binding an international law and will be deposited at the un.
they cannot be changed without the unanimous agreement of every eu country and that includes britain, so when i said i want to change that legally binding and irreversible, that is what i've got in key areas treaty changes in these documents, so mr. speaker, i believe we are making real progress in all four areas but the process is far from over. there are details that still need to be pinned down and intense negotiations with 27 other countries. it would require hard work, determination and patience to see it through. but i do believe with the draft texts and all the work we've done with european partners, britain is getting closer to the decision point. it is, of course, right that this house should debate the issues in detail. in addition to this statement, the government will make time for a full day's debate on the floor of this house. mr. speaker as we approach this choice, let me be clear about
two things. first i'm not arguing that britain couldn't survive outside the european union. we are the fifth largest economy in the world, the biggest defense player in europe with one of the most extensive and influential network on the planets, the question is not could british succeed outside the european union, it is how we be most secure. i always say that the best answer to those questions can be found within a reform european union. let me say again f we can't secure these changes, i rule nothing out. now, second, even if we secure these changes you will never hear me say that this organization is now fixed, far from it. they'll be many things that need to be reform and britain will
lead the way and crucially for the british people work and have security and get on and make the best of their lives. if we say britain will be in there and stripping away unnecessary regulation and seeing through the commitments we've secured in the renegotiation ensuring the britain can have the best of both worlds. in the single market free to travel around europe, part an organization where corporation that can made part and never be part of european army and never be part of european super state. that's a clear path that can lead to a fresh settlement for britain in a reformed european
his negotiation and rarely is a tory party drama that's been played out in front of us as we see at the moment. [shouting] the labour party is committed to keeping britain and the european union because we believe it's the best -- don't get too excited. let me tell you the rest of the. because we believe it is in the best framework for european trade and cooperation in the 21st century and in the best interests of people in this country. we believe the prime minister has been negotiating the wrong goals in the wrong way or the wrong reasons. for all the sound and fury the prime minister is ended up exactly where he knew he would be, making the case to remain in europe which is when the what always intended despite spectacle choreographed for tv cameras over the whole continent. mr. speaker, as his own backbenchers keep telling us, the rebels from the council are simply tinkering around the
edges. there will impact of what the eu delivers her workers in britain or british businesses. we welcome the proposals from majority of national parliaments to a veto over commission legislation even if it is heavily qualified it seems that prime minister is finally move towards the labour party's view on this issue and we welcome him to that. protecting non-eurozone states is necessary but we cannot let these proposals hamper efforts to regulate the financial sector, including bankers bonuses. the crucial detail of the emergency brake on workers benefits are eu migrants is entirely absent. win is that information going to be made available? but in any case of the prime minister calls this the strongest package ever. doesn't begin to tackle the real problems around the impact of migration and jobs, wages and
community. those demon actions that support public services in areas of high population growth, and regulation to prevent the subsidizing of low pay and grotesque exploitation of migrant workers by some very unscrupulous employers. it's the same with competitiveness. is the prime minister really out to strengthen genuinely competitive markets, or is this proposal really a fig leaf for increasing pressure to privatize our public services, reduction of consumer standards, environmental protection, or workers rights? this is why labour will continue to oppose the threats to services and rights from the ttip negotiations -- [shouting] we need to reform to ensure all european governments have the right to intervene, to protect publicly owned industry and
services. the side of the house is delighted that prime minister has been forced to back down on his hopes to water down workers rights. however, mr. speaker, we want to see workers rights for the protected and extended within the european union. we need a strengthening of workers rights in a really social europe. and we want to see a democratic reform to make the european union decision-making more accountable to its people. we must drive economic reform to put jobs and sustainable growth at the center of european policy. and workers partners in europe to bring tax avoidance under control so that we can get a far better deal than the chancellor managed with google last week. but, mr. speaker, to extend, to keep protections with remain within the european union or leave the field, the conservative party to make a
bonfire of workers rights. that prime minister says tsa could britain's exposure. the european army and the european super state. the prime minister in is in never, never land. we have never argued for those of things and don't intend to. we need to work with a allies to achieve a more progressive reform its people need to build a more democratic europe that delivers the jobs, prosperity, and security for all of its people. we must do this together. that's why when the referendum is finally held we will be campaigning to remain a member. i ended by asking the question to the prime minister -- [shouting] -- does he not agree that once the smoke and mirrors sideshow deal is finally done, we will get on with it and the uncertainty of the referendum will indeed be held on june 23,
2016? >> prime minister? >> can i thank the right honorable gentleman for his questions. first of all, on the issue of making a statement today rather than yesterday, i felt yesterday i was in possession of all the documents but i didn't think every member of the south whidbey so i thought by the to give honorable members a day to read the document and have the debate today. it gave me the added advantage of being able to visit, which, of course, is the talent of the right honorable gentleman's birth and i was able, therefore, to thank them for putting them on earth and for delivering and safety to this place. [laughter] in terms of the question. first of all he criticizes the issues we put on the table, getting out of ever closer union, waiting times welfare, guarantees for fairness between ins and outs. i know he didn't read the labour manifesto but i did an action
all of those things were in the labour manifesto. labour wanted a two-year welterweight rather than a for your welterweight of the other elements of our negotiation, many of them are supported by labour, and to honorable members opposite until they have a mandate for backing these measures. he asked about the detailed on the emergency migration break because the our caps in the text. he's right about that. we need to get the best possible outcome of the february council. he asked about the danger of exploitation of the migrant workers. this is an everybod area where i agreed and that's what we boosted the gang masters licensing authority. we put in place better coordination between them at the national crime agency. we're making sure there are more investigations for more prosecutions. on ttip this is an area where we can profoundly disagree. and other socialist governments in europe take my view which is needed which will be good for job, good for growth, cover
businesses. i'm not sure how to advising to spend more time with trade unions but he spent time with trade unions in sweden and some of the country in northern europe, he may find a support ticket because they want jobs for their members. look, in the and what i would say to the right honorable gentleman and to all members across the south, this is an important moment for our country. so yes, there will be areas of disagreement between conservative and labour but we are involved in trying to get the best negotiation for britain. the european parliament plays a part. the party of european social splits apart to i would urge all if you want to of no more something for nothing, if you want to get britain out of ever closer union, if you want fairness between those in the euro and out, if you want to a more competitive and successful euro, let's fight this together. [shouting] >> kenneth clark.
>> mr. speaker, the prime minister is that you do more on the big issues of this negotiation than i ever expected. i suspect more than hardlined eurosceptics ever expected which is why you are denouncing is officially. as he says he still loves to deliver. does except he would have great difficulty persuading governments in central and eastern europe in particular to accept that their citizens lawfully working here alongside english people in key sectors like the health service and the construction industry should have lower take-home pay in the first few years than their english workmates? answer is yes to offer something in exchange for that, could he perhaps consider underlying our nato commitment to this countries, its future military adventures by -- [inaudible] to underline our role, leading
military contributions through nato to the european allies would be a very good offer to make by deploying more troops perhaps in order to get what is a difficult, difficult setting for our partners to make in this country? >> to my right honorable friend, he has huge experience of european negotiations that treaty negotiations and also ongoing negotiations in the council so i'm grateful for what he says. he's right that these are difficult issues. my argument is that while we have the free movement of people of many british people take advantage of, we don't have harmonized welfare and benefit systems nor should we. the second point i make to my colleagues is when countries in europe have problems they believe that 13 national interest we've got to be flexible to deal with them. i think that's what this agreement is showing. the advantage of the proposals put forward is that they will
have the support of the european commission. i think that will reassure some of the states in europe who have misgivings. he's right we can also reassure them about our investment in their security because i think that is a very important issue with putin as they were to our east, with isil to our south. this is a moment when we need to make sure we are working together. >> we warmly welcome the opportunity to make the case for the european union that it really matters that we are part of the world's largest single architect it really matters that we can help determine the rules and laws at that apply to get it really matters we have a social europe was rights and protections for citizens and coworkers. will the prime minister commit to a positive campaign to remain in the european union and not resort to the negative tactics of fear? on the prime minister's negotiation can i suggest he
stop pretending having won some major victory? he's not even secured treaty change he promised. what at stake is much, much bigger than its recent discussion but it is about whether we are in the eu or not. that is what the debate across the uk will be in the run up to the referendum. the timing of the referendum really matters to the electorates into the governments of scotland, wales and northern ireland, as well as london with our elections in may. this morning, thank you the first minister of scotland, the labour first minister of wales, the first minister of northern ireland -- i think the first ministers of northern ireland and wales and scotland deserve a little bit more respect. [shouting] >> from the tories site. the first minister of northern ireland and the deputy first minister of