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who want to pursue a course of violence. >> we remain entirely committed to the department to make sure anything we do encourage of the two state solution by ensuring palestinian people, secondly we must make sure the money goes in the right way to the right people and it is all about making sure real beneficiaries and make sure the review is sufficiently possible to serve
the interests of the palestinian people and the stability of the region. >> order. questions of the prime minister. >> thank you, mister speaker. i am sure the whole house will join me income -- expressing our condolences to family and friends of 7 people who lost their lives and those injured in a tragic traffic incident. we all want to thank the rest of the operation. i have meetings with ministerial colleagues and duties in the house -- >> will the prime minister join me in welcoming the unemployment rate has fallen, and banking all those businesses that create jobs, whose funeral home was in
my constituency on the street last weekend. >> absolutely agree with my right honorable friend, and the constituencies are up by 88 points. it is the strength of the fundamentals of the economy. employment rate had never been higher, the unemployment rate in more than a decade. members on all sides of the house are going to welcome yesterday's news from google. >> thank you, thank you, mister speaker. cut i concur with the remark the prime minister made about the disaster last week, condolences
to all those who lost loved ones and solidarity with emergency workers in freeing people from the wreckage. mister speaker, it appears from press reports those expelled from their homes 40 years ago are going to suffer another injustice, and the right of return. the foreign secretary told european media that] would leave the customs union. can you confirm if this is the case? >> the right honorable gentlemen, can i say there will be a written ministerial segment that will be in the house later today so everyone will see what the government is taking on that issue. on the question of the customer the union, the trading relationships, with the european union or other parts of the
world once we left the european union. we are preparing for formal negotiations. and the formal negotiations, to ensure the best possible trading deal with the european union. >> the prime minister, about the foreign secretary's remarks about leaving the customs union, mister speaker, the foreign secretary to come forward. and we are better informed if he did. earlier this week, mister speaker, a leaked memo said the government -- the government is considerably -- the government is considerably short of having a plan for brexit.
the common strategy is purged in part because of the decisions in the cabinet. is this memo, as the prime minister's department written by ill-informed consultants. and put the government's plan and common strategy for brexit before parliament? >> yes, we do have a plan. our plan is to deliver the best deal in trading. our plan is to deliver control of movement from people from the european union into the united states. our plan is to go across the world and negotiate free trade agreements around the world. this government is absolutely
united in its determination to deliver its determination to deliver the win of the british people and deliver brexit. >> the word doesn't seem to have traveled very far. i might have to say i sympathize with the italian government minister this week, somebody needs to tell us something, needs to be something that makes sense. isn't the truth the government is making a chance of brexit, nobody understands what the strategy actually is. >> of course those in the european union will be negotiating. and at this stage, every detail of our negotiation. if we were to do that, if we
were to do that it would be the best possible way of ensuring we got the worst results. that is why we won't do it. >> talking of worst results, the foreign secretary has been helpful on this because he informed the world that brexit means brexit. we didn't know that before and beyond that we make a titanic success. mister speaker, taking back control if that is what brexit is to mean, getting advice in the foreign secretary, taking back control clearly requires extra administration. one department estimates 40% increase to cope with its
projections and overall expectations of an increase head count between 10 and 30,000 civil servants. if that is wrong, can the prime minister tell the house exactly how many extra civil servants will be required to conduct these negotiations? her minister seems to know they are desperate for an answer from us. >> i repeat to the right honorable gentlemen we are doing what is necessary, the point of which we will start formal negotiations with the european union. what i have done is set up the department in the european union and my right honorable friend is doing an excellent job there. in making those preparations but i have to say from the confusion he has in relation to this it is yet another example of labor
where they posture and we deliver, we are getting on with the job, he is not up to the job. >> mister speaker. that was exciting. wasn't it? mister speaker, mister speaker, there is much noise in the chamber. i say to the honorable gentlemen, calm your self, you should seek to imitate the calm and repose of your friend who is setting an example to all those in the house, jeremy corbin. i don't wish to promote further debate on that.
mister speaker. these are the most complex set of negotiations ever undertaken by this country, the service has been cut to its lowest level since the second world war. the prime minister's main focus coming up with a serious plan but when the supreme court meets at the beginning of december if it decides to uphold the decision of the court, will you defend our in defendant judiciary against an attack? >> the right honorable gentlemen knows there are two cases in the prerogative powers in northern ireland found in favor of the government. we are appealing to the supreme court, we have a good argument and take that case to the supreme court. government believes in the independence of the judiciary which will consider that decision.
and in the basis of the argument. we also believe democracy is underpinned by the freedom of the press. >> defending the independent judiciary, we all should be doing that. we have an international development secretary opposed to doing service these days. the health secretary running down the national health service. we have a chancellor with no fiscal strategy. and in difficulty defending the judiciary. we have a brexit team with no plan for brexit. as has been shown, a prime minister who is not prepared to answer questions on the actual brexit strategy, we need a better answer than that.
>> also, the right honorable gentlemen, international development secretary delivering on the government commitment to spend 4.7%, we have a health secretary delivering 10 billion pounds. and a chance to make sure we have a stable economy that creates what is necessary, but what we have gone into in the leader of the opposition incapable of leading. >> the prime minister, the prime minister understands we are a one nation policy or nothing. something our political opponents consistency underestimates but the awesome statement next week, will she continue to pursue this agenda,
with resources and figure she can muster. and significantly further to deliver pay that is disproportionately benefit. >> to hear the thoughts of the honorable lady, they should not be able to give a premonition and have to wait for another occasion. >> thank you, mister speaker. before i answer the question may i wish his wife all the best in the treatment she is going through at the moment. we have a manifesto commitment to the personal allowance meaning what we have done already by increasing the allowance identified in 2010-11 or 2016-17. we cut taxes for 30 million
people and we have taken all million people out of an income tax altogether. that helped people out the lower end of the income. >> angus robertson. >> the leader of the opposition extending condolences following the tragedy paying tribute to emergency services, the institute for government which has close ties to civil service published a report, the intake of the approach toward brexit, chaotic and dysfunctional, an existential threat to operations, the prime minister has a secretive approach toward brexit, the present situation is unsustainable. >> that is the prime minister plan to carry on like this? >> the right honorable gentlemen would not be surprised if i tell him about the relation to
brexit. as i said earlier the most important thing for the government to do is calmly and carefully get on with the job of preparing complex negotiations. the most important thing we can do is make sure we are not giving running commentary on those negotiations. to get the worst deal. >> angus robertson, the day we hear the post truth has become the international word, we have a running commentary from the foreign secretary, he is prepared to tell the media in the czech republic the united kingdom is likely to leave the eu customs unit with brexit but wants to trade freely afterwards. his colleague from the netherlands said that option doesn't exist, both of these things cannot be corrected. it is confirmed to the parliament or the country what
is likely to leave the eu customs post brexit yes or no? >> the customs union is not just a binary deficiency but let's set that to one side. to get the best possible deal for access to the trading we are operating within the single european market. the right honorable gentlemen time and again in prime minister's questions has said to me he wants access to the single european market. i might remind him it was only a couple years ago he wants to take scotland out. [shouting] >> order!
order! order! order! you are in a very emotional condition. i normally regard you as a cerebral denizen of the house, tried to regard your composure. >> crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft but now crime is on the increase particularly perpetrated by drug dealers, drug users, it will be a priority for her majesty's government. is there anything more my humble friends can do to deal with this challenge? >> i think my honorable friend for raising an issue that is important for everybody. certainly the government will do all it can to support crime commissioners and already doing an excellent job in ethics.
we have seen crime figures falling since 2009 but i recognize concerns my honorable friend has shown which is why the home office is supporting these, conducting weeks of action against operations, we legislated about dangerous signs including tough sentencing in place making sure defendants are punished. we should send a clear message we will not tolerate crime in this country. >> mister speaker, many people visit the united states every year to study on business or simply enjoy one of the greatest countries on earth. what asking -- what action would you take if the new president-elect carries through on his campaign promise to discriminate against our citizens on the basis of their religion? will she give a commitment, a special relationship she believes the government has with the us president will be
conducted on the basis of respect for the dignity of all our citizens irrespective of their race or religion? >> i am happy to say the special relationship with the united states is very important, the united states and the united kingdom, we will be continuing to build on that special relationship with the conversation i had with president-elect trump shortly after his election as president elect. we want to ensure the dignity of our citizens of the united states, the rules they put in place but we will be ensuring a special relationship continues and continues in the interest of the uk and the us. >> andrea jenkins. >> on tuesday of last week i attended a control summit. the summit highlights a great way the department of health and
an organization dramatically decreasing -- also raised e. coli, will my right honorable friends join me in commending an outline of government strategy? >> absolutely join my honorable friends and she raised an important issue and they are doing vital work for infection rates. we have results of 57% reduction since 2010, the 47% reduction but there is more to do and that is why we are setting bold objectives for negative blood injections by 2020 and last week, a new national infection league, i am grateful to my right honorable friend for using it. >> free-trade is absolutely vital for prosperity and brexit
does not mean rejecting globalization. will the prime minister assure any trade deals with the wider we are of off of brexit are based on mutual recognition, not the overly elaborate descriptive regulation that underpins the european single market? >> i welcome the honorable gentlemen's support of free-trade. he's absolutely right but as we come out of the european union the opportunity to develop trading relationships around the world, flexible trading arrangement around the world, those that suit the united kingdom with the strength of our economy i believe we can go out and i welcome the honorable gentlemen. >> thank you, mister speaker. last wednesday, seven people tragically died, 50 were injured, i am sure the town will join with the prime minister, leader of the opposition and leader of the s&p extending our heartfelt condolences to the
reeve families. there are three investigations underway by british police, road and rail and the rail accident investigation board. can the prime minister assure the house and the families that any recommendation to improve safety across the country made by those investigations will be rapidly implemented by the government? >> i join my honorable friend in expressing our condolences to friends of the 70 who died in a terrible incident in what took place. our sympathies with those who were injured and affected, our thanks to emergency services. it is important that we allow these to continue, able to come up with recommendations in due course. we can never be complacent about safety and security, we do need to make sure the lessons we
learn. >> close question, neil gray. >> i will get -- the government is committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society including disabled people and those with health conditions. people receiving employment support they will continue to receive a safe level of financial support. we are ensuring the support available is concentrated on those who are most in need and ensuring support is available not just to benefit but in a wider package, held those in the workplace to reach that point in the workplace. >> the prime minister, there is a change in the air and when people demand change it is the job of politicians respond. how will she respond to
disability organizations who want these stopped or the people on the other side and debate. surely they must respond accordingly. >> we are focusing on those most in need, it has gone up, we are having extra support to those in work related groups who could get into the workplace to help them get into the workplace but it is important not just the issue of benefits but the whole package including independence payments that provide living costs but i would -- remind the honorable gentlemen, concerned about level of payment in scotland, and the new powers that they have.
and whether they intend to use those powers. >> mister speaker, following the election of mister trump and given the welcome progress made in our society by women and those from ethnic minorities, what message of reassurance to the prime minister have from fat middle-aged white men who may feel we have been left behind? [laughter] >> that is a very interesting point. my honorable friend should come and see me sometime. >> lucy powell. >> in that state of the nation report, the reliability commission today issued a damning verdict on progress, things are getting worse.
they concluded the key drivers of social mobility, quality in early education, narrowing educational attainment gap, aspects of work and housing going backwards under her watch. when will she come forward with a real strategy for opportunity for all, fixating on creating an even more elite education for those already elite. >> i note social mobility commission reported all working-class youngsters benefiting higher education than any point, the government invested record levels in early years and the payment gap as reported strategies narrowed but she refers to the education system, i refer to her to report the commission by labor council
to look at how they can improve education achievement and that report reintroducing grammar schools potentially transformative idea for working-class heads. >> thank you, mister speaker. the pbc has its biggest expansion since 1940 including 11 year services supporting around the world. will the prime minister agree with me this is an excellent example around the world? >> i absolutely agree with my honorable friend. the service the bbc provides for the world service, the independent journalism, millions of people around the world is very important work they do including often free speech is limited. it is important to support them and that is why we are investing 289 million over the next four years to support the world service, as it provides
independent news, the remote parts of the world. >> my constituents get 25% of research funding from the eu, benefiting from freedom of movement tuesday -- what guarantee can she get on wednesday to research funding and freedom of movement for academics as well. >> and already give guarantee in relation to the research available from the eu and those contracts that will be signed. he will know we are able in the immigration rules to ensure the brightest and best can come to the united kingdom but i would remind him it wasn't that long ago that he was campaigning to come out of the european union. >> thank you, mister speaker.
i learn the historical allegations serving members, and student despite everything we said we have paid for lawyers to go out and collect evidence in theater. i know the prime minister's commitment, would she agree with me that we need to work harder to close the gap, for service men and women. >> my honorable friend raises an important point and i recognize the concerns of a number of honorable friends. what it is having on service men and women. it is important that it conduct its inquiry in an honorable timescale. it weeds out those cases, he would accept with me, where
there are allegations, credible allegations to be properly investigated but conscious of the need to ensure service men and women who do such a good job around the world keeping us safe and secure with the support they need. >> i met the first minister at the joint ministerial committee but the next meeting of that is planned from early in the new year and the uk government engages regularly with the scottish government on a range of issues. >> i am sure it is not just the first minister but 22nd of june this year bruce davidson, those supporting, taylor what we want with a single mask. neither the prime minister, part of the government dragging government over the european
union. >> on 23 june people of the united kingdom leave the european union, that is what the government will deliver. >> members should not seek to shut down the prime minister. the question was asked and the answer has been provided. >> it is right the prime minister has incidents and negotiations to the eu, and the campaign was very clear the rights of eu citizens would not be affected if the country were to leave the eu. they never naturalized, can the prime minister assure me she will never instruct me to take away the rights of millions of
eu citizens? >> i recognize the personal passion with which my honorable friend raises this issue. i intend and expect to guarantee the rights of those living in the united kingdom but i also want to see the rights of uk citizens living in the european union being guaranteed. as i said previously i hope this is an issue on which we can come to a position we can discuss with my european colleagues at an early stage. >> mister speaker, the health crisis by the oms to deal with the leading cause of death, far more from referrals, diagnosis, will the prime minister pledge
to bring about currency, and to introduce, with that. come in the honorable issue, it is a personal concern for her. it affects people across constituencies across the house. we set an ambitious target by 2020. and invested in the development of research institute. and that is why we created national end of life program board to implement the commitment to high-quality personalized end of life care for all to raise the important issue. i can assure her this is an issue of that. >> doctor julian lewis. at the same time rightly
restoring hundreds of millions of pounds of funding to the bbc world service, there are no plans to restore the very modest 20 million pounds a year at cost, that they are monitoring. former members of the intelligence and security committee like lord campbell and i are dismayed the bbc is proposing service to cut the monitoring service, close havisham park and break the location with its american counterparts. will the prime minister agree to meet us and have a discussion before this disaster is visited on an incomparable open source information on which so many government departments and intelligence agencies depend? >> an important issue. of course provision for monitoring services for the bbc, but we are clear on the importance of the service this provides, high-quality reporting to the for an offense ministry
of defense and the bbc itself. i can tell my honorable friend as part of the bbc charter review process talking with the bbc about a new agreement in relation to monitoring roles we believe will result in an improvement of the government or reduced one. >> control of the world's events, with child abuse inquiry she sets up. and two years only three chairs, eight senior lawyers. and serious allegations have been made to the inquiry panel, so whether she shares the full confidence in the inquiry expressed from moments ago and
if so, why? >> i recognize the issue to the honorable lady on which she champions the cause of those, the victims inspired and like her, that is the victims and survivors at the forefront of our minds. the inquiry was able to continue and the point was made this morning by the right honorable friends, the new chairman of the committee. we owe it to the victims for the inquiry to continue and i have to say having seen the word, and we have absolute confidence in this -- >> and at the front of anything. now that he is elected
companies like facebook and twitter can be held to account of what is too easily used. >> the honorable member raises important issues of social media, used for good intent or parties for their campaigning and other ways. he raises an important point of what is abused and ill used, and members of the house, significantly as a result of controlling social media. the home office is well appraised over the years, talking to the companies about responsibilities they have, this is an issue by terms and conditions themselves and the home secretary carefully
deployed what is raised. >> mister speaker, with opposition from the conservative party, changing the law to make sure it was released halfway through their pensions irrespective of whether they misbehaved improvements or still posed to the public, which was contributed to the violence in our system. does the prime minister agree with the labor government that it should be released halfway through irrespective of how they behave to the general public or does she agree with me this is an outrage flying in the face of public opinion and must be reversed? >> the important point to indicate, the way decisions are taking the release of prisoners, and the impact of that release on wider community. that is why this is an issue that