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>> live with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up thursday morning oklahoma republican senator will join us to discuss a report highlighting unnecessary federal spending and democratic congress plan will look at effects by house democrats to examine president elect donald trump's financial interests and house democrats agenda in the last congress. be sure to watch cspan's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern thursday morning. join the discussion.
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>> oversight of the industry and health and safety for participants. you can see it live is are on capitol hill thursday taking part in tributes to senate minority leader harry reid who is retiring after 30 years in the senate. watch the event live at the russell senate office building at 4:00 eastern here on cspan 3. all day saturday, american history tv on cspan 3 is featuring programs about this week's of the japanese attacks on pearl harbor. national archives christopher carter reads from death logs describing events on ships that were under attack by pearl
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harbor. one of the 429 casualties aboard the uss oklahoma. his remains were recently identified 75 years after the attack. then at 9:00 attack sites with daniel martinez. at 9:30 president franklin d. roosevelt's speech to congress asking for declaration of war, followed by the pearl harbor 75th anniversary ceremony at pearl harbor cohosted by the national park service. we're taking your calls and tweets live. ian toll, author of war at sea in the pacific 1941 to 1942 discussing the specific war from the attack on pearl harbor through the u.s. victory of japanese. we're live with paul, and oral history of pearl harbor, december 7th, 1941, giving a
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behind the scenes attack for more than 200 interviews. and then at 1:00, the 75th anniversary ceremony with keynote remarks by arizona senator john mccain. saturday, on american history tv on cspan 3. next question time in the british house of commons, prime minister in meetings with the gulf cooperation council. emily thorn berry stands in for labor party leader jeremy corbin. this is 35 minutes. questions to the prime minister. dr. phil lip, question number one, the leader of the house. >> yay!
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>> mr. speaker, i've been asked to reply. he's visiting the gulf corporation council summit. mr. speaker, this morning, i have meetings and in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have those such meetings later today. >> dr. with houston space corps and the rice space institute brings the reality of it closer. with a huge boost that could give to the u.k. aerospace industry, will they join scottish government in supporting a deal to literally get this off the ground? >> i can certainly show the honorable lady, the government is looking very keenly at the opportunities to scotland, indeed the, whole of the united kingdom arising from commercial space operations, the project that she has described, i'm sure, will be examined very
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closely by those colleagues of particular concern with this area of policy, but we definitely want to see the u.k. as a pioneer in seizing these opportunities. >> perhaps, passengers trying to get their jobs, while united unions did a move resigning for trying to return. encourage union and other fiscal leaders to tell the rmt that 250 people with gauaranteed employes putting 600 passengers at risk. >> mr. speaker, i'm sure that my honorable friend will be speaking on behalf of many thousands of rail passengers in his constituency and many others in the south england. it's deeply disappointing that some unions are threatening to strike over the christmas period. the government is now investing
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record amounts improving our railways over 40 billion pounds and we need everyone, both management and unions to work together to secure the best deal for passengers. i have to say, that the rmt's action shows coordinated content for the traveling public. and it seemed designed to do nothing except bring about the maximum damage to people's lives. >> there's some heckling from the bench as opposite. this party, mr. speaker, is on the side of rail passengers. and i hope -- i hope that the party opposite will join me in saying to the rail union leaders, sort it out, put the traveling public first, stop the squabbling and tell your members to get back to work. [ yay ] >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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i'm sure the whole house will want to join with me today in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the pearl harbor attack, where thousands of american service personnel and civilians died. the next day winston church hill summoned parliament to debate the british response, when he did, he said this, it is despenceble to our system of government, the parliament should play its full part in all important acts of the state. these words are a vital reminder that even at the time of crisis, in fact, especially at a time of national crisis, the roll of parliament is central. and in that same spirit we welcome the government's decision to except our motion today that they will show parliament their plan for brexit before it's triggered. can i ask the leader of the house one central question about this plan, does the government want uk to remain part of the customs union? >> mr. speaker, can i first join
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the honorable lady opposite in marking the anniversary of pearl harbor, in remembering all of those who lost their lives at that time, but also marking with a sense of some celebration, even, the fact that prime minister is joining president obama in going to pearl harbor, the first japanese prime minister so to do, and i think that sign of reconciliation putting ancient conflicts behind is a welcomed one. to the latest point about europe, the government has always made it clear that we would seek to give additional clarity about our position at the earliest opportunity, but it's been the case, as my right of the friend prime minister has said many times, that one of our core objectives is going to be
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secure the maximum freedom for british companies both to have access to and operate within the european model. >> i thank the leader of the house to answer, but i would say to him, that surely on this issue, the answer should be straightforward. we all know that it would be a disaster for british business if we do not remain part of the customs union. as the leader of the house himself said in february, everything we take for granted trade without customs checks or paperwork at national frontier would all be up in the air. it is massive what is at risk. now, on this side of the house, we would agree with him, we couldn't agree with him more, so can he put beyond doubt right now tell us, does the government want the u.k. to stay in the customs union? [ yeah ] >> the honorable lady and i -- she's right -- the honorable lady and i both argued
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passionately during the referendum. what separates us now is that i am part of a conservative government which is working together to respect the democratic burden. [ yeah ] to secure the best possible out come for the security of the entire united kingdom from those negotiations, where as the honorable lady, even just two months ago was telling us that she wanted to go back to the british people in someway, she needs to decide whether she accepts the democratic verdict or not. >> of course, we accept the democratic decision of the british parliament, of course, we do. but the difference between our side of the house and that side is that we want to lead the european union on behalf of 100%, on behalf of the whole of this nation. now, we really need to have a straightforward answer to a straightforward question, because leaving the customs
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union would mean having to check every container coming in, it will mean uk firms having to prove their origin tests, at whenever they export to europe, it would mean chaos and grid lock and as the leader of the house said himself in may about -- they go tariff free, they go without any extra checks, you cannot guarantee any of that if we are outside. on this side we agree with what he said six months ago, the question says does he still agree with himself. >> there have been significant referendums in february. and that changes the context in which we are now having to operate. we face, yes, a deep -- a very challenging, a very wide ranging
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negotiation. and it would be harmful to the national interest, for me or other ministers to engage in the sort of detailed expedition of our negotiation position that she's now pressing upon me. none of the other 27 governments is doing that, nor should we do. >> dear oh dear we're not asking for details, we're asking about the central plan of the negotiations, and if you cannot give us an answer on the customs union as a whole. >> order. both the questions and answers will be heard, so if the juvenile behavior could stop, that would be really helpful. >> we don't get an answer on the whole of customs union. can i ask him a question about one specific point? since 1993 there have been no
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customs checks between the northern ireland and british public, in may he said if the u.k. was not part of the customs union they would have to be custom checks at the border. and he said, for anyone to pretend otherwise, would be, and i quote, flying in the face of reality. so, can he confirm that this remains the position and if that is right, he really must, today, make it clear that this is something that the government is determined to avoid. >> the prime minister and the secretary have repeatedly made it clear that we, as indeed as the irish government, want to see the very long-standing common travel arrangements and the free trade arrangements across the irish border continue. we are actively engaged in talking both to the northern ireland and to the government of the republic of ireland about those matters that is goodwill on all those sites that tries to
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reach the people that works north and south of the border. >> the leader of the mouse has made the familiar arguments that he can't give answers that is all to be resolved through negotiations, brex it means breakfast, and it means brexit. when he was asked about the customs union in september because he said, and i quote, we have looked at this matter carefully and that is exactly the sort of decision that we will resolve before we trigger article 50. so, if the government is going to decide the position on the -- this issue before march 31st, can the leader of the house confirm that the british people and the british parliament will be told some answers to my questions before they tell the rest of europe? >> mr. speaker, the answer sounds familiar it may be because we need some constant reputation before the honorable lady will understand.
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the government is at the moment, engaged in a consultation with more than 50 sectors of united kingdom business to ascertain precisely which aspects of european union membership work well for them, which they see as harmful, where the opportunities beyond the membership lie. we will come to a decision and we will go into negotiations on behalf of the full 100% of united kingdom population and all formations of the united kingdom. >> the fact is, and he knows it and we all know it, he can consult as much as we like, the answer will come back, we should be part of the customs union. it is hugely disappointing. on the day when the government is committing to greater transparency on its intentions, we're getting the usual stonewalling. we have a government that's promising to tell us the plan while refusing to give us answers to the most basic of
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questions. we have a government promising to give parliament to say, when they're spending, we don't know how much of taxpayer's money across the road and supreme court trying to stop parliament having a say on this. in short, we had a government that cannot tell us the plan, because they do not have a plan. they do not have a plan. in february, in february, the leader of the house said, when he was hering about from the leave campaign was confusing, contradictory, nonsense. my final question is this, are we hearing -- are we hearing anything different from this government today? >> mr. speaker, we will publish before article 50 is triggered, a statement about our negotiated strategy and objectives as the prime minister has said yesterday. but the honorable lady seems, again, to be in a state of utter
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denial about the consequences that flow from the referendum decision. no other eu government is seeking to reverse or question the legitimacy of that vote in the way that she and a number of colleagues are still trying to do. i'm afraid that just indicates, how distant the labor party is for any as spi ration. it's quarrelling by reshocked by the carry-on team. >> oh, that's a bunch -- i want to hear the words flowing. [ yeah ] there's no reason why the chair should be denied the hearing of these matters, it's very important for the leader.
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>> they are drifting on europe. it's little wonder that so many decent working people that they look to be their champion have given up in despair in returning to this party as authentic voice of working families. she dedicated her life to making sure that the people of this country and beyond know the horrors of the holocaust. last week that lady turned 90. and kitty hartroxon is with us
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today. well my friend, well my friend join with me, and i think the whole house, in wishing kitty a very happy belated birthday and thanking her for her lifetime of dedication to raising this important issue and also pay tribute to the holocaust educational trust to do everything possible. to do everything possible so that we all remember and witness the horrors of the worst part of the 20th century. >> first of all i'm grateful for raising issue and i would like to join him in marking the -- and to the holocaust educational
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trust. i can never forget the impact of discovering, as schoolboy, that two of the boys in my class have fathers who can survive. it is only a couple of generations ago. that europe was plunged into this unspeakable horror and it is important that not just the educational trust, but all of us play our part to ensure that the memory of the holocaust lives on and that the way the lessons of that dark period in our history are learned and i think i would be grateful to all members right across the house and all political parties for their support in working together to ensure this vital work continues. >> ms. robinson, so the most deprived communities in the country are in glasgow and today we learned that the government planned to close job centers in those various communities, in
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castle milk, and mary hill. is it true that the government is planning to close these important offices and add misery to the many tens of thousands of people in glasgow who currently use these centers? >> well, clearly the department work come pensions like every government department does look from time to time the state of the number of offices it had. the honorable makes a reasonable point on behalf of people in glasgow. i will ask my rival friend, the pension secretary to contact him with the details. >> ms. robinson, i'm sorry, mr. speaker, that's not good enough. the department. >> being heckled when dealing with communities that are so
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deprived, does not behold members well -- the leader of the house is correct to say that the department has plans to cut the estate by 20%. the dwp is planning to to glasgow is to cut it by 50%. why is this government planning to disproportion natalie cut vital job centers in some of the most deprived communities in our country. why? >> the key any element is not the number offices that should be. but about how suck -- accessible the office is and services they provide continue to be to the people they need to use them. and i am absolutely confident
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that it is that criterion that is the heart of my right honorable friends thinking, and planning for the future of offices in scotland and everywhere else in united kingdom. >> passengers of a chase line face chaos and in the autumn and this year it's been worse than ever. delayed counciled that over crowded trains, the passenger stranded at stations and being late for work in school. outline what measures the government is taking to penalize poor performing train operators? >> first of all, can i express my sympathy to my honorable friend to all passengers that come across these problems. it's important that the operator works hard to -- the government
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has introduced to ensure that rail passengers will claim compensation if their train is more than 15 minutes late but as the transport secretary said this today, more needs to be done and we ought to see much closer work, so this kind of problem can be resolved much more swiftly than in the past. >> tuz the leader of the house that brexit offers an opportunity to remove pesky emissions standards. in the red, white, and blue, will his government still commit to continue tough targets to protect our environment or global warming just become a load of hot air. >> indeed my right honorable
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friend played a key role in brokering the paris agreement, the first ever global agreement on climate change. we're going to be ahead in delivering on the portion of electricity provided by renewables in this country and continuing to work together. >> there's been much talk about p paying i think that's a very good idea, given that the united kingdom is the fifth biggest economy in the world, and we have a 70 billion pound trade deficit with the eu, would the excellent acting prime minister.
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>> i shall say thank you to my honorable friend for the upgrade or, although i don't very limited compliment. settlement at the end of our negotiation, which maintains maximum access to and freedom to operate within the european market for u.k. companies and european companies here in a interest, so i hope that will inspire negotiators on both sides. >> mr. speaker, how does closing most pride parts of the country, help, my constituents want to find it. traveling will increase cost and
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increase for saxes, why does this government continue to target the most vulnerable? >> and it is it has provided a boost to the pay of people to low pay to the introduction and national living wage. i wish prepare to welcome and celebrate those achievements. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as we're about to commence the most important negotiation for decades, it's my right honorable friend agree, that the government being forced to disclose each negotiation is rather like sharing your hand at cards to your opponents, before a game of poker. can i urge you to take no advice, they only have one card to play on this and it's always
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the joker. it will harm our national interest if we'll go into the negotiated position at the operation urges upon us. that is not how any of the other 27 governments are either acting or thinking and we should learn from that example. >> speaker, those agree that tonight's vote on the prime minister's amendment, which we fully support is a vote of the highest significant and great importance. for the first time honorable and honorable members will have the opportunity to vote on whether they respect the will of the people of the united kingdom and whether they'll get on in implements implementing it. who stands by respecting it. we'll also agree, that the more
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the more red white and blue makes it better for us. >> and so often makes a very powerful and important point. >> for members of this house to decide whether or not they support the government's timetable of triggering article 15 by the end of march 2017. and any right honorable member who votes against that motion will, in my view, seeking the out come of the ref.
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>> in dispute over pensions. these are people, more often than not, devoted their entire working lives to tending and to whom promises were made during privatization. can i ask that the leader of the house commence to sit down with the prime citizen ster and review the situation to ensure that those promises are being kept. >> on the matter for the company as the employer, but i can assure my friend, the defense secretary has been in close contact be awe throughout the process and also met the trade unions and he has now carefully considering recent developments to see what else might be done.
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>> the interest in after saying that me felt looking for work and seeking an apprenticeship. shortly before taking his own life, he told his mom, it's no surprise people commit suicide. will the leader of the house undertake a review into this individual case, but will he also undertake take stock of six years of brutal welfare and look at the way treats more most vulnerable situation. >> mr. speaker, can i first, also, express unreserved sympathy for the family of david brown. no family should have to go through that kind of shocking experience.
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now, clearly human beings in any -- to take decisions to get things wrong, and i will ask the department to have a look at the particular case that she has described. kind of disciplines that apply to work in work even if they are on low play, there is a principle that lies a behind the approach that dwp takes. thank you, mr. speaker. applaud for government of all. as the committee on community engagement, the 150 has less than 4% of individuals from an
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ethnic minority on this course. will the government support a vision to help increase to 10% by 2021. >> that's why we're business led initiative chaired by sir john parker, we encourage businesses to act on sir john's recommendations. >> tracy. >> thank you mr. speaker. a recent foi has showed the hospital of destined for their a and e department to reduce the hospital in my constituency, 61 times in the past 12 months, a hospital schedules the downgrade last year, in light of the evidence showing the currently code, will the leader of the house plan urgent support from the government to keep a and e
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open. >> which is why it. >> within the fourth hour target. >> with the ccgs for the people that actually manage and understand what is needed in each locality. the local authority through its health committee has the right to call in, propose changes to services and refer them to the secretary of state if they're uncomfortable with them. >> thank you. mr. speaker. i know my honorable friend will share with me the importance and that's in conjunction with the
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language makes as. >> language broadcasting and to ceiling, i'm pleased to see the license fee settlement that we agreed has given financial certainty protecting the funding it more than 74 million a year for the next five years and we're absolutely committed to ensure that the channel continues to make first class shows and, sir, well speaking audiences in the constituency and that matter right across the uk. >> had this government made to
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the authority on the militaries in this regard. >> that there usz a -- that there's a long history of discrimination against the people -- both british ministers and the british embassy, the officials in london make our concern very clear in regular intervals. and two others currently under inspection. >> it took the bbc to provoke the action that was desperately needed, does the leader of the house agree with me, that it's time to review the role to ensure the families raised are
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properly addressed? >> well said. >> i think that the people deserve the highest quality care possible, there's no excuse the service is for short of expectations in the way that my honorable friend has described. now the cqc does have extensive powers to ensure that nobody in the chain of responsibility is immune against legal accountability. and i will expect the cqc to exercise those powers in full, in this case, but he has made some criticisms of the cqc and the government has been looking into ways to improve its processes and increase its sufficiency and my honorable the friend, discussed this issue with the cqc earlier today. >> davis.
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>> we're confident that it can be carried out in a way that's safe but which also provides job opportunities for this country and makes this country less dependent upon imported imaging. >> mr. speaker -- i expect my rights honorable friend will be astonished if not to learn that a succession of journalists from the bbc have contacted me seeking to create a manufacture
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stories of back bench rebellion on the issue. >> will he agree with me, the controversial issues, the bb should stick to the charter and on accuracy and impartiality instead of seeking to create problems for the government. >> i'm sure that my honorable friend is shocked, shocked after the thought anybody could look to him as a source of information about defending against government. i hope he'll be able to find some comfort in the fact that the new charge agreement will call to deliver impartial news, the very first time impartiality
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has been inshrined in the mission. >> mr. speaker, having now received the response from the prime minister and with my request for the children's federal fund, i was disturbed to be told that the social fund could provide, and i quote, a simpler and respectful, the answer is both insensitive and taught any understanding of my original request. has the leader of the house had the authority to facilitate between myself, other bereaved mothers so that we can explain to the prime minister exactly what it is that we're asking for. >> here, here. >> this request is important to us as parents, many in this house and from my -- very very many people and organizations throughout this country. >> here.
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>> i think all of us will want to pay respect to and have sympathy with the member of the east and she speaks there are mechanisms in place and local authorities are, of course, free and many of them do wave funeral fees for child burials. i will talk to my colleagues about the honorable lady's request for a meeting and i'm sure she'll receive response for that. >> good training, vital for our constituents to get to work. it's incredible frustrating they operate 63 services a day between bristol, but only three stop ton the way with the city. with my right honorable friend therefore ensure and extending
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the train operators do not allow cross country to be avoided at all cost and oblige them to deliver a service that every city deserves. >> well, i say -- he's speaking of strongly on behalf of his -- any of us knows it's a place you want to be able to visit frequently and easily. the government is investing record amounts in improving our railways and in regard to this particular case, to transport ministers are working with cross country and great western to see how the service can be improved. order.
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