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here on c-span prime minister' questions is next from the british house of commons. that is followed by presidential candidate hillary clinton, bernie sanders, and martin hofmente maly at a democratic fundraiser in manchester, new hampshire. later some of this year's tech crunch disrupt conference in san francisco with innovators and entrepreneurs from the tech ndustry. on wednesday prime minister david cameron took questions from members of parliament about the upcoming climate talks in paris and the u.k. strategy for combating isis in syria. >> order. questions for the prime minister.
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ms. bruce: if he will list his official engagements for wednesday, november 25? >> hear, hear. mr. cameron: thank you, mr. speaker. before i start, i would like to say something. many in this house and watching at home know from "yes, prime minister" the central role that bernard, the prime minister's principal private secretary, plays in the life of the prime minister and of number 10 downing street. well, this morning, my bernard, my principal private secretary, chris martin, died of cancer. chris martin was only 42. he was one of the most loyal, hard-working, dedicated public servants that i have ever come across. i have no idea what his politics were, but he would go to the ends of the earth and back again for his prime minister, for number 10, and for the team he worked for, and today, we are leaving the seat in the officials' box empty as a mark of respect to him. a we think of his wife, zoe, his family, and number 10 is rather like a family, and we feel we have lost someone rather between
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a father and a brother to all of us, and whatever happens, we will never forget him. this morning, i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and in addition to my duties in this house, i will have further such meetings today. ms. bruce: may i first echo the prime minister's sentiment regarding the passing of chris martin? and i am sure that all members will send their heartfelt thoughts and prayers today, and we would be grateful if they will be conveyed to the family at this time. visyon, the excellent children's mental health charity in congleton, is telling me that the lack of a secure family life is a root cause of many of the problems experienced by the children it helps. the prime minister is a champion of family life, so can he confirm that the announcements to be made later today will be about the security and family relationships and opportunities for vulnerable children? children. >> well, i thank my honorable friend for her remarks. she's absolutely rights that family are the best welfare
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state that we have. they bring up our children, they teach us the right values and care for us when we are sick and well. we want to help families and the chance we have time to boost living wage and reduce tax for working people, and as i said before, all policies should pass the test for helping british families. >> thank you, mr. speaker, on behalf of the opposition i would like to express my condole -- condolences. i'm glad he was able to visit him at the time. also on behalf of many member that is worked with chris martin appreciate very much the professional work he did in the highest and best traditions of the civil service in this country and if our condolences can be passed on, that would be
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very helpful. with the paris climate talks just days away will the prime minister join me in commending the council? >> well, i certainly commend all councils in want to go protogreen energy and we've made the fees in tariffs to help with solar power and also wind power. we will be taking part of the paris climate talks because it's absolutely vital to get the deal . we saw something in installation of renewable electricity. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the commitment of those labor counsels is a bit of a contrast to the prime minister's performance but used to tell us
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that his was the greenest government ever, does he remember those days? does he agree with the energy sector that england is to mistarget of getting 50% of renewables by 2020. >> fist of all, i believe that the last federal government does rightly claim that record, the world's first green investment. contributing to deal that means we go to the climate change in paris and the ability to say to other countries that they should step up to the plait. also in the last parliament we spent records sum helping developing countries to go green and in the next five years we are going to be spending $9 billion on helping other countries, which should be crucial in building the paris deal next week. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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the problem with the prime minister answer is that the gap between 2020 targets is the biggest in the european union. and some of his decisions he's made recently such as cutting support for solar panels and home in industrial projects, scrapping the green deal, putting new tax on renewable, increasing diesel generators, any wonder that the chief scientists in the environment program has criticized britain for going backwards on renewable energy? >> it makes the point of solar panels. when the cost of manufacturing solar panels, it's right to reduce subsidy.
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something i seem the labour party making. i think you can see the right balance between affordable energy and making sure we meet our green target. that's what we are committed to. in addition to that, building the first nuclear station for decades in our country, something that the labour party talked a lot about in government but weren't putting into action when government. [shouting] >> in the past few weeks a thousand jobs have been lost in solar companies in britain as they've gone, i've got a question from some solar benefiters, cutting fees and tariffs means you are stopping solar projects that will help in giving jobs. why do you want to throw all this away? >> we are doubling investment in
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renewable energy in this parliament, as for solar panels, i think i'm right in saying over a million homes were fitted with solar panels. it's right that we go on supporting that industry but we should do it recognizing that the cost of manufacturing solar panels has plummeted. [shouting] >> that's not much help to those who are losing the jobs at the solar industry at the present time, however, i would like to ask the prime minister something else. today is the international day for the elimination of violiendz against women, on average two women are killed by current or former partner. can the prime minister refer to one-third have now been turned
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away? >> we have put more money into refugees and the chance that we will have something to say about funding women's charities in his statement, the government has a good record in helping women and making sure that the crime of domestic violence is investigated by police and prosecuted in our courts. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the late marshall who was chief executive, she said, if you're a woman who has experienced some sort of violence, i believe you have the right to the very best service and the community owes you an opportunity to recover. in 2012 his government, prime minister government signed con
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combating violence against women and domestic violence, this would make witness support statutory. can the prime minister please tell the house when he will ratify the convention. >> in the statement you'll hear in a minute, we are actually going to be putting more money into women's charities including charities that fight domestic violence, that fight rape and that make sure we cut out these crimes in our country. don't just happen in nigerian countries in north africa, they happen in this country as well. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have many constituents desperate to be able to own
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their own home. many of them are low income and mortgage will be significantly lower than rental payment, sometimes 50% lower. will see affordable housing of many people in this country. [shouting] >> clearly there are lots of individual interventions we can make, basically put buying homes in the reach of many more people by reducing the deposits they need. we will help use to save. we are con tribe -- contributing every time they make a saving. crucially by maintaining a strong, secure and stable economy with low interest rates so people can afford to take out
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a mortgage. [shouting] >> may i begin by associating with the cndolences last week,i am aware of the loss to him. the escalation in syria are clear for everybody to see in these days. all observers agreed that an air campaign alone will not lead to ultimate defeat of daesh. how many troops and for which countries does the prime minister have in its plan for syria? >> first of all, can i thank for his remarks about chris martin who i know helped all parties in the house when they had inquiries. let me deal directly with the syria issue and the question he asked. this is so crucial. i'm not for one mint arguing that action from the air alone can solve the very serious
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problem with isil. clearly we need a settlement in syria and a government that can act with us against isil. the question for the house which we need to address tomorrow and the days to come is should we wait for that, can we afford for that political settlement before we act. my view is no we can't wait. we should work as hard as we can for it but we should be acting now with allies because it's about keeping our own people and our own country safe. now you asked about ground troops. the fact is there are troops in syria, the syrian army and kurdish that will work with us to help eliminate isil. the full range of ground troops will be available when there's a political settlement in syria. the question is simple. can we afford to wait before taking actions to keep us safe here at home. my answer to that is no, we can't afford to wait. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, at the united
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kingdom spent 13 times more bombing libya than investing overthrow of go ghedafi regime. >> obviously we have one of the largest development budgets in the world as the support given to syrian refugees which stands at 1.2 billion pounds demonstrate and clearly part of our plan which i will set out tomorrow in a statement in this house will be to help fund the reconstruction of syria along side political deal we think it's necessary. i would spend the money reinstructing syria than supporting people kept away from their homes, kept away from their countries that dearly want to return. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i know that my friend is aware
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of the course of concern surrounding the conviction of alexander blackman, commission officer who was shot fatally in afghanistan. if there's, indeed, more evidence that has been a miscarriage of justice would my friend agree with me that this matter should be locked -- looked at again? >> this is exactly what the criminal cases review to look at, miscarriage of justice. as he knows, we gave the naval services so there is proper disclosure in this case and his legal team said they are looking at the option of apply to go criminal cases review commission. let me say while we are on this point that our marines have a worldwide reputation as one of the world's elite fighting forces that made an incredible
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success, incredible contribution to our country and we should pay transcribe out to them. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. the government handling of sexual abuse has done little to instill public so far. what might -- [inaudible] >> all of the submitted through websites. [inaudible] >> can the prime minister please tell the house what is the independent investigation has taken place to establish the cause of the data loss and to establish -- [shouting] >> well, first of all, i'm sure the whole house will welcome the fact that the inquiry is up and running and the best way to get justice to the victims is make sure we have the independent inquiry that we have spoken about, as for the specific issue
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that she raises, that is a matter for the inquiry that's further detail, i will certainly write to her, what matters is that the inquiry is up and running. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. 3 thousand jobs per lost under labour. this year we celebrate the 10,000 new jobs. [shouting] >> mr. prime minister agrees that once again newark leads the way. [shouting] >> i'm delighted that newark has met landmark and it's worth remembering that the 10,000 people each with a job with a likelihood, a chance to support their families. i well remember visiting my honorable kansas constituency.
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i do recognize that as business we called no how last week a creation of over 800 jobs to newark leads, others will follow. >> has the prime minister ever heard of alan -- [inaudible] >> these were all teenagers stabbed to death in the last year. vasso was murdered just two days ago. given the growing culture of drugs, gangs, does the prime minister really think that it's in the interest of my constituents for the safety and security to cut the metropolitan police? >> every life lost in the way that she talks about is a tragedy and many of the lives have been lost because of drugs, gangs and night crime. overall night crime has come
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down in the last years but there's too many people carrying a knife and not recognizing that not only it's against the law but an enormous danger to themselves and others. we will continue to tough approach on night crime with the work we are doing to break up gangs and the work of problems with drugs. when it comes to policing, what we've seen in london is increase in neighborhood police, they have done a good job putting police on our streets. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. after many years of neglect -- [shouting] >> ambitious and become a center for the uk. indeed to be location of the
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board. would you agree with me that onwquay is a very good place for it? [shouting] >> making sure it gets the assistance and resources and the help that it needs, i'm a strong supporter of newquay airport. it provides the opportunity for businesses. we want to become the european for space flight which will help protect further investment. there are a number of other airports in the running so i wish them all well and i can tell them we are aim to go launch the selection process next year. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the government denies disagrees on much about what constitutes progress on gender equality but i agreed with the prime minister that changed law on mothers, i've heard nothing since and i
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wonder first-degree the prime minister agreed with me that with fast approaching of my mother, i would like to be valued as equally and her life as my husband, will the prime minister take this important symbolic step to ensure that they are not written out of history. >> this is an area where the honorable lady and i agree and my understanding that the proposals for legislation have gone to the relevant committee in government and she's made a very articulate case for why that bill should be included in the next session. >> thank you, mr. speaker. will the prime minister join with me in commending the french government for facing down terror, continuing with the climate summit in paris next week and enroll -- acknowledge roll of the legislators and would agree with me that the personal presence in paris sends a message out to the world of
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our continuing commitment to the lasting deal. >> i will be going to paris to the start of vital conference. to bring about this deal, as i've said what we put on the table in terms of climate finance over $9 billion it's the most generous offers. we are going to see china and america to a deal, that means that much more are going to be covered by this deal. we are going to make sure it's a good deal in the way of tightening any deal. that's the task. no one should be in any doubt britain is playing a leading role and has led by example and with money. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, there will never
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be a future without steel. he would send a clear signal today to those potential investors in steel industry that he'll do whatever it takes too get sustainable cutting edge steel energy in the future. we want to see more steel use stamped with made in britain. [shouting] >> i completely agree with the honorable lady. that's why we are taking action on procurement and when you look at what we've done through our navy and can do through rail track and other organizations, we should back british steel. we are going to be exempting heavy energy users like british steel from the higher electricity charges. this does go by the question of the leader of opposition. if we push out bills for everybody else, it costs more to exempt the high energy uses. that's why you need a balanced program, whatever we can do to
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help british steel including a very clear infrastructure plan that you'll be hearing about a bit more in a minute is also in the good. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. in 2010 unemployment around 5% of the working population. it's now dropped to 1.6%. [shouting] >> i'm sure my friend agrees with me that in order to help those people to boost productivity and wages like wild forest, we need to offer more opportunities for skills training. does my right honorable friend agree with me, what more can the government offer in order to help places like wyre forest? >> all people should have a choice of either taking an apprenticeship and we are planning for 3 million in this parliament, all be able to go to our universities. we don't want anybody left
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behind. everybody should have the right. he's right that unemployment has fallen in his constituency. the fact is that britain over those five years has grown as fast as any other g7 country in terms of our economic performance and you can now look back and see that the decisions made in 2010, 2011, 2012, difficult decisions but they lay the platform for sustained economic job growth. >> mr. speaker, education is facing a funding and school place crisis and we remain at the bottom of the tables. children cannot be failed any longer. so will the prime minister support my call for a challenge based on the highly successful london challenge and will he stop the dangerous changes to the schools funding formula that will drag the children of bradford further into the land
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of inequality, despair and neglect? >> we made commitments in the last election about funding schools and we will be keeping those commitments. not just the revenue that we provide to schools, but also spending much more on new school places in this parliament than in the parliament that proceeded me becoming prime minister. we are also helping with building new academy chains, new free schools and they're available for his constituency as well as others. >> would the prime minister agree with me that the turmoil in northern iraq and syria gives opportunities to resolve long-standing international dispute, not the least with russia and don't he agree with me that the attack on the russian bomber, something that never happened in the whole duiration of the cold war was disproportionally that we do not
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get into a conflict with russia over syria? >> what i say to my honorable friend, i think there are opportunities for discussions with russia about the agenda in syria, which is about a political transition so there can be a government that represents all people of syria, and i had the conversation with putin last week. he mentioned the issue of the down russian jet. the facts are not clear. we should respect turkey's right to protect our airspace just as we defend our own. it's important that we goat to the bottom of what happened. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. will he give an undertake to go restore cuts to the police and emergency services to ensure that our public are protected?
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>> not at least because we protect policing and we had a funding situation with the police that enabled them to help in the cut of crime at 31% since i became prime minister. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. a drunk driver destroyed the lives of ms. jones, he was sentenced to just a 3-year driving ban and a fine. weeks later to be removed, would my honorable -- [inaudible] >> part of the sentence should never be removed to allow criminals to go on holiday. >> i will look at this very
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carefully. let me express my sympathy to the victims and the family. it's always very difficult to comment on individual cases because i wasn't sitting in the courthouse, but the point seems to be very powerful. i think he's making a strong case. [shouting] >> resembling the central europe, minorities being the find themselves under more camp- [inaudible] [shouting] >> what i would say to the honorable gentleman, we will set out the arguments clearly
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tomorrow, but there's a clear and present danger to the united kingdom of isil based in iraq, based in syria planning attacks against our country today. now we don't live in a perfect world and we can't deliver a perfect strategy but we can deliver a clear long-term strategy that will work. he talks about the lessons we learned from the last century. ..
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>> i think she's right to highlight the friends and family test. it is a simple way of measuring whether our hospitals are getting great care and i think it's been a real advance in our nhs to have the. as well as good schemes as well as good schemes mature you want your friends and family treated in hospital we need to provide the resources for the hospital and that's exactly what we are doing. crucially on childbirth it's not often i stay here and quote the "daily mirror" but it is worth looking at what they are racing about the importance of a seven-day nhs and making sure we have high standards across our nhs every day of the week as well as the extra money this
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government is putting in, the seven-day nhs is also going to be a much stronger nhs. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the fund supports important local projects in my constituency including the gates, a small children's playground and partial limits aid projects indeed which played an essential role in the committee supporting the movable people this government has left behind. will the prime minister join with me in congratulating his local projects on the work and reassure the house about this government will protect their current level of national lottery funding earmarked for community projects? >> i can tell the honorable lady we will be protecting the big lottery fund. a dozen excellent job but i'm afraid i can't resist the .1 of the things that the united kingdom brings is a bigger national lottery, a bigger pot that c

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