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is in recess, so prime minister's questions will not be shown tonight. instead, we will take a look at some of the major events in the british parliament since january. that were featured in the bbc's westminster interview special. after that, check prime minister talks about the state of the 11:00,n union, and at another chance to see the students of the united states in a youth program on q&a. >> coming up, u.k. votes whether to be in and out of europe. a battle.
tax credits would be phased in for new arrivals. details finalized, he came back to comments concerning referendum would be held on june 23. >> we be in parts of europe that work for us, influencing decisions that affect us, and driving seat of worlds biggest single market. ability to take action to keep our people safe. the parts oft of europe that do not work for us. out of the euro, out of euros m. out of passport borders. permanently and legally protected from ever being part of a closer union. >> finished on personal note. i believe choice is being an even greater britain and cider reforms eu or a great leap into the unknown. challenges facing west today are genuinely threatening. used andputin in the
extremism to the south. in my view this is no time to divide the west. i am not standing for reelection. i have no other agenda, i have no other agenda than what is best for our country. i'm standing here telling you what i think. my responsibility is prime minister is to speak plainly about what i believe is right for country. that is what i will do every day for the next four months. i commend the state to add -- changes do nothing to address real challenges of low paid. undercutting of wages. industry pay agreements. would not put a penny in pockets of workers. nor stopping grotesque is quotation of many migrant
workers. >> scotland is a european nation. we will campaign positively to remain within the eu, hopefully the prime minister can confirm today that he will reject the tactics of project fear. >> [indiscernible] they still return sovereignty. this deal brings back welfare powers. >> brings back immigration powers. brings back -- powers. more than that, because the cars as forever as closer union,
means ratchet of european court taking power away from country cannot happen in future. >> [indiscernible] >> we fundamentally disagree. -- [indiscernible] be around, that would 750,000. size of the city of leeds. everything years. surely that is unsustainable. and debate on parliamentary sovereignty, conservative eurosceptics made their opposition to the deal before them. >> we have reached point of no return. we have to say no. we have to lead. that is position. don't is that anymore. --s is about the limited limits of country. >> let me conclude on noted
freedom. with words of john milton. [indiscernible] noble -- nation. [indiscernible] when we spoke those words, he spoke in defense of freedom and truth. genius of our country. >> opinion in conservative party is clearly divided. eu, are for staying in the house of lords more per european. when the chance to discuss, former eu commissioner supported
deal david cameron had done. beonce it is cut, there will no turning back. be -- leave the european union and for economic and trade purposes, be treated as if we are still in it. on is capable fact of what we are facing. to case for -- and seems rest on strangely old-fashioned view of sovereignty. the days when -- power arrested a nationstate. no longer true. more power resting on global stage today will affect the lives of ordinary citizens, invested in institutions of nationstates like ourselves. >> i have come to conclusion the european union and present form is a failing project. it is making its inhabitants for
than they should be. and because it is failing, contrary to what is been said by some of your lordship's this afternoon, to keep its people safe. on reforms eu no control of borders. subject to bureaucrats, we cannot -- made clear they do not care what we think. 195 sovereign nations in the world, 167 manage without being members of the year. withdraw from the eu is the save option. our continued membership is a further leap into economic chaos created by the euro and a controlled migration. >> lord stevens. a little bit like birthdays, they come around much more often the older you get. mid-march, budget delivered.
proved to be most divisive for his government. stepping into political spotlight, chancellor flagged announcement has budget for next generation. many conflicting pressures on george osborne ahead of big day. sagging growth predictions on one hand, demands to raise unpopular taxes on the other. be underr was said to orders not to provide products for parties euro skeptics. making this budget even more of a political and financial balancing act than ever before. >> this in our country would not repeat the mistakes of the past. today, we maintain that commitment to long-term stability in challenging times. decisive action to achieve a 10 billion surplus that we do not pay later. but the next generation first. >> and eye-catching proposal to put a tax on soft drinks.
and a tax cut for business. invest inple to business and how great jobs. to encourage that is to let them keep more of their -- and that investment is successful. capital gains taxes the highest in the developed world, and we monitor taxes to be among the lowest. headline rates of capital gains currently stands at 20%. today, i'm cutting it to 20%. tax, 18% to just 10%. >> an increase in income tax virtual. increase in the amount people could earn before paying higher income tax. >> another commitment. to increase the threshold to which people pay the higher rates of tax. threshold stands at 42,385 pounds per month -- year. april next year, increasing high rate threshold to 45,000 pounds.
400 pounds a year, will save half a million people who should never have been paying the higher rates out of the higher rate values. [indiscernible] this is a budget against investors investing, -- working people, low tax enterprise driven secure, strong in the world. generation first. mps made their cases, but their initial -- overshadowed. became clear that the chancellor was proposing to cut taxes while at the same time planning to pounds from payments known as tips to most disabled people. move provoked a critical
newspaper headline, disquiet among conservative back benches, and an immediate rebuke from labor. >> this budget has -- [indiscernible] paid for by those who can least afford it. he cannot have made his priorities clear. while half a million people with disabilities are losing over a billion pounds, and permanent -- personal independence payments, corporations taxes have been cut and billions have handed out in tax cuts to the very wealthy. [indiscernible] left without proper care, every sewing pool with reduced opening hours are close altogether. a direct result of government underfunding. [indiscernible]
underemployment, and insecurity. years,e past six chancellor has set targets. deficit. on productivity. manufacturing construction. exports. he has failed and all of them. and he is feeling this country. >> this is all about political choices. [indiscernible] that would be sensible to me and the productive thing to do. the chancellor and his government have gone against that one more time. he may sell that to backbenchers, but not in scotland. >> as it turned out, the person
george osborne cannot close budget to was a cabinet colleague in duncan smith. the man wishing is taken -- working as pensions secretary dramatically resigned two days later. attack on budget. foran smith describes plans multibillion pound savings on disability benefit as indefensible. decision of the eurosceptic and former conservative party leaders to quit dealt a huge lead to government. prime minister david cameron was in comments on monday to make statements on migration. take time to give a robust defense of government and direction. despite the town of resignation letter, prime minister pay tribute. friends spend almost a decade campaigning for welfare reform and improving people's life chances.
the last six years implementing those policies and government. in that time, we've seen nearly half a million children living and work was households. over one million fewer people on out of her benefits, and nearly 2.4 million people and work. he contributed and nervous amount to the work of the government and can be proud of what he achieved. government vowed to pressure from mps across comments including some of its own. agree to cuts in women sanitary products and solar panels. newly installed work and pensions secretary stephen crabb confirms proposed cuts to payments of some disabled people. and other welfare cuts plans. less than a week after he delivered his budget, george osborne took the unusual step of coming back to the comments to wind up the budget debate. began by praising ian duncan smith. >> i'm sorry that my friend
chose to leave the government. we recognizes achievements in helping to make work pay, protecting vulnerable, and breaking decades-old cycle of welfare. concerned he was reversing plans cuts to personal independence payments. from 155 billion pounds weekend office to 55 billion pounds next year. false every year. higher spending on disability will be reflected in the autumn statement forecast, and we do not propose to make any further changes ahead of that. these are the changes that you can afford to absorb when you are getting public spending under control, -- >> if it's a symbol to absorb this change, why on earth did he put in the first place -- [indiscernible]
>> if you take decisions to control welfare spending and public expenditure, you destroy the nation's finances and the people who suffer are precisely the most honorable in society, so yes, we have taken pivotal decisions where we have not gotten the right we have listened and we have learned, but if we had not taken all of these decisions the country would be an even bigger mess than now. >> george osborne's labor shadow was unrelenting. >>. in my view, the behavior the chancellor over the last 11 days called into question his fitness for the office he now has. what we have seen is not the actions of chancellor, as seen in the government. manipulations -- [indiscernible] >> dramatic few months for
government. confirmation of referendum on europe, and our budget. need to discuss it is parliamentary correspondent. europe,n't talk about with reverend conservative party and labour party have completely reversed to their positions. how strong is your skepticism in the conservative party now? >> your right to say that change position. 1980's, labor was the eurosceptic party and conservatives are very pro-europe. --have seen change and when 21 was prime minister yusor april european atomic conservatives were becoming increasingly eurosceptic. what we have seen in 2010 and 2015 is the new generation of conservative mps are much more eurosceptic than their predecessors. that conservatives are eurosceptic and as we have seen in the last few weeks, for
some that means that they're willing to campaign for the u.k. to leave the european union. mps may describe themselves as eurosceptic to some degree, almost half of light to leave the year. >> what about labour party? they have been quieter on european issue. >> labour party still has eurosceptics and some are those people are very vocal. as a whole, the parties position is that it once the u.k. to stay in the european union. you are right, we have not seen much of an effort by the labour party to capitalize upon the debate that is going on within the conservative ranks, and is not an issue that labor has really pushed in parliament. outside parliament, there people ,nvolved in referendum campaign but inside parliament, not seen many challenges to the government over conservative split on europe which we have seen emerging last few weeks.
george osborne counted as tactician and political chancellor. how is it all going so wrong for him? >> they say he is a great strategist and he can think ahead, one of the things that his critics say is that sometimes has a bit of a -- and he does not always understand how things will go down in the country. things can look very -- on paper and the treasury sometimes don't go down well in the media. we have seen that before. famous tax, and caravan tax. and problems he has had. budget, with latest what he hoped we would be talking about, sugar tax, instead, turned into a big row about changes to welfare budget. of course, most damaging things for george osborne was the fact that many critics were not on opposition, but from his own side. yes, carolyn at.
roller coaster career. difficult time for transfer. >> for now, thank you. looking at some of the other stories from around westminster. government told latest bill to give new surveillance power to security services is fantastically intrusive. investigator he powers bill means that for the first time judges will approve interception. secretary says that thinks numerous reports and inquiries, original bill has been improved. criminals operating online with reach and scale that never existed before. explaining technological benefits of modern age, for own twisted ends. they will continue to do so as long as it gives them an advantage. able to keep pace. >> they may turn to a controversial measure.
>> the only new power's ability to require communication service providers to retain records. after consultation with provider in question. clear, internet connection records to not provide access to a person's all browsing history. internet connection record is a record of what internet services a device or person is connected to. not every webpage they have visited. >> it's time to a politics aside. find point of balance between privacy and security. to commandsge, broad public support. >> powers authorized by bill are formidable incapable of misuse. an absence every 10 constitution, only the subjective -- necessity and proportionality standard way of misuse.
bill should be far explicit. powers are exception. from standing principles of privacy and must never become the norm. of thousands of women born in the 1950's are facing hardships. following decision to legalize the state pension age with men. in the 1990's, government agreed that women and men should both retire at 65 years old. ministers then raise the age to 66 years old. 2011, it is changed. in the, and he say that women born in 1950's did not make extra savings. they demanded the government makes so-called transitional arrangements. >> [indiscernible] they did not make the response will decisions that got us here. , fully understand the question
believe it has to come out of pensions of older woman. women born in the 1950's, -- [indiscernible] without protection of 1974 pay act. many of those women carried works in lower rate of men for no other reason than that they were women. pay gap is widest for many women and discussion today. time thatforget the many of them have taken to bring up children and not even had the chance to contribution to occupational -- make this on political basis. after 1995, 13at years of labor government, and i pensions during labor menstruation and they
failed to do anything. conveniently -- [indiscernible] goshould they be changed to activities around prostitution are legal. searches curb crawling. the active exchanging money for sex is legal. campaigners say that people who buy sex should be criminalized. committee heard powerful testimony from a woman who was a sex worker for six years. >> [indiscernible] >> another witness one of protection, not commercialization. are -- work workers together for safety. [indiscernible]
this is the only industry in the u.k. that i can think of which compels me as a woman to work alone. a deal has finally been reached between the west minister governments over scottish funding. after months of haggling, ministers settle financial bill which will accompany new tax powers. first minister made announcement to msp's. >> i have been clear throughout that i would not sign off to a systematic cut to scotland's budget, whether the cut is being applied today or by prejudged review. during course of afternoon, negotiations continued. i have spoken to chancellor. as a result, i can report to parliament that there is no agreement in principle on that i believe that i can recommend to
parliament -- leader race to the bill at david cameron. he said it was an excellent over scotland and the rest of the united kingdom. >> for those that want to keep united kingdom together, what we have just a mistreated is that you can have full on evolution and a powerhouse parliament was a fair fiscal settlement inside the united kingdom. i think that is something to be celebrated. now we move to a situation where the scottish government and the scottish parliament will have to start talking about policies and decisions rather than processes. >> drama in welsh assembly when a bill bans e-cigarettes in public places was tried on final that. despite cross party support, many of measures in the bill, a deal between labor government collapsed. voted against the bill in a last-minute move. leaving assembly with ties, 26-26. the casting vote was a presiding
officer obliged to maintain status quo. still to come, trouble for government over welfare, trade unions, sunday shopping. sunday, manyon a sectors of sessions work on sunday. >> follow argument, those on the internet between midnight and 3:00 a.m., is that an argument? >> before that, it has been a typical couple of months for the health secretary jeremy hunt. in dispute with england's junior doctors, and plans for seven-day nhs. and lunchprotests industrial action and long-running fight. february, doctors union projected final take it or leave
it offer. jeremy hunt came the, then announced the government would impose new contracts engineer doctors. >> under existing contract, doctors receive same pay for working quite different amounts of unsocial hours. doctors networking nights can be paid the same as those who do. and if one doctor works just one hour over the maximum shift it can trigger a 66% pay rise for all doctors on that. three courses of doctors will see a pay rise and no training working within contracted hours will have pay cut. >> jeremy hunt announces review in two ways to improve dr. morale. opposition was skating. >> [indiscernible] the failure to listen to junior doctors is deeply dubious. misrepresentation of research.
and desire to make contract negotiations into a symbolic fight for delivery of seven-day services. unprecedented situation my lifetime. >> many doctors what had to countries that austria. >> earlier this week said that nearly 90% of junior doctors are prepared to leave the nhs of a contract is imposed. how does the health secretary proposed to deliver seven-day services with 1/10 of the workforce?ior doctor how can it possibly re-be right for us to train did your doctors and consultants of tamale to be exporting them to the southern hemisphere? it spilled over into pm qs. jeremy corbyn turned his fire on the state of the nhs, and david cameron. >> and prime minister's own local nhs trust, overspend on
staffing costs by 11 million pounds this year. yet, spend 30 million pounds on agency staff. while the chair of the oxford campaign write another letter to --self asking his local asking constituents and health secretary to intervene and support his local nhs? >> david cameron stood up and said he was proud of oxford and the people who worked in nhs. someone shouted ask his mom and a reference to the fact that his mother signed up attention of jet team to cut in the areas. prime minister will be taking that lying down. >> as my mother? i think i know my mother would say, she would say, put on a proper suit, to appear tie. >> cheering and jeering continued for some time. we're talking of motherly
advice, my late mother would have said, stand up for the principle of a health service. that is what she dedicated her life to. as did many of her generation. asmother theme continued david cameron set out what government was doing for the nhs. >> when you look nhs today, and my mother is equally proud of nhs as i am, and i know that she would be pleased to know that 1.9 million more people going to a any, 1.6 million more operations. 10 thousands of antiwar doctors, 11,800 more nurses, and i have to say if -- was here today, he would want a seven-day nhs because he knew that nhs was for patients up and down our country. >> [indiscernible] here be turning in his grave if he could hear that.
demand -- to -- my corbyn went on >> if they truly seven-day nhs is wanted, we need more nurses, more porters, more radio officers. all the other vital workers. ,ill the prime minister now today, commit to publishing the department of health analysis of the real cost of introducing a 7-day nhs and will he be prepared to pay for it rather than picking a fight with the junior doctors who want to deliver? >> what is not clear is whether or not labor support a 7-day nhs, or not. nhs,we do support a 7-day and that is what we are putting in the 10 billion pounds, that is what we are putting in 10,000 more doctors, putting in 11,000 more nurses and crucially, that
is why we are looking at the contracts in the nhs to make sure it can work on a more seven-day basis. we cannot just get ill monday through friday. i want a world-class nhs. we are funding a world-class nhs. we have world-class people working in an era just read and together we will build that 7-day nhs. sister of british man thought to have appeared in a murder video produced by so-called islamic state has been talking in parliament about her brother. in the video, a man with a much accent insulted by minister before executing five-minute accused of spying against i.s.. -- fledthought to be britain 2014 while on bail. he had been arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism. the managed to leave you can travel to syria. his sister appeared before the home affairs committee. >> the last time i saw him was
in september of 2014, and he seemed to me to be ok. [indiscernible] practicing, he kept his political movements private. >> he did not discuss it with you all? >> [indiscernible] he went by another name until yet left. so?irst reaction was i don't know who that is. explore --ry and reason to be a good man. daesh? er supporting beheading,and [indiscernible]
>> [indiscernible] he is my brother. activity -- i know that maybe hard to believe, but that is -- i grew up with a different person. >> the threat of terrorism continues in europe. in mid-march, chief suspect in the paris attacks was wounded and arrested in a raid in brussels. he had been on the run since the
attacks in november which left 130 people dead. just days later, brussels was hit with explosions and its airports and metro system. appearing before a committee of mps of yards later, on secretary gave her response. >> prime minister spoke to michelle, and support of my counterparts. we stand together against the terrace and they will not win. steps taking a cautionary for public safety and to provide public reassurance. we are caring out more intensive checks at u.k. border and kidding greater searching of vehicles. vehicle searched on the greater numbers of officers on duty. we're doing everything that we can to help belgian authorities to work with international partners and to keep people this country safe and secure. >> 2016 marks the anniversary of the civil war in syria. more than 250,000 people have lost their lives and millions of
others have been forced from their homes. pro-democracy protest directed in march of 2011 in the south, but the conflict between the demonstrators and the president bashir al-assad have been further complicated by the rise of the jihadist group so-called islamic state. ininternational effort to the efforts continue, russia's and in planes to short the president and then to the surprise of diplomatic immunity, announced in march that it was pulling its forces out. foreign secretary said that president clinton's motives were unknowable. -- vladimir putin. in which allstate power is concentrated in the hands of one man, a single man. decisions are made, apparently arbitrarily. without any advance signaling. as we are now seeing, can be unmade just as quickly. for is not a recipe enhancing stability and predictability. on the international scene.
it makes the world a more dangerous place not a less dangerous place. is one factoryria creating huge numbers of migrants arriving in europe. borders andve close in the spring, macedonia fired tear gas of those translate grayson travel north. problem, ao contain deal was agreed that all migrants arriving in greece would be sent back to turkey. year, calls of the for u.k. to take more child refugees. >> at sign authorities say that the estimate for thousand children were alone in italy disappeared. last year. calais1-year-olds and who were looking after by one volunteer. they should not be there alone. >> no one doubts the humanity of the honorable lady.
government is to balance natural emotion with hardheaded realism. actually, no migration this country has been far bigger in the last 20 years than any other country and we have a limit of what the public will accept. also, spending more than the whole rest of europe together on helping people in syria. and for every child refugee that we take, and the cap and over and calais, your super going to have to take on many other people who will come as part of the family. either government tuesday to policy. christ policy of spending money and region in helping people in the region and not listening to the opposition with these policies of taking people from dover and calais. >> a tricky few months or government on a number of fronts. suffered a series of defeats and had to make some significant policy concessions. in comments, ministers forced to abandon proposals to relax rules on sunday trading. chancellor george osborne wanted to give local authorities the power to decide on sunday
opening hours in their areas. mps across the comments were not happy with that idea. >> is inevitably the fact that the moment that one particular counsel at dobson's powers, every other neighboring county will be forced to follow suit. >> my own constituencies, [indiscernible] there would be a demand, particularly during tourist times that a local authority should give. permission punishment to local authorities to manage that. i think that this is quite a good compromise given the great changes that have taken place in the last 30 years. to those who say you need to give send a special, i respect -- dobut please do not not stop on the internet on sunday? we get goods on a sunday. call centers are open on sundays. many professions work on sunday. douglas, what about their rights?
those on the internet between midnight and 3:00 a.m., is that an argument for the shops and open during that time you go -- >> at the end of the debate, they voted in favor of an opposition amendment. 317, nose, 286. >> if the government that it had problems in the commons, things worse in the house of lords. in the normally restrained world, defeat inflicted on government on a range of subjects. one of the bloodiest battles was once again over welfare. government put forward proposals to reduce by 30 pounds a week payments to some working age disabled claimants. minister in the commons set out the argument for the change. a bill that isnd
feeling those that should be , recycled into practical support and long to practice support black transformation effect on people's lives. the measurected twice, changes would then go to be a financial measure. they have no power. leaving them little choice, but to reluctantly back down. >> i send a great deal of time last week working through every possibility of taking the amendment to try -- [indiscernible] unfortunately, because of the procedure, it was impossible. have you placed a privilege on these amendments? they are entitled to do that. just as we are entitled to ask them to think again. [indiscernible] we know and understand the impact that this bill will have.
even if no formal impact assessment was carried out. i apologize to the people affected by this bill. we cannot do anymore. difficult, -- [indiscernible] i pray that -- [indiscernible] >> this a black day for disabled people. spokenments of decisively and we must bow to their wishes. but we do so under protest. do not like anyone can that this is democracy in action. there is more to democracy than just being elected. >> i wanted to pose one question. numbers innitor the the year following the introduction of the cut, i am
certain there will be people who cannot face the debts and will take their lives. day that they reluctantly back down on cuts to payments to some disabled people. they defeated the government on other legislation, too. including the trade union bill. under the plans, each trade union member would have to agree, in writing, every five thes, to opt into paying levy. as opposed to opting out. labor believes it stands to lose as much as 6 million pounds of its income each year. servant senior civil set out what he thought was wrong with the proposal. >> short transition of three months does not allow opt in by electronic means, and requires opt in every five years. by any measure this is a harsh regime which will in turn have an impact upon labour party funds.
>> propose changing the bills that only new trade union members could opt in and create an -- transitional. of 12 months. he found backing from a conservative. philosophy sensor fairness and choice. one should dohat as one would wish to be done by, and i do not wish to be party to a move that would seriously disadvantage one of the great parties of this country. particularly at a time when it is going through its own special problems. which i have -- >> this bill was fundamentally flawed. funding on party fiscal as recognized by committee show disproportionate and negative impact on trade union fiscal funds.
>> business minister maintains bill was about relationship between unions and their members. not between unions and the labour party. >> approach is not operated with enough transparency. all members are not consistently informed about their rights, if t is deemed right -- same principle does not apply to existing members. areas oftable in many daily life to automatically deduct for a cause that has not been actively consented to. >> government cooperatively defeated by peers, to lessen impact of the change. >> [indiscernible] >> a defeat them for the government by 148 votes.
there was trouble for the ministers on the immigration bill. -- asylum to allow a seekers a right to work at their claims another process within six months. also voted to allow overseas domestic workers to change -- without risking immediate deportation. before easter, they backed an amendment from a labor -- forcing their men to take 3000 unaccompanied refugee children. -- as i arrived in this country in the summer of 1939, as an act of any child refugee. this country at the time, offered safety to some 10,000 children. [indiscernible] transport checklist of all given arrive turn all and i own my life to him. >> government arguments. >> some children were allowed into country -- [indiscernible]
that seems to be government's argument against amendment. i don't think it is on the charter to support this believe, but in any case, the consequence for these children must be much more serious than possibility that amendment of this sort to follow.ct others i would like other children were to beperate situations offered safety in this country and begin in the same welcome and opportunities that i had. all,have no objection at when i do object to is that -- [indiscernible] surprise government of any discretion. two things that they need to keep in mind. areou admit that children unaccompanied at the moment of omission, you expose the country to a whole range of further
identification by those who are related to the senate committee children and have you deprived yourself if you make it a mandate of regulating that flow. aref the people who normally in europe, seeking there, 90% have got through a criminal gang. vast criminal gangs are moneymaking machines, extorting human history. i would like to of heard more ater at the criminal gangs the way they are exploiting children and encouraging them to put their lives at risk and imperial by embarking upon the journey. i like to avoid a little bit more about that. >> he said most of the other company children europe or not young syrians. >> we know that the country from which they come is not syria, it is all they need.
-- albania. follow by afghanistan. and then followed by syria. tothey voted by 306 votes 204, a majority of 102, to amend the immigration bill. in order to require the government to let the children currently in europe come to britain. just why is the government having so much trouble with the upper house? we go back to parliament to correspondent. government really has had a test time with the house of lords over trade unions and child migrants, welfare benefits. are these the quite this rebellious? >> they're not usually this rebellious and there's a conservative government. of course, the last time there was a conservative government, there were lots of predatory peers in the house of lords. these are to say that the tory party would dominate the second chamber. since 1999, listing seen a new look, house of lords developing with no more hereditary people,
for many years, liberal democrats and independent across bench peers have had the balance of power. and we have the coalition of the conservatives coming together with a liberal democrats. though, thatting the labour party, when it was in power from 1999, 2010 suffered 450 defeats, coalition was defeated about 100 times during its five years in power. since the state opening, since the latest election, the government been defeated more than 30 times. what we have seen is with the expulsion of the predatory's, house of lords flexes muscles and is more willing to defeat governments than in previous times. >> is a possible sale of defeat is because of who is in the upper house now as in of the upper house is on is bigger than it has ever been. or is it because of what the government is trying to do? think the size of the house of lords is definitely a factor. house of lords is bigger and
wants to do more and is becoming more assertive. also the fact that with some of the very high profile issues with the government has been defeated, there been conservatives in the house of lords lebanon happy with the proposals. there's been a policy clash there at the most contentious would have been the changes to welfare. conservative unhappiness there. powerbviously gives more to those critics and the upper house and the upper parties because they're are able to say, is a cross party concerned that we are affecting. >> thank you very much for coming in to see us. now, let's take a look at some of the other news from was minster. first seem bishop to be introduced into upper house. in women'sx spoke representation an apartment. >> and the years i added my was to the debate to enable the consecration of women.
starting point was always the conviction that all people are credit equal and in the image of god and to usurp gift and flourishing of all people. >> after a reprieve, u.k. is to continue printing and storing its laws on -- made of kaffir goatskin. the house of lords decided to end the practice for several reasons, cabinet office to provide the money from its own budget for the thousand euro tradition to continue. they are famously long-lasting. original copies of the magna carta sales more than a hundred years ago still exist. labor called for an investigation that to find out who gave the sun newspaper details of the conversation that took place between the queen and for politicians in 2011. buckingham took the rare step of making a former complaint to the press watchdog. to report on the papers which said the queen supported the
idea of the u.k. leaving the european union. labor goes for inquiry into whether or not just the secretary wants to -- >> three members of categorically denied that they are the source of the justice, -- said,e secretary has only i don't know how the sun got all of its information. part of the category. witnessing is an example of the tendency of the party opposite -- [indiscernible] >> [indiscernible] and are not the same rules that apply to ministers. the conversation taking place
, did not take place, as to not take place at council meetings. a new railway mind to run after london is to be named after the queen. it will be named as elizabeth line in december 2018. announcement was made as the queen visited under construction station. she unveiled the purple logo which will feature across the network. as was improving travel across the city, elizabeth line will provide a lasting tribute to our longest-serving monarch. they officially announced to end -- in comments. >> are clean open the victoria line service in 1969. the fleet was three lanes of the jubilee line in honor of her first 25 years on the throne. in 1979. and she is the first reigning monarch, mr. speaker, to travel on the london underground. >> bring us to the end of this
edition of the program. we'll be back when parliament returns on monday, the 11th of april. for now, for me, goodbye. ♪ announcer: the british house of commons is back in session next week. you'll be able to watch prime minister's questions when it returns wednesday, april 13. that will be live at 7:00 eastern on c-span two. minister was in washington dc this past week, where he discussed the state of the european union. he also talked about the developing situation in ukraine, the european refugee crisis, and the united kingdom's potential exit in the eu. it is just under an hour.
anniversary year of brookings. i'm very pleased that today to welcome my friend, prime minister bohuslav sobotka of the czech republic, to address us on the challenges that are facing as we meetthe eu here this morning. the prime minister is here for the president's nuclear security summit, has agreed to address us. careerinister sobotka's parallels the history of the modern czech republic, starting with the fall of communism in 1989. theas been a member of czech social democratic party since december 1989, exactly when l