tv British Prime Minister Theresa May Fields Questions in Parliament CSPAN September 19, 2016 12:00am-12:31am EDT
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in relations between u.k. and russia. this is 40 minutes minister? >> question one, mr. speaker. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker and let me start by paying tribute to my right honorable friend the form er parliament member david cameron. he has been a tremendous public servant both for his whitney contingency and the country as the whole and we saw more people in work than ever before, we saw people in low-income being taken out of paying tax altogether and this government will build on that legacy.
mr., speaker, this morning i had meetings with others in addition to my duty in this house, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> deidre brock. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last week the prime minister couldn't tell us if she was in favor of staying in the financial market, i wonder, therefore f she can tell us if he agrees with foreign secretary and guaranty today continue after the uk leaves the european union? >> i'm not going to get the honorable lady any different answer from the answer i gave the house last week which is -- which is that this government will be work to go ensure the right deal for the united kingdom in trade, in goods and services. and that includes listening to the concerns that the scottish
government and northern islands and whales will raise as well and we will be fully engaged but i say to the honorable lady as i said last week that actually the best thing for the financial sector, the best thing for the economy in scotland is to be part of the united kingdom. >> will my right honorable friend join me in welcoming to show that unemployment in my contingency has -- [shouting] >> the youth unemployment has fallen 12%, will she promote the value of technical skills and science and engineering in push for all children to have a good education that enables them to go as far as talents and hard work will take them. >> i'm very happy to join my honorable friend in welcoming the very good employment figures that we have seen today as he
has said unemployment in his contingency is half since 2010, that's because we had an economic plan, we built a strong economy, but he's absolutely right. as we look to providing opportunities for young people, we need to ensure that we consider those for whom technical education, skills and vocational education is the right route because what we want in education that is right for every child so they can actually get as far as as their talents will take them. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure the whole house will join me, paying tribute to the police constable who was stabbed several times in line of duty while arresting a rape suspect. can we all wish him well and speedy recovery. i also wish prime minister from
departure and i hope that will concentrate on the issues of education and his views on selection in education. i want to congratulate the prime minister, she has brought about unity, she's united former education sectors on both sides of the house, she's truly brought about a new era of unity in education thinking. i wonder if it's possible for her this morning within the confines of this house to name any educational expert that back her proposal on new grammar schools and more selection. [shouting] >> may i join the right honorable gentleman in paying tribute to constable that was stabbed.
we saw police officers who never know when they start their shift what it's going to to happen to them. they run towards danger when other people run away from it and we owe them great tribute and gratitude for that. i'm glad that the right honorable gentleman has raiseed education, over the last six years we have seen 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools. that's because of the changes that this government introduced. it's because of the free schools, academies, head teachers being put in charge of schools, more choice for parents, changes which i note, all of which the right honorable gentleman opposed it. so what i want to see is more good school places, a diversity of provision of education in this country so that we really see opportunity for all and young people going as far as their talents will take them. [shouting]
>> mr., speaker, i asked the prime minister if she could name any experts to name her in this policy and sadly, she wasn't able to. can i quote one expert, his name is john and he's a teacher, and he wrote to me and said the education system and teachers have made great strides forward and he says, why not fund all schools and let us do the job. the evidence, mr. speaker, of the affects of selection is this, in kent, grammar school system, 27% of the people on free school meal compared with 45% in london. we are al spreading good practice, why does the prime minister want to expand the system that can only let children down. >> he needs to stop casting his mind back to 1950's.
[shouting] >> what we will be doing, what we will be doing is ensuring that we are able to provide good school places for the one and a quarter million children who are in schools that are failing, inadequate or need improvement. those children and the parents of those children know they are not getting the education that is right for them and the opportunities that they need. and when it -- when we look at the impact of grammar schools, if you look disadvantage and nondisadvantaged children, the attainment gap is virtually zero which it isn't in other schools. it's opportunity for children to go where their talent will take them. i know that the right honorable gentleman, i know the right
honorable gentleman believes in equality of outcome. i believe in quality of opportunity. he believes in leveling down, we believe in leveling up. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, equality of opportunity is not segregating children at the age of 11. so let me quote the institute of physical studies those in selected areas who do not pass 11, do worse than they would have done in a comprehensive system. the secretary of state for education suggested on monday that new grammar schools may be required to set up primary schools in poorer areas. will the children in these primaries get automatic places
in the grammar school or will they be subject to selection? >> what we are doing is setting up a more diverse education system that provides for opportunities. and what the right honorable gentleman appears to be defending is the situation we have at the moment whether it's selection in school system but selection by house price. i think we want to ensure that children have the ability to go where their talents take them and -- can i just remind, gently remind the right honorable gentleman, he went to a grammar school, i went to a grammar school, it's what got us where we are today, but my -- [shouting]
>> mr. speaker, the two things the prime minister and i have in common, we can both remember the 1950's and we can both remember going to a grammar school. my point is simply this u every child, every child should have the best possible education they can have. we don't need and never should divide children at the age of 11, a life-changing decision where the majority end up losing out. i noticed she didn't answer my question about primary schools. on monday, the secretary of state for education said we've not engaged much in the reform of grammars but the government would now start the process. can the prime minister confirm whether existing grammar schools like those in kent would be instruct today widen admission policy by government? >> the right honorable gentleman
is right that what we are looking at and consulting is diversity of provision and education, we want to make sure that all grammar schools actually do the job that we believe is important which is providing opportunities for a wide range of pupils and many examples across the country in which that's done through selective education. he talks about the education, good education for every child and it's exactly what our policy is about. there are 1.25. one and a quarter million children today who are in schools that are not good for outstanding, there are parents today who fear that their children are not getting the good education to enable them to get on in life. i believe in the education that is right for every child. it is the labour party stifle opportunity and -- [shouting] >> it is the labour party that is willing -- members of the
labour party who will take the advantages of a good education for themselves and pull the ladder behind them for other people. [shouting] >> mr., speaker, i'm sorry that the prime minister was unable to help anyone in the answer to my question, presumably she will have to return to it. but it's not about pulling up ladders, it's about providing a ladder for every child. let me quote her, there is a kind of hopelessness about bringing back grammars in the assums that this country would only be able to offer decent education to a select few. i want to conservative party to rise above that attitude. not my words, those are the former right honorable member
for whitney, isn't he correct that what we need is investment in all of our schools, a good school for every child, not this selection at the age of 11? >> what we need is a good school for every child and that's what we will be delivering with the policy. with that policy we will see universities expanding their support to schools, we will see more schools being set up and independent schools increasing support for schools in the sector. a diversity of provision of education is what we need to ensure good school places for every child. and that good school place is important so young people can take opportunities and get into the workplace and i noticed, i think this is the right honorable gentleman's fifth question. he hasn't welcomed the employment figures today. more people, more people in work than ever before, wages are
rising above inflation, more people with the paid packet. what would labour offer, more taxation and misery for working families, it's only the conservative party that knows you can only build an economy that works for everyone when everyone has an opportunity for work. >> mr. speaker, of course, i welcome anyone who has manage today get a job. i welcome those people that manage to get jobs and keep themselves and their families together. the problem is that there are now almost a million of them on zero contract which do not know what they're going to be paid from one week to the other. >> in order to help her with the expertise on the reform of secondary schools, could i quote to her michael that chief inspector schools said simply this that the notion that strikes me as quite nonsense.
isn't all of this proof that the conservative party's green paper addresses none of the actual crisis facing our school systems, real terms cut in school's budget, half a million pupils in super size classes, a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, rising number of unqualified teachers in classrooms, vital teaching assistance, losing their jobs. isn't this the case of a government heading backwards to a failed segregation for the few and second-class schooling for the many, can't we do better than this? >> i have to say to the right honorable gentleman that he has some of his tax wrong. we have more teachers in our schools today than in 2010. we have more teachers joining the professions and leaving it.
we have fewer people in super-sized classes than have been previously but i simply say this to the right honorable gentleman, first of all, he has opposed every measure that we have introduced to improve quality of education in this country. he has opposed measure that is increase parental choice, increase freedom for head teachers to run the schools, he's opposed the opportunity for people to set up free schools, these are all changes that are leading to improvements in our education system and we will build on those with our new policies. but i recognize to the right honorable gentleman, this may very well be the last time that he has an opportunity to face me across this defacto. [shouting] >> certainly, certainly members of parliament have anything to do with it.
i said that he and i -- he and i don't agree on everything, actually we don't agree on anything, but i must say to him that he has made his mark, let's just think of some of the things the right honorable gentleman has introduced. coal mines without mining them and he wants to be labour leader without leading them. one thing we know, whoever is labour leader after their leadership election it would be the country that loses. >> order. order. can i just point out to the house the progress today at this question time session has been absurdly slow, abslurredly -- absurdly slow and i ask the house on matter of -- behalf of
our constituents who want to question the prime minister and i'm determine today get down the list. >> it was a deeply moving experience for them and a reminder to us to right racism and antisemitism and hatred in all forms. as part of this vital education measure in which my right honorable friend is a great supporter in memorial to holocaust. >> well, i'm grateful for my comments that my honorable friend makes and he is absolutely that we need to ensure that we never forget the horrors of the holocaust and the lessons and we have agree it had national memorial on victoria garden, i think that's an important place for it to be.
there will be those opportunities for young people and others to truly learn the lessons from the holocaust and appalling atrocities that took place. >> today she's being unwilling about protecting the financial services, meanwhile millions of people from across the united kingdom depend on freedom of movement across the eu for business and pleasure. they say it's the prospect of having to apply and possibly pay for visas. is the prime minister in favor of protecting visa-free travel,
yes or no? >> there was a very clear message from the british people at the time of the referendum vote on june the 23rd, they wanted -- they we wanted to see an movement as it operated, they we wanted to see control of the movement to people from the european union into the uk and that's what we will deliver. >> mr., speaker, the prime minister and the uk government are totally unwilling to tell us the true cost of brexit and what their negotiating position will be, in contrast there's different from the european union, their new eu negotiation, i quote, scottland might be taken out of the eu when it voted to stay, doesn't she agree that the eu negotiator and the scottish government who want to protect scottland's place in europe? [shouting] >> i have to say that only two
years ago he didn't want to protect scottland's place in the european union. he wanted scottland to leave the uk. and on all of these questions, whether it's the question of the referendum for leaving european union and the referendum of scottland or questions in this house t right honorable gentleman that if he asks the question every time, he will get a different answer but it won't work for me and the people. >> freedom of speech is a fundamental british value, which is undermined by so call safe spaces in our universities where a sense of righteous it -- entitlement of students shut down debate. as students around the country
return to their places of learning at the start of this new academic year, does my right honorable friend agree that university is precisely the place for debate and fear of being offended must not prompt freedom of speech? [shouting] >> i absolutely agree with my honorable friend. we want our universities not to be places of learning but to be places where there could be open debates and challenged and people can get involved in that and i think everybody is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary, frankly. we want to see that innovation taking place in our university. that's how we develop as a country, as a society and as an economy and i absolutely agree with my honorable friend. >> thompson. >> mr. speaker, refugees in syria. the country believing he was
dead. mohamed is alive but kidnapped and badly beaten and left for dead before being refound again. lives in daily attack. will the prime minister agree to me to reunite mohamed with the family and overcome ordeals. >> i'm not aware of the details of the individual case the honorable gentleman has. i'm sure the case will be looked at. of course, there are rules to enable family reunion to take place and also we are as a country have commit today take a number of children who are particularly vulnerable, particularly vulnerable for violence and take them out of that fear that they're fearing.
i will look at the case. >> john faron. >> what assurance can my right honorable friend can give criteria for immigration system it will be fair than the present system and discriminate people from outside the eu as the present system does? >> the -- as i mentioned earlier in response to a question, it is the case that one aspect of the vote on the 23rd of june, people wanted us to control movement from the european union into the uk and, of course, we have control from outside into united kingdom and intend to details, coming from the eu, currently being worked on. but kia sure my honorable friend that we would have the ability to control movement from the eu and movement from outside the eu and therefore bring great degree
of fairness that we are looking for. >> david. >> how can she try and justify reducing reducing the house of commons to 600 while the house of lords have 820 members and -- is this her idea of dem tem cri in the 21st century? >> of course, the house of commons voted for the number of members of parliament. i think people we wanted to see that. i would gently remind them that when he refers to the house of lords and changes in the house of lord, that's the government that introduced and has seen reduction in the he or -- house of lords. >> nhs states that we will see more care delivered locally. does the prime minister think that the carve bridge or
consider importance of local care when assessing the future of the princess of whales? is absolutely right in looking at, for example, local people should be considered and local concerns taken into account. i understand there's a meeting later this month. i hope my honorable friend will make views known at that meeting. >> tomorrow i will be help to go launch a program, the engineering program in my contingency to boost the interest to 14 to 16-year-olds in engineering skills. would the prime minister would like to join me in congratulating but would she take it from me that her words of congratulations would mean rather more if they were not
accompanied by 30 and 50% in apprenticeship funding, a program which the institute has described as -- i simply don't recognize the situation he set out in relation to apprenticeship. we have seen 2 million apprenticeships created over the last six years. we are committed to the government seeing more apprenticeship being created. that's giving young people opportunities, people i met to learn a skill, to get into a job, to get into the workplace, to get on where their talents will take them. [shouting] >> does the prime minister agree that lives of many children particularly in our poorest
areas are limited to living in unstable households and would she look at the children center group which recommends other solutions to this issue? >> thank you, thank you, can i say to my honorable friend on the work she's doing on the parliamentary group, the question is about stable background, family background that young people, it's obviously an important issue and she has been a champion for family and family life. can i say to her that i have set up a policy route led by my friend and i'm sure i will ask him to look carefully at the report coming out of the parliament group and to see what we can take from that. >> alex cunningham. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
potential to create jobs and save country billions of pounds and play role. ccs is critical to, so can the prime minister tell the house when the it will publish new strategy? >> thank you, thank you. can i first of all say that the issue of climate change and reducing omissions and energy policy are very important to this government. we have a fine record in this area and we will be continuing to do that. but on the issue of carbon capture and storage, this has been looked at carefully in the past. it's one of the key issues around this is the cost. we will continue to invest in the development of ccs, we are developing over 130 million to develop the technology through innovation support with the aim of reducing its cost and so we will continue to look at the role that it can play