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"e pluribus unum one." and georgetown university law ,rofessor, author of "loving interracial intimacy in america and the threat to white supremacy go journal,"washington live at 7 a.m. eastern monday morning. announcer: coming up next, prime minister's questions at the british house of commons. then a conversation with incoming trump administration staffers kellyanne conway and john spicer. they discuss the transition process and what to expect in the first 100 days. later, another chance to see --a" with my macguineas. with maya macguineas. this past week at the british house of commons, prime minister theresa may defended the government's handling of the u.k. health care service, known as nhs.
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the prime minister also responded to demands for a formal report on how the u.k. plans to exit the european union. this is 40 minutes. order. questions to the prime minister. >> number one, mr. speaker. morning, i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and i shall have further such meetings later today. >> a very happy new year to you mr. speaker, and i would like to extend that everyone in this house. it has been over six months since the european referendum and embarrassingly for the prime minister, this got government is the only administration on these islands have published a plan on what to do next. has the prime minister read it yet? has the prime minister read it yet?
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when will she be publishing her own plan? i will join the honorable gentleman in wishing everybody a very happy new year. and can i say to him that as i said to the liaison committee when i appeared before christmas, i will in a matter of weeks be setting out some more details of our proposals on this issue. i would like to remind the honorable gentleman when he talks about the scottish government plan that it is his party, the scottish nationalist party, that wants to leave the united kingdom and therefore the european union. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. there are over 1000 people -- in jobs that generate more than 50% of the uk's electricity.
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it is crucial to the northwest economy and will she continue to support the construction of a new generation of nuclear power stations and guarantee jobs in the region? pm may: i certainly agree with my honorable friend that nuclear has a crucial role in securing our future energy needs, especially as we are looking to move to a no carbon society. the industrial strategy the government will be setting out will have a strong emphasis on the role of region and supporting economic growth and ensuring the economy works for everyone. i very much welcome a proposal from toshiba to develop a new nuclear power station. we continue to work closely with developers as they bring their proposals forward. >> jeremy corbyn. >> thank you mr. speaker. [shouting] >> it is nice to get such a warm welcome, and can i wish all members a happy new year.
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i hope the whole house will join me. i'm sure they will, in paying tribute to 22-year-old lance corporal scott hetherington, who died in iraq last monday. i am sure the whole house will join in heartfelt condolences to family and friends. to the family and friends of seven-year-old katie. i think it is right we send condolences to her family. 485 people in england spent more than 12 hours on trolleys and hospital corridors. the red cross described this as a humanitarian crisis. i called on the prime minister to come to parliament on monday. she did not, she sent the health secretary. does she agree with him that the best way to solve the crisis of the four hour wage is to fiddle with figures so that people are not seen to be waiting so long on trolleys in nhs hospitals? pm may: i will join the right
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honorable gentleman in sending our condolences to the family of lance corporal hetherington, who died in a noncombat incident in iraq. from everything i have seen and read, he was a very fine young man. he delighted in being in the armed forces and we are proud that such a fine young man was in our armed forces. i also joined the honorable gentleman in expressing condolences to the family and friends of little katie, who died so tragically. the nhs, and we acknowledge there are pressures on the nhs. there are always extra pressures during the winter, but of course we have at the moment those added pressures of the aging population and growing complex needs of the population. he also refers to a humanitarian crisis. i think we have all seen
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humanitarian crises around the world. to use that description of the national health service -- [shouting] pm may: which last year saw 2.5 million more people treated in emergencies than six years ago -- was a responsible and overblown. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, 1.8 million people had to wait longer than four hours last year in a any departments -- in a&e departments. the prime minister may not like it, but the british medical association also said conditions and hospitals are reaching a dangerous level. a college of nursing has said nhs conditions are the worst ever. the world college of physicians has told the prime minister the nhs is underfunded and understaffed -- overstretched. if she will not listen to the red cross, who will she listen
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to? pm may: i acknowledge there are pressures on the national health service. the government has put in extra funding. the fact we are seeing more people being treated in our nhs -- two and a half thousand more people are treated every four hours every day because of the government putting in your funding. -- putting in extra funding. it is not just a question of targets in relation to health services rate we continue to have a commitment to a four our target. it is a question of making sure people are provided with the appropriate care and the best possible care for their circumstances. >> she seems to be in some degree of denial about this. [shouting] >> and won't listen to professional organizations who have spent their whole lifetime doing their best for the nhs.
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but will she listen to sean, who works for the nhs? she has a 22-month-old nephew who went into hospital. there was no bed. he was treated onto plastic chairs pushed together with a blanket and she said when the nurses told her sister it is always like this. surely we should strive to do better than this. does the prime minister and health secretary think this is an acceptable way of treating a 22-month-old child needing help? i except there have been a small number of incidents -- [shouting] pm may: where unacceptable practices have taken place. but what matters -- we don't want those things to happen. what matters is how you deal with them. that is why it is important that the nhs does look into issues where there are unacceptable
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incidents and learned lessons from them. i come back to the point i was making earlier. he talks about the hard working healthcare professionals like sean in the national health service, and we should be grateful for those working in the nhs. over the christmas period in the tuesday after christmas, we saw the busiest day ever in the national health service and over the few weeks around christmas, we saw the day when more people, more people were treated in accident and emergency within four hours than had ever happened before. this is a reality of our national health service. >> corbin. >> mr. speaker, we all thank the nhs staff and we all praise nhs staff, but her government is propose to go sustainability and transformation to cut one-third of the beds in all of our hospitals in the very near future. and on monday, she spoke about mental health and doing more to
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help people, particularly young people, with those conditions. and i welcome that, except that last night the bbc reveals over five years, there has been an 89% increase in young people with mental health issues having to go to a&e departments. doesn't she agree that the 1.25 alien committed -- the 1.2 5 billion committed to child and adolescent development should have been fenced rather than used as resource to be rate plugged other holes in other budgets within the nhs. pm may: if we look at what's happening in relation to mental health treatment, we see 1400 more people every day accessing mental health services. when i spoke about this issue on monday, i said that there is, of course, more for us to do, this is not a problem that's going to be resolved overnight. i have set out ways in which we are going to see improvements in the services in relation to mental health. but it is about the appropriate
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care for any individual, and as i mentioned earlier, it's not just about accident and emergency. on monday, i spoke to service users with mental health problems who said they didn't want to go to accident and emergency. the provision of alternative services has meant that the a&e locally has seen numbers stabilizing rather than going up. it's about the appropriate care for the individuals. we want to see that good practice spread across the whole country. [shouting] >> jeremy corbin. >> mr. speaker nobody wants people with mental health conditions to go to a&e. the departments don't want them to go there. but under this government, there are 6,000 fewer nurses working in mental health, 400 fewer doctors working in mental health. it's obvious they are going to go somewhere to try and get help when they are in a desperate situation. mr. speaker, our nhs is under
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huge pressure. much of that is caused by cuts to social care. the royal college of physicians says it is pushing more people and our hospitals and trapping them there for longer. so will the prime minister do what my friend called for and bring forward the extra 700 nowion allocated in 2019 now into social care so we don't have this problem of people staying too long in hospital when they should be cared for by a social care system? [shouting] the right honorable gentleman asked me these questions before christmas. [shouting] pm may: he may find it difficult to believe that somebody will say the same thing they said a few weeks ago -- [laughter] we have put extra money into social care.
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in the medium-term, we are ensuring that best practice is spread across the country. because he talks about delayed discharges. there are some local authorities working with health service locally where there are virtually no delayed discharges. 50%, half of the delayed discharges, are in only 24 local authority areas. what does that tell us? it tells us it is not just about funding, it is about best practices. as the right honorable gentleman talks about funding again, he should think on this -- we can only fund social care and only fund nhs if we have a strong economy. we will only have that when the conservatives -- [shouting] >> i am sorry to have to bring the prime minister back to the subject of social care, which i raise before christmas. the reason i did so and i will continue to do so is she hasn't addressed the problem. the government has cut 4.6 billion from social care budget,
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the kings fund says there is a social care funding gap of 2 billion pounds almost this year. earlier this week, the prime minister said she we wanted to create a shared society. well, we certainly got that. more people sharing hospital corridors. more people sharing waiting areas at a&e departments. more people sharing in anxiety created by this government. our nhs is in crisis but the prime minister is in denial. i suggest to her, on the economic question -- canceled the corporate tax cuts. send the money where it's needed on people in desperate need in , social care or in our hospitals. pm may: the right honorable gentleman talks about crisis, i suggest he listens to the honorable member, a former labor health minister, who says the
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following -- with labor it's always about crisis. the nhs is on its knee. we have to be a bit more grown-up about it. he talks to me about corporation tax and restoring the cuts in corporation tax. the labor party has already spent that money eight times. the last thing the nhs needs is a check from labor that bounces. the only way we can ensure we have got funding for the national health service is a strong economy. yesterday the right honorable gentleman proved that he's not only incompetent but he would destroy our economy and that would devastate our national health service. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, cyber bullying, sexting, and pornography are part of british teenage life today. so is rapid increase in mental health problems among teenagers.
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how is the prime minister helping to tackle the pressures that teenagers face in britain today? pm may: well, my right honorable friend raises a very important point. one of the things i spoke about when i spoke about mental health on monday is actually trying to ensure we can provide better training for staff and teachers, to identify the early stages of mental health problems for young people so that those problems can be addressed. i think it is something like half of all mental health problems start before the age of 14, a real issue we need to address. we are going to look at how we can provide that training and we will be looking at a number of other ways. we will also be reviewing the mental health services provided for young people, to ensure we can identify what is working and make sure that is spread across the country. >> angus robertson. >> may i begin with the tribute to father george thompson, who died shortly before christmas. he led a remarkable life as a
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teacher, as a priest, and as a smp member of parliament for galloway. we extend sympathies to his family. mr. speaker, all of us care about peace process and about the democratic institutions in northern ireland, so may i wish well, theminister secretary, the political parties, all the best in trying to resolve the serious political difficulties there. will the prime minister tell us what the consequences will be if no agreement can be found? pm may: first of all, may i join the right honorable gentleman in offering condolences of the family and friends of thompson? who as he said was the mp for galloway between 1974 and 1979 and i would leave was the first and mortar times to be ordained as a roman catholic priest. on the issue that he has raised about the political situation in northern ireland, we are treating this with the utmost seriousness. the secretary made a statement
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in this house earlier this week on this issue. he spoke with the first minister and former deputy first minister and he is urging all parties to work together to find a way forward. i myself have spoken about this issue, so we are putting every effort into this. the legislation is that if within seven days, we don't have a nomination for a deputy first minister, then the matter would go to an election. >> angus robertson. >> the prime minister has indicated that she wants to take the views of the elected representatives and the involved institutions on brexit seriously. so it stands to reason then that if there's no northern irish assembly and no northern irish executive for much of the time before the march timetable she has set before invoking article 50, she'll be unable to properly consult, to fully discuss, and to find agreement on the complex
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issues during this time period. in these circumstances, will the prime minister postpone invoking article 50? [shouting] postpone article 50 onwill she just plow regardless? pm may: it's about ensuring -- he says he want to ensure that we do hear the views from all parts of the united kingdom. that's why we have established the jmc, european committee specifically to take the views, and the gmc plenary, which is also obviously meeting more frequently than previously. first of all, we want to try to ensure that within the period of seven days we can find a resolution to the political situation in northern ireland so we can continue to seat the assembly government. but i'm also clear that in the discussions we do have it will
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be possible -- it is still the case that ministers are in place and that obviously there are that wees in place -- are still able to take the views of northern ireland. >> closed question. >> question five, sir. pm may: >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. apologies. the fundamentals of the uk's economy are strong, including in staffordshire and the west midlands. employment has risen by over 20,000 and 2010. we have protected schools and see more doctors and nurses in the hospital's trust. we are going further in the west midlands by giving new powers with the election of a directly elected mayor yuri i think andy -- of a directly elected mayor. i think andy street will be a good man for the west midlands.
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>> i think the prime minister for that answer. unemployment in my constituency, my beautiful constituency is around 0.7%, and that's fantastic, but i want it even lower. i found out that 24% of my constituents work in the area of the west midlands combined authority. can i press my right honorable friend just a little bit further about what she thinks is needed in the west midlands combined authority to improve employment still more? pm may: well, i think my right honorable friend -- and of course, i have had the advantage of having visited his beautiful constituency -- but in relation to the midlands, we have strong ambitions to make the midlands an engine for growth in the uk, . that is why we have plans that demonstrate that when we say we are going to build an economy that works for everyone, we
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actually mean it. the statement by the chancellor concerning the 5 million pounds for the realm of midland engine , 250 million investment fund, and we will shortly be publishing a strategy for the midland's engine. i repeat the point that i made, i think for the west midlands having the devolution deal, having the mayor, and having the right person elected as mayor -- andy street -- is absolutely crucial. rogers in his resignation letter said that people may have to deliver messages to the government that they may find disagreeable. this is a message that the prime minister may find disagreeable. her lack of priority for the single market is putting jobs in scotland and the economy at risk. that means her government is a bigger threat to the union as smp. her government is not worthy of the trust of scots, let alone their blind trust. so will the prime minister take this opportunity to apologize for threatening the union and
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give a solemn promise to every single person in this country -- that they will not be a penny worse off after brexit? pm may: the honorable gentleman will be very well aware that i want to see the best possible trade deals with united kingdom and the eu, the best possible trade deals for trading and operating within the single european market. when we enter the negotiations, obviously that's one of the issues that i have said that i want to see, and we will be delivering on it. unlike the downplaying he does about the approach we are taking, i have to say it is this government that is ambitious for the opportunities that are available. >> thank you. mr. speaker. cheshire schools and areas of high deprivation will receive some of the lowest funding rates in the country under the new proposed funding formula. does the prime minister agree that these discrepancies must be
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addressed to ensure that pupils get the best possible start in life? pm may: i think everybody recognizes that the way that schools have been funded in the past has been unfair and many pupils have been missing out. that is why i think it is right for us to look at bringing forward a new fair funding formula, making sure the funding is attached to children's needs. of course, we recognize the issues of rural areas, and that is why within the fair funding formula, additional funding for such schools has been included great of course -- has been included. i would urge my honorable friend to make the representation as part of that consultation. >> thank you, mr. speaker. a&e is sethospital for a downgrade this year. over christmas i had constituents that were waiting 20 hours for a bed in a facility that might not even exist next year. would the prime minister, now,
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please face reality and act now to stop this vital a&e service from disappearing? pm may: what the honorable lady is referring to is the plan put forward at local level to consider -- [shouting] >> i must say to the honorable probably beshe will subject to an antisocial behavior order. pm may: i return to the point, mr. speaker. decisions about services in the local area are rightly taken by the local national house service because we believe that it is local clinicians and patients and leaders who know what's best for their areas. it is about trying to tailor the services to provide best possible needs for local people , modernizing the care and
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facilities, and making services appropriate to the local area. now this trust has extense i -- has an extensive improvement plan to ensure that both hospitals can care to patients in the accident and emergency in as timely a way as possible. >> richard fuller. >> mr. speaker, i will host the first session of the bedford community business school, free of march, open to all with 250 local people sharing a passion for entrepreneurship. and learning tips about business from national and local business leaders. so will my right honorable friend ensure that a forthcoming industrial strategy has passion and interest of britain's small business leaders and entrepreneurs? pm may: i can absolutely give my honorable friend that commitment. what is important is that the industrial strategy will be looking to the economy of the future. what is the sort of economy that we want in this country? and crucial to that will be the growth that's generated by entrepreneurs, small businesses,
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by the very passion that he has spoken about. we want to see an environment in which those who can grow can emerge and develop and provide future jobs for people and to contribute to the strength of our economy. that's what the industrial strategy is about and i absolutely agree with my honorable friend. >> norman lab? >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will understand, despite the reassurances, that there are genuine and really serious concerns amongst staff about the nhs across the care system about the pressures they are under. it is for that reason that mps from the labor party and my own have come together to call for the government to a nhs care convention to engage with the public so we can come up with a long-term settlement for the nhs and care. would the prime minister be prepared to meet with them just to discuss so that she can hear our case? pm may: i recognize the interest
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and the intention that the honorable gentleman has given to these issues, and, of course, he is a former health minister himself and i would be happy to meet with him and others as he suggests. >> there can be nothing as distressing for a parent than the death of their child , particularly where that child has been murdered. to the twot happened ladies, one of them a constituent of mine, who set up justice after acquittal, successfully campaigning for voluntary national standards of support by the cps and by the police for the families of murder victims following an acquittal. those standards are due to be launched here next would the tuesday. prime minister join with me in paying tribute to the determination and energy with which they have campaign for their cause, and will she continued to ensure -- as she always has done -- that the voices of the victims of crime
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and their families are always listened to? >> well, my honorable friend raises a very important point and i'm happy to join him in paying tribute to these two campaigners, indeed, the whole house want to pay tribute to the work that they are doing. as he said, i remain committed to ensuring that the voices of victims are heard, that's what i did when i was home secretary, if you look at the issues introducing now measure to tackle modern slavery, strengthening new ipcc, legislating in relation to peace complaints and discipline systems to strengthen public confidence and a number of other action that is i took and i'm pleased to say that my right honorable friend, the current home secretary is taking the same passion to ensure the voices of the victims of crime are being heard. es of the victie are being heard. >> across the united king doll many banks are accelerating their closure of local branches with adverse affects and vulnerable on older people, the
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royal bank of scotland is closing branch across scotland including chester in my constituency. will the prime minister meet with me to discuss how we can realize the situation where banking across the uk services customers and the real economy? >> the issue accessibility of bank services is one that's for individual banks themselves to take and consider, and of course, many ways in which people are accessing banks other than going physically going into a bank branch but i will look at the issues that she has raised. >> even more to tackle economic and social deprivation that have
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come to afflict such as really my constituency, would my right honorable friend therefore support locally develop plan to invest in rail infrastructure to help unlock the true potential of the north what i -- whales economic region connected to the rest of the country by date. ..
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and that government action. they should not understand that >> action has been taken. the government took action to ensure that the number of people who were affected. did in the period for which they were in fact it would be reduced. they wanted to ensure that was possible. i also say to the honorable gentleman that if you look at the new structure put in place, women will be some of the greater beneficiaries of the new structure. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the prime minister raising the awareness of the importance of mental health this
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week. last year 65% of young people have to read over 12 weeks before starting treatment. can my right honorable friend outline -- [inaudible] >> my honorable friend does raise an important issue alluded to earlier in the session. we are investing them help like never before spending a record 11.4 billion pounds a year and of course conservative led government between mental and physical health. as i said earlier, there is more for us to do in ensuring we see the appropriate care available for people and i find an example earlier with excellent work being done to prevent care and support for people in the community which was leaving pressure on emergency in ensuring people are getting the best possible care for them
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which is obviously what we want to see. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the emergency provision in my constituency is to review and further the community losing 24 hour access to accident and emergency permits local hospital. i understand she will say these decisions are to be made locally, but will shipley say that she can understand the anxiety of expect the moms who faced a 40-mile journey untypical rose which are often blocked if they have a typical earth. >> can i say to the honorable gentleman that the problems facing our widely recognized and i understand the concerns of local people in terms of services available for them. we have put national support in place to address the long-standing challenges developing a lasting plan on
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what they rightly expect. he's right in saying they are being taken locally. no final decisions have been taken. i recognize the concern raised previously, particularly services. there will be considerable involvement and we do recognize the long-standing challenges for health service. >> dr. caroline johnston. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i know for my career in medicine that the men and women to a brave job for the people of saving people's lives every day. east midlands ambulance service was on a two-day total of 11,662 9-1-1 calls over the weekend
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allowed of which thousands of which relinquished. but the prime minister join me in paying tribute to the dedication particularly until bought by the government can do to support our services and group response time in rural areas. >> well, can i take my honorable friend for the question and bringing her personal experience as a medical professional in relation to this issue. i'm happy to join her and paid tribute to the men and women of the service and the dedication and commitment they show. she asked that the government has been doing. we recognize the service are very busy. that's why we see two dozen more paramedics that compared to 2010 and increase places by over 60% this year.
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also, the department of health, nhs an ambulance union have agreed changes to the compensation potentially giving them a pay increase of 14,000 pounds as they progress. we recognize the excellent work they do. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i commend the prime minister for her statement last night and this afternoon. she knows our her commitment to the institutions in northern ireland, but would she agree nothing can be or should be came from threatening the peace process for the institutions of not so hard in northern ireland. >> the progress made in northern ireland heart wine. we must all recognize we don't want to put that progress in jeopardy. that's why it is so important to the government and for all parties to work as hard as we can to see a resolution to this
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issue so they can return and ensure say that progress has been a hard one to be continued. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i warmly welcome the right honorable friend said about children's mental health this week and draw her attention to another burning injustice. my constituent battling cancer for four years has recovered operation. in 20 weeks of work she's still employed and yet her working past credits have been stopped which means she is worrying about how she's making ends meet rather than on her recovery. could i have my right honorable friend asked the treasury to look at this in the course of budget preparation. >> and i think my right honorable friend for her comments about the mental health announcement that i made. i'm sorry to hear the particular difficulty she had set out that her constituents and six. save and the threat this has cost her. working tax credits are designed
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to incentivize people to increase working hours. we will be obviously with the new credit system, having a system with benefit for payment that does encourage work. in the individual case may right honorable friend has raised from the financial secretary to the treasury would be happy to look at the individual case and the issues set out. >> order. [inaudible conversations] >> you have been watching prime minister's questions at the british house of commons. question time is live every wednesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern and airs sunday night at 9:00 here on c-span. you can also watch anytime online at c-span.org.
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