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defended the government handling of the transition. the senate also responded to demands 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. >> the prime minister. pm may: this morning, i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and i shall have further such meetings later today. house, i will have such further meetings to you. >> happy new year, mr. speaker and i would like to extend to everyone in this house. it's been six months since european referendum. for the prime minister the scottish government is the only administration on these islands and what to do next.
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>> is the prime minister ready yet? when will she be publishing her own plan? >> wishing everybody in the house a very happy new year. can i say to him that as as ii said in the liaison committee i will be in a few weeks setting out more details on the proposal on the issue. i would like to remind the honorable gentleman when he talks about the scottish government's plan, it's his party, nationalist party that wants to leave the united kick come and therefore leave the european union. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> generate 16%, does the honorable friend agree with me that nuclear industry is a
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crucial in economy and she continue to support the construction of new generation to guaranty jobs in the region? >> i certainly agree with my honorable friend that nuclear does have a role in securing future in energy needs specially as we are looking to move in allow-carbon society and the industrial strategy that the government will be setting out will have strong emphasis on the role of region in supporting economic growth and ensuring that the economy works for everyone and like my honorable friend i welcome to develop nuclear power station and the department for business continues to work closely and other developers as they bring proposals forward. >> jeremy corbin. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it's nice to get such a warm welcome and i can wish all the
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members a happy new year as well as members and staff in the house. i hope the whole house will join me in paying tribute 22-year-old who died in noncombat instant in iraq last monday and i'm sure the whole house will join in heart felt condolencies, it's right that we send condolences to her family. last week 485 people in england spent more than 12 hours on trollies in hospital corridors, the red cross described it as humanitarian crisis. she sent health secretary. does she agree that the best way is to fiddle the figures so
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people are not waiting so long on trollies in nhs hospitals? >> first of all, may i join my right honorable gentleman sharing condolences, died in a noncombat in iraq, from everything that i had read he was a very fine young man. he was delighted in being in the armed forces and we are proud that such a fine young man was in our armed forces. i also join the right honorable gentleman in expressing condolences to the families and friends of little katy who die today tragically. now, he talks about the precious on the nhs and we acknowledge that there are pressures on the national health service, there's always extra pressures in the nhs during the winter but we have at the moment, aging population and the growing complex needs of the population. he also refers to the british red cross, humanitarian crisis, i have to say to him, that i
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think we've all seen humanitarian crisis around the world and to use that description of a national health service which -- which last year saw two and a half million more people treating in accident and emergency from six years ago was irresponsible and overblown. >> mr. speaker, 1.8 million people have to wait longer than four hours last year in department. the prime minister might not like what the red cross said but on the same day the british medical association said conditions in hospitals across the country are reaching a dangerous level. the college of nurses said nhs conditions are the worst ever, real college of physicians that told the prime minister is nhs is underfunded, underdoctorred and overstretched.
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if she won't listen to the red cross, who she will listen to? >> i acknowledge that there are pressures on the national health service. the government has put extra funding into the national health service. the fact that we are seeing more people being treated in nhs, that's because of the government putting extra funding and the hard of medical professionals in our national health service. but i also say to me it's not just a question of targets in relation for health service and we continue to have a commitment as how the health sector is made clear to the four-hour target, it's a question of making sure that people are provided with the appropriate care for them and the best possible care for them in their circumstances. >> jeremy corbin. >> mr. speaker, she seems to be in some degree of denial about this and won't listen to professional organizations who spent their whole lifetime doing their best for the nhs.
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can i ask her if she will listen to sean that works for the nhs, she has a 22-month-old nephew, he went into the hospital. there was no bed, he was treated on two blastic chairs pushed together with a blanket and she said the nurse said it's always like this. we should strive to do better than this. does the prime minister think it's the acceptable way of treating a 22-month-old child needing help? >> what matters is we don't want those things to happen, what matters is how you deal with them. that's why it's so important that the nhs does look into
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issues whether they are unacceptable instances taking place. 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 emergency within four hours than had ever happened before. this is a reality of our national health service. >> corbin. >> mr. speaker we all stank 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
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about hedge -- mental health and help people with those conditions and i welcome that except that last night the bbc reveals over five years, 89% increase in young people with mental health issues having to go to a&e departments. doesn't she agree with that the 1.25 billion committed commit today child adolescent should have been refenced rather than used as resource to be rate today plug other holes in other budgets within the nhs. >> if we look at what's happening in relation to mental health treatment, 1400 more people every day accessing mental health services. when i spoke about this issue on monday, i said that there's, 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
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are going to see improvements in the services in relation to mental health. t about the appropriate care for any individual and as i mentioned earlier, it's not just about accident and emergency, when i was on monday i spoke to service users with mental health problems who said they didn't wanting to to accident and emergency. the alternative services has made that a&e locally has seen numbers stabilizing rather than going up. it's about the appropriate care for the individuals. we want the exact good practice spread across the whole country. >> jeremy corbin. >> mr. speaker nobody wants people with mental health conditions to go to a&e. they don't want them to go there. under this government, 6,000 fewer nurses working in mental health, 400 fewer doctors working in mental health. it's obvious they are going to go some where in a desperate
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situation. much of that is caused by cuts to social care. it is pushing more people into our hospitals and trapping there for longer. so will the prime minister do what friend called for and bring forward the extra 700 million allocated 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? >> like honorable gentleman asked me questions before christmas. [shouting] >> he may find it difficult to believe that somebody will say the same thing a few weeks ago, but -- we have put extra money
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in social care and ensured best practice and spread across the country because he talks about delayed discharges and local authorities working with the health service locally where virtually no delayed discharges. 50%, half of the delayed discharges are only 24 local authority areas. what does that tell us, it's not just about funding but it's about best practices. as the right honorable gentleman talks about funding, we can only fund social care and only fund nhs if we have a strong economy. >> mr. speaker, i'm sorry to bring prime minister back to the subject of social care before christmas, the reason i did so and i will continue to do so is she hasn't addressed the problem.
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the government is cut 4.6 billion from social care budget, the fund says there's 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. cancel the corporate tax cuts, send the money where it's needed on people in desperate need in social care or in our hospitals. >> the right honorable gentleman talks about crisis, i suggest he listens to the honorable members, former labor health
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minister who said the 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 the money eight times. the last thing nhs needs is a check from labor that bounces. the only way we can ensure we have funding for the national health service is a strong economy, yesterday the right honorable gentleman proves that he's not only incompetent but he would destroy our economy and that would devastate our national health service. [inaudible] >> mr. speaker, cyber bullying and pornography are part of british teenage life today so is
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rapid increase in mental health problems among teenagers, how is the prime minister helping to tackle the pressures that teenagers face in britain today? >> well, my right honorable friend raises a very important point. one thing i spoke about on monday actually trying to ensure that we can provide better training for teachers in school to identify early stages of mental health crisis, mental health problems for young people so those problems can be addressed. something like half of our mental health problems start before the age of 14. this is a real issue that we need to address. we are going to look at how we combine training and looking at a number of other ways which we will be reviewing the mental health services provided for young people to ensure that we can identify what is working and needs to make sure that's good practices for the country. >> angus robertson. >> may i begin with the tribute
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to father george thompson who died shortly before christmas. he led a remarkable life as a teacher, as priest and s&p member, we extend sympathies to his family. mr. speaker, we all care about peace process an democratic institutions in northern ireland, so may i wish the prime minister well, political parties all the best in trying to resolve the serious political difficulties there. will the prime minister tell us what the consequences be if no agreement can be found? >> may i join the right honorable gentleman in offering condolences of the family and friends of thompson. on the issue that she's raised about the political situation in northern northern ireland, made
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a statement in this house earlier this week on this issue. h spoke to the minister and performer -- former deputy minister and urging all parties to work together to find a way forward, i myself spoken about this issue so we are putting every effort into this. the legislation is it is within seven days. we don't have nomination for first minister, then the math would go to an election. >> angus robertson. >> she wants to take the views of the elected representatives and deinvolved 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 article 50, she'll be
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unable to properly consult to fully discuss and to find agreement on the conflict issues during this time period. in these circumstances, would the prime minister postpone invoking article 50? would she postpone article 50 or will she just go on regardless? >> 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, which is also obviously meeting more frequently than previously. first of all, try to ensure within the period of seven days we can find a resolution to the political situation in northern ireland so we can continue to see assembly government continuing but i'm also clear
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that in the discussions we do have it will be possible, it's still the case that ministers are in place and that obviously there are executives in place which take views of the northern ireland. >> closed question. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. apologizes. the fundamentals of the uk's economy is strong including in west midland, employment risen over 20,000, we protected schools and see more doctors and more nurses in hospital's trusts, of course, we are going further in west midlands by given new powers with deal and the election of elected mayor. i think andy with the business and will be a good man for the west midlands. >> michael.
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>> i thank the prime minister, my right honorable friend for that answer. unemployment in my constituency, my beautiful constituency is around 0.7% and that's fantastic and i want it even lower. 24% of my constituents work in the area of the west midlands combined. 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? >> well, i think my right honorable friend -- of course, i have had -- i have had the advantage of having visited his beautiful constituency, but in relations to midland, we have strong ambitions to make midlands an engine for growth in the uk, that's why we have plans for the midland engine that demonstrate that when we say we
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are going to build an economy that works we actually mean it. the statement, my right honorable friend, the 5 million pounds, rail hub, 250 million midland engine investment fund and we will shortly be publishing a strategy for the midland's engine. i repeat the point that i made, for the west midlands having the deal, having the mayor and the right person elected as mayor, the right thing andy is absolutely crucial. >> 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 is putting jobs in the economy at risk. her government is a bigger threat to the union as smp. her government is not worthy of a trust -- [inaudible] >> will the prime minister take
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this opportunity to apologize for threatening the union and give promise to every single person in the country after the brexit? >> the honorable gentleman will be very well aware that i want to see the best possible trade deals that the united with the eu, the best possible with 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 delivery on it and the downplay that he does about the approach that we are taking, i have to say it's his government that's ambitious for the opportunities available that this country wants the leave the european union. >> thank you. mr. speaker. areas of high deprivation will receive poor-people funding rates.
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does the prime minister agree that discrepancies must be address to get best possible start in life? >> 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. making sure that funding is attached to children's needs. of course, we recognize issues of rural areas in this and that's why within the funding formula, additional funding for such schools has been included, but, of course, the department of education has this consultation at the moment and i would urge my honorable friend to make the representation as part of that. >> tracy corbin. >> thank you, mr. speaker. hospital is set for downgrade this year. over christmas i had constituents that were waiting 20 hours for a bed in a facility
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that might not even exist next year. would the prime minister, now, please face reality and act now and stop a&e service from disappearing. >> what the honorable lady is referring to is the plan put forward at local level to consider -- [shouting] [inaudible] >> i must say the honorable member that she would probably be subject to antisocial behavior order. >> decisions about services in the local area are rightly taken by the local national house service because we believe that local patients and leaders who know what's best for their areas is about trying to tailor the services to provide best
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possible needs for local people modernizing the care and facilities and making services appropriate to the local area. now this trust has extense i have improvement plan to ensure that both hospitals can care to patients attending in -- [inaudible] >> richard fuller. >> mr. speaker, i will host the first session of the community business school, free of march, open to all with 250 local people sharing a passion for entrepreneurship. so will my right honorable friend ensure that a forthcoming industrial strategy has passion and interest of britain's small business leaders and entrepreneurs? >> i can absolutely give my honorable friend that commitment. what is important is that the industrial will be looking for the economy of the future. what is the sort of economy that we want in this country and crucial to that will be the
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growth that's generated by entrepreneurs, businesses, by the very passion that he has spoken about. we want to see an environment in which the -- those who can grow can emerge and can 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 that there are genuine and really serious concerns amongst across nhs in care system about the pressure that they are under and for that reason that her party, labor party and my own have called together to call for the government to conduct nhs 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
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to discuss so that she can hear our case? >> i recognize the interest and the intention that the honorable gentleman has given to the issues and, of course, he's a former health minister himself and i would be happy to meet with hymn 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. that is what happened to the two ladies, one of them a constituent of mine, successfully campaigning for voluntary national standards of support by the cps and by the police for the families of murdered victims following standards launched here next tuesday, would the prime minister join with me in paying tribute to the determination and energy with which they campaign for their cause and will she continue to ensure as she always
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has done that the voices of the victims of crime 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 that the voices are heard and -- heard. strengthen the ibc seed. complaints andse the public confidence in a number of actions. my honorable friend the current home century -- secretary is taking the voice of the victims and taking that forward. kingdom, the united they are accelerating their closures of local branches.
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an adverse affects on the high streets. the scott line is stashed --tman is closing branches scotland is closing branches. bills forrocessing the privilege of doing that. will the prime minister meet with me to discuss how we can realize situations where banking across the u.k. services customers and the u.k. economy? thee minister: accessibility of bank services is one that is to consider. there are many ways in which people are accessing banks and instead of going into a bank branch. i will look at the issues she has raised. building a country that works for everyone means doing even
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more for economic and social deprivations that have inflicted pockets. when my right honorable friend 60'srt growth track three to help unlock the true potential of the economic region as an integral part connected to the rest of the country? i welcome the: establishment and the works that they are doing. and the plan that he mentioned sets out an ambitious program of improvement for the area. i am sure they will be promising and prioritizing options red the transport will continue to work closely with the task force and the welsh government to consider what could be accomplished. you mr. speaker.
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us how pensions are. it is now deemed suitable for a knighthood. action,government takes they should not understand -- to these women. taken in has been relations to women's sanctions. to government took action ensure the number of people affected in this period would be reduced. money was put in to ensure that was possible. i also say to the honorable gentleman, if you look at the new structure being 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 the child mental health.
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year, 65 percent of young people requiring mental health 12 weeksad to wait before starting treatment. an outline of how the new proposals were proposed with young people. does raise ar: he very important issue which was alluded to earlier in the session. we are investing into mental health. 11.4 billion pounds a year. it was a conservative led government that introduced it between mental and physical health. as i said earlier, there is more for us to do in ensuring that we see the appropriate care. where i saw example a -- excellent work being done to provide care for people in the community. also ensuring people were getting the best possible care
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for them. which is obviously what we want to see. emergency provision in my constituency is under review. the community risks losing 24 hour access to accident and --rgency, and concert consultant led maternity from the local hospital. i understand that she will say these decisions are to be made locally, but will she at least say that she can understand the anxiety of expecting moms who face a 40 mile journey on physical roads, which are often locked if they have a difficult birth. say to theter: i honorable gentleman, i think the problems that are facing are widely recognized. i understand the concerns of local people in terms of services that will be available for them. we have put national support in place to address the long-standing challenges in cumbria.
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we are developing a plan to have sustainable services that are which patients expected in relations, they are being taken locally. i recognize the concern which he has raised previously, atticularly about services the hospital that will be involved in taking those decisions. we do recognize the local concerns about the health care provision in cumbria. johnson.roline >> thank you, mr. speaker. men and women of our ambulance servants to a brave and sterling job to the people day.ving people life every the ambulance servants responded to a total of 11,662 over the
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christmas back holiday weekend alone. two and a half thousands were in lincoln ship. will the prime minister join me -- and tell- paying how not more the governments can do to support our ambulance services and improve response times in rural areas. think myister: can i honorable friend for her question and bringing her personal experience as a medical professional in relation to this issue. i am very happy to join her in paying tribute to the men and women of the ambulance service and the dedication and commitment they show. she asked what the government has been doing. we recognize that the ambulances are busy. that is why we need to thousand more paramedics now compared to 2010 and we are increasing paramedic training by over 60% this year.
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employers and ambulance unions , potentiallyhanges giving them a a increase of about 14,000 pounds as they progress. we recognize the excellent work that they do. >> mr. speaker can i command the prime minister for her last she hasd the work that given this afternoon. she knows our commitment to the institutions in northern ireland, but would she agree that nothing can be, or should gin from threatening peace progress, or the institutions we have fought so hard to sustain in northern ireland? prime minister: the progress that has been made in northern ireland has been hard-fought. we must all recognize that we do not want to put that progress in jeopardy. that is why i think it is important for the government, and for all parties to work as hard as we can to see a
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resolution to this issue, so we can see a return to sharing's, institutions and the progress has been a hard one to be continued. mycan i warmly welcome what friend said about children's mental health this week. may i draw my attention to another burning injustice. my constituent has been battling cancer for four years. she has taken 28 weeks off work, hasis still employed and half pay, yet her tax credits have been stopped. she is worrying about how she is going to make ends meet rather than her recovery. can i ask the treasury to look at this in the course of budget preparations? i think myter: can right honorable friend for her comments about the mental health announcements i have made. i am sorry to hear the particular difficulties she said that her constituent is experiencing.
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working tax credits provide support for low income families provide people with low hours. we will have a system of benefits with single streamlined pavements that does encourage work. in the individual case that my right honorable friend has raise, i am sure that the treasury would be happy to look at that individual case and the issues that is set out. >> order. >> you have been watching prime minister's questions at the of commerce. question time is live every wednesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern and re-airs sunday nights at
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