tv Theresa May Fields Questions from Parliament CSPAN March 5, 2017 11:58pm-12:44am EST
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time, prime minister theresa may was asked about the rise of anti-semitism on university campuses and the government's readiness in triggering article 50, which would initiate the exit from the european union. towards the end, a conservative was sworn into her new seat in the house of commons, replacing jamie reid, who stepped down in january. this is 45 minutes. s on] that d the best deal for scotland in these negotiations. >> questions for the prime minister. >> the prime minister -- >> i'm sure the house would like to join me in wishing people in the uk and across the world happy saint david's day. i am sure the whole house will
also want to join me in paying tribute to our former colleague gerald cortlandt who died over the weekend. he was an outstanding parliamentarian, he was a committed mp dedicated to the life of the service of his constituents and as father of the house, his wisdom and experience will be missed across the house and i am sure his friends and family, i have meetings with ministerial colleagues and others in addition to my duties in the house, i will touch meetings later today. >> i would like to associate myself with the prime minister's remark that assure many relatives and friends they are in our thoughts and prayers. >> the historic victory in copeland, does my friend believe this is an endorsement of the government's plans to maintain a
stronger economy and bring society together and ensure we make a huge success in leaving the european union. >> i would like to congratulate my friend, my honorable friend was the historic result in copeland was an endorsement of plans to keep the economy strong and our plans to ensure places like copeland share in the economic success after years of labor neglect. also an endorsement of our plan to unite communities where labor seeks to sew divisions and i think it was an endorsement offering strong, competent leadership. in the face of labor's chaos. >> jeremy corbin. >> thank you, mister speaker.
thank you, mister speaker. could i join the prime minister in wishing everyone in wales a happy saint david's day and could i also expressed the hope workers at the ford plant get the assurances they need about their job security in their future. i also want to echo the prime minister's tribute to gerald kaufman who served in the house since 1970, the longest-serving member started in political life with advice to harold wilson in 1960. he was an iconic figure in the labour party and rich politics but he was a champion for peace and justice in the middle east and around the world. the rabbi who conducted the service convey your message on behalf of the house, which was appreciated. i was talking to members of the family and his nephews and great
nieces and asked how would you describe gerald? he was an awesome uncle. we should remember gerald as that. and convey condolences to his family. >> after the last budget, the working pension secretary resigned. balancing the books on the backs of the poor and vulnerable. last week the government sneaked out a decision to overrule a court decision to extend payments, people with severe mental health conditions. a government that found 1 billion pounds in tax cuts to benefit 26,000 families, seems unable to find the money to support 160,000 people with debilitating mental health conditions. will this change your mind? >> let me be clear about what is proposed in relation to
independence payments. this is not a policy change. this is not a cut in the amount that is going to be spent on disability benefits and know what is going to see a reduction in their benefits for those previously awarded by the dwp. what we are doing, what we are doing is restoring this particular payment to the original intention that was agreed by the coalition government, agreed by parliament after extensive consultation. >> jeremy corbin. >> consultation is an interesting idea because the court made its decision last year, the government did not consult the social security advisory committee and at the last minute staked out its decision. the court ruled payment should be made because people getting a
benefit from it were such an overwhelming psychological distress. just a year ago the pension secretary said you can tell the house we are not going ahead with changes but look forward, the court made a ruling. her friends from south cambridge said in my view the courts are there for a reason. this ruling saves the criteria to be extended and we have a duty to honor that. she right? >> first of all on the issue of these payments and to those with mental health conditions, independence payments, other than people with mental health conditions. if you look at the figures, two thirds of people with mental health conditions in receipt of independence payments, two thirds of them get awarded the higher daily living rate allowed.
that compares to less than a quarter under the previous dna arrangement and the second time the right honorable gentlemen suggested somehow this change was sneaked out. it was in a rich ministerial statement for parliament. i might remind him he talked about the importance of parliament but we accepted the importance of parliament and made a statement to parliament and referred to the social security advisory committee, my right honorable friend, the pension secretary calls the chairman of the social security advisory committee and spoke to him on the regulations, called the chairman of the pension select committee and spoke to him about the regulations being introduced, called both offices at the shadow workers pension
secretary, there was no answer and they didn't come back. >> mister speaker, mister speaker, calling -- mister speaker, calling -- mister speaker, calling the chairs of two committees and making a written statement to the house does not add up to scrutiny. there was no call to the office of my friends, the shadow secretary. mister speaker, the reality is this is a shameful decision that will affect people with dementia, those suffering cognitive disorders due to a stroke, military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and those with schizophrenia. can she look at the effects of her decision to override with the independent court decided
and think again. >> the issues that he raised, these are taken into account when decisions are made about the independence payments. what the court said his regulations were a nuclear. that is why we are clarifying the regulations and ensuring that they respect that they reflect the original intentions agreed by this parliament. he wants to talk about support being given to people for people with disabilities, this government is spending more than ever it support with people with disability and health condition this. we are spending more than ever on people with mental health conditions. what we are doing with personal independence payments is
ensuring those most in need to get the most support. >> jeremy corbin. >> the government has overridden an independent court decision on this and they should think long and hard about that. government had to make it very clear that physical and mental health had the same priority. in 2002 the prime minister made a speech the conservative party conference i remember very well, i was watching it on television, she said, she described her party is the nasty party. and some tories try to make political capital by demonizing minorities. her policy chair suggested people with debilitating conditions were those who, and i quote, suffer from anxiety, and not really disabled. isn't that proof enough the party is still around? >> my honorable friend apologize for the comments he made and i hope this house will accept his
apology. he asks the right honorable gentlemen asked me about the parity between mental health and mental health conditions and physical conditions. the conservative government introduced parity, in the national health service. neighboring government did nothing about that, 13 years. >> jeremy corbin. >> mister speaker, it was a labor amendment for health and social care bill that resulted in parity on the face of the bill. i am surprised she has forgotten that, take this opportunity to thank the labour party. earlier, the prime minister made a speech earlier this year supporting parity of mental
health. and 600,000 fewer, hundred 60,000 people to lose out on support. and fun to get property, to suffer from very difficult conditions, not deny them the support they need. >> >> 11.4 billion pounds a year. and more people are receiving in relation to mental health previously, and said that in this chamber, and do it, and the foreign secretary.
and normal sedentary positions. we are doing it and that is why we are putting record amounts of money into mental health and seeing more people being decided with mental health treatment every week under this government and one thing i know, and if we provide the extra support for people with disabilities and health conditions or provide treatment for people with mental health conditions, a strong economy and enables us and the one thing we feel about labor is they will bankrupt britain? >> jeremy corbin. >> by 2020 will have borrowed more increased the national debt by local borrowing of all labor conduct to the ridge. mister speaker, the mental health charity said the
government has spoken forcefully about the importance between physical and mental health. yet when presented with a chance to make this a reality as part of the opportunity, mister speaker, as a society we are judged by how we treat the most charitable, this misguided legislation must be reversed. can the prime minister look again at the decision of the court, look again at the consequences of it and withdraw the deep decision, the nasty decision that set the court's judgment and support those going through a difficult time in their lives. that is how we will all be judged. >> the way we are dealing with disability benefits is to assure payments are going to those who are most vulnerable. would we are dealing with personal independence payments is ensuring agreement of this parliament is put into practice.
he talks about funding. i understand today -- >> constant debate when the prime minister is answering questions, was heard and the answer must be heard without constant hubbub in the background. >> he talks about accepting the court decision and paying for that. the labor shadow health secretary today when asked how labor would pay for the increase if it was put in place said we have not outlined that yet. and the labour party leadership. and after the result last week, summed up the election results. a result for the labour party.
that word actually describes the right honorable gentlemen's leadership. incredible. >> thank you, mister speaker. on monday. [shouting] >> on monday, i chaired a seminar looking at priorities for the science community as we started brexit negotiations was there will be a meeting on 21 march. the prime minister may be too busy to attend that, will she agree to meet with me once the report is published? the collective concerns of the community particularly around collaboration and people? >> it is an important issue, he is right to raise it. the uk to be the go to place for innovative investors across the world, the best possible outcomes for the uk research
base since i leave the european union and the objective that i set out in negotiations for the european union related to science and research, and innovation and welcome agreement to continue to collaborate with european partners which i'm interested in what my honorable friend has said and the report we looked at very carefully by my right honorable friend of the european union. >> we join the prime minister, leader of the labour party and extending our condolences to family and friends of sir gerald kaufman and best wishes to the people of wales on saint david's day. prior to that, scottish questions the ministers were unable to answer basic questions by government plans for agriculture. these are important industries for the rural economy and periods in the scottish government and scottish parliament. with brexit ending the role of brussels in these areas will all
decisions about agriculture be made, yes or no? >> but the right honorable gentlemen knows we are discussing the whole question of the uk framework and evolution of issues as they come from brussels was the overriding aim for everything we do, the single market of the united kingdom. a market which i might remind the right honorable gentlemen is more important to scotland and the european union. >> during the brexit referendum, people in scotland including those working in the agriculture and fisheries sector were told farming and fishery powers would be exercised by the scottish parliament but it seems judging by the prime minister's answer,
that is not going to be true. will the prime minister confirm she had the opportunity, will she confirm it is her intention to ensure uk ministers will negotiate and regulate over large areas that impact on scottish fisheries and agriculture post brexit? >> i repeat the right honorable gentlemen doesn't understand this, we are in the process of discussing with the administration the whole question of which of those powers reside in brussels will be returned and remain at a uk level and d for the results into the administration. that is the discussion taking place at the moment. when he answers about the negotiation for brexit with the european union it will be the uk government negotiating with the european union taking full account of the interest and
concerns of the administration and all the other regions of england's. >> does the prime minister agree when it comes to a teenage cancer charity gig resold on the via go-go ticket website for 1000 pounds, with all the money going to a charity and to the hit musical hamilton, 5000 pounds, they only know too well tickets that are resold are invalid for entry it is unfair and not indicative of a market that works for everyone. what will government do to assure genuine funds are not fleeced? >> i thank my honorable friend for raising this issue, he has been working on it and is absolutely right to identify those circumstances, causing, acting in the way he talked
about for people who genuinely believe for what they wish to attend, i understand he recently met i right honorable friends for cultural matters to discuss this issue and as he will be aware, the consumer rights act introduced new rules on ticketing and review of online ticket sales and surely respond to the independent court by michael walston on this issue. we are looking at the general issue of where markets are not working for interested consumers. >> let me add my condolences for a former member of the house and welcomed the new member. >> mister speaker, young black men using mental health services, young black men using mental health services are more likely to be subject to
detention, extreme forms of medication for fear of physical restraint than other people and in extreme cases this has led to theft, too many black people with mental health are afraid to seek treatment from a service they fear will not treat them fairly. will the prime minister meet with me and affected families to discuss the need of an inquiry into institutional racism in their mental health services. >> i think the honorable gentlemen and i welcome the new member to the house. can i say to the honorable gentlemen it is precisely because concerns about various people were being treated within public services that the government has introduced last year and audit of the disparity of treatment of a racial audit disparity treatment in product services. i saw this as home secretary when i looked at the way black
people with mental health issues were being dealt with in terms of detention in various ways and that is the sort of issue we are looking at. i'm happy with the details of the particular issue you set out. >> thank you, mister speaker. will the prime minister join me in congratulating my staff and particularly the principle, who last week, further education award, won the prestigious teaching and learning initiative for the whole country? by combining mass, arts, religion and science, i am sure she will agree this initiative drives forward inquisitive minds and grows future generations that we will need for the skills they need to succeed. >> i'm happy to join my honorable friend in congratulating the college for the award they have been given
in this category, the best teaching and learning initiative for the initiative. it is an interesting initiative in place. i congratulate all the staff. this is a sign, this award, of the dedication of the students at west suffolk college and all colleges across the country should be aspiring to reach these standards and he is right, we do need to ensure that young people have not just a skill set but the inquiring minds that enable them as they look forward to different careers to embrace new skills and change throughout their career. >> my constituents, a 16-year-old daughter after drinking a bottle of cider which is 7.5% proof and contains 22
equivalents. the prime minister accept wife cider is a health hazard and should be banned or carrying much higher -- >> i'm sure members across the whole house will offer our deepest sympathies to the family of this 16-year-old constituent, former constituents of the honorable lady and she does raise an important issue and that is why we do as a government recognize problem consumption of alcohol. we have taken action through the duty system so this is more than the lower strength product, and plus the a t but another element is making sure people are aware of the dangers and harms of alcohol misuse, they have run
campaigns, and work in schools to help raise that awareness which is important. >> we are rightly proud that young people, regardless of race, creed or color study colleges and universities but this week jewish students are being subjected to intimidation, fear, and anti-semitism as a result -- what action could my right honorable friend make to make sure chancellors of principles in sure anti-semitism -- >> i want to assure my honorable friend higher education institutions have a responsibility to ensure that they find an inclusive environment for students and expect them to have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law, investigate hate crimes including any anti-semitic
instances that are reported. i know my honorable friend who served as minister had written to remind institutions of these expectations and also urged them to follow the government athlete in adopting the international holocaust remembrance, definition of anti-semitism. >> there is a flaw in the legislative reform with which the government is seeking to create private fund limited partnerships which allows criminal and scottish limited partnerships to easily work on new part -- types of partnership. will the prime minister delay until such time as the current review is completed? >> we have taken important steps to tackle money-laundering and economic crimes which i oversaw the establishment of the economic crimes in the national crime agency. on the question he raises, i
understand business last year on the transparency requirements for slps and they will be publishing proposals soon. my right honorable friend, the business secretary, is gathering things that may lead to further reforms. >> on the new business rates. the house of business rates. and can she give me an assurance that we do all we can for these people, a rise of this size. >> they are based on property value and will also know, this property value, and absolutely
right that we update them and as i recognize last week, different businesses and it is important, we already put significant sums into transitional support for businesses so that we help companies that are facing increased bills and my right honorable friend, the chancellor and community secretary to make sure support is provided if appropriate and is in place for the hardest cases and my right honorable friend, the chancellor to say more about this in budget. >> a national audit office report, massive government overspend on new preschool sites, the permit estimating it will spend the further 2.5 billion pounds on land for these schools, schools across my constituency are reporting chronic levels of underfunding. will the prime minister review the plans for these preschools and provide existing schools
with what they need? >> i'm happy to say, in real terms. i understand she raises a concern about that but what we have seen through the program that has been continued under this government is to ensure we are creating more good school places across this country, that is what we want to do and what our policy will continue to do. >> thank you, mister speaker. i would like to join the private history and wishing way of a happy saint david's day. the state of wales has been working to send a message to the world that wales is one of the best places in the united kingdom to live, work, visit and trade with. does the prime minister agree russian interests must be at the
heart of the united kingdom. in leaving the european union the future of the uk union has never been more important. >> i thank my honorable friends, raising the importance of wales, doing important work reminding the world that wales is one of the best places in the uk to live, work and trade with. in forthcoming negotiations we are committed to getting a deal to work for all parts of the uk including wales and the best way to achieve that is the uk government continues to work together. i'm led to host a saint david's day reception to celebrate everything wales has to offer and can i once again wish all members of this house -- [shouting] >> thank you, mister speaker.
the worst in the country, will the prime minister support our campaign for the network, will she commit to delivering the investments we so desperately need? >> i apologize but i missed the first part of the question. i think she was talking about investment in infrastructure. >> very clear, we set out, what was made for infrastructure, we do believe infrastructure plays an important part in encouraging the growth of the economy and in ensuring we do see that we increase productivity and the rest of the country, schools will be looking for other projects that can do just that. >> victoria prentice. >> copeland recently, people
wanted to talk about the future of their maternity unit. it was just like being at home in banbury. rather than politicize the nhs with the prime minister agree about the maternity services encouraging not just care that is safe but care that is kind and close to home. >> my honorable friend raises an important point in relation to maternity services and i'm looking forward to looking at members of copeland in the house but during the campaign she made it very clear she didn't want to see any downgrading of the hospital services but she also did something else because she put forward a powerful case for what my honorable friend suggested which is a review to tackle the recruitment issue that affects maternity services up there and does seem very
sensible. >> a 19-year-old constituents of mine discharged by the mental health trust because they have neither the skills nor the cash to provide the support he needs. >> i don't know the full details of the individual case. i do know we are ensuring all money being put into mental health conditions over the years and will continue to be but if he wishes to write me he will be looking into it. >> andrew. >> as a leader who wants to spread wealth and opportunity as widely as possible will the prime minister ensure we end the practice of developers buying brands which they sell new
houses, many first-time buyers feel they are being ripped off by this practice? >> thank you for raising this point. he is concerned about it, clearly set out developers should be building homes for people to live in and we promote fairness for the growing number of -- unfair and unreasonable abuses of these as my honorable friend the housing minister has said. other than in certain circumstances i don't see why new homes shouldn't be built for point of sale. >> one of my friends in this place, i received an email from a local pharmacist, since the government's announcement, to
implement costly measures including staff and services. he received a notification of payment for prescriptions in december of last year and the reduction of nearly 9000 pounds, 18%. the minister talked about last year. could i ask you will the government commit to revisit pharmacy funding as a matter of urgency? >> we will recognize the importance the pharmacist provides which means what we've written in recent years and we see an increase of 18% in the past decade in the number of pharmacists. the system does need to reform so the nhs resources are spent efficiently and effectively and to look at the figures two fifth of pharmacists within 10 minutes walk of two pharmacies the average pharmacy receives 220,000 pounds a year in nhs
funding and most pharmacies receive 25,000 pound establishment payment regardless of size or quality. what we did do was look at this concern when it was raised last summer and it made changes to ensure greater support available to pharmacies in particular areas. >> one of david cameron's greatest legacies were his efforts to fight human trafficking by modern-day slavery action. last year this country looked after 800,000 children in syria and surrounding countries. the same investment of looking after 3000 in this country. by doing that we defeat human trafficking. could the prime minister confirm we will continue that policy? >> i am happy to join my honorable friends, i was pleased he supported the modern slavery act and i propose we introduce
it and we are committed to continuing our policy, we set up the modern slavery task force bringing together various parties, what is necessary to break the criminal game and support for the victim. >> on behalf of my honorable friends, the leader of the opposition in expressing condolences to the family of the father of the house, greatly missed. and noticed the intervention by two former prime minister's in relation to the brexit -- very helpful i am sure. i am sure the prime minister will know what they and everybody else means by hard
brexit. we all wonder what is left by a soft coup. when indeed it might be triggered and we will know if it is triggered or not. perhaps the prime minister as well since it has been so helpful and so many other ways. with that she take the opportunity to make it clear whatever the prime minister's say for the house may say, the reality is her plan to trigger article l by the end of march is on track. >> i think the right honorable gentlemen, it is my plan to trigger the end of march and when i refer to that, i refer to article 50, while triggering any coup that takes place, it is our intention to do that. article 50 does respond to the
judgment of the supreme court but also ensures that we are responding to the voice of the united kingdom when people voted to leave the european union. >> like many other honorable friends and members, took a shower this morning. [laughter] >> i am sure whether the shower gel can take micro beams. and they can result -- >> a fascinating question. let's hear it. >> products containing shower gel products can result in 100,000 plastics being washed
down the drain every time you use them into the water system and into the marine environment damaging precious habitats. will the prime minister join me in welcoming steps this government is taking to institute the ban on the use in personal care products. >> thank you, mister speaker. i think -- i think i should say for clarity to members of this house that i'm not in a position to know whether you took a shower this morning. in responding, my honorable friend raised an important point, it is completely unnecessary to add plastics to body scrubs where harmless
alternatives can be used. as she referred at the end of the question hour consultation to ban these care products closed recently, we are aiming to change legislation by october 2017 - evidence of what more can be done in the future and other sources of plastic entering marine environments because we are committed to being the first generation ever to leave the environment in a better state than it was inherited. together we can all work to bring an end to these harmful plastics clogging up our oceans. >> very reassured by what the prime minister said. >> along the m 4 core door in south wales, deeply worried about potential job losses.