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>> gavin robinson. >> with regret yesterday we got a revolution from government or britain ministerial and a statement on a proposal for the way forward and we should hang our head in shame that we intend to treat service personnel differently from those served overseas. when i question the attorney general on 31 january he said too late, service personnel separately would be clearly wrong. >> the service men and women who served under operation banner as we heard repeatedly last week and the debate monday. it felt the same no matter what. to come up with an answer which will work when it is taken to court by l'affaire mongers something that works on the basis of different legal starting points for things that
happened abroad but which end up at an answer that feels the same to service men and women and provides the same protections no matter what. >> questions to the prime minister. john woodcock. >> mister speaker, today marks two years since the manchester arena attack. a cowardly and sickening attack the deliberately targeted innocent defense was children. members across the house want to join me in sending thoughts and prayers to families and friends of all the victims and members will want to join me in paying tribute to the immense bravery and courage emergency services showed that night. this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others in addition to my duties in this house.
>> john woodcock. >> the whole house will want to associate themselves with words spoken about in the manchester attack. she may not have long left and good luck with those meetings later today but she can act now against the return of banned chemical weapons which experts this morning are investigating a suspected attack in italy. if approved, will she lead the international response against the return of indiscriminate evil? >> the honorable jasmine is right to raise the issue of the use of chemical weapons. we acted in syria when we saw chemical weapons being used in syria.
it is on the streets of the united kingdom and took a robust response supported by international friends and allies and we condemn all use of chemical weapons. we are in close contact with the united states monitoring the situation closely and any use of chemical weapons is concerned we will respond appropriately but our position is clear. we consider capable of delivering a lasting peace, the regime locks constituency due to its atrocities against his own syrian people. >> and when it. >> does the primus or agree energy efficiency measures are critical in tackling climate change? bringing every home to standards could save 25% electricity generation, equivalent of six nuclear power stations and could save every family 270 pounds and potentially pay for itself by
generating 1.27% for every pound invested. >> prime minister? >> my honorable friend made an excellent point. we recognize the importance of this issue. the government is committed to energy efficiency by 2030 and the efforts to bring 2.5 million homes up to energy performance certificate see rating by 2030 and as my honorable friend said this would save energy and bring down bills. >> jeremy corbin. >> i join the prime minister in commemorating all the victims of the manchester bombing two years ago. our thoughts are with the friends and family of all those who were killed, the survivors and emergency service workers who gave such a relic service that night. they live with the horrors of this the rest of their lives. 10:31 tonight will be a poignant moment for many people in manchester.
i also want to pay tribute to the last survivor of the head scarf revolutionary, who is visiting parliament today. she led a campaign on basic safety in the 1960s and as a result many lives were saved. people like her made an enormous contribution and should be recognized for it. i also want to express on behalf of the labour party, the government failed the industry putting 5000 jobs at risk in british steel, 20,000 more in supply chains. this government failed those people and even at this late stage must step in to save those jobs. >> why schools have to close
early friday afternoon? >> he raised the issue of british steel and recognized this is a worrying time for the thousands of dedicated british steel workers and their families but those in the supply chain and local communities. the government has in working tirelessly with the company with its owner and lenders to explore all options to secure solution for the company. we showed through the agreement that we were willing to act but we can only act within the law and it is clear it would be unlawful to provide the guarantee on returns by the company. we will be working with the company and others in the official receiver in the days and weeks ahead to ensure that we can pursue and secure the future of the operations on the other side. my honorable friend the chancellor has raised an indemnity for the official receiver to enable british steel to continue to operate in the immediate future. there are no job losses at this
time in the official receiver said staff will be paid and employed. the business secretary will update the house in a statement later this afternoon. on the issue of school the right honorable gentlemen those we are putting record levels of funding into our schools. >> that explains why 26 schools close early on a friday every week. they don't have enough money to stay open. mister speaker, there are more than 1000 schools across england that are turning to crowdfunding websites with a wish list of things they want to raise money to buy, really exotic things like pencils, like glue, like textbooks. if they allegedly have enough money in the first place. >> i said before we are putting record levels of funding into our schools.
we also put in place to ensure fair distribution of the funding between our schools. we are giving every area more money for every pupil in every school. what is important in our education system, and what education is received by the children. more children in english schools. the disadvantage attainment has been narrowed and record rates for disadvantaged young people are going to universities. that is a record to be proud of. >> i don't know there was a chance to read the words of the national association, and ringing serious alarm bells for the government. and the crisis facing so many in education at the present time.
and risen or fallen since 2010. >> every pupil in every school, why are we able to do that? conservatives have taken a balanced approach and managed finances. 1,000 billion extra pounds in borrowing would mean higher taxes, fewer jobs and less money to go into schools. >> one is labor government would properly fund our schools. and we wouldn't use orwellian words like fair funding. pupil funding so the primus or understands it.
it is 24%. at the end of last year, austerity is over. and a teacher in an underfunded school and asked this, maria is a teacher at funded school, when will the government stop making false claims of increased funding for schools and start to tackle the serious problems faced by teachers was when will the cut end for children's schools. >> more money for every pupil in every school. let's see the situation this government inherited under labor government in the future.
and debt interest in school budget. that is not because of what the government is doing and bringing debt down. and more money on debts then our schools. >> this government squandered what it inherited. and the future for many of our children being squandered. >> you are an educated young man. calm yourself and listen. jeremy corbin. >> the funding chief met with school leaders recently and told them the first thing to say they are not generous budgets, very cautious with his words, they are budgets which leave schools with real pressures to face.
creative industries in this country are an enormous strength to our economy. why then have the arts born the brunt of the government's brutal cuts to school funding? so many children losing out on music and creative arts in our schools because of decisions made by central government? >> the right honorable gentlemen started his question by claiming this government squandered what was left by the last labor government. look what was left by the last labor government. they don't want to be reminded what they left, the last labor government needs unemployment higher than it went into office. the biggest deficit in peacetime history and what will be told by the secretary of the treasury.
there is no money left. >> jeremy corbin. >> my question, mister speaker, was funding for arts and creative subjects in schools. 9 out of ten secondary schools have cut back on lesson time, facilities in one of the creative arts subjects. are the artist and actors of tomorrow only to come through the private schools while she continues to cut funding for safe schools? when the prime minister says school funding has been protected she is denying daily experience of teachers, parents and pupils. she is denying the incontrovertible evidence of the education body and teachers unions. she is an outright denial. when the wealth of the richest 1000 people has increased by 50 billion pounds. in the last year alone and in
children's schools. this government has cut vital public services to give tax cuts to the privileged few. can the prime minister name a more damaging policy, a more shortsighted policy than cutting investment in our future, our children? >> the richest have paid more tax every year, they have paid more under every year under the conservatives than any year under a labor government. he talked about what happens in our schools. we are putting record funding into our schools but what matters the quality of education our children get, labor opposed
the products check. they want to this scrap academies and free schools, that doesn't help raise the standards in our school but let's look, let's just look at the labor record. when they were in government standards were lower than they are today. where they are in government in wales standards are lower than in england and if they were to get into government we would see more of the same. lower standards, less opportunity, less opportunity for young people for a brighter future under labor. it is the conservative party that gives quality education, and a good future. >> my right honorable friend explain why she ordered consultation on troubles in northern ireland should not contain proposals for a statute of limitations as reported in the sunday telegraph and what the government will get on and
do? >> he shouldn't necessarily believe what he read the newspapers but on this issue, 3500 people were killed in the trouble. the vast majority were murdered by terrorists. the legal position is clear. any amnesty or statute of limitations would have to apply across the board. a reply to terrorists. i'm not prepared to accept a proposal that brings in amnesty for terrorists. >> ian blackburn. >> i will say the heinous crime that took place two years ago in manchester, we must stand together against terrorism. the prime minister's plan has been described by the uk's
former representative in the eu as the definition of insanity. customs union compromised dismissed by the european union. isn't this new deal just a fantasy? >> i set out the 10 points about the new deal. there is a difference of opinion on the future customs arrangement with the european union which is why this house actually comes to a decision on that issue. allowing the second reading, will enable the house to come to a decision on that issue and labels the house to come to a decision on the second referendum which i continue to believe would not be the right route for this country to go down. we should deliver on the first referendum before suggesting a second. >> look at the benches behind you.
the prime minister is fooling no one but herself and the truth is that the people of scotland don't want her deal. her own party doesn't want her deal and even the pro-brexit labor a bench would support her deal. her time is up. tomorrow people in scotland have a choice, to send a message, to send outward looking scottish national parties to brussels to stop brexit. what party does she think the people of scotland will choose? >> there's only one party in scotland guaranteeing no more referendum and that is the conservative party. >> thank you, sir. colleagues, calm your selves.
dignity, restraint. >> my constituent was 26 weeks pregnant at the time of a car crash that caused her baby to be stillborn, only the injuries were relevant when charging and subsequently sentencing the driver whose dangerous driving caused the crash, the baby grace got no justice at all. i understand the tragic experience is far from unique. will the primacy look at the traffic act so those who do that through dangerous driving can be held responsible. >> prime minister. >> members across the house, it would be obvious in the response to his question, to join me in
sending deepest sympathies to my honorable friend's constituent. my honorable friends will know the courts can already and do consider harm caused to the mother of an unborn child in sentencing and my honorable friend has discussed changing the law in particular issue with the ministry of justice. they are concerned there could be far reaching unintended consequences of doing so but i have asked them to keep the law under review. my honorable friend and others in the house will continue to work on this issue. until everybody recognizes the compassion my honorable friend is showing and raising this issue, what we want to ensure is what he is proposing is not something that could lead to other unintended consequences of a sort he would not wish to see. >> lee cowan. >> it has been brought to my attention some children suffering severe epilepsy have been able to greatly reduce and in some cases end their seizures
due to the cumbersome system this government implemented in 2018, to break the law to bring medicine back or be exiled or ordinary places in the uk. rather than having to fight for access, some common sense compassion to make medical cannabis available to many people who are suffering and those who can benefit do. >> prime minister. >> can i say to the honorable gentlemen, these cases are desperately difficult and the government did change the law as he said and on the medical council register can prescribe cannabis products in municipal
use whether it would benefit, nhs england and the chief medical officer made it clear cannabis made products are prescribed for medicinal use in appropriate cases but we must trust doctors to make decisions in the interest of patients. >> when sally masterson discovered a fraud the bank sought to discredit her to the regulator, dismissed her and prevented her working with a police investigation who describe her role as vital. five years later the bank paid an undisclosed amount in compensation yet the fca continue to refuse to invest in it. with the prime minister use her power to compel them to do so? and sanction those responsible including, if relevant, the chief executive for those five years, antonio sre oh. >> the events constituted
criminal activity and those responsible to justice, the fbi conducting two investigations including the bank communications with regulators following discovery of the misconduct at lloyd's appointed a high court judge to consider whether issues related to reading were investigated and reported by the banking group. those findings will be shared and i look forward to continuing those investigations. >> primary school in chesterfield recording special needs education yet under the government funding formula for 6000 pounds of a special needs child is not funded by the government when even the tory lead member for education describes this as a victim of their own success. isn't it time the prime minister in her final days change the funding formula and start
looking after those special needs children? >> we have been putting more money into special educational needs. i recognize many parents getting what is required for their children can be a difficult process with local authorities. we recognize the importance of special needs and that is why we are putting it in there. >> mister speaker, could i thank the prime minister for the amount of british aid that flows through to the program in yemen and ask if she noted in the last 48 hours a report by director david beasley drawing attention to the diversion of aid in who the controlled areas. which he urged the international community to increase the pressure on the leadership to resolve this and further the
efforts for peace in yemen rather than take the easy course of always focusing on the many government and the saudi led coalition? >> my right honorable friend raises important point. we are all concerned about the situation in yemen. this government has a good record in the amount of money provided to help those in yemen but it is only a benefit if it is able to reach those who need it and is incumbent on all parties to ensure that aid reaches those who need it and the efforts to bring a lasting peace to the yemen political sentiment, the way to get that sustainability for the future but incumbent on everybody to make sure the aid that has been provided for those who are desperately in need is able to reach those who need it most. >> on 5 june, the eyes of the world will be on 75, events plant will give justice to the sacrifices made for actions like
my own grandfather and a place that fosters a legacy of remembrance, reflection and reconciliation. allies in world war ii australia, new zealand, canada and the us have all taken steps to ensure coroner's report suicide among the community. why don't we? >> can i say first of all to the honorable gentlemen it is right that the eyes of the world will be on board for the d-day national commemoration, putting veterans first, remembering the sacrifices and achievements and we will highlight the historic strength of the western alliance and transatlantic partnership. in relation to the coroner's report, i will write to him in response to that but can i say i look forward as do others to being in portsmouth to commemorate his anniversary.
>> 43 years ago, like many others i was ordered to serve in northern ireland to keep the peace by terrorists attacking and killing civilians in northern ireland. many of my colleagues and others did not come back including one friend who was tortured, murdered and his body has never been found or his murderers ever brought to justice. in answer to our honorable friend's question she talked about amnesty. none of those who served have called for amnesty. what they called for his fairness and justice. many many old veterans are finding having been cleared decades ago that we are proceeding against them with no new evidence. can i please ask her will she answer me how is that i can say to my old colleagues this government is not abandoned them.
>> we absolutely value the service he and others did in northern ireland. it is a difficult time for the united kingdom and the work the police did and the armed forces did were crucial. we have seen the peace since the belfast good friday agreement but there was much injury during the troubles. as i indicated earlier 3000 people were killed during the troubles. the vast majority were murdered by terrorists. my right honorable friend talks about a fair and just system. we want to ensure that is a fair and just system that is working across the board to deal with the legacy issues but what is happening at the moment is a disproportionate emphasis in
terms of cases that involve the police and armed forces, there are cases involving terrorists being looked into but people would recognize there is a disproportionate emphasis on police and armed forces. what is important is we bring in a system which has fool support and will enable people to see fairness and justice being applied. that is what the secretary of state is working on with various political parties in northern ireland and is is what we will in due course put forward. we recognize the sacrifice, bravery and determination of our armed forces and the work they did in northern ireland and we too want to see fairness and justice. >> took time to get there but the prime minister has recognized no deal brexit is not a viable option but she knows as well as the rest of us that many of her potential successors do not feel the same way.
can she tell us if she agrees with her brexit secretary among others who think we should be spending the coming month stepping up preparations for a no deal brexit or a chancellor who should indeed it that no more treasury money should be spent on preparing for a no deal brexit. >> there's only one way of this house ensuring that we leave the european union without no deal and that is to leave with a deal and that is to support the second reading of the withdrawal agreement and take the process through this house but the honorable lady also knows the position continues to be no deal, were we to get to 31 october situation i want us to leave the eu before then and what we to get to 31 october position it would be a matter for the 27 to determine whether there was no deal or not and that is white is right the government is continuing to make preparations for no deal. >> charles walker.
>> like so many in this chamber i want to see more money for school, the hospitals, police and transport. is not the best way doing this to agree to a deal that allows us to legally let exit the eu, thereby unlocking three years of pent-up investment seeking certainty the prime minister is trying to deliver and should be trying to deliver? >> there is pent-up investment, there are companies holding investments back being resolved and it is important that we see the deal going through the house. supported withdrawal agreement is the way to ensure that we deliver the brexit the people voted for and do it in a way that conservatives stood on in their manifesto at the last election and labour party members stood on in their manifesto at the last election. once we are over this and left
the european union we will take advantage not only of the deal dividend but the increased investment and bright future for our country. >> can i thank the prime minister and leader of the opposition the words of remembrance for the victims two years ago? the concerns expressed about delays and compensation and amount opposite victims following this will the government give consideration when criminal injury compensations came through to establishing a separate funding cost for victims of terrorist attacks so it doesn't have to be taken from committal injuries compensation authority funding and we can get more flex of intermediate support to victims of terror attacks. >> the honorable gentlemen has raised an important deck and i recognize the force with which
he raised that and concern for the victims of the attack and sadly in this country we have seen too many people victims of terrorist attacks. the chancellor indicated the ministry of justice is reviewing the situation. he has heard the specific proposals the honorable gentlemen put forward and we will take that into account in a review. >> it is to and half years in northern ireland, in the select committee, the impact on ordinary people whether it is on quality issues or funding or 6% less, northern ireland is being left behind. will the primacy do all she can to restore this before the end of the year? >> i give the honorable friend that reassurance. i'm as keen as she is to see the restoration in northern ireland. i believe all the parties that came together and talked with
the secretary of state and as appropriate the orange government and ensuring that those talks are continuing. there are issues that need to be addressed. concerns from the political parties on different issues. those need to be overcome. my honorable friend says this is a matter of the people of northern ireland that can ensure a good government in northern ireland. >> on two previous locations i asked the prime minister to do more to support the victims of the late salt scandal. now that she's about to move house will the pm give a little more focus and urgently address this issue and give leaseholders justice? >> we've been listening to those who raised concerns about this particular issue.
last year the housing secretary announced no new government funding scheme will be used for new houses. we had a technical consultation how to improve the market consumers. we are analyzing responses to that, we respond to that in the recent committee report shortly and we will introduce legislation in due course. >> in reply to my right honorable friend the prime minister rightly paid tribute to 3000 security personnel who, through courage, professionalism and skill maintained the rule of law without which the belfast agreement would never have been signed but she didn't answer his question. none of those people want a blanket amnesty. what they want is a categorical assurance that those within the existing framework of the law will not bring forward a fresh process and is categorical clear
new evidence and an assurance that a fair trial will proceed. >> i appreciate the points made in relation to this issue. the problem in northern ireland is a number of processes aiming to deal with these issues in relation to these during the troubles that all the processes followed so far have been flawed in some way which is why it is necessary to go -- to find a process that will not be flawed, that will enable the fairness and justice we all went to see to be brought to the floor. >> lawrence smith. during the 2017 election campaign the primacy acknowledged the social care system is broken and promised to
fix it yet the ceo recently told me the decisions for care workers by 400 pounds a month as a direct result of them defending in that sector. will the prime minister consider bringing legislation to ensure this attract at least the national living wage and provide the necessary funding to local authorities so it is possible to give care workers the pay they deserved. >> has been one the government has been dealing with. we had to address this is a direct result of the court case that was taken. i recognize the issue on the question of papers and it is a relation to the wider issue of social care. we will bring forward relation to social care and have a
sustainable social care for the future. >> the primacy welcome with me the launch of a fantastic new dimension friendly radio, suspicion based radio service designed to help people over 70 with dementia produce and develop in -- >> prime minister. >> i thank her for raising this issue and the issue of support for people with onset dementia. and highlighting this new radio service. the government is committed to double spending on research and dementia by 2020 but in relation to the radio service this is a very practical way of providing support for people with early onset dementia and i'm happy to join my honorable friend in welcoming this radio service that will provide very important help to those suffering with dementia. >> the primacy must be considering her legacy.
she wants to create is correct burning injustice. will she support legislation proposed by my honorable friend, so abortion in northern ireland becomes a health, not criminal, matter. and as soon as possible women have equal rights across the whole of the united kingdom? >> primacy. >> my view has been clear. i made that clear in the past. we believe this should be addressed by the administration of northern ireland when restored. >> as we look forward to the visit by the president of the united states will the prime minister -- will my right honorable friend agree with me that it is in the national interest that we support his visit across the country to make a successful visit so our
special relationship endures and grows? >> prime minister. >> i thank my honorable friend for raising this issue and he's right. we are looking forward to the state visit of the president of the united states. we are looking forward to the fact donald trump will be joining myself and other leaders to, more rate the 75th anniversary of d-day. it is an important commemoration when we will be recognizing in response to the honorable member the sacrifice made by british armed forces. american armed forces and others from so many other countries to ensure the freedom of europe. my honorable friend is also right we have a deep and special relationship with the united states of america. it is important, that is our closest security and defense relationship and a relationship that has helped to keep the peace around the world.
it is one we want to see continuing and every member of the house did welcome the president of the united states of america to the uk. >> from the prime minister, it would be an unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy if we fail to deliver brexit. scotland will send a clear message tomorrow that it wants to remain in europe by decreasing those wiping out the tories. scotland increases the number tomorrow, will the prime minister finally listen to the people of scotland who want to determine their own future is an independent european nation or will way face leaving scotland's people with all this? >> i suggest to the honorable gentlemen wants to listen to the people of scotland. he starts listening to the decision in 2014 to remain part of the united kingdom.
>> if polling is to be believed, the winner will be the brexit party. this party in contrast to the campaign that succeeded stated no deal brexit is its policy. on the basis of normal turnout that means 67 million people will have voted for no deal. what are the other 10 million brexit voters in 2016? it concerns me that we don't have the consent in this house to deliver brexit that is evident from this house. with that in mind i congratulate the prime minister toward acknowledging this. does she commit, to bring about the vote which remains to take place which is a choice between having a final say of the public or no deal brexit.
>> i don't recognize the choice he set out, i have not changed my view. and the choice before the house whether or not it wants to deliver the results of the first referendum, and members of the house stood, to do that with a deal. the second reading to the agreement bill through the house, and ratify the treaty and leave the european union. >> the universal credit condemned again by the special repertoire. and modern versions of 19th-century workhouses.
and promoting universal credit improving the documentary, state as i quote, one look like dwp or universal credit, this is deliberate. how is it right the dwp is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds, and driving my constituents into debt for restitution. >> his effort, i think the staff for helping people into the workplace. and to keep more of the money they earned. >> two years ago, the fishing village - you bought me some
chips for lunch. and losing their only gp surgery. and i'm sure the prime minister agrees it is vital these communities retain primary care services. how do you attract them on coastal community, and everything done to make sure the service. >> can i think -- reminding him about what we shared. and the importance of gp's local community use and on this issue. there is additional incentive to
attract gp trainees in areas that are hard to recruit areas in coastal communities, a minister from the department of social care, to meet my honorable friend in this issue. >> for over two years now the victims and survivors of a startup institutional abuse, whipping for justice and compensation following the independent report of justice heart. and without seeing the compensation come through, and in northern ireland with cross community and cross party support. the victims of abuse dying without seeing justice. will the prime minister intervene and make sure action to get immediate action for these victims.
>> to appreciate the extent of the concern of this issue. in england and wales, the impact on all those who were victims of this sort of abuse, call it historical, the investigation is referred to as a historical investigation. it is not historical, it rests with them for the rest of their life. i recognize the concern of the issue he raised. it is the northern ireland executive in place and it would be a matter for northern ireland executive to be addressing. we have been looking at this issue and i will discuss with her what response can be given what i recognize as a matter of deep concern to many people in northern ireland. >> i have a question to the prime minister from northern ireland.
david griffin, doubling born irish catholic who joined the british armory, transferred to the raw marines. in 1972 in belfast, he killed an ira gunman who was about to assassinate one of his comrades at a guard post. 47 years later, he is being investigated by the psn eye. he's watching these proceedings now from his home at the royal hospital in chelsea. he asked me to ask you this. i serve my queen and country in uniform for over 20 years and i was commended for my service in northern ireland. acting under lawful orders of the office commanding, i killed a terrorist who was about to
murder one of my comrades and yet i am being investigated as if i were a criminal. the ira have letters of comfort. we don't. why, prime minister, are you pandering to throw veterans like me to the wolf. what is your answer, prime minister, to this chelsea pensioner and all the veterans he represents. >> i say to my honorable friend he put this case and that of the veteran, and i think the individual and all those who served in northern ireland for their bravery and the determination with which they acted in northern ireland which my right honorable friend earlier said and abled the peace that we see today in northern ireland to take place. it is not the case the
terrorists have an amnesty currently. if there is evidence, it has been made very clear evidence of collectivity will be investigated and people should be brought to justice. what i want to ensure, what i want to ensure is that we have a fair justice system. i do not believe the system is operating strangely and no system where there is a amnesty for terrorists. i want to see a system where investigations can take place in a lawful manner where those investigations can be upheld that will not be reopened in the future and in order to do that we need to change the current system and that is what we will do. >> over the last few days i received distressed emails from a number of constituents living
in the uk, who would not be able to vote tomorrow. the predicament our rises because the prime minister government's late decision to participate in the elections which didn't give many eu citizens enough time to fill out the necessary forms that would be voting elsewhere. will see is the power of her office to take steps this afternoon, to make it available at polling stations tomorrow in the united kingdom would be disenfranchised. >> can i say to the honorable lady we take every step to make sure those entitled to vote in elections are able to do so. and to enter into the european elections. that was taken because of the decision by this house, it may not have been doing this with european elections.
>> the prime minister in this house is beginning to understand the level of fury in the country when it comes to treatment by this place. the most disturbing part of last week and is the insinuation of equivocation between those who get up in the morning to murder women and children and civilians and those who donned a uniform to protect the crowd. does the prime minister take this opportunity to tell the nation she sees no equivocation between these groups. and the preferential treatment should not be given, is not right. >> can i say to my honorable friend, it is absolutely clear from everything i said at this dispatch that i value the sacrifice, the bravery, the
commitment of our armed forces whose work in northern ireland alongside the police in northern ireland and of this enabled us to get to the stage today that we have the good friday agreement and the peace we have had in northern ireland. and there is no question of equal weighting that bravery and sacrifices with active terrorism but i also want to say from implication of his question urging me to put in place a system which would equate terrorists with members of the armed forces. any statute of limitations, any amnesty that is put into place would, as a matter of law have to apply across the board. i do not want to see and i will not see an amnesty for the terrorists. >> can i think the prime
minister for recognizing the impact on steelworkers and their families of the devastating new -- into liquidation. and in my constituency, will she meet with mp's cross party affected by this. to make sure this great industry moves forward in the future serving this country. >> i recognize this is a worrying time for his constituency and the government has been looking at what we can do and the support we get through the ets agreement but haven't been able to get further support. and a group of mps to consider this issue.
and to ensure that we continue to have an industry in the united kingdom, and we will look at that wider issue. >> just before we come to the statement by the prime minister, i think it is fitting, colleagues, for me to refer to something that was mentioned at the start of questions for the prime minister today by the leader of the opposition. 3 trawlers set out from january to february 1968 and never returned leading to the loss of 58 lives. eve on marie blank andsoft is the last survivor of a group of women who became known following the tragedy, the head scarf revolution. the women campaign for better protection for their husbands
fathers brothers and sons. through their actions, countless lives, reliably informed, that she is with us today observing our proceedings. and fellow women. we extend the warmest welcome to her in the house of commons. [applause] >> the prime minister. >> with permission before i make my statement may i recognize others and all those over the years who campaigned to ensure that those in the workplace can have the degree