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brian lamb: thank you for joining us. dr. >> for free transcripts or to give us your comments about the program visit us on q&a.org. q&a programs are also available on c-span podcast. monday night on "the communicators" austin meyer zannier zanof and hank johnson talk about technology issues and patent legislation before congress. >> 97% of the people that are sued by patent troll has to
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settle because they don't have the $3 million. they pay an average of $300,000 to the patent troll that's suing them. they are locked up under what's called a n.d.a. which means they're never allowed to tell anybody what happened to them. >> we're very excited to have a legislation on the topic and we're going to speak to as many congressmen to discuss the issues so entrepreneurs can defend their product. any of these letters that will put a company like ours under. >> we are told that we are currently -- to those who create -- who actually use the law to enforce their property rights.
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so that's the big divide. >> monday night at 8:00 eastern on "the communicators" on c-span 2. >> next british prime minister david kameron takes questions from the members of the house of commons and gives an up date on the recent g 7 summit. after that the scottish parliament debates on whether the united kingdom should stay in the european union. during this week's question time, british prime minister david kameron talks about the union. he says the prime minister should consider allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum. he also addressed questions on the outcome of the g 7 summit, tax issue and the health care
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system. this is 45 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister? jane barry. >> question one. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i had met with the minister and colleagues an others and in addition to my duties in my house i shall have further meetings today. >> sir james barry. the great british job food has earned the prime minister and the chancellor the operation of leaders -- wouldn't you agree that you can create better jobs -- >> first of all, let me -- i went you my honorable friend.
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he's right to say that we have had something of a jobs boost in this country with more than two million more people in work. his constituency has fallen by 48% since 2010, a manifesto made clear we will push forward with plans and we're working with charles on a detail business case and let me take this opportunity to bring everyone who's been involved in cross rail one. the secretary of state and i were in those tunnels a week ago. the tunneling is almost done and is a fete of great engineering and it's going to be brilliant for our economy. >> harriet harmon . >> not great that there's going to be a referendum -- but it's got to be in the right way.
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and it's got be fair. firstly the issue of who can vote. why won't he let 16 and 17-year-olds -- this is about the future of our country. they did in the scottish referendum. it's their future too. >> first of all, can i thank the honorable lady and all those labor m.p.'s who join us -- after -- after five years of oppose a referendum to watch them all tooping through, it was the biggest mash conversion since their chinese general baptized his troops with a hose pipe. very impressive. on the issue of 16 and 17-year-olds i believe this house should vote on this issue. the conservity manifesto is clear and my position is clear. i think we should stick with the current franchise at 18. but the house of commons can
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vote. >> harriet harmon. >> hard to say in miss initial response to my question. he won the election. he's the prime minister. he doesn't -- he doesn't need to do ranting and sneering. he can just answer the question and frankly he should show a bit more class. so he and i -- he and i talking -- he and i both want to see a yes vote. he and i both want to see yes votes. but it's essential this referendum is fair and seen to be fair. so why are they changing the law to exempt the government from the rules which are there to
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make sure the government doesn't use public funds or the government machine in the short campaign. will he think about this again? >> there was an excellent debate last night and a lot of important issues were brought up and they can be discussed when we have the committee stage of the bill. all of the concerns that were raised can be addressed. there are two reasons for looking very carefully at this and for taking the proposals that we put forward. first of all as the europe minister said because the european issue is so pervasive. i don't want to be in the situation where four weeks before the referendum government ministers aren't able to make judgments respond to council. that does seem to be the danger. the second issue i would raise and i think this is a bigger
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issue is that when the negotiation is complete and the government has a clear view, i don't want us to be neutral on this issue. i want us to speak clearly and frankly on this issue. and frankly when it came to that scottish referendum, i actually felt in the last few weeks before the referendum as the u.k. government was often being advised it couldn't take up view on the future of the u.k. and i think that was a ridiculous situation which is why we put forward the change for part of the rules. but it will be debated in the house. but i stated my position right here. >> but the problem is it's a blanket exemption. we must have a legal framework on the face of the bill of we cannot rely on ministerial restraint. now the electoral commission has said the referendum shouldn't be on the same day as any other election an we strongly agree with that.
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this is an important constitutional issue that should be considered on its own. will he guarantee that there will be a separate voting day for the referendum? >> again the honorable lady is facing an important issue of proceed and procedure that should be debated and discussed. i will tell you my view in two seconds. my view is that the timing of the referendum should be determined by the timing of the renegotiation when the renegotiation is complete, we set a date for the referendum. i don't myself think it should be determined by the timing of other elections. it was quite possible to have for instance, the a.v. referendum and other elections on the same day. i think people are capable of making those two decision. but as i say the timing of the referendum should be made at the same time of the renegotiation.
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>> we're talking about whether it should be the same day as other elections. and you mentioned the a.b. referendum and we would agree with the electoral commission that it wasn't right that it was held actually on the same day. but mr. speaker, we'll have the opportunity to look further at these issues in the g-7 statement that's coming next. so i would like to turn to the issue that's important to many families across the country. before the election, the prime minister promised that his tax-free childcare policy would be launched this autumn. is he on track to meet that promise? >> it's a very important principle we're introducing which is if family spend more than $10,000 pounds on childcare they should be able to get $2,000 pounds back. this is a government for working people for the cost of chide care. not only are we doing that and the chancellor said the timing
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of the introduction in his budget but we're also doubling to 30 hours the number of hours that people will get if they have 3 and 4-year-olds. this government is for actual working people. >> well, it doesn't help working people to make promises and not meet them. let me ask him about another election promise. we know that childcare providers already have to pay for additional hours above the 15 hours they get free. given the free entitlement is going up to 30 hour, -- hours, how can he guarantee that families will benefit from this and won't get hit by increased fees elsewhere. >> what's going to happen is we have a review of the fees being paid to childcare providers. second of all, we've got the increase from 15 to 30 hours
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which will be a real benefit to working families. and third of all, we've got this new tax relief so if you spend up to $10,000 you get $20,000 pounds back. what will this will mean is that familys will have far greater choice on childcare far greater resources on childcare and a greater number of people feel relieved that we're not in government. i suspect the parents will feel the same way. >> harriet harmon. >> he just can't help himself but gloat. go right ahead and gloat but why shouldn't he just answer the question about childcare? we know and perhaps we can have an answer rather than a gloating session. we know that grandparents help out. most parents say they couldn't
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manage without the grandparents. but increasingly those grandparents are themselves working. so will the prime minister agree to look at how we can help grandparents get flexibility at work like allowing them to share parently leave? >> certainly happy to look at that because the right to request flexible work is something that this government has championed and i'm sorry if the right honorable lady thinking i'm gloating. it's not the first time someone's been accused of gloating while quoting the leader of the opposition. for instance, she said the other day -- she said people tend to like a leader who feel -- who they feel is economically competent. i think she's been talking a lot of sense. and i'll be quoting her as often as i possibly can.
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>> anne bane. >> thank you mr. speaker, i was pleased to hear there would be a review of business rate. my business is to get the chancellor to get a move on across the country as a good business. >> well, the chancellor will have heard loud and clear my instructions. what i've said is that we do want to get on with this review of business rates. like all members in this house, i have listened and she would have listened to the complaint by high street stores who feel that sometimes unfair competition with internet retailers who don't face the same sort of business rates. i would just give this warning. business rates do raise a large amount of revenues an revenues that are necessary and it's not going do be able to come up with a review that's satisfactory to
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everybody. >> as the u.k. remains in the top 10 amongst the most unequal societies in the world helping people on low incomes receive the living wage can be transformational for them and their families. will the prime minister take the opportunity to praise all employer who is deliver the living wage? >> very happy to praise all those employer who is deliver the living wage. that's long been the conservative position. it's stated in the manifesto. this isn't gloating. number 10, is the living wage a priority too? >> as i should point a living wage employer as well? >> however, the scottish government is the only government in the u.k. as a whole that isn't a credited living wage. could the prime minister tell us when he will insure that all u.k. government department, all agencies an all employees will receive the living wage?
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>> well, we do want to make progress. obviously the scottish government has the advantages the additional funding it's been getting under the government. i do notice that con sen us the in the scottish national part is rather broken down over fiscal awe tommy because of course, if they got poor fiscal autonomy they probably wouldn't be able to afford a living wage employer. i'm examining these things closely. the new member of particlement has called it economic suicide. the new member of parliament has called poor fiscal autonomy a disaster. it seems to me that the scoish national party's new approach is to demand something they don't want and to complain when they don't get it. >> thank you, mr. speaker on the first day of the fourth of
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july a neo nazi was planning a demonstration. and will you you join me to use the police to combat this anti-semitic demonstration. >> i think my honorable friends -- friend speaks to the whole house and i have written about this specific demonstration and set wrout any individual criminals are committed they should face the full force of law. we do have freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. but people should not feel free to extent harassment or threatening behavior. that is not permitted and that should be prosecuted. >> ms. sharp. will the prime minister answer the question?
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is he -- if he does, can he explain why my city of bratford which was the northern powerhouse continues to be neglecked in his regional plans? >> on behalf of the whole house can i welcome the honorable lady to her place. she replaces someone who has the unique distinction of always speaking with immense power but also being completely wrong and i'm sure that she will take a different approach. what i would say to he about bradford is that bradford should be part of this northern powerhouse because the concept is linking up the great cities of the north of england amaking the most of them. in terms of negligenting bradford i would say quite the opposite. if you look at the spending power that her local authority has it's almost $2,300 pounds that is almost $300 pounds more
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than the average for england. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the long-term economic plan working in -- growth rate in england. unemployment in my constituency is down 22% since 2010. does the prime minister agree that the redoubling of the benefits to my constituents on all those along the route? >> i congratulate you for winning the stitch went schism he has got on to a great start by mentioning the railway line that goes right through the middle of my constituency which i want to see the further redoubling of. he's already my new best friend.
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he will know that we got the intercity express train for 2017. there will be new and updated train for every part of westtire. >> mark ndur kin. >> the prime minister campaign on group b strip awareness. i'm sure he is aware of the highly successful program of universal g.b.s. will he now encourage ministers to rule out g.b.s. specific testing as a routine offered to all pregnant women across all our health services? >> can i say i thank you for
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raising this. because it was craig allen richards who raised this issue with me which got me interested in the whole area in the first place. we have made some big breakthroughs that national health service does do much more in terms of screening and in tems of action to help those potentially having the affection of group b strep. and there are difficulties in terms of national programs because of the whole issue of anti-microbial resistance and the use of antibiotics. but i'm happy to take this opportunity and look at what's been achieved so far. what can be done and to answer the honorable gentleman. >> jerry mercer. >> in my constituency where the rate is far lower than the national average and helping them stand on their own two feet is the most effective policy tackling measure there is. can the prime minister explain how the consensus will reward hard work and benefit those
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working earning the minimum wage ? >> can i welcome him my honorable friend and praise him for his speech who haw moved all who heard it or subsquentl read it. -- subsequently read it. our plans to raise it to $12,500 pounds. i want to see progress on the minimum wage. but all the way hell with we have to recognize that the absolute foundation is a growing economy that is producing jobs is getting into work that is the greatest way to combat policy. >> dr. allen whitehead? >> can the prime minister reassure me that price report that is going to be cutting funding support to half the energy efficiency programs are wrong. and he is committed to maintain
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support for programs to insure that the most vulnerable in our society have more homes to relieve? >> we've made some very big progress in the last parliament in terms of destination programs and in terms of distributing solar panels. i this we have a million homes in these in the u.k. we want to make sure they get value for money. i hope it was seen as voting welcome k him back which the labor m.p. of the size of england. >> thank you mr. speaker, in my constituency -- one of these two is company rose on the doorstep
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is company on the emple u. they have reduced incentives which strong migrant from within the o.p. union. but could you tell me what further steps have been taken to tackle economic migration from outside the e.u.? >> can i welcome the honorable lady to her place. her election result was one i was dreaming of and i'm very, very grateful for. but she's absolutely right to raise this issue. in the past it's been too easy for some businesses to bring in workers from overseas rather than to take the long-term to train our workforce here at home. we need to do more to change that and that means reducing the migrant labor. that is part of our plan. the home secretary is written to the migration advisory committee asking her to report back on how to significantly reduce work-related migration from outside europe. they're going to advise on restricting the work visa to
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shortages an specialist putting a time limit on how long a person can claim that have these shortages. we're going to look at a skill levy so we can boost the funding for apprenticeship and we're going to stop businesses using foreign workers to undercut rates. all of these can help migration under control. make sure that hard working british people who get the skills, who get the training that have can find the jobs that will help them to build a better life. >> thank you mr. -- thank you, mr. speaker. to make a employee to the prime minister to help them access the dushan law to help them from
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losing their ability. will the prime minister tell the house that these children can expect a positive answer that they so desperately need? >> first of all, can i thank the honorable lady for raising this because it is a terrible disease. unforge nately, i won't be able to -- unfortunately, i won't be able to hole that meeting because i have to go grathe to an e.u. summit in brussels. but i do remember meeting archie hill. he's an amazing young boy. incredibly brave. the situation is that they've completed a situation on how it prioritizes investments into these services including for drugs. this calls for a decision that can be experted in the future. i recognize how vital it is to give those affected a decision as soon as possible.
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thank you colleagues and thank you, speaker. >> on monday there's going to be a showcase celebrating the magna carta within our city's beautiful castle. having myself visited it will the prime minister like to join me in recommending that other members of the constituents should visit lincoln to visit the original magna carta and our majestic cathedral especially as we move towards the new british bill of rights? >> my honorable man you are right to this take this opportunity. and this year is the 800th year anniversary of the magna carta. there's a great copy in lincoln and to see all the vags advantages that lincoln has to offer. there are so many countries and so many people around the world that done have the rule of law that don't have protections against arbitrary and so that
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document is important not just in britain but important that we celebrate its values around the world. >> most working people aspire to decent sustainable jobs. indeed thousands of my constituents work in this or in the automotive supply chain. so when will the prime minister public the treasury of the cost of the british economy of which it's depraun the emple u. >> let me praise the many hard working constituents he has in the northeast. this hand is now producing more cars in the northeast than the whole of the italian car industry. it is a great example ol of the manufacturing renewable that's taking part in this country. i want the widest possible debate. and i would encourage all organizations to bring forward ideas and facs and figures so
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this debate can be informed. but above all it's only a decision made by poll situations. it's going to be a decision made by the british people. >> thank you, mr. speaker. if lincoln scheyer is to have maximum benefit further improvements to transport connections are required. one such connection will be a service from london bridge cross to the stone thorpe area. it has been with them for a year. could you insure that a decision is made? >> i think my honorable friend is actually right to raise this, the importance of direct connectivity between his constituency and london. we are informs $16.4 billion. i can rey sure that we are
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listening the transport secretary announced we'll be retraining -- retaining the locations. >> the prime minister promised that he would seek the recapture -- why is he not even asking for this anymore? >> first of all, can i welcome the honorable gentleman back to this place. he's made some history because as a party of one he's managed to have a back bench rebellion which is something to be acquired. what i've said in terms of the renegotiation is a whole series of things that need to change making sure we deal with the problem of ever closer union, making sure we deal with the issue of competitiveness which he -- does impinge on some of
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the issues, making sure there are more details this evening, that we have a better balance and proper fairness of those countrys that are in the euro. those that are out of the euro. all these areas an more are very important. >> we just heard from the honorable member from isington, the ridiculous scare mon goring that if we were to leave the e.u. we would end e.u. trade. can you confirm that last year -- can the prime minister confirm that last year the u.k. had a 56 billion pound trade deaf situation with the european union. can you tell us if any of these discussions with angela miracle. she's indicated that she le look to stop training b.m.w., mercedes and audi. will my honorable friend make
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his case with his characteristics figure and clarity. britain's relationship with europe is not just about a trading relationship. it is having a say over what the rules of the single market actually are. and it's that that we're going to have to discuss and think about about over these coming months is what is the difference between a trading relationship and having a say of the way the market works. >> mr. speaker, under the prime minister british productivity has plummeted 30% behind germany, the u.s. and france. why this gap since 1992 and another tori government. and in the northeast, we have the highest productivity growth in the country. isn't it time he gave us the power toed by an economy that matches our values without --
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>> well, first of all, i think the honorable lady is actually right to raise this issue. it's a huge challenge in terms of raising productivity and the potential of the united kingdom. we've had the success of getting two million more in work. we've had the success of getting the economy growing but the challenge for the years ahead is to increase levels of productivity in britain. how are we going do that? i would argue we'll do that by reforming, by planning, entrepreneurship, by investing in success and science. these are thanges we've been doing as part of the long-term plan. >> thank you, mr. speaker, and you move to legalize assisted suicide is viewed with the yut most concern by other who is feel that it could make the vulnerable into making decisions that are not in their best interest.
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would the prime minister inform the house on this issue? >> well, on this issue i agree very much with my honorable friend which is i don't support the assisted dying proposal that has come out from the other place. i don't support euthanasia. i know there are imperfections and problems with the current law but think it can be dealt with sensibly. we do have a new law that brings in euthanasia. as she says, i think the problem is the pressure that is then put on frail elderly people to make a decision that actually they might not go ahead with. >> the prime minister will be aware of decisions caused -- this will have a devastating upon steelworkers and their families. the prime minister again to demand that part to get back the negotiating table, re-engage with meaningful consultation with the trade unions and stop them from paying fast an lose with their own employees'
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pensions. >> i hope partys will trourn the negotiationing table to find a solution. but ument matly -- ultimately this is a problem for the trade unions. >> thank you mr. -- thank you, mr. speaker, prime minister we will come to every city, town that benefits from the growing economy. can you explain how this will bring this about. but particularly in relation to my area, the southwest. and even more particularly i would like to make the gateway -- >> i will say to my honorable friend and, i think there are some very important infrastructure proposals that need to go ahead.

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