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they targeted misinformation on ofcific people and 27% voting age americans saw a russian misinformation in the weeks leading up to the election. what we don't know is what effect, if any, any of this had on the election, on the 2018 midterms, what effect it will have in 2020 and not just in the u.s. but liberal democracies around the world. >> monday at 8:00 eastern on "the communicators" on c-span2. >> next, an update from british prime minister boris johnson on the brexit deal as the promised deadline to leave the eu looms. he talked about the future of the uk's national health service and the government's recent talks with u.s. drug companies. remarks, after lawmakers decided to hold a general election on december 12. the prime minister began the session thanking outgoing speaker john bercow for his
service. this is a little over one hour. .> order questions to the prime minister. dr. ellen whitehead. -- alan whitehead. >> thank you, mr. speaker. immediately after questions talking aboute the debate on the run cell tower inquiry report -- the grenfell tower inquiry report. after 10 to multi was years, this is your last prime minister's questions. you have set up there in your highchair, not just as an umpire, ruthlessly adjudicating on the finer points of parliamentary procedure with your trademark tony montana scowl. not just as a commentator
offering opinions, sometimes acerbic and sometimes kindly, but above all as a player in your own right, peppering every part of the chamber with your own thoughts and opinions, like some tennis machine. literally a series of --layable, on returnable un-returnable volleys and smashes. although we may disagree about the legislation you have favored , there is no doubt in my mind that you have been a great servant to this parliament and the house of commons. you have widened access, you have cared for the needs of those with disabilities, and you cared so deeply for the rights of backbenchers that -- you have more than anybody but stephen hawking to stretch time. what come to the end of
must be the longest retirement since frank sinatra, i'm sure the house will want to join me in thanking you and hoping you they in your retirement soothing predicament that you often described to the rest of us. members will want to join me in wishing you the best in the final of the world cup saturday. this morning i had meetings with ministers in addition to my duties in the house and i shall have further such meetings later today. >> dr. alan whitehead. >> i would like to associate myself with the comments of the prime minister about your ,utstanding service as speaker and wishing you a successful life after your speaker-ship has come to an end. labor will be producing a strong coffer on the climate emergency
in the forthcoming election, including a full ban on the extraction of fossil fuels by fracking. does the -- what chance does the prime minister have of matching this offer, given that the conservative manifesto will be written by a lobbyist for the fracking industry? >> mr. speaker, we will shortly be making an announcement about fracking in this country, and the anxieties being raised about earthquakes after fracking attempts. we will be following up on those findings. they are, i know we are concerned. but i must say, we are neighborly in our enthusiasm for reducing co2. carbon omissions massively in the u.k. and we are the first european country to
commit to a net zero emissions. that is what we will continue to do. we believe in a strong dynamic and a market economy delivering the solution in technology deplored by the party opposite. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on behalf of these benches, i wish my friend the best of good fortune for the 12th of december. while we live in a time of uncertainty, there are 426 come in veryve much rely on the health grants to give them dignities -- dignity, care and support. that grant comes to an end in a few years time. as chairman of the a ppv j and -- the appg and on behalf of those recipients, could i urge my right honorable friend to end uncertainty as soon as possible
by signaling a renewable love the grant -- a renewal of the grant which the house will agree they deserve? >> i congratulate my friend on everything he does for his and for the victims. i can reassure you that the current health grant, which is currently subject to review in 2023, will be reviewed and i get the confirmation of that from the health secretary. i hope you will pass those asurances to the victims fast as you can. >> jeremy corbyn. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. i hope you will indulge me while i say a word about you. i'm sure you will. i want to thank you, mr.
speaker, for the way that you have used your speakership in you havee-long tenure had. you have done so much to reform the house of commons and our democracy is stronger for the way you have done it. you have given real power to backbenchers, expand the use of urgent questions which has been overwhelmingly popular with government ministers, and opened up a number of emergency debates with it -- which is even more popular. you have stood up for parliament when it has to be stood up for. we thank you for that. you have also carried that message internationally in the role of parliamentary democracy and parliaments holding governments to account. we hope to be held to account by parliament, as well. i also think, and i'm sure the house would agree, you have done excellent work in opening up visitors, to
exhibitions and children, and you have reduced some of the strange customs and strange garments people where in this building. in this building. it is all right, i know you are .ealous of my tie but it is ok and the way in which you used your office to increase diversity amongst the staff in the house and make this a much friendly place. you have taken it from a gentleman's club to a genuinely democratic institution. i want you to accept our thanks and pass on our best wishes to your wonderful family for the support they have given you, and a great celebration today and i'm sure the whole house will join us in this, is when you and our soccer club beating liverpool tonight.
the labour party loves a bit of banter. ministerer, the prime -- mr. speaker, the prime sellout dealanned meansonald trump means, yet more national health service money being siphoned off into private profit. reportedour dispatches that the cost of drugs and medicines has repeatedly been discussed between u.s. and u.k. trade representatives. why did the prime minister previously say the health service wasn't on the table in any post-brexit trade deal?
>> mr. speaker, the answer is simple. it is not on the table. to review to pay the nhs who have some a brilliant job reducing the cost of [indiscernible] so cysticerica fibrosis sufferers get the treatment they need at a cost that is reasonable to the taxpayers of this country. if he wants to know how the people of this country are able report this stupendous investment we are making in the nhl's, -- the nhs, 34 billion , the hospitals we are building as a result of, as a result of -- >> [shouting] >> this is the party that supports wealth creation. the reason we are able to invest in the nhs is that for the last nine years, this economy has been growing. since thewn since 19%
conservatives came into office. he would ruin this economy and ruin our ability to fund the nhs. that is the reality. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, mr. speaker. we all welcome the fact that the medication will be provided in this country by the nhs. the shame is that we are not told what the deal is with the company concerned. as for these fabled 40 hospitals, that figure dropped to 20, and finally dropped to six. mr. speaker, we learned this week that government officials have met u.s. pharmaceutical companies five times as part of the prime minister's planned trade detail. the u.s. called for full market access to our nhs, which would
mean prices of some of our most important medicines increasing by up to sevenfold. mr. speaker, while the government is having secret meetings with u.s. corporations, its patients here continue to suffer. can the prime minister explain why the number of people waiting longer for urgent cancer treatment has tripled over the last nine years? >> mr. speaker, as he knows very well, this government is investing 34 billion pounds in two the nhs. -- into the nhs. we are seeing improvement in cancer survival rates across the country, improvement in cancer survival rates thanks to the investments this government is making. i think it is satirical that he should claim credit for getting drugs delivered at a reasonable price. that is the work of the u.k.
government, that is the work of the nhs to ensure the people in this country get affordable treatments. butay not be aware of this, the company that makes this drug comes from america. that seriously forgetting the nhs should not engage in negotiations to ensure british patients get the drugs they need? is he so phobic of american companies that he would for bid them from having those discussions? >> mr. speaker, not for the first time the prime minister is talking nonsense. [shouting] >> of course we need to import medicines from various places. done in an open and transparent way. i don't want secret talks
between government officials on behalf of ministers with big pharmaceutical corporations in the usa. last year, 34,000 cancer patients waited more than two months for treatment. whilst early detection is very important, the longer people wait, the less chance there is of survival from cancer. the prime minister knows that. i know that, the world knows that. why can't he get it and put the necessary resources into the nhs to cut the waiting time? [shouting] >> if he could just be patient for 30 seconds. he says, mr. speaker, he claims the nhs is safe in his hands. why then has nhs privatization doubled under this government with nearly 10 billion pounds
being spent on private companies within our nhs? >> mr. speaker, the nhs is receiving unrivaled and unprecedented sums of taxpayer'' money. if you seriously saying he would not like dentists and opticians to work with the nhs, i think you must be out of his mind. -- i think he must be out of his mind. let me tell him, cancer survival rates have actually increased .ear on year since 2010 cancer survival rates have increased, and more and more the right seen within waiting time thanks to the investment, thanks to the investments we are making and i think he should pay tribute to the hard work of nhs and he should recognize and stop
talking down their incredible achievements. he should recognize that we in the if we come back next government, we will invest massively in the nhs and take it forward with the funds we will make available from a strong and growing economy. the reality is, he would wreck that economy. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, we don't want private companies suing our nhs for contracts they didn't get. our nhs should be focused on maybe -- making people better, not the wealthy few richer. a&enational health service departments just had their worst september on record. this morning the royal college of emergency medicine said this winter, the nhs needs over 4000 extra beds. could the prime minister explain why, under his government, the
number of people in england waiting for an operation has reached a record high of 4.4 million? >> mr. speaker, there is a reason why more people aren't receiving nhs. the working -- the energy is is working hard at achieving more than ever before. if you want to look at what labor would be like an office, the smp government negotiated a higher price for this drug. they did. they did. they got the price totally wrong. he should have a word with them. countryeople of this want a horrific foretaste of what life would be like under nhs, look atur-run the nhs in wales where all
health targets are routinely missed. the waiting target hasn't been met since 2008. inpatient outpatient hasn't been met since 2010. urgent cancer treatment, he talks about cancer treatment. it hasn't been met since june 2008. that is how labour runs the nhs. >> jeremy corbyn. a i'm surprised he keeps straight face saying that when his government cut somewhat from the budget. a government that has cut 15,000 beds out of the nhs, that has cut 7 billion from social care, i don't know how he has what he justsay said. the reality is, his words are hollow. anybody once a gp appointment sees how overworked nhs staff are when they visit a hospital and the stress nhs staff goes
through when they can't deal with all the patients coming in. he needs to think about this. i will give an example. a lady wrote to me this week. it is a real case of a real person. and i will quote her letter, if i may. "my mother died in february as a direct result of the gp shortage in the u.k. her last years were marred by long waits for treatments. when she got care it was given by overstretched but very dedicated people. but it always came after painful and debilitating delays." why should that happen to jillian's be or anyone else's mum? excessive waiting time and shortage of staff for people, they should be supported and sympathized with. >> mr. speaker, we will deal with his constituent's concerns.
but i can, i can tell him, i can tell him that there are 17,300 more doctors and over 17,000 more nurses on our wards since 2010. think frankly, mr. speaker, it is time to differentiate between the politics of protest and the politics of leadership. and he should apologize to my routinelyr, for striking these attitudes. onian easy to be an islingt who sides with russia over what happened in salisbury. he has a 106 -- a 126 billion program of re-naturalization. he refuses to respect the verdict of the people on the referendum on eu leadership.
leadership means standing up for the people of his country, standing up for our police, standing up for our nhs, making sure it gets the funding it needs and standing up for our economy and our wealth creators. above all it means getting brexit done and ending the delay. the time for protest is over. it is time for leadership, and that is what this government provides. >> [shouting] >> mr. speaker, coming from a prime minister who withdrew his a bit odd.t seems my question, mr. speaker, was about somebody whose mother died and she believes it is because of the shortage of staff within the nhs. i would hope the prime minister would show empathy and answer that question. gp numbers are falling. there are 43,000 nurses shortage in the nhs and it has suffered
the longest spending squeeze in its history. the choice in this election couldn't be clearer. people have a chance to vote for real change after years of conservative cuts. privatization and tax handouts for the richest, this government has put our nhs into crisis. this is a once in a generation chance to end privatization in the nhs, give it the funding it needs and give us the doctors, nurses, gps and staff it needs. despite the prime minister's denials, our nhs is up for grabs by u.s. corporations in a trump-style trade deal. --it the truth >> the right honorable gentleman will not be shouted down under any circumstances. he will complete his inquiry to
the satisfaction of the chair and people who think otherwise will quickly learn that they are, as usual, wrong. >> jeremy corbyn. >> despite his denials, the nhs is up for grabs by u.s. corporations. in a trump trade deal. isn't -- it is the truth and the not like it.y is it true the government is preparing to sell out our nhs? our health service is in more danger than at any other time in its glorious history because of his government, his attitudes and these trade deals he wants to strike. >> mr. speaker, i agree that there is a stark choice facing this country. it is between economic catastrophe under the labour .arty, under the labour party when hundred 96 billion pound program, taking money away from companies and putting it into a
re-nationalization programs, putting taxes on people, that is a catastrophe. the economic catastrophe. it is worse than that. he offers a political disaster. consigning next year, which would be a wonderful year for two morery, to referendums, another referendum on the eu because he can't make up his mind, and another referendum on scottish independence. why on earth should the people of this country spend the next year, which will be a glorious year, going through the torpor of two more referendums? we want next year to be a great year. we want to invest more in frontline nhs services. we are going to reduce violent crime with more police officers. that is what i pledged.
and we have done it. we will invest in every one of our schools, primary and secondary, across the country. that is what i pledged on the steps of downing street and we are delivering it. we will invest in a fantastic infrastructure program for our country. broadband across the whole nation. that is what we are going to deliver. and we are going to deliver a fantastic deal by which this come out of the european union, a deal he has tried to block and we will deliver. this is the future for this country. dither under the labour party forwardthe country under conservatives? that is the choice. >> [shouting]
>> mr. blackman. >> for more than 30 years, the royal national hospital in stan moore was promised to rebuild. under the conservative governments, we have the first , to match the world-class treatment to provide -- provided by the medical team there. we have two problems, one is that the next phase is caught up sadly,bureaucracy, and two eminent nonexecutive directors have been dismissed from the board. can my right honorable friend sweep away this nhs bureaucracy to provide the medical that are required? and order an investigation as to why the nonexecutive directors have been removed by the board by nhs london? >> i congratulate my honorable as he can't -- campaigns
for his constituents and his hospital. we will make sure that hospital, along with many others, will be in line for the funding he requires. may i tell him on his specific point about the administration, i will be asking my right honorable from the health secretary to deal with his concerns. >> thank you. can i on behalf of those of us here wish you the best for your impending retirement and salute you, sir, for the way you have stood up for the democracy of this house in this time of crisis. with all the government setbacks, we trust you enjoy your many passions in retirement. you will always be welcome in scotland and if you need to visit our football team, you will always be welcome. speaker, let me wish you all
the best for the rugby matches. this prime, brexit is extreme taking a wrecking ball to the economy. cost scotland and the u.k. up to 70 billion pounds per year. we can talk about the impact of realitybut we know the and the impact on people's life. isn't it the truth that the prime minister is willing to throw scotland under his big red bus to deliver his brexit, no matter what? this is a reckless plan to break up the -- >> this is a reckless plan to break up the union of the u.k.
60% of scotland exports with the rest of the u.k.. they would be throwing away not just the biggest block grant in history, but of course all the benefits of membership of the most successful political partnership in history, from glasgowding to the climate change summit next year, which, the glory of the united kingdom is coming to scotland because scotland is part of the united kingdom. they would throw that all away with this plan for borders and creating a new scottish currency, mr. speaker, or joining the euro or worse, going into the european union, handing back control of scotland's fisheries, their spectacular marine wealth, just at the moment they have been won back
by this country, handing back control of the fisheries to brussels. that is their policy and i look forward to contesting it at the barricade. >> ian blackburn. >> you know, mr. speaker, i thought it was prime minister's questions, not a rant. i have to say. [shouting] >> i have to say. >> order. i'm seriously worried about your condition. calm yourself, man. i'm very concerned for you. calm down. ian blackbird. >> i certainly wish mr. grant all the best for his future because he's not coming back like so many of the scottish conservatives. [laughing] we hear that the prime minister is going to be coming up to scotland in the election campaign. can i tell the prime minister he's welcome because each time he comes to scotland -- ] mr. speaker, scotland -- we
won't have it forced upon us. isn't it clear that the scottish national party is the only party standing up for scotland's interest? and respecting our democratic decisions to remain in the european union? mr. speaker, this coming election will be one of the most important in scotland's history. only a vote for the snp can secure the escape route for scotland the way from this brexit mass, from the chaos of westminster, the austerity of the tories and to protect scotland's rights to choose our own future as an independent country in europe? >> well, mr. speaker, i'm sorry if i seem to rant at the right honorable judgment that if i may so he doesn't rant quite a lot
-- [laughing] -- about independence for scotland. he wants to consider what the snp government is actually doing, mr. speaker, and they are wrecking and their diabolical for the scottish economy. they have the highest taxes in the uk. they are not running either health or education grid that is why -- smashing the union and actually when you look at the good things that are happening in scotland, it is very often thanks to scottish conservatives. [shouting] who are delivering 200 million pounds come 200 million pounds, mr. speaker, for scottish farmers all thanks to the intercession of the scottish conservators, the biggest ever block grants from london to scotland, mr. speaker, and, of course, it is scottish conservatives who could be relied upon unlike any other party in scotland, unlike labour, unlike snp, to keep the
union together. the most successful political labour partnership in history. >> order. the truth is one persons rant is another persons string of passion and uninterrupted eloquence. mr. edmonds. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as your former deputy speaker, can i say that nobody has sat in that chair who has done more to defend or promote the rights of lgbtqia people in this country at threat the will and with so may people live in fear being formed the way they are, i salute you. thank you. >> hear, hear. >> prime minister, "the guardian" newspaper last week reported that the largest number of happiness people live in the ripple valley. [laughing] and and i believe you have the capacity to make them happier. will you ensure that of the 153
extra police that are coming to lancashire, ripple valley gets its fair share, that we get our fair share of funding for health services like the health center and we get equal funding for people in our schools? and finally will the inshore that for the 57% who voted brexit and for the almost 100% who believe in democracy that after the general election when he is prime minister he will deliver the brexit people voted for? >> well, mr. , mr. speaker, i cn certainly give him an assurance on the second point and the only way to deliver a great brexit is to vote for this party and for this governor. i would like to make it even happier still by pointing out that only the 153 153 is just e first wave, mr. speaker, for ripple valley in part of the 20,000 more police that we will be putting on the streets of this country. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i won't have never known this place without you here, and it's
going to be different. it's a delight to see your children here watching today as i know what you have a responsibility to parliament that you take your responsibilities as a parent incredibly serious also. and now to the prime minister. [laughing] today, today is my sons 11th birthday. >> happy birthday. >> thanks -- by the prime minister -- hundreds of children are in supersize classes and only being educated for and half days a week. i i don't want to hear his fancy stuff about brexit or russia that he's been giving from his little folder. [laughing] i want to hear how you're going -- i know what the prime minister speed both representatives of the dispatch box spoke with force and folly.
the honorable lady is not going to be cut off by people ranting at her. she will be heard. if the people who don't want to hear it, they are welcome to leak that i don't think she will cure and neither will honorable ladies question will be heard and at the end of it. >> i don't want to hear his campaign because my son will not be able to go to school on friday so his campaign does nothing for me as a parent. i don't -- [shouting] i'm so glad you think it's really funny that people can go to school five days a week. the prime minister is responsible for the children in this country and while he might struggle with that delay, i would like to know, will he today commit that there will be
a minimum number of children in every class post the election and every single child will be able to go to school for five days a week? >> well, mr. speaker, can i first of all wish a happy birthday to danny? and i can reassure her that i believe under this government, under this conservative, , he wl have the best possible job not only of having the funding for his school that he needs because when investing in every primary and/or secondary school in the country, and mr. speaker, also 14-point pounds to level of funding both in primary and in secondary school. and mr. speaker, i believe that danny will have a better chance of a great job and look at what we've achieved already, record, record implement as of this government and a better chance of being able to find eventually his own home. so danny has a great future
under this government, mr. speaker, and hope she will reassure him on that point. >> thank you very much, mr. spe. in the scotland, nicholas and snp are alleging -- wonderful nhs staff -- [inaudible] capital investments have been slashed and 1 billion pounds backlog. does the prime minister agree that rather obsessive independence referendum, should and the neglect of scotland's nhs? >> mr. speaker, i congratulate my honorable friend on everything that he does for his constituency. he's absolutely right, and that is why as a said earlier that is why they rant so incessantly about independence because they wish to distract them they wish to get cat as the saying goes
from the failures of the snp government in scotland and he's entirely right, if this goes a think the snp will forfeit all right to manage the in a set -- the nhs in scotland. >> thank you very much, mr. spe. politics can be entertaining. unfortunately fireworks and explosives can cause great distress to people and livestock. snp got discovered honor -- and receives over 16,000 responses. 94% of respondents said that was welcome -- [inaudible] on the sale of fireworks. consumer protection and explosives and animal welfare law. has the prime minister ever considered banning the sale of fireworks? >> mr. speaker, i think it's about to strike a balance and people should be allowed to celebrate occasions but he's
right they are very disturbing for animals. i know my right honorable friend the business sectors looking at this very meta. on annual animal welfare that e measured with a potential outbreaks such as banning sound barrier crates, banning the less export of animals that we would not otherwise be able to do. that is one of the reasons why we need to get brexit done and take this country forward. >> mr. speaker, thousands of british people have family and friends on one or both sides of the line of control in kashmir with some a serious allegations of human rights abuses been made, does the government accept this is not merely some foreign policy issue to be dealt with by others but is the ship most immediate and profound concern in towns across the uk? >> i thank my honorable friend turkeys actually write that this matter is very much not just to
him and to his constituents but the welfare of communities in kashmir, profound concern to the uk government. and he also knows of course it is the long-standing position of the uk government to see a crisis in kashmir is fundamentally a matter for india and pakistan to resolve, and it is not our last since with that at the very beginning of this crisis you understand the long-standing reasons it is not for us as the uk to prescribe a solution in that dispute. >> in my constituency spending has met we have one-third fewer police that we had in 2010. we have almost lost half of our childress and at the state of disrepair for the hospital is so astute the last week the outpatient department almost closed because of leaking sewage. sewage. how then can the prime minister
justify squandering 2 billion pounds of public money on no deal exit preparation following his people pledge to exit the eu tomorrow, do or die? >> mr. speaker, i might ask her how she can justify spending another billion pounds per month by this country on the length exit from the european union, which is what she voted for. i might remind her that under this government we are spending 225 million pounds more per year on policing in london than was the case with i was mayor of london, mr. speaker, and she might ask a friend the mayor of london what he is doing with that money and why he can't do better. because frankly his record of policing in london is utterly shameful and she should be holding him to account. >> thank you very much, mr. spe. i welcome the significant
additional investment in stockport schools, thanks to the prime minister's work. when my right honorable friend that prime minister congratulate the excellent schools in my constituent a pledge for the resources so they can continue to deliver an extra education for our young people? >> mr. speaker, i i would be vy happy to congratulate the schools which i believe is the alma mater of my honorable friend, and to confirm what i think he knows, with the whole house knows, that those schools and every other school in the country is getting working billion pounds more to level up funding for every pupil in this country. that is possible because of the policies pursued our conservative, are one nation conservative government. and it will be run by the labour opposition. >> thank you, mr. speaker. health and -- meet in my north constituency live an average of 16 years less than in his.
so would the prime minister agree it's time my area with the new hospital promised ten years ago that was asked by the tory coalition? >> mr. speaker, i will certainly look at what we can do to ensure that he does get a new hospital in his constituency but i can tell them because we have a huge program now underway, but i can tell them the only way to deliver that investment 34,000,000,000 pound investment in the nhs, the biggest in modern history, , is to ensure that java dynamic one nation market economy of the kind that we have. i'm afraid all that his party would do is lack of taxes on this is, on companies in such a way and to destroy the viability of the uk economy, and that's the program he supports.
>> mr. speaker, matt take vacation of your last prime minister's questions joint in the tributes to the own role in the chair? during your decade there have been unprecedented potential to try to at times increase the power of the executive at the expense of this parliament, and you have been very formidable in maintaining the duty of the government to be accountable to this house. i trust your successor will try to live up to a very considerable achievement. and to show that it better if he can still look to the future, even one who's retiring from the house, can ask my right honorable friend to give me some clarity on what he will seek to achieve by chance he wins this unpredictable general election, by way of the permanent relationship that he will have to negotiate between the eu and the united kingdom as an ex-member? in the years of negotiation that you have to undertake, with the
seek to ensure that we maintain trade and investment between the whole of the united kingdom and the european union that are free of tariffs, free of custom controls, largely free of regulatory distinctions? indeed, as near as possible to the single market and the customs union. just talking about a free trade agreement is an extremely vague aspiration, covers a wide range of possibilities. so can you demonstrate he really is a liberal free trader at heart? >> indeed, mr. speaker. as he knows the advantage of the partnership that we will build is that not only will we have zero tariff -- i should devote, zero tariff, here quarter original with our european friends and partners but we will
also under the current deal which is a fantastic it we will be able to do free trade deals around the world, mr. speaker. and it will be many ways in which of course we will stay very close with our european friends and partners, many, many ways which we will stay close but it will also be important ways in which we may seek to do things differently and better. i've already mentioned animal welfare. i mention tax breaks for new technology. i made mention cutting -- i mention free ports, mr. speaker, all sorts of ways. i might mention different regulation on biotechnology, i'm millions areas in which this country now leads the world. that is the opportunity for our country to do a great free-trade deal with our european friends of partners, which i'm sure my right honorable friend with thoroughly approve but also to be a champion for free trade around the world. that is what we are going to do. >> as the father of the house leave this place after 49 years without interruption, i for one
want to salute him. the right honorable and learned gentleman is one of the most popular and respected politicians in our country. [applause] for her service to this place, for his service to his constituents, and foreign service to our country, he deserves the warmest appreciation. for my part i thank him for his support and friendship over decades. the right honorable and learned gentleman, as i think is most sensible people know whether they agree with him or not, is a great man. >> hear, hear. >> mr. jonathan reynolds. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i don't do it on the set of us would would like to associate themselves with those comments. mr. speaker, one of the most district to meet people with special educational needs not
getting the support they need, something i know you personally support a great deal. this year councils in england alone spend over 400 billion pounds and even then there is simply not enough resource in the system. so prime minister, how could any government like yours justified going ahead with cutting corporation tax 18% when children with the greatest need in this country are simply not getting what they should? >> well, i'm afraid that fundamental division between us, because i think what you need as a strong economic economy and the evidence is that if you reduce corporation tax you deliver more ingrowth and that is how, that is how we been able to commit now to spending another 780 million pounds of special educational needs, schools, and allowing communities to set up new schools where they deserve them. we will back them with the
funding that is made available by that strong economy. that is the fundamental difference between him and me. >> is my right honorable friend aware during her time in office, mr. speaker, and the 326 prime minister's questions of which you have presided, thanks to decisions made ivy-covered and by this house, the british taxpayer has paid for life-saving vaccinations more than 140 million children living in the poorest countries of the world. mr. speaker, at the time of considerable division in our country, is that not an achievement for which the whole of britain can take real pride? >> mr. speaker, it certainly is an achievement which i think the whole house should be proud, and i know as the right honorable gentleman or my right honorable friend has done a huge amount to
champion the cause of overseas development and he can be absolutely certain that this government will continue not just to provide support for vaccination around the world, but, of course, to ensure that we continue to lead the world enter overseas development budgets. because our commitment i i mayy is followed and respected by countries around the world. >> yesterday it was reported that former staff member of the secretary state of wales had in the world of the trial judge single helicopter liberally -- rape trial by referring to the victims sexual history. the trial had to be stopped and start again from scratch and the defendant was convicted. unbelievably, party opposite been selected mr. england as the welsh candidate with the secretary of state endorsement. is the prime minister owing to
backstab england? >> it would be inappropriate for me to, to comment on that. >> order. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you very much, mr. speaker it's also my last try mrs. question and like to follow the comments that been made about your very strong leadership from the chair and your strong, to my friend. i would also like if i may take this opportunity to thank the staff of this place, particular those indicated department who do so much to keep us that and hearty. i would like to thank my for a number of friends and codes across this place including right honorable friend who have been so personally kind to me over the last few months and so supportive of our policies, particularly net through legislation that i would like to thank the people who have given me their trust for the last nine years and it has been the privilege of my life to serve
here. >> hear, hear. >> i would like to ask the prime minister a question. does he believe like me that there is no planet b? and we should take the opportunity of this brexit blockage breaking election to move on, move the country on and focus on the incredible things that we can do as the u.n. global climate change tax which may be in glasgow so that we can help world ticket on a deal with the problems the next 30 years how we repair our climate? >> mr. speaker, met at a tribute to my right honorable friend for everything she is that interparliamentary and, indeed, her ministerial career, and i do agree with her, by the way, mr. speaker, which a comment on my right honorable friend as well. what i know that she is actually leaving this place to do something perhaps even more important, which is to run our
cop 26 summit next year in glasgow and emotional do an absolutely outstanding job and i think she's completely right that it will be far more wonderful for this country to focus on what we can do to lead the world in tackle the problems of the environment and tackling climate change and fruiting awake yet more political time and capital in two more pointless referendums. i thoroughly agree with her proposal. >> mr. speaker, can i say to you from the highlands -- >> hear, hear. >> prime minister my constituent rachel has been separated from her two young children and husband and forced return to malaysia because her 2000-pound special visa application was refused, it was refused because her husband -- was not included. the problem is that it's not a requirement of the uk checklist and she called and e-mailed and
was told no further information was required. does he consider this to be fair? with the personally look into a new 2000-pound application to ensure this family is reunited by christmas? >> well, mr. speaker, i thank him for raising his constituents problem with a uk and i will make sure my right honorable friend, the home secretary, addresses it immediately. >> we all remember that the opposition parties never wanted to give the people and eu referendum, even opposing our amendment to the 2013 queen's speech selected by you, mr. speaker, and early brexiteer -- [laughing] -- to regretting the absence of a referendum bill. given that they've done everything they can to delay our departure, may i urge the prime minister as we head into christmas, whatever their antics that he leads a positive,
descent, one nation campaign, a strong economy to help those less fortunate which addresses the divisions in our country,, and we wish him well. >> mr. speaker, i think my right honorable friend for putting it so succinctly and so will. that is exactly what we want. i think it's what the people of this country want. they want to get brexit done and want to move forward with a one nation agenda to unite this country, level across the country with better education, better infrastructure and fantastic new technology. that is our agenda. their agenda is years more of political dither, delay, and division. >> mr. speaker, with scotland's changing status since lafortune, why will the prime minister not
agree to section 30? why has reviews section 30 as a route to enable independent referent for scotland? >> mr. speaker, i think the honorable john spinoza or entity that which is the was a referendum in 2014, the result was very clear. people were promised they would be once in in a generation referendum added don't think we should break that promise. >> thank you very much, mr. spe. it's a pleasure to see you. i'm sorry the leader of the opposition is not worn his own. mr. speaker, before i go on and asked the prime minister a question, and i thank you not just for give me a voice in this place, but for giving representation to my family and those i grew up in buckingham, that you served so well as the local mp. the aspen to pass on you will be
missed dearly by them. .. -- they asked me to pass on you will be missed dearly by them. .. we should look to the left where we might see a misfiring striker more than a home of 1970's. >> prime minister. >> i say my honorable friend, you've done a good job of-- >> my own footballing skills. i could do it, mr. speaker. i could do it, i enjoy it, but the most important thing is to have a team that is united and that will deliver a great
future for this country and that's what we offer, mr. speaker and i'm afraid it's a sharp contradiction from the labor party. last night thing a hundred of them couldn't be bothered to vote for a general election shortly about. what kind of confidence is that in their leader, mr. speaker. >> and visiting-- i don't think we'll see your likes again, but we will miss you in this house. and now, coming to the close of nine years of tory misrules, misinformation and broken promises, leading us in this merry dance is the prime minister a lord of missed rules in the symbolic christmas election. and mr. speaker, in wales, we have a simple choice, we can
vote or let down once again by one of these deeply divided parties who offer nothing, but more brexit chaos. mr. the prime minister be honest for once with wales? is there only one way out of this chaos, isn't there? and that is to remain in the european union. >> prime minister. >> well, i thank the right honorable lady for her beautiful welsh-- i couldn't get all of it, but the most important thing-- the most important that she might bear in mind is that her constituents, the people of wales voted to leave the european union and that is what-- that is what the welcome of this country voted for. that's what the majority of the constituents voted for and it's high time that they honored that promise. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
mr. speaker, some of the worst traffic congestion in the country and they tell me that completing lincoln's bypass would make a huge difference to their lives. can there be support for building of this bypass? >> mr. speaker, not only could i confirm that, but i can thank both her and lincoln mccartney for everything they've done to campaign for that bypass. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i on behalf of members of my party thank you for your service to this -- set of very, very turbulent and challenging times. you've been protecting the rights of back benchers and we
thank you for your service. would the prime minister please do something for the victims of historical institutional abuse in northern island? north ireland questions there's still time in this parliament to get this legislation through. the victims have been waiting for so long now, it is cross-party, cross-community support. would he please act on that? >> minister. >> and the right honorable point that he's made and campaigned on that issue. the government pull filled the promise to introduce legislation on the matter. and the secretary of state for northern island has had productive meetings with representatives from victims victims and survivor's grupt. the most powerful way of addressing this issue, as he knows, is if we can all work together to get the storm executive back and running to deal with the matter themselves. >> thanks, mr. speaker.
it will never be, because there could never be a more articulate eloquent speaker. we'll miss your style and remarkable encyclopedic grasp of detail and i'll mix the references by the way. mr. speaker. the only real voice of discovery consists nothing -- having new highs and hard working british patriots left with fresh highs in their sights. the liberal elite trying to steal brexit from them. >> there, there. >> will my right honorable
friend, as he broadcast from elsewhere, and, too, in the coming days and week simply evangelize this plain and message. >> there's only one way to take this country forward sn that is to get brexit done and i can tell he's a campaigner for his constituency and across the country and if our government is returned, as i hope it will be and work hard to ensure that it is, the people of this country will be seeing regard investment paychecks, improvement in wages through the big e-expansion in memory and reduction of the cost of living. because it's one nation's conservative policies relied on
to take that country forward and it's that party that would take it backwards. >> thank you, mr. speaker. from the liberal democrats we wish you well and congratulate you on a decade particularly as a modernizing speaker it promoting diversity within the staff of the house, to reforms, to support. you have helped to drag this institution off of the past so it can face the future. at this general election, voters deserve better than a choice between two tired-- and a debate. people deserve to hear from those who want to stop brexit and build a better future. will the prime minister commit today to take part in those three-way debates or is he
going to run scared? >> mr. speaker, i think what the people in this country is their promises kept. i'm not disposed to believe in the promises of the liberal democrats when they're leaflets in london say they want to revoke the refer dup. the leaflets in the southwest of the country don't mention brexit at all. that said -- that's what they stand for. a bunch of hypocrites. they stand for nothing except a policy of dither and delay. and the policies on education of a kind of i think will appeal to all of her constituents. she should join for this party and vote for this government and support our general election. >> thank you, mr. speaker, if i may join with your service and your speakership.
even though our 30-year friendship notwithstanding, i haven't agreed with everything you've done recently, but i've been a big supporter of you in the chair and you've allowed the chamber to hold in a very good way and i can say the best of luck to you and your family. >> could i-- when my right honorable friend was standing for the leadership of our great party. he spoke about ending the witch hunt. he said we need to end unfair trials of people serving queen and country. he says the first veterans over troubles in northern ireland have got to stop. given there was nothing in the queen's speech. can he give a clear manifesto, if he's with the government he can bring forward legislation as quickly as possible to end this injustice? >> i thank my friend for
everything he's done to campaign on that issue because he knows the new legislation was only concluded a few days ago and i can give him reassurance we'll bring forward legislation to make sure there are no unfair prosecutions of people who serve this country faithfully and well, when there's no new evidence many provided. >> prime minister said at the start that i had demonstrated that i was stretching time and i want want to disappoint him. two final contributions from colleagues who i know are leaving now. mr. ronnie campbell. >> mr. speaker, i've been in parliament for 32 years and i've seen many speakers in the chair and i must say you've been the best. as we see it in the northeast,
to the welsh. and given a bad deal in the pension. come the framers or have the framers any plans to put that wrong right. >> prime minister. >> first of all, mr. speaker, can i pay tribute also to the honorable gentleman as he leaves this house and indeed, again, repeat my congratulations in all members who are standing down on the service they have given. on the specific issues he raises of the issue, it's a difficult issue and highly emotionally charged. we have done our best to try to satisfy that group and another billion pounds has, i think, been allocated to the support of what the pension is. but i would remind the honorable members opposite chattering at me, under the labor department, i seem to remember the tensions went up by 75, and that was their
approach to pensions, right, so, we are-- and mr. speaker, we are indeed looking at what more we can do to satisfy that issue, but it is as he knows a very difficult issue. issue. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i wish you well and can i add to the laudets the way you've represented my father father's-- and he was asked by the news whether there was a chance of him becoming prime minister and he thought there was more chance of being decapitated by a frisbee. can i say that i take great delight and continue to take great delight he has defied those odds if he can commit to
today to continue the country's bold ammunition on conservation where we're a world leader. >> prime minister. >> i thank my right honorable friend for all the service he has given and this country, and he has-- i remember vividly campaigning with him one occasion we were interrupted by a dog show, i seem to remember. but he has also done particularly important work in conserving ocean and he has helped to ensure that this country has global leadership in establishing marine conservation areas around the country, you name it, mr. speaker, to protect one of the expanses of the oceans, of any country on earth and thankfully work of my right honorable friend that we've put that issue at the forefront of our politics, protecting marine
life and not just the fish, but the penguins as well. and as you will note, a third of the world's emperor penguins are brickage and he has done a job of protecting their penguins and i thank him for >> members of parliament have voted to hold a special election on november 12. you can watch coverage of prime minister's questions when they return live on c-span2. >> washington journal, live everyday with policy news and issues that impact you. andscussion of impeachment the constitution, and the
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