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town hall on issues affecting the lgbtq community. british prime minister theresa may faced questions from members of the british house of commons as members returned from summer recess. topics included a range of issues including brexit , national health service funding , and immigration policy. this is 45 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister. >> thank you. thank you, mister speaker. i am sure that members of both sides of the house would like to join me in congratulating the scottish women's football team for qualifying for the world cup. this morning i had meetings and
in addition to my duties in this house i will have further such meetings today. >> mister speaker, my constituent was released temporarily for three days last month, before being forced back to prison in iran. worse still, she was contacted by the iranian revolutionary guard, saying that if she attempted to contact the british embassy, her family would be harmed. i find it greatly troubling that a british citizen was threatened against contacting her own embassy. does the prime minister share my concern and will she raise this issue with president rouhani when she speaks with him perhaps in new york, later this month? >> can i say that i share the concerns and our thoughts remain with radcliffe during
this difficult time and with her family and friends who have been campaigning hard for her release. the honorable lady will know that one of the difficulties is the question of whether or not the iranian government recognizes dual nationality, which they do not, and they are not obliged to under international law. you asked me to raise this matter when i speak to president rouhani. i regularly do. it is something consistently raised with the iranian government and we will continue to do so. >> it has no place in british public life. well my friend assure the house that she will always work to make sure that this remains the case? >> can i say to my little friend, jewish people living in this country should feel safe
and secure and not have to worry about their futures in their own country. there is no place for racial hatred in our society and it is important that we take every step to tackle it. that is why we were the first government in the world to adopt the definition of anti- semitism set out by the international holocaust alliance. we have provided funding to the holocaust memorial day fund. i believe that we should all be united in our determination to tackle anti-semitism. so when the leaders of the labour party stand up, he should apologize for saying that jewish people who have lived in this country their whole lives do not understand english irony. >> mister speaker, there is no place for racism in any form in
our society. on that we all agree and we should tackle it wherever it arises, in our own parties as well, and that includes the conservative party. i join the prime minister in congratulating the english and scottish teams on their qualification for the world cup and i look forward to them doing extremely well. mister speaker, the likelihood of a no deal is now 60-40, which means more likely than not. prime minister, is he right? >> can i say, we are continuing to do what we have always been doing, which is working to get a good deal with the european union for our for each or relationship, once we have left the european union. but it is entirely right and proper that we should prepare
for all eventualities, because we haven't come to the end of the negotiation. that means it is right that we are preparing for a no deal, indeed, as the european union is doing. we are publishing technical notices so citizens will know where they stand. the final total is likely to be around 70. we are making those preparations. crucially, what this government is doing is working for a good deal, preparing for every eventuality, and making sure this country does its best in leaving the eu, regardless of the outcome of the negotiation. >> the trade secretary says he is unphased by no deal. the new secretary said this morning that a no deal brexit would be a huge mistake. the chancellor standing next to
her has written to the committee, stating that a no deal brexit would/gdp by almost 8%, comparable to the global financial crash. which assessment do you agree with? >> no deal would not be a walk in the park, but it would not be the end of the world. the government is right -- the government's right to make the necessary preparations for no deal, while at the same time we are working for a good deal to make sure we deliver on the vote of the british people and way, out of the european union in a way that protects jobs and livelihood, ensures no hard
border between northern ireland and ireland, and maintains the precious union of our united kingdom. we are working for that outcome and we will not have a second referendum. you can stand up and rule out a second referendum. >> the prime minister says no deal is better than a bad deal. the chancellor says no deal would cause a catastrophic collapse of our economy. yesterday, the secretary weighed in to say there are opportunities to a no deal. can you avail us what these countervailing opportunities are? >> this government is working to ensure that whatever the outcome of the negotiations, this country makes sense coming out of the european union. that we see a brighter future
for people here in this country. interestingly, i suggested to the right honorable gentlemen, yet again, that he stand up and categorically rule out a second referendum. he refused to do so, so i will give him another opportunity now. >> the majority of people might be devoted to leave, but they expected the negotiations to be handled competently, and they certainly are not. i didn't hear a single one of these countervailing opportunities. she can't keep dancing around all of the issues. and it seems that, it seems mister speaker, that they have taken the q and decided to take
their dance off altogether, they are relocating out of this country. how many countries have been in touch with her or her team and said they plan to relocate in absence of a sensible deal with the european union? >> what we have seen is businesses showing confidence in our economy. there was 200 million pounds invested in an electric vehicle testing facility. major new contracts with supermarkets, underpinning 600 new jobs. 200 new tech jobs. 130 million investment in the auto sector from foreign companies in july, generating around 500 new jobs. what we are doing is negotiating a brexit deal that will deliver for this people, and will do so maintaining our
union and the border between northern ireland and ireland. and the right honorable gentlemen said he wanted new trade deals, now he wants to be in the custom union. at one stage, the right honorable gentlemen, when asked about his views, he said, labor is not wedded to freedom of movement as a point of principle, but nor do we rule it out. so he does not even agree with himself. >> i'm not sure who the prime minister is listening to, but she may have heard from the national farmers union, that says it will be an armageddon scenario. it says a no deal brexit would be devastating for working people. the eu chief negotiator and president macron seem to have
ruled out the proposals. so now, we are at a critical point. can the prime minister tell the house if she believes a deal will be reached by the agreed deadline of october, october 2018, not any other one. >> we are working for a good deal. we are still working for the timetable of october, because we are leaving the european union on 29 march, 2019. we will need to pass legislation in this house, prior to leaving the european union. i will tell him what will be bad for this country. that would be signing a deal at any price whatsoever, which is the position of the labour party. that would destroy jobs and be bad for the british people. >> yesterday the brexit
secretary admitted there had been some slippage. the sixth the biggest economy in the world should get itself into that position. the prime minister has repeatedly said that no deal is better than a bad deal, but no deal is a bad deal. and everyone is telling her the same thing. the proposal is dead. already ripped apart by her own mps. when will the prime minister publish a real plan survives contact with the cabinet and with reality? those are, of course, two very separate concepts. when will we get proposals that put jobs and the economy ahead of the survival of herself and her own government? >> we have published a plan that we are discussing with the european union that ensures we deliver on the vote of the
british people. that we bring an end to free movement. that we come out of the common fisheries policy. no longer send money to the eu every year. no longer have the jurisdiction of the european court of justice in this country. that we don't have a border between northern ireland and great britain. what i am doing is negotiating a brexit deal for britain, making sure the economy works for everyone. i am building a stronger, fairer, country. what is the right honorable gentlemen doing? he is trying to change his party , to call the creation of israel racist, and he should be ashamed of himself. >> thank you. the prime minister is aware of the campaign to extend the border -- this will be a huge boost to the local economy.
what will the prime minister do to ensure sufficient support so this project moves forward? >> i understand the importance to partner across the region of the proposal. i am sure he understands it is an important transport issue. but i would encourage all parties involved to come to a workable solution. it can bring great benefit and in addition to the point he made , i can assure him, the uk and scottish governments will continue to work in partnership to deliver that field. >> thank you mister speaker and can i congratulate scotland and england qualifying for the world cup. all of us in scotland are immensely proud of our scottish women's team. mister speaker, when the tories
introduced the poll tax in the 1980s, scotland was used as a guinea pig. the scottish tories paid the price. the prime minister is even more unpopular. why is the prime minister gambling with scotland's future by taking her out of the eu against her will with a checkered plan? >> the only people gambling with her future are the scottish nationalist party that want to take scotland out of the united kingdom. >> that was no answer to the question. mister speaker, mervyn king has told the government preparations and confidence. prime minister, your plan is as
dead as a dodo. with the clock ticking down, with a prime minister not finally concede that it is the only option to protect the jobs , to protect the economy and to protect the agreement? >> can i say to the right honorable gentlemen, that we have the proposal under the checkered plan that protects jobs, protects livelihoods, that ensures we deliver on the vote of the british people, but ensures we deliver on no hard border between northern ireland and ireland and maintain the united kingdom. another proposal keeps northern ireland in the customs union, which is a free-trade agreement only for great britain, which creates a board. i have said, it is unacceptable to me as prime minister, i
believe there is no british prime minister who would find that deal acceptable, that is being proposed there. it delivers to the united kingdom. it delivers to the people as a whole of the united kingdom. >> the hospital desperately needs a new and extended a&e department. can the prime minister assure me that some of the 20 billion pound additional funding is coming along to improve provisions? >> we are committed to providing local nhs the funding they need. we have 3.9 billion of new additional capital funding. the majority support the implementation of the plan from local communities. i understand that they have resubmitted an application for
the 36.2 million funding in july for the emergency department. the department of health and social care -- the health sector -- the health secretary would be happy to meet with my right and honorable friend. >> it is a crisis that will be exacerbated by brexit. he added his name to those calling for regional immigration policy. also, a pilot area to test this. will the prime minister agreed to meet to discuss the merits of such a proposal? >> i welcome the honorable gentlemen asking a question,
but can i say to him, he has asked the question about a regional immigration policy, which is actually something the advisory committee looked at it while back and made very clear this was not a situation they thought the government should accept, partly because of the practical problem in implementing that. when we put forward our proposals for the immigration policies, we will be ensuring we will put forward proposals that are right for the whole of the united kingdom. >> these are all eu wide databases, which the yuki -- which the uk helped to shape. can i ask the prime minister for reassurance that there will be the highest level security arrangement with the eu, because any reduction in that is completely unacceptable to the people of the uk.
>> my right honorable friend is absolutely right. i remember the discussions, the debates that led to the establishment of the pnr directive. the white paper does provide a comprehensive and ambitious mission for that security relationship. that is why we are proposing that partnership, for our capabilities, and support security issues, such as counterterrorism. she has recognized the process -- the progress made. i am trying to obtain and sign and ambitious and unprecedented partnership, which will keep not just people here safe, but people across the whole of the area safe. >> my city is already attracting
attention, driving millions of pounds into the local economy. the prime minister will also be aware that it is the key to driving the prosperity of the region. therefore, will the prime minister today express a firm commitment of the return of service to dundee by 2021? >> can i say, he has a right to bring to the attention of the house, the deal, and as he said, the opening in dundee. these are important ways in which the uk government is working to ensure support for scotland. another one of those is the fact that this is a government that is taken a decision to allow a third runway to go ahead at heathrow.
we expect when that happens, we will see better conductivity within the united kingdom. >> speaker, the september's blood cancer awareness month. therefore i am delighted yesterday it was announced the nhs will be providing immune therapy to under 25's, the first health system anywhere in europe to do so. can i seek assurances that the focus on blood cancer awareness and diagnosis and prevention will continue into the future? >> can i first of all commend my honorable friend for the work he has done to champion the cause of blood cancer, raising a much greater awareness of this issue. i will assure him it can continue to be an issue that we will press on and continue to raise awareness of. i am pleased that this decision has been able to be made, as it was announced yesterday. once again, i congratulate my
humble friend, because he has campaigned on this and championed it. >> thank you, mister speaker. we both campaigned for years against the damaging effects of heathrow airport on our constituents. when it came to the third runway vote, it shifted. can she not apply the same logic and allow the electorate the final say on the final brexit deal? >> can i say to the honorable lady, and ingenious attempt to raise the brexit issue. this parliament overwhelmingly gave the decision to the british people, as to whether to remain or leave the european
union. the british people voted. it is now up to this government and politicians across the whole house to show our faith with the british people and deliver on their vote. >> we will be spending a lot of time discussing brexit. i think it is important we concentrate on other issues sent to me families and the future is an immediate concern. does the prime minister agree that making sure as many children as possible grow up in a household where someone is working is not only the best way to provide a secure economic background for children, but the best way of ensuring future generations are prepared to play a full, productive role in society? >> i absolutely agree. i think it is also important for the example it gives to children in households when
they see a parent or parents working. i am pleased to say that we now see the levels in relationship -- in relation to children brought up in work lists households is the lowest level we have seen. this is important. three quarters of children move out of poverty when their parents go into full-time work. for the example it shows, the benefit of those children, the benefit of the family and our society as a whole, ensuring that the jobs provided for those people to be in work, for the future of the children is very important. >> will the prime minister commit to securing the future of people up and down the uk and pledge to protect the -- >> i believe the responsible minister has made an
announcement that the pensions board will be going ahead. >> mister speaker, the prime minister appreciates the rights of the poorest citizen, who struggles to provide. nevertheless, the money available to the poorest people has been frozen. the select committee recommended changes in 2016, which leave me, him, and others , it is our mission. >> can i say to my right honorable friend, he obviously
has raised an important issue. none of us want to see a situation where people are not able to afford to do what is a terrible task, when they have seen a loved one die, to be able to give them a proper funeral is important to families and to individuals. he will know the funeral expenses credit does continue to cover the cost up to 700 pounds and changes have been made to ensure that other contributions are not deducted from the payment, so there is no change in that. can i suggest to my right and honorable friend that the position he has put forward sounds like a position he may want to put forward to my right and honorable friend -- >> mister speaker, because of funding pressures, many schools are cutting short the school week. so what is the prime minister's message to children who will be
out of school for half a day a week? >> can i say to the honorable lady, first of all, first of all i think we should all pay tribute to the work our teachers do across the country. i am pleased that 1.9 million more children are now in good or outstanding schools. we are backing schools with an extra 1.3 billion over the next two years. per pupil funding being protected in real terms. but we are doing more than that. the department of education is working with schools to help reduce their cost. that includes up to 1 billion pounds through better procurement. that means teachers will be able to do what they do best, which is carry-on teaching. >> the lives of a mother and daughter were brought to an end
after a stabbing outside their home. i have met with the family and seen firsthand the quiet dignity, clear love for one another, and the desire to see something good come from that loss. will the prime minister join me in sending their thoughts and prayers to the family, and thinking the police officers, and wide community, that is showing great concern as this tragedy has unfolded? >> can i say, i think the whole house will join me in sending our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones. this is a terrible tragedy. i am sure my friend understands, i can't comment on the ongoing investigation, but he is right. i will join him in paying tribute not only to our
emergency services, but also to the local community for the support they have shown at this very difficult time. >> thank you, mister speaker. according to the patient's group, there has been a near- total refusal of back applications for medical cannabis. the home secretary has only paid lip service and not proposed a solution for desperate children and adults across the uk. the prime minister could show real leadership for hundreds of families, but will she? >> first of all, i have the deepest sympathies for those suffering from conditions where other treatments have not been effective and these products have the potential to help. that is why the home secretary has announced that the law will be changed, so specialists will be able to legally prescribed cannabis based products to patients with an exceptional
need. while that is taking place, a panel is being established. we're not just waiting for the change. we will change the law, but we are also putting into place a procedure to make sure those cases can be considered properly. >> on monday, members from across the house will join the people of gibraltar in celebrating their national day on 10 september. will my right honorable friend confirm that it is her majesty's already solved that gibraltar and her people will be included in all aspects and no other party will have veto on that? >> can i say, i am very happy to give that reassurance and commitment on behalf of this government and can i say, best wishes to the people of gibraltar for their
celebrations on 10 september. >> last year, the doors are closed 10 times due to capacity and staffing issues. this is made clear that the fund has had a very devastating consequences. will you reinstate the nursery, the midwives, and fund our nhs properly? >> can i simply point out to the honorable gentlemen that how funding in his area will be 1.5 billion this year. this is an increase of over 60 billion pounds on a previous year, a cash increase of 4.2%. the clinical commissioning group will receive a cash increase on last year. we are putting extra money into
the national health, but more than that, we have committed to a future funding program and a 10 year plan for the national health service to deliver the services that patients need. >> with exit day fast approaching, will my right honorable friend now give instruction to the whole of government that the first priority of every department must be domestic preparedness, whether we leave the eu with a deal or without? >> can i first of all command my friend for the work he did when he was minister on this issue. can i assure him that the brexit department has indeed worked on preparations. we have 6400 civil servants working on the exit. there are an additional 150 in
the pipeline, so we can accelerate as necessary. we have passed laws. there are other pieces of legislation, like the sanctions act. republishing the technical notices. our preparations are being made and they are made for every eventuality. we are working for a good deal and preparing for every eventuality. >> does the prime minister agree with the chief constable when he says, after losing 2000 officers in eight years, that the public has to accept without more resources it is impossible to police the response to crimes like antisocial behavior and property theft. is that just the reality of policing or will the prime minister commit to giving police the funding they need? >> obviously we understand the demand on policing. it is becoming increasingly
complex. that is why we provided comprehensive funding that will increase total investment by over 460 million pounds in this year, 2018, 19. you might like to know that they have a higher number than the england and wales average. >> my daughter, on her own merit, along with thousands of other schoolchildren, attended the first day in drama school. what message does the prime minister have for my daughter and thousands of other children who, on their own merit, secured a playset grammar school? >> first, i would say, well done to your daughter. secondly, i would say to her and others, this is a country
where how far you get on in life depends on how hard you work. a good education is crucial to that. i would say, enjoy your time at school. make the best of your time at school, because education is the key that unlocks the door to your future. >> mister speaker, 25,000 jobs depend upon the airport in my constituency. with no wto fallback position after brexit, can the prime minister explain why the government has downgraded the possibility of a deal? >> i can say to the honorable gentlemen, not only are we making sure that the arrangements will be what they should be when we leave the
european union, but we are working with the aerospace sector generally and with aviation to make sure we put in place our modern industrial sanctity. we are seeing jobs not just put in place, but created across the country. high paid and high skilled jobs in these important sectors and aviation is an important sector for the uk. >> thank you, mister speaker. since her election, she has been subjected to the most awful abuse by labor activists. they have been called to her home several times. they have hung around her home, late at night. one trolled her with a social media account. she is now too scared to leave the house. would the prime minister join me in condemning the
intimidation of elected officials? >> can i first of all say, that i congratulate her. i am sorry that she has been subjected to this appalling series of attacks of various sorts since the last election. across our democracy, we have different opinions about what we want to achieve and sometimes about how we achieve what we want to achieve. but it is right that we are able to put those opinions forward. the democratic process means we put our views to the public and the public chooses representatives on the council. she should be able to get on with that job of representing her constituents, free of the hatred and abuse that she
appears to be getting. this should be condemned on all sides of this house. >> thank you, mister speaker. it was reported this morning that the treasury and number 10 are blocking the three-year tendency for private renters. it is a great concern to renters in my constituency, including families sending their children back to school without knowing where they will live next year. will the minister send a clear message to private tenants that they will be entitled to three- year tendencies in law? >> obviously landlords are able to recover their property when needed. the conversation in overcoming the barriers considered the various barriers and how to overcome them. it proposed a new model with a six-month break law.
we are analyzing those responses and we will provide information on the next step, once we have done that. >> i know my friend will hear of and see the carcasses of nearly 90 elephants in botswana. will she do more to tackle the scourge, including a budget that funds more rangers and more training? >> can i say that the whole issue of the illegal wildlife trade is an important one. it was an issue i touched on when i was in south africa with the minister from botswana, at the time. we are holding a conference later this year on the illegal wildlife trade. we believe it is important and we are bringing people together from across the international
community. >> mister speaker, it was promised that wales would not lose out on funding if it voted to leave the eu. wales has received 5.3 billion pounds in funds since 2000, the highest level in the uk and europe. will the prime minister guarantee, here and now, that wales will not lose out on these fundings should be uk leave the eu? >> first of all, he said should the uk leave the eu, the uk is leaving on 29 march, next year. what we will be doing is looking at the structural funds from the european union in the past. we will ensure we are looking at disparities within regions, within nations and between the nations of the united kingdom
and we are working to ensure that we have a system and a deal with the european union that works for the whole of the united kingdom. >> like my right humble friend, i have also returned from africa where i visited a refugee camp in tanzania, witnessing the transformative impact of uk aid, protecting women and giving children access to education. with the u.n. general assembly fast approaching, can you outline what preparations have been made for the global impact on refugees? >> we are looking at not just what is being done under the global compact for refugees, we have been part of the discussion about what should be in that global compact for refugees. it partly reflects the speech i gave in 2016, shortly after i became prime minister.
about how we needed to look at how we deal with refugees. i wanted a better ability to differentiate between illegal migrants and refugees. by doing that, we will ensure we are providing the support necessary to refugees. >> can the prime minister explain why the process by which european nationals acquire protected status requires 59 pages of guidance? isn't this simply providing 59 ways of saying no in a continued, hostile environment? >> i remind the right honorable gentlemen that the system was launched recently. it is a simple online system. it is what we delivered. >> there is a central scotland department store that has become
something of an institution. it recently announced it was to close. will the scottish government continue -- can the prime minister assure me there will be actions to level the playing field between retailers and online sellers? >> can i say to my right honorable friend that he is right to highlight the importance of using the tax system in a responsible way. it is right that businesses make contributions to their local areas, but it should be as fair as possible. that is why we have improved the system and made changes, including taking 600,000 small businesses out of paying business rate, altogether. britain's retailers are a crucial part of our economy. they create jobs. they ejected into our economy and i think all of those should
deal with them responsibly and recognize the impact that they have. >> we will wrap up with a new, young member looking to make an early mark. mister robinson. >> is the prime minister aware? we have a day for private members, with donations in consent. i wish to take what she has given and give my right honorable friend my support. can she assure us that she can sustain that support now, through committee stage, in which case we can have it through the commons procedure by the end of the year. an act whose sole purpose, mister speaker, is to save, preserve, enhance lives.
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