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questions, i would like to -- the sign language interpretation. the proceedings are available to watch on the commons live tv. minister helen hayes. >> mr. speaker, this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> helen hayes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the degrading strip-search of child q two years ago, in a school that should have been a safe place, at the hands of police officers who she should have been able to trust, has caused anger and distress across the country. on monday, the minister for crime and policing failed to answer four separate questions in this chamber, asking when he first knew about child q and what urgent action he took in response. so i ask the prime minister, when did he first hear about the strip-search of child q in her school?
and whether he believed that the characteristic dither and delay of his government in responding to this appalling case is remotely acceptable when it comes to the safety of children? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i think that is a completely ridiculous characterisation of the response of the government, because of course the reports of the incident are deeply distressing and deeply concerning -- everybody shares the honorable lady's feelings about that -- but the metropolitan police have rightly apologised and the independent office for police conduct is investigating. and for that reason, it would not be right, further. >> thank you, mr. speaker. people across north east hertfordshire are coming together to provide support and refuge to families fleeing the invasion in ukraine. the baldock and district action committee are about to welcome
four families to our community. doesn't he agree with me that this shows the open-hearted generosity of the british people? will he continue to do all he can with the refugees minister to make this process as simple and speedy as possible? pm johnson: i thank my right hon orable friend and also all those involved in the two big schemes that we have now for welcoming people from ukraine. the homes for ukraine scheme is now open. i think about 40,000 have already applied, 150,000 homes across this country have said they want to welcome ukrainians. it is a fantastic thing. that is a fantastic thing, and i thank baldock and district for helping to lead the way. speaker: we now come to the leader of the opposition. keir starmer. >> 800 loyal british workers
fired over zoom, instantly replaced by foreign agency workers shipped in on less than the minimum wage. if the prime minister cannot stop that, what is the point of this government? pm johnson: we condemn the callous behaviour of p&o. and i think -- and i think that it is no way to treat hard-working employees, and i can tell him that we will not sit by, mr. speaker, because it looks to me as though, under section 194 of the trade union and labor relations act of 1992 that the company concerned has broken the law. we will therefore be taking action, and encouraging workers themselves to take action under the employment rights act 1996 -- and both those acts were passed by conservative governments.
and if the company is found guilty, they face fines. in addition, we will be taking steps to protect all mariners are working in u.k. waters and ensure that they are paid the living wage, mr. speaker. keir starmer: when owen paterson was on the ropes, pm johnson: was prepared to rip up the entire rulebook to save his jobs. p&o workers want him to show the same fight in relation to them. the government had advance warning of these mass sackings -- a memo was sent to the transport secretary and to the prime minister's office. but they did not lift a finger to stop them. did the prime minister not understand the memo, or did he just not bother to read it? pm johnson: i think what the right honorable gentlemen needs to rip up are his pre-scripted questions, because i just answered that question.
i just answered that question. the point at issue, mr. speaker, is whether or not the government was properly notified. it is not about what happened previously. i knew about it on the thursday when it became public, but the company concerned has a duty to notify the government 45 days before taking action of that kind, which is why we are taking the action that we are taking to protect hard-working people. and what we are also doing, by the way, mr. speaker, is lifting the living wage for all workers across our country by another thousand pounds. so it is about 5000 pounds up since 2015. keir starmer: i think he just said that he knew about it on the day. i take it from that answer that the prime minister did not read his whatsapp briefing. let us test his rhetoric. mr. speaker, since the prime
minister came to office, p&o has received more than £38 million-worth of government contracts. and the parent company, dp world, is lined up for £50 million of taxpayers' money under the freeport scheme. the government are apparently reviewing these contracts, but reviews do not save jobs. can the prime minister guarantee that these companies will not get a penny more of taxpayers' money, or a single tax break, until they reinstate the workforce? pm johnson: i think what the house has already heard is that we are taking legal action -- yes we are, yes we are, against the company concerned, under the 1992 and 1996 acts. and that is the right thing to do, because it seems to me that they have broken the law. but if he is asking this
government to do what labour usually wants us to do and actively pitchfork away investment around the country from overseas, mr. speaker, that is not what we will do. we will take them to court. we will defend the rights of british workers, but what we will not do is launch a wholehearted campaign against overseas investment. that is completely wrong and wrong for those workers, mr. speaker. mr. speaker: keir starmer. mr. starmer: those at dp world must be quaking in their boots. the prime minister says how disappointed he is in them, while handing them £50 million. he referred to the law. speaking of hollow reviews, as the last dance, it is not illegal to pay seafarers below the national minimum wage. even if they are working out of u.k. ports and in u.k. waters. two years ago, prime minister,
these government admitted that that was unjustifiable, and promised, two years ago, you guessed it, to review it. two years on, despite what he says today, nothing has died, leaving the gates wide open for piano. british workers don't need another empty review, they need action. when will the prime minister fix that gap in the law? pm johnson: with great humility, must ask the right honorable gentlemen to listen to the answer that i gave to his first question. it would then help him to scrap his third or fourth question and try another one. we are going to address the defects in the 1988 living wage act, minimum wage act, and make sure that everybody serving in the u.k.'s exclusive economic zone, gets paid the living wage as people do in the rest of the country.
speaker: keir starmer. mr. starmer: the problem is, that is what he said two years ago. it did not happen, and p&o took advantage of the gap left wide open by this prime minister. p&o's behaviour comes off the back of a string of fire and rehire cases, with profitable companies threatening to fire workers unless they accept a pay cut. the prime minister keeps telling us just how opposed he is to fire and rehire, but as we saw on monday, he does not have the backbone to ban it. mr. speaker, he doesn't have the backbone to ban it. whilst he sits on his hands, more and more workers are having their lives turned upside down by this appalling practice. what good to them is a prime minister who is all mouth and no trousers? pm johnson: mr. speaker, the most notable practitioner of fire and rehire is, of course, the labour party itself.
the right honorable gentleman may be interested to know that we will be vindicating the rights of british workers -- u.k. employees -- under u.k. law, but i can tell him that the law that p&o itself is allegedly relying on was introduced as a result of e.u. directives. never forget -- never forget, mr. speaker -- he may not like it, but that is the reality. he would have kept us unable to change it and unable to get out of it. he would have made it impossible for us to protect u.k. employees in the way that we are going to do. but what we are doing, mr. speaker, above all, is ensuring that workers in this country have the best protection of all, which is a job, mr. speaker. under this government, thanks to the steps we have taken and thanks to the stewardship of the economy by my right honorable friend the chancellor of the exchequer, which you will be hearing about a little more, mr
speaker, we have people in payroll employment, 600,000 more of them than before the pandemic began. mr. starmer: he can complain all he likes, but on monday he ordered all of his lot to abstain on a vote to ban fire and rehire. and they all did. and then, mr. speaker, to add insult to injury, after the vote his party posted a message saying that, where possible, they will look to find p&o workers new jobs. pathetic. they don't want jobs, they want their old jobs back. they don't want the prime minister hoisting the white flag. they want him to fight for their livelihoods. 82,000 seafarers in this country. i have spoken to dockers, engineers, deckhands and sailors, and they are all worried about what this means for them. this morning, one of them said to me “if p&o can get away with , this, other companies will get rid of us too and replace us
with cheap labour from abroad.” why does the prime minister think that they will take a crumb of comfort from his half-arsed bluster and waffle today? pm johnson: mr. speaker, p&o is plainly not going to get away with it any more than any other company that treats its employees in that scandalous way. this is a historic moment for this country, actually, because it is now two years to the day since we went into lockdown. that plunged this country into the biggest, deepest loss of output than we have seen in our lifetimes. thanks to the chancellor, who protected the economy, jobs and companies, we have now been able to come out faster and more effectively than any other comparable economy. we have unemployment back down to 3.9%, we have 600,000 more people on the payroll, and the
best assurance we can get, workers around the country, is that the economy is bigger than it was before the pandemic again , and we will continue to get the big calls right as we got the big calls right during the pandemic. they got the big calls wrong. they would do absolutely nothing to protect workers, let alone p&o workers, because not only would they have kept us in lockdown and cap those ships in port, mr. speaker. but mr. speaker, there has never been a labor government that left office with unemployment lower than when they began. that is our record on jobs. mr. speaker: [indiscernible] [crowd booing] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly support the government's intention to make england smoke-free by 2030, but on the current trajectory we are going to miss that target.
it is vital that we discourage young people from starting to smoke and encourage people who already smoke to give up. so does my right honorable friend agree that it is now time to raise the age of legal sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21, and impose a levy on the profits of the big tobacco companies to raise 700 million pounds so that we can put into smoking cessation services, on the basis that the polluter must pay? pm johnson: thank you very much. he is absolutely right about smoking, it is the biggest single cause of preventable death in this country. as you know, javed khan obe is undertaking an independent review of smoking, and i am sure he will want to take my honorable friend's suggestions into account. speaker: i call the leader of the snp here, ian blackford. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
in a matter of seconds, at 12.16 p.m, a virgin atlantic aircraft is due to depart heathrow airport to go to warsaw to pick up 50 young orphans who have left ukraine. they are coming to spend the next period of their life in scotland, with the sanctuary we can offer them. i would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped to make sure that we can offer a new start to these young people, away from the war. in particular, the government in london and in edinburgh, and in particular, to thank the immigration minister, the member for torbay, and the refugee minister in the house of lords, lord harrington. this is a good day for those 50 young people, but let us hope that it is the beginning of something much more significant for many more young people we can offer sanctuary to. mr. speaker, this morning we have official confirmation that inflation is at its highest level in 30 years, but families
don't need official confirmation to know that the cost of food and energy is now at a price they simply cannot afford. the very people who bore the brunt of the health pandemic are now being hammered by the poverty pandemic. this is not just a cost of living crisis -- this is an emergency. that is why, in scotland, the snp government are doubling the scottish child payment and raising benefits it controls by 6%. that is double the rate the chancellor has proposed for the benefits that he has control over. so this is a very simple question for the prime minister. if he truly understands that this is an emergency, will he match the scottish government's commitment and lift all benefits by 6%? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: i thank the gentleman very much. we all recognise that global inflation is causing a real cost of living crisis, not just here, but around the world, in the u.s., inflation is now running at more that 8%.
and we are at the levels in other european countries. we are doing everything we can to help people. the chancellor has put another £9.1 billion into reducing the costs of energy for families. but -- i don't know quite what he is shouting now, mr. speaker. but we want to do more. scotland, i can tell him, is in the lead in helping this country to solve its energy problems, not just with more offshore wind, mr. speaker, but by abandoning the phobia of our own hydrocarbons, which i think are going to be vital for transition and to avoid our being blackmailed by putin's russia. and on his point about the orphans, mr. speaker, i am grateful to him for his efforts. i thank him. it is another example, if i may say, without embarrassing him further, of the burgeoning co-operation between us. [laughter] mr. blackford: of course, mr.
speaker, we want to make sure we open our doors in scotland and welcome refugees, and that we have that generosity of spirit -- but we will leave that there for now. can i say to the prime minister that inflation is at 6% and increasing. we need to make sure that the most vulnerable have the increase in benefits that they need in order to pay for fuel. the chancellor needs to ditch the official photographer and listen to martin lewis. family finances are at breaking point, they cannot tighten their budgets any more. these families have no room to manoeuvre, but the truth is that the chancellor does. lower borrowing and increased taxes mean that he is sitting with £20 billion to spend today. but instead this chancellor is making a political choice: the choice to push people further into hardship by hiking taxes, cutting universal credit, and giving companies free rein to slash workers' pay through fire and rehire.
so the test for the prime minister is this. full £20 billion they are will the government use thefull £20 billion they are sitting on to scrap the national insurance tax hike and put money into people's pockets, or will he simply make this tory poverty pandemic even worse? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: i just advise mystic meg over here that -- [laughter] -- that he has only 10 minutes to wait before he will have the answer to that question. speaker: mr. sturdy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i warmly welcome the improvements to our national ukraine refugee response, but in the weeks since these improved measures, numbers fleeing putin's invasion have sadly doubled to 3.5 million, and are expected to go even higher. does the prime minister agree, our response must still move much, much faster, with a shift to processing applications in the u.k. and cutting the red tape and bureaucracy, so we can match the scale of europe's worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war?
speaker: prime minister. pm johnson: my honorable friend is right that we will see many more people coming here. he is right that the instincts of this country are to be as generous as possible. that is why we have made sure that applications can now be processed online very quickly, so people can come here with their passports. under the family reunion scheme alone, i think the numbers are now running in excess of 16,000 people coming here. speaker kenny macaskill. :>> thank you, mr. speaker. while ofgem can cap rising gas and electricity bills, other fuels such as heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas and solid fuel remain unregulated. many households in rural scotland depend on such fuels. there are also areas awash with energy, both on and offshore, yet with huge and rising numbers of people in fuel poverty. will the prime minister regulate and cap such fuels, to alleviate
hardship and end the perversity of energy-rich scotland but fuel-poor scots? pm johnson: i thank him very much, and i think he is right that energy-rich scotland and the hydrocarbons that we have in this country should be used to help the british people. we should not be needlessly reliant on oil and gas from putin's russia. i think that is the policy of alba but, unfortunately, is not yet the policy of the snp. speaker: jason mccartney. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am so proud to represent a vibrant ukrainian community in huddersfield and colne valley. and this friday at the ukrainian club, they will be collecting medical supplies to send to the ukraine and surrounding nations. what the prime minister generally thanking all of our community who rallied around
their ukrainian neighbors and friends, and also continue to put the u.k. at the forefront of donations of not only humanitarian and medical supplies, but also the military aid that is allowing the ukrainian people to fight so bravely against putin and his cronies? pm johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ukrainian community in yorkshire for everything they are doing and, of course, ukrainian communities up and down the country and the people of this country as a whole. i am proud that we are the biggest bilateral donor, i think, other than the united states, in aid to ukraine. and yes i am also proud, as i know the whole house is, of the work that is being done continuously to give the ukrainians the tools they need to defend themselves. speaker: graham stringer. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. prime minister, the football association is refusing to move the semi-final between liverpool and manchester city from wembley. there are no trains from the north-west that day, which means
50,000 or 60,000 people will have to go by road -- bad for the fans and bad for the environment. unfortunately, this is typical of the insensitivity of the fa, who thinks that fit and proper people to run our football clubs are russian kleptocrats and people who are wanted for human rights abuses. does the prime minister agree with me that now is the time to legislate to set up an independent regulator for football, with fan involvement? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: thank you very much. i am not going to comment on the travel arrangements for the particular match, though the deputy leader of the labour party shouts for me to secure her a train. i am sure that everybody has heard -- the fa will have heard the message that he has given. what i can say is that i do agree with my honorable friend
who has just conducted a review on the matter, that we should indeed have an independent regulator for football. speaker: holly mumby-croft. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my right honorable friend mr. speaker is a great champion for steel, and we have just had brilliant news on the removal of the u.s. steel tariffs. will he reaffirm the commitment he made at the dispatch box on 31 january that the chancellor will bring forward a package of measures on our steel energy costs? and if the chancellor isn't able to make good on the commitment today, will he ensure that he does so as soon as he can? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: i agree with my honorable friend passionately, and i think that it is vital that we undo the damage done by the insane policies of the previous labour government, which whacked up the cost of energy for british industry, including steel. i will be bringing forward a british energy security strategy that will address the needs of
british steel, british ceramics and the whole of british industry. speaker: naz shah. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am sure the prime minister will share my delight that bradford has been shortlisted to be the u.k. city of culture 2025 and will want to offer his support for our bid -- it would bring immense benefits and kudos to britain's youngest city. with over 120 languages spoken across bradford, it's unique cultural heritage and diversity and, let us not forget, the amazing food, and as the birthplace of david hockney and the brontes, bradford has it all -- apart from government support. one practical way in which pm johnson: could help is by reversing the transport secretary's snub to bradford in the integrated rail plan. so i ask the prime minister, will you look at this and commit to delivering a real northern powerhouse rail, including a stop in bradford city? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i congratulate bradford on being shortlisted in the way that that wonderful city has been, but i
think the honorable lady is wrong about what the integrated rail plan said, because already it commits to cutting the journey times from leeds to bradford from 20 minutes to 12 minutes, if i remember correctly. and, mr. speaker, we are continuing to find a way of making sure that high-speed rail goes direct to bradford. speaker: alun cairns. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the horrifying effects of events in ukraine must be central to our focus, and we should do all possible to stand together in support. a war in europe also has challenging domestic outcomes, with higher energy costs, rising food prices, and effects on supplies and inflation and across the economy in general. does the prime minister agree with me that this is the time when we need to come together as a nation, and anybody seeking to weaponize putin close deliberate and calculated consequences of the war will only undermine the unity of our nation at a time when europe is in crisis?
speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: i thank my right honorable freddy very much for what he has said. one of the most important things that has confounded vladimir putin has not only been the heroic resistance of the ukrainians, the heroic resistance of the ukrainians, but the unity of the rest of the world, and i must say so far, the relative unity, the important unity of this house. speaker: rebecca long bailey. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister has been very supportive of nuclear testing veterans, so i am sure that he will be shocked that, today, the mirror has uncovered 140 pages of data previously hidden in the footnote of a 1988 government report. there is now concern that the high court and this house may have been inadvertently misinformed in 2008, when told that only 159 men in u.k. nuclear weapons tests were exposed to dangerous radiation, when today's data shows exposure numbers were actually 2,. -- were actually 2314.
will he urgently investigate this and arrange to meet personally in downing street with my constituent, her grandad , and all the other nuclear testing veterans to bring an end to this national scandal? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: i thank the honorable member very much for bringing those facts -- new facts -- to the attention of the house, and i know that my office has already been in touch with the group concerned to make sure that we have a proper meeting. and i hope very much that she will be there and we will be able to discuss all the issues that she has raised. speaker: andrew percy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. by thanking the government, and -- i begin, as chair of the all-party group on surrogacy, by thanking the government, and the home secretary in particular for her work in bringing ukrainian surrogates to safety here? sadly, in my role as chair of the all-party group against antisemitism, the news is not so positive. we have recently heard from jewish students who are suffering record antisemitic attacks on university campuses, including allegations of their work being marked down by their own professors.
this is completely outrageous, and one would expect the national union of students to be on their side, but instead of helping the students it has been inviting somebody who is engaged in antisemitic conspiracy theories -- a rapper -- to a conference. can the prime minister do everything in his power to ensure campuses are a safe place for british jewish students? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i am sure our universities have, for far too long, been tolerant of casual or indeed systematic antisemitism. i hope that everybody understands the need for change -- for rapid and irreversible change -- but it is also important that we have an antisemitism taskforce devoted to rooting out antisemitism in education at all levels. speaker: mary kelly foy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last week, the government did nothing to stop p&o ferries sacking 800 seafarers on the spot. on the same day, the
work and pensions minister was forced to come to the house to announce more than 1,100 dwp job losses and 42 centre closures, risking a further 7,000 jobs, including 1, in the north-east. working people are, once again, being hammered by this government in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis causing genuine suffering. why will the prime minister not act to protect local communities from losing real high-quality jobs? speaker: prime minister? speaker: mr. speaker renew my , i sympathies with the case of the p&o workers, and i have explained to the house what we are doing, and we will do that. but what we are also doing, mr. speaker, is helping the workforce up and down the country to get the coaching they need to double the number of work coaches, mr. speaker. we are seeing employment climbing, we are seeing vacancies growing. mr. speaker, we are helping this
country into work. that is what conservatives do. speaker: -- >> i have a growing number of constituents who are struggling to go about their lives or even get to work because their driving licences are stuck at the driver and vehicle licensing agency. will the prime minister make it clear at the dispatch box that the service from the agency falls significantly below what we expect, and will he ask the transport secretary to meet me, and any other member of this house, i think we may need a big room, to explain how we can help them out of the hole they've put themselves in? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, yes. like everybody in this house, i have read some surprising things about what has been going on at the dvla. we need to make sure that it is given every possible encouragement and support to expedite the supply of driving licences to the people of this country. speaker: western. >> thank you, mr. speaker. nice to see the prime minister
back, i missed him last week. back in his place, i missed him last week. a fantasy castle, perhaps snow white, too, and certainly girls, girls, girls were promised at a party -- less burlesque, more berlusconi. according to a former minister, it seems that pm johnson: mr. -- it seems the prime minister has been entertained at these bunga bunga parties, hosted by his close friend, a russian oligarch. given his many weaknesses, could leave him open to blackmail, why does the prime minister -- why does the prime minister think that mi6 may not entirely trust him? pm johnson: mr. speaker, last week, i was not here to benefit from one of these elaborately-confected questions.
i admire his style, mr. speaker. but i am afraid that i simply fail to detect any crouton of substance in the minestrone of nonsense that he has just spoken. [chatter] speaker: sarah atherton. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, wrexham is a town based on brewing, mining and football. it is a town evolving in aspiration, prosperity and creativity while retaining its welsh identity. can the prime minister congratulate wrexham on being shortlisted for the city of culture, and on being the first welsh town to be so? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, not only is wrexham shortlisted for the city of culture, with all the distinctions she mentioned, but it is also the city of vaccines. without the astrazeneca vaccines bottled in wrexham, we literally would not be where we are today.
speaker: mr. murray. speaker: prime minister? mr. speaker, former treasury minister lord agnew has described the chancellor's failure on covid fraud as “one of the most colossal cock-ups in recent government management and taxpayers are paying for this”. we now know the chancellor's failure has cost the country £11.8 billion -- almost exactly the same as the amount that national insurance on working people will increase in the coming year. does the prime minister think it is fair to demand working people . the bill for the chancellor's failures? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i remember him when he was doing planning at islington council, and a complete cock-up he made of that. what i can tell him is that this government has made sure that we have got the p.p.e. and the supplies that we needed in
record time and that was absolutely vital at a time when they were calling on us to go further and further. never forget that under the last labour government, there was £23 billion lost in fraud every year. speaker: angela richardson. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the important interim report from dr hilary cass in which she highlights the need for more research into why so many young girls are presenting with gender distress. will my right honorable friend agree to meet me and other concerned colleagues to discuss how we can constructively support those young people who are experiencing gender distress? speaker: prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i would be very happy to meet my honorable friend. i think that this is one of those issues that the whole house is coming to realise is one that requires extreme sensitivity, tact, love and care. we must recognise that when people want to make a transition in their lives, they should be
treated with the maximum possible generosity and respect. we have systems in this country that allow that and have done for a long time, and we should be very proud of it. but i do want to say in addition, mr. speaker, that i think, when it comes to distinguishing between a man and a woman, the basic facts of biology remain overwhelmingly important. speaker: bill esterson. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister met the chairman of p&o owners dp world to discuss setting up a freeport in london. just last year, the foreign secretary also met dp world. dp world runs ports in the u.k. which employ more than 600 workers. so, if the prime minister wants to remove the latest suspicion of his conflicts of interest, will he tell his dubai
millionaire friends that if they want contracts to run freeports here, they must reinstate p&o workers and guarantee the jobs of dp world workers too? speaker: order. we need to use more moderate and temperate language in this chamber. prime minister? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i have one overwhelming interest, which is to protect and preserve the jobs and livelihoods of the british people. that is what we are doing. that is what we will do with the p&o workers, but we will also ensure that we continue to attract overseas investment in the record ways we currently are. they would drive it away. we won't, mr. speaker. speaker: shailesh vara. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of asians from uganda, the country where i was born. under ted heath's government, people across the country opened up their homes for many of those asians, who then settled and
became part of the fabric of our great nation. that british generosity is again being seen as people open up their homes for those fleeing ukraine and coming to our country. may i urge the prime minister to pick up those files from 50 years ago, wipe off the dust, and take on board those positive lessons, so that we can ensure that the homes for ukraine scheme has maximum success? pm johnson: mr. speaker, yes, i think the whole country can be proud of the way the u.k. welcomed people fleeing idi amin's uganda. and i am sure that there are many members of the house, several members of the house, including the home secretary herself and her family, were beneficiaries of that scheme and that moment. this country is overwhelmingly generous to people fleeing in fear of their lives and will continue to be so.
speaker: karl turner. >> 800 british workers were sacked over zoom by p&o, owned by the government of dubai, to be replaced with foreign exploited agency workers on less than two quid an hour. the prime minister can pass an instrument now to close the loophole so that the national minimum wage applies on u.k. international routes. is he going to stand up for british workers or the oil state dictator dubai? pm johnson: mr. speaker, i am grateful for his question. i knew he was going to ask it and he was right to ask it. i anticipated his question earlier on.
we are going to make sure that everybody working in the u.k. exclusive economic zone gets paid the living wage, and we will do it as fast as we possibly can with the opposition's assistance. natalie: mrs. natalie elphicke. -- speaker: mrs. natalie elphicke. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the prime minister's commitment to take legal action to hold p&o ferries and dp world to account. i again call on them to reverse their action and reinstate the workers. dover and kent are already badly affected by this business, including on the roads and in the business community. will my right honorable friend meet me to discuss specific support for our affected area, including the a2 upgrade for national transport links and an east kent enterprise zone to cover and include the port of dover? pm johnson: mr. speaker, my she is right in what she says about p&o and about the 800 workers.
and i will make sure that she gets all of the meetings she needs to make sure that we continue with all our fantastic investments in dover, whether transport, education or otherwise. speaker: just going to give a minute for people to leave. let's clear the benches. ♪ >> c-span's washington journal. everyday we take your calls live on the air on the needs of the day, and we discussed policy issues that impact you. coming up monday morning, wall street journal congressional reporter siobhan hughes and usa today white house reporter joey garrison talk about the week ahead in washington. and georgetown university's professor talks about the
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>> next, a senate hearing on discrimination in the home appraisal process. witnesses include an appraisal expert, and a representative from the department of housing and development. they discuss the need for more appraisers who come from diverse backgrounds and, how in negative appraisal can impact the value of a home. gnificantly impact the value of the home. >> [inaudible conversations] >> the senate committee on banking, housing and urban affairs will come to order. welcome to the witnesses.