tv Theresa May Fields Questions From Parliament CSPAN September 14, 2017 2:25am-3:16am EDT
>> mr. speaker, i'm sure the members across the house and those affected by hurricane irma and i would like to to the hospital. board secretary has traveled here to the territories to see the recovery work firsthand and assess what is needed. as i told the house last week, we had a navy ship predispositions in the region and humanitarian experts on the ground coordinating uk response. we met regularly to create the government's response bringing together military, aid and effort and announcing 25 millioe recovery effort further to the 32 million pounds of assistance announced last week. the amount paid over 1000 military personnel to the region with an additional 200 to arrive in the next few days along with
those already there. i am sure that members across the house would like to join me in paying tribute to the hard work of the many people, military and slaves, who are doing an incredible job in a different circumstance. mr. speaker, i have meetings with ministerial colleagues in addition to my duties in the house i saw further such meetings later today. >> i would like to echo the prime minister's words of sympathy for the families and especially the children affected by hurricane irma. [inaudible] believe the single markets and custom. [inaudible]
>> her view of what is going to happen when we leave the european union is not the right one and she is telling her constituents that she needs to think again. she needs to work with the government to ensure we get the deal as we leave the european union and go to the secret market that allows us to just have trade deals are on the world prosperity and jobs here to the uk. >> many of my constituents says it's not have its fair share of the infrastructure education, especially compared with london and the southeast. will the prime minister therefore promised to significantly increase the proportion of infrastructure which she spends to the north generally and the yorkshire in particular. perhaps my right honorable. [inaudible]
>> he raises an important point he never needed to raise the concern of his constituents as he rightly showed in his house. we are committed to making sure that the whole country gets the transport of a structure that it needs and i want to reassure him it's not about making a choice between north and south but while the carrying out of one of the biggest investments in transport in the region for a generation spending 14 billion pounds on the northern transport in this parliament that is the largest government history. in regard to the release, we do want to see the sorts of improvements being supported and that is why we have allocated up to 781 million pounds to the west yorkshire transport funds to deliver local priority. >> i to share the prime minister's sympathy with all
those affected by hurricane irma in which are part of the caribbean they have suffered. i hope that the prime minister will be prepared to look carefully at the speed of our response to hurricane irma and if future demands are made in the near future in the next few days or weeks from any country affected by that britain will respond as generously as you possibly can to help people. mr. speaker, the situation facing disabled people in britain is described by the united nations committee on the rights of persons with disabilities as a human catastrophe. does the prime minister think that it was right that while the government funded tax giveaways to richest, disabled people have been hit hardest by the cuts that government has made? >> first of all, in response to references that the gentleman
made to the response to hurricane irma, i can assure you that the uk response was a speedy one and we already had our three positions as i have said it was able to go in immediately to anguilla, first of all, to make necessary repairs such as ensuring that the hospital there could continue to operate. it was able to do that straightway. but of course we recognize that the devastation that has taken place means that there will be a significant need for reconstruction in those british territories and other members of the caribbean have been hit and other countries in the region as well. we will be, obviously, looking and there will be a point at which it is right to start the reconstruction work and of course we will be working with our overseas territories to ensure that we are able to see those countries actually brought to life once again and people able to get an economy in a good life there. in relation to the questions about disabled people, i have to say to the right honorable judgment that over time we have been in government we have been
seeing more disabled people get into the workplace, we have focused usually support were given to disabled people on those who are most in need and we have increased the amount of support that is being given overall to disabled people so again in the picture he presents isn't a fair one. >> the united nations but he says that and i quote government policies have caused grave and systematic violations of the rights of disabled people. we have seen punitive assessments and sanctions, cut to disability benefits and the bedroom tax that is hit disabled people. four-point to million of whom live in poverty. we were told that the public sector pay cuts had been dropped. on monday the prime minister said it would continue as planned. yesterday they said the pay cut was over but later found out
that police and prison officers still face a real term pay cut. could the prime minister tell us what the position is at midday today? >> first of all, i would remind the gentleman that we spent over 50 billion pounds a year on benefits to support disabled people. our share of gdp, public spending, is the second highest in the ge seven. [inaudible] in relation to public sector pay, i think i said to him when the questions were raised about this, that there were were to further public sector efforts to and they had government had to respond. they reported, they made the recommendations and as he
accepted the recommendations of the independent pay-per-view across the public sector, we accepted them for those two groups of workers. he also recognized, as i said it before, that we need to ensure that we balance out protecting jobs in the public sector, being fair to public sector workers and being fair to taxpayers who pay for it. many of who are public-sector workers. there is a need for greater flexibility as to look at these issues of public sector pay in the future and we will be working on this. [inaudible] will be published in due course. >> does the prime minister understand that inflation is now 2.5% and anything less means that dedicated public servants are worse off again and are made worse off every year for the past seven years yet, today. [inaudible] it is a pay cut and it is not acceptable. we discovered mr. speaker that
their been offered, but the police as well, smaller real term cuts in their income came the news that this will be funded by more service cuts. the prime minister guarantee no more police or prison officers will be lost as a result of the decisions she has made this week? >> what the right honorable judgment failed to remind people is that these pay review bodies who have reported and recommended the sums of pay are independent bodies and they make a recommendation to the government and the government has taken those recommendations. he's also failed to mention one or two other things that he failed to mention the automatic pay increase is over the 1% that many public-sector workers get. indeed, a calculation suggests that a new peace officer in 2010, thanks to progression pay and basic sailor increases in the increase in the personal
allowance that is a tax cut, are actually over and seen an increase of over 9000 pounds since 2010. a realtor increase of 32%. >> mr. speaker, there are 20000. >> there are too much noise in the chamber. will get through all the questions. >> thank you, mr. speaker. there are 20000 fewer police officers and 7000 fewer prison officers than there were in 2010. 43% of plea stations have closed in the last two years alone police budgets cut by 300 million pounds. while the chancellor is on the money on this one this last week
at the 1922 committee meeting he told mps -- he told conservative mps to look it up. no mortgage, everyone with a pension, never had more money in the current account, a conservative prime minister once told britain that you've never had it so good. [inaudible] had a prime minister tell us what happened in the last seven years to the average person's bank account? can i say to the right honorable gentleman in a very interested -- he is talking about ordinary people and talking about the situation that they face and this is his fourth pressure. he has not yet mentioned the employment figures today.
[inaudible] people at work, people taking a wage and salary to support their families and record levels. the highest levels and records began. >> the only problem is that more people at work are in more poverty than ever before. more reliant on tax credits and housing benefits to make ends meet. consumer debt is rising by 10% as wages are falling. has. [inaudible] that is the conservative legacy. mr. speaker, a young woman wrote
to me last week and she said i have recently graduated from university with a hefty amount of debt on my head. however, she goes on mr. speaker and says i cannot understand why conservative mp, i really can't. however, i will process. however she goes on and i am scared about the futures of other young people. people have always dreamed of being a nurse no longer want to train to become one. the supports, she traveled across the seas and will the prime minister take the opportunity to attend this afternoon to vote against another tory hike in student fees? >> i have to say the right
honorable gentleman once again you're refusing to fail to mention things that the government has done and things that the government has done taking 13 million giving us tax cuts for 30 million people. that means we are facing great taxpayer 1000 pounds more in their pocket. that is what sounds. [inaudible] the right honorable judgment talks about liberty for students. let's talk about promises that are made. he promised -- >> there is too much noise on sides of the chamber. i don't know what you had for breakfast but i think i ought to
steer clear of it. the prime minister. >> the right honorable judgment promised workers that he would protect their rights and on monday he let them down. he promised students that he would deal with their debt and he is let them down. he promised that his people that he would support. [inaudible] and he is let them down any purpose voters that he would deliver on brexit and he let them down. what people know is that it's only the conservatives that deliver a better britain. >> mr. speaker, the studies reports that english graduates have the highest student debt anywhere in the world. students now graduate with an out rich debt of 57000 pounds. was responsible but party and the liberal democrats of that
situation. mr. speaker, we are in the middle of an economic slowdown. [inaudible] there is a growing risk of a session under her watch. growth is slowing, productivity worsening, wages falling, jobs becoming more insecure, personal debt increasing savings level falling, and homelessness rising all over the country. and it is forecasted by the end of this parliament 5 million children, in this country, but the richest country in this world, will be living in poverty. isn't it true that not only is our economy breaking point but for many people it is already broken as they face up to the poverty imposed by this government?
>> can i say yet again to the right honorable judgment has failed to mention on student fees, who was at that instant. [inaudible] it was the labour party but let's look at what it happened in our economy record levels of direct investment in the british economy and firms investing in this country because they believe in the future of this country. what we also see from the employment figures today more people in work than ever before. we see more women in work, we see more 16-24 -year-olds in work or in full-time education. that is what you get with a strong economy. what do we know? but the labour party with its high taxes and high debt, will have fewer jobs in the labour party will destroy our economy is a did last time.
we had it sorted out and the only people who paid the price for the labour party are ordinary working families. >> i would. [inaudible] even today is the nsu back to british every day will my right honorable friend join me in recognizing the huge contributions farming makes to our economy and economy and in our clear determination to deliver a brexit that works for britain will she ensure the brexit works for britain's farmers as well? >> i'm happy to join my honorable friend in marking the british farming day and recognizing the enormous contribution that is made by the farming industry to our economy and as he applies in this question being in the eu does
give us an opportunity for culture will be able to design policies for agricultural industry that help our food and farming industry that suit the united kingdom and suit our underside and environment. yes, i'm happy to back british farming day and yes, we will make a success of leaving the european union for our farming industry. >> thank you, mr. speaker. since 2007, annual real wage growth has been an average of 6.4%. can prime minister explain to the house house the uk met up over the same period? >> no i seem to remember the economy of scotland is not doing as well --
>> order. don't yell from your sedentary position. i have been doing my best to nurture the honorable gentleman's rise to statesmanship but he supports me at every turn. call, repost the statesmanlike behavior would be more appropriate. >> i say to the honorable gentleman that he should look at what is happening to the economy in scotland under the government because it is what is feeling the government and people of scotland and the only thing i would say to him is the people of scholars now have a strong voice through our 13 conservative members of parliament. >> i was under the impression that the question to the prime minister. once the question of. [inaudible] mr. speaker, the uk's record of earnings has been significantly worse than almost every other
country and in fact, wages in the uk have fallen by 2.6% in 2007. the cost of living is rising, household budgets are stretched, mr. speaker, the government can find the money for 435,000,002,009. they can't find the money for fiscal measures to grow the economy. this is a government that understands and it is our people that is paying the price. will the prime minister seek responsibility. [inaudible] >> i noticed in all of that rather lengthy question that the honorable jasmine asked never once did he records the increase in employment that is taking place across the united kingdom and what shows today. he also started off by standing
up and complaining that i referenced the scottish government. he's an independent and he believes that douglas should only be run by the scottish government. [inaudible] the one thing i can tell him in others is that the scottish economy in the livelihoods of the people of scotland are better off in the united kingdom. >> we have some very excitable denizens of the house today. they will come down. >> mr. speaker, residents across the constituency have been angered the summer by seemingly endless stream of the legal traveler enchantments. will the prime minister look at
what more government can do to help local authorities close these and legal enhancements quickly and that last cost to the local taxpayers? >> they say to my honorable friend that is raised an important issue and it's not an issue that is for his district it is felt by many members across the sauce. we are concerned about unauthorized enchantments and the impact they happily leave communities. there is a wide range of powers available in we want to see them working together and with local land owners and we do keep these matters under review and my right honorable friend will be happy to meet with my other honorable friend to discuss it. >> years ago after the death of her mother, my consistent camisole care for her three siblings and her elder sister has gone to the university and the other had a child of her own but despite saving the state hundreds of thousands of pounds in care costs she is now ineligible for the. [inaudible] this is an anomaly and fill the
prime minister commit to reviewing this ahead of the auto budget? >> obviously, there are said rules in place for these situations and the honorable lady has phrased a situation with various aspects to it and i guess that she write to me about that and i will look at the details. >> i will be happy to meet the new conservative men. [inaudible] >> i'm encouraged to hear it. last week in the face of stiff competition, birmingham defeated the brilliant liverpool approach one the award for the commonwealth games in the west midland which is excellent news for the economy, not only for birmingham but also for the greater west midland. with my right honorable friend
speak and i think she's sitting next to him to the chancellor to ensure that he backs it as well and backs for britain to enjoy that birmingham when the commonwealth games over kuala lumpur? >> i say to my honorable friends for this question. i haven't noticed in my honorable friend is surely to appear on the channel all program called celebrity first date. [laughter] mr. speaker, what i'm not sure about is that if my honorable friend is the celebrity or the first date but he raised the issue of the game. honestly, the commonwealth games being hosted in the uk 2022 in birmingham will present a unique opportunity for west midland and
would of course promote britain across the commonwealth. [inaudible] >> involving mopeds and bikes has sort across the country in recent years. given yesterday's underfunded, real terms pay cuts to the police will actually cost us more front-line officers and can i suggest to prime minister that the very least she can do is change the law to protect the police officers if they are driving according to their training and experience with pursuing and responding to blue lights message from his house that no pores should be operating a plane hit no pursuit policy. the police protectors every day is and it's high time for the prime minister to protect them? >> personal, i agree that they should in trying to keep those policies in place but obviously issues. [inaudible]
the first issue that she raised about the issue of crime related to mopeds and particularly this has been organized and she is an issue of money. it's not an issue of funding but how you respond to those kinds and i'm pleased to say that my right honorable friend held a roundtable on exactly this issue yesterday to look at how we will ensure responding fully to it. >> i like to think the prime minister because she's put me and were looking out to. [inaudible] with the prime minister help me in any way possible with my already ongoing campaign to get the third nuclear power station built quicker?
>> said he is coming tirelessly for his constituency and he welcomed his efforts across a number of issues as he is referred to. we do need affordable, clean energy to keep the lights on and in the decades ahead and he is absolutely right. nuclear energy is an important part of our energy mix. as regards to the particular, there is next to the existing power station which is one of the eight sites of the uk that has been designated for new nuclear bills. >> mr. speaker, the health of the prime minister will remain the case of my constituents. [inaudible] will turn his what the family needs. will the prime minister look again at this case and allow her
family to state long-term in livingston? >> she's raised this case before an immigration minister was in touch with her and that she said to the house, i can confirm, that following a comprehensive review she is not been granted leave to remain in the united kingdom as the honorable ladies set out. i wanted to say something about the female mutilation issue because she raised the threat that she might be under. this is an important crime and a lot has been done by the government to deal with this issue but we cannot tolerate this and our work to tackle this is an integral part of. [inaudible] we do need to make sure that young girls are not subject to this horrific abuse. >> to my right honorable friend
agree that the party opposite cynical attempt to block the e you with all on monday shows that they are still only interested in playing party politics rather than delivering the best view for our future which is what my constituents and the majority of this country want to see? >> my honorable friend is absolutely right and most people in this country want to see what the country is doing delivering the best deal for britain from brexit. there's a certain amount of lawyers from the opposition benches which i said earlier has failed to let workers down to protect the rights of monday but that is exactly one of the issues that was there. put that deal with about with bringing workers rights the eu station and he voted against it. >> thank you. as the prime minister manchester
terror attack. [inaudible] parents feel ignored by the prime minister. i thought to her seven weeks ago with concerns which she failed to respond. when will she properly acknowledged their loss? >> can i just say that the honorable lady raised an important issue. i'm not aware of her letter so i will look into that immediately. to see why she is not received a response that i can only apologize to her for the fact that she is not received a response yet. i do acknowledge that that attack in manchester damaged lives in many ways. those who were injured and two may be living with the
consequences of their injuries. those who lost loved ones and who lost a relative and lost friends will be affected by it and of course, there are lies that were soundly cut short at all too young in age. what we all must do is ensure your providing support for the victims but we also must ensure that we have the power for our authorities and police authorities and agencies so that they are able to prevent attacks in the future but i will look into the issue of the letter because, as i say, she should have had a response already and i'm sorry that it was seven weeks have gone by and she hasn't. [inaudible] canada prime minister give me and my constituents the assurance that the port for the oil and gas industry will be the heart of the industrial strategy so we can maximize economic recovery to the north the
industry agree with me that the biggest threat to the industry would be the instability of the second independent. [inaudible] >> have given significant support to the oil and gas industry and i was pleased several months ago to visit aberdeen and visit the technologies center there and it's doing interesting work, looking not just seeing how they can export that knowledge and expertise across the world but he is absolutely right. what people want and what businesses want is the certainty of knowing. [inaudible] >> when young people return from schools and colleges last week in some cases they found almost half of the cooks in cleaners had gone. part of the area will be to serve food because they can't find the skilled staff to do it. isn't it ironic that. [inaudible]
should determine his or tell us what she put in place to help institutions deal with this chronic and acute sudden storage of labor? >> the honorable judgment talks as if there is no migration in this country any longer. of course people are coming into this country to take on work but there's a wider issue that they need to deal with that is the government is dealing with and we've seen that in some of the announcements such as the state for the education which is making sure that young people here in the united kingdom to get the training, to get the skills, to get the technical education they need to take on the skills job in the future. >> today's world has set the stage and we claim 44000 mice a year in the uk and earlier this year i almost key part of that tragic statistic. help prime minister look at what more the government could be
doing to support raising program so that we can catch asbestos more quickly, treated more effectively and save more lives? >> i'm sure i would echo the feelings of everyone across the schoolhouse insane that we are pleased to my honorable friend managed to battle and when that particular fight. i commend him for his covering and also command those who supported him in that fight and that battle including the excellent medical staff gave him the care he needed. the estimate is that 10000 deaths a year could be invented by earlier siding of success. publishing asepsis action plan and it will be due to post this week. [inaudible] >> mr. speaker, 3000 aberdeen's
who were born in nigeria and i'm recently the un human rights concern. [inaudible] >> we do make efforts across a number of fronts and relationships and we are getting in a variety of ways. as she said, there is a significant. [inaudible] she's right that the secretary has visited nigeria and we continue to work with nigeria and one of the things that i think is important is working with nigeria on the state of their economy to ensure that those across the dirty have the ability for the future. >> yesterday it was refused four
times to condemn illegal strike action and labor's biggest union paymaster seems to agree. such an action would have caused misery for millions of people across the country. does my right honorable friend join me in condemning the legal action and does she agree with me that it is the conservatives who understand that this great country was built on the peoples of democracy and the rule of law? >> well, i think my honorable friend for her question and she is absolutely right. i was shocked this week to see that. [inaudible] would they need to act outside the law.
i have to say that i joined my honorable friend on this side of the house, we are very clear that we can down illegal strikes. we condemn action outside of the law and the only district the people who suffer from those illegal strikes are the only working families can get their children to school, can't get the services they need and who can't get to work. once again, the price of labor is paid by ordinary working families. >> mr. speaker, only two recent changes in my constituency a vast increase of pregnant mothers now have to make over 200 miles return trip to give birth. you can imagine how dangerous this is in the winter. i recognize this is an involved winter but i nevertheless asked the prime minister asked for advice as to how i can help them sort out this desperate situation? >> obviously, he is right. he the fact that health is a
matter for scotland and of course it's for the started government to make use of their full powers to deliver the medical services. i think people in scotland will be sorry that the scottish government is feeling to deliver for them in relation to house services. of course this week march the 20 anniversary of the scottish parliament and particularly those can i welcome him. [inaudible] >> the widow of our murdered colleague has expressed dismay and discussed that hundreds of former soldiers face the investigation yet again about incidences 40 years ago while
the suspected killers of her husband's walk free. will prime minister of bring legislation to a statute of limitations coupled with a recovery process finally put an end to this grotesque situation as she is perfectly able to do? >> can i say first of all to my honorable friend that the overwhelming majority of our armed forces in northern island served with great distinction and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude for what they did. now, obviously, as part of our work to implement the agreement would ensure new. [inaudible] this will make sure that our not unfairly treated and will recognize the fact that nine the% of the deaths was caused by terrorist and that we should never forget that fact.
also ensuring that the investigative body is responsible to looking at death during the trouble will operate in a fair, balanced and proportionate manner. >> today is also farming day and. [inaudible] how can we be to continue the contributions with domestic markets to lower standard food while simultaneously losing. [inaudible] >> happy to back british farming day. and honestly back to those farmers in wales, as well. what we're doing in relation to the european union is looking to lead with a good trade deal which will continue to enable tray to take place on a friction
free and tariff free basis as possible and that will be good for welsh farmers. we also want to ensure and i think there are opportunities for most farmers to for toronto as well that we can ensure our trade deal with the rest of the world. >> tomorrow i will have the pledge of hosting in this place a celebrated event marking the 50th anniversary of the multiple sclerosis society. marketing partners across the world come together over that half-century in order to try to tackle and defeat that condition. could i invite my right honorable friends, as prime minister, good wishes to the ms society internationally as we celebrate this important milestone and also with the government to work across the department to ensure that those with ms have both the maximum
support and to get the encouragement back into work which so many wish to do. under short. >> thank you for raising this issue. i'm happy to join with you in setting absolutely our best wishes to the ms society. i know from my own family the impact that multiple sclerosis can have. society does the pain entirely under tirelessly people with ms and i'm happy that you're hosting this. we have seen progress over the last 15 years in the department of health has made funding available which those not an issue that is just for the department.
>> finally, vincent cable. >> candide primus explain the logic behind treating european cleaners as an economic threat while at the same time being completely relaxed about ownership and control of the railways, the water system, the electricity companies and, indeed, last week the takeover one of of britain's few remaining technology companies. isn't this a question of being paranoid about people? >> i will just say to the right honorable gentleman that we are
very clear in relation to immigration but we want to welcome them to come to united kingdom. we have rules for people us of the eu and will be able to have our own roles for people coming from inside the eu. but could also congratulate the right honorable gentleman on his election for leadership of this party? he and i worked together during the years in coalition we didn't always agree on absolutely everything, but i do know he has raised this issue of our relationship with europe and had to say something i agreed with but the second eu referendum would be seriously disrespectful and politically, utterly counterproductive. so i was rather disappointed he has now reversed his position and back a second referendum but perhaps is not unusual for liberal democrats to say one thing before the election and another afterwards. [shouting] >> order.