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questions from members of house of commons and the first question time session of the new year. he answered a range of questions focus mainly on the government's response to the coronavirus pendant and oppose brexit trade agreement. this runs 45 minutes. >> we are not committee questions to the prime minister. >> i will first call the prime minister to once, engagement question want and then i will call -- his supplementary. >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, i'm sure members of when want to join and offering our condolences to the family and friends of our former colleague brian findley who died over christmas eve. mr. speaker, today with publishing our proposals for reforming the mental health act.
for too long we seen rising rates of the tension that not only had a little bit of affect but left some worse off not better off. that's why we're making sure the act works better for some of the most vulnerable in our society and gives them more every legal f right in deciding what treatmt them.best for my right honorable friend the health sector to update the house shortly. mr. speaker, this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have further such meetings later today.gu >> thank you, mr. speaker. i know the howell house wants to associate itself with the prime minister's remarks about dear brian been. mr. speaker, one of the groups hit hardest by the pandemic is young people in full fund education. especially those facing exams last year and this. with all of the mental health challenges that come from such uncertainty. does my right honorable friend
agree the terms have been scrapped this year without benefit from the utmost clarity aboutos how exactly they will be assessed? a clear plan announced early without last-minute changes to help teachers and students prepare for an even more challenging experience? thank you. >> my right honorable friend is absolutely right, and there is clearly a problem of differential learning that has grown over the last few months and risk being exacerbated by the lockdown and we will do everything we can to ensure exams are fair, the way the testing are set out in a timely way, and the department of education is launching a consultation to ensure we get the right arrangements for this year. >> we now come to the leader of the opposition, keir starmer. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
can adjoin the condolences expressed byco the prime ministr of half of the whole house. could i also begin by paying tribute to all of those involved in the vaccine program? i went to the vaccine have last week and it was really uplifting to see nhs, the red cross and lots of volunteers on working togetherer and giving real hope. they had a simple message to me which is if they had more vaccine they could and they would do more. i'm sure that is shared across the country. i welcome news that is, this morning aboutth a pilot a 24/7 7 vaccine centers anticipate will be huge clamor for this. can the prime minister tell us when will the 24/7 vaccine center be open to the public? i understand or not at the moment. when will they be rolled out across the country? >> i am grateful to the right honorable gentleman what he says
about the role of vaccines and i can tell them we will be going to 24/7 as soon as we can and the right honorable health sector would be setting out more into course. as youdu rightly says the moment the limit is on supply. we have a huge network, and they are going, as he has seen himself, exceptionally faster i pay tribute to the work and it's thanks to the work of the nhs into the vaccine constables that we have secured more doses ike think per capita than most any other country in the world, serving more than any other country in europe. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome that and urge the prime minister to get on with it. it. happy to help and many
volunteers. mr. speaker, the last pmqs was on the 16th of december. the prime minister told us and then that we were sitting s words a significant reduction in the virus. he told us then there was no need for endless lockdowns and no need to change the rules about christmas mixing. since then, since that last pmqs, 17,000 people have died of covid. 60,000 people have been admitted to hospitals, and there's been over a million new cases. how did that prime minister get it so wrong and why was he so slow to act? >> well mr. speaker, a of coue what he fails to point out is on the 18th of december, two days
later, the government was informed of the spread of the new variant, and the fact that it spreads roughly 50-70% faster than the old variant and that is why it is indeed correct to say that the situation today is very troubling indeed. we have 32,000 covid patients in hospital. the nhs is under huge strains. i would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff, doctors and nurses, everybody working now in our nhs who are doing an extraordinary job under the most challenging possible circumstances to help those who so desperately need it. i thank them for what they are doing, but at the same time i also want too thank all those involved in what is the biggest vaccination program in the history of this country where once again the nhs is in the lead working with the army and the legion ofle volunteers and
everybody else. that program of vaccines, mr. speaker, does show the way forward. it does show how we're going to come through this pandemic and again i repeat my gratitude to all those involved because they have not vaccinated 2.4 .4 million people, delivered 2.8 million doses more than any other country in europe. this is the toughest of times, mr. speaker, but we can see the way forward. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister says that effectively two days after pmqs the advice changed. the truth is the cases were all in the wrong direction but be that as it may come the prime minister said he got the device on the 18th of december 2 days after pmqs and we've all seen the 22nd of december confirming device the ads given to the government. the governors advisors warned
the prime minister that the new variant was spreading fast and it was highly unlikely that november style lockdowns would be sufficient to control it. pretty clear advice. on the 18th of december to the prime minister, tougher lockdown that november is going to be needed. i've got the minute to get anybody has seen them. yet instead of acting on the 18th of december the prime minister sat on his hands for over two weeks. we are now seeing in the daily figures the tragic consequences of that delay. so how does the prime minister justify the laying for 17 days after we got that advice on the 18th of december? >> mr. speaker, i must disagree very profamily with what the right honorable gentleman said because he knows very well within 24 hours of getting the advice on the 18th about the
spread of the new variant we acted to put the vast part of the country into much, much tougher measures. indeed, they have what we are now seen and it's very, very important to stress these early days, we are now seeing the beginnings of some signs that a string of an effect in many parts of the country but by no means everywhere. it is early days, mr. speaker, and people must keep their discipline, keep enforcing the rules and work together as i have said to rollout that vaccine program. but mr. speaker, i do recall that on the day we went into a national lockdown, sadly we were obliged to shut the schools, even on that day the labour party was advocating keeping schools open. for understandable reasons, mr. speaker, but we all want to keep
schools open but i think it a bit much to be attacked for taking tougher measures to put this country into the protective measures when the labour party would themselves calling for then to keep schools open. >> mr. speaker, just for the record i wrote to the prime minister on the 22nd of december. i had not seen the sage advice at the station if it indicated fisher been nationalized if he should do it immediately and he would have our full support. i will put that in the public domain so people can check the record but mr. speaker, more fundamentally, the primepu minister says we took measure straight away. we put people into different tiers. the advice was a november still lockdown is not enough. how on earth was putting people into different tier system and attitude device that was given? isn't this thean situation that every time there's a big decision to take, the prime minister gets there late. the next big decision is obvious.
the current restrictions are not strong enough to control the virus. stronger restrictions are needed. it's no point members opposite shaking their heads in regard to the prime minister will likely ask be asking members to vote for this. so can the prime ministerth tell us when infection rates amongst-last month, when hospital admissions are much-last month, when death rates are much-last month, what on earth are restrictions weaker than last march? >> mr. speaker, we keep things under constant review and we will continue to do so and certainly there's no need to toughen up restrictions which i don't rule out, mr. speaker. we will of course come to this house, but perhaps as you saw from the case the right honorable gentleman didn't listen to my only answer because i pointed out 2000 that actually actually the locked gun measures we had in place are starting to
show signs of some effects and wee must take that because noby can dance the serious damage that is done by lockdowns to people's mental health, to jobs, the livelihoods as well. mr. speaker, he thinks said no article here to plunge the country into 12 months of lockdown, and as for coming too late to things, mr. speaker, i things only a few weeks ago that he was attacking the vaccine task force that has secured the very doses, and millions of doses that i i put this county into the comparatively position we now find ourselves in. >> just not true. every time i've spoken about the vaccine i've supported it. but the prime minister says we're balancing health restrictions and the economy but yet we intoye 2020s with the
highest death toll in europe and the deepest recession in any major economy. so that just isn't a good enough answer. mr. speaker, i want to turn to the t latest school meal scanda. we've all seen images on social media of disgraceful foodci parcels for children, costed at about five pounds each. that's not what the government promised. it's nowhere near enough so can ask the prime minister, would he be happy with his kids living on that? if not, why is he happy for other people's kids to do so? >> mr. speaker, i don't think anybody in this house is happy with the disgraceful images that we have s seen of the food parcs that have been offered. they are appalling, an insult to the families too have received a grateful to marcus rexford to highlight the issue and doing quite an effective job compared
to the right honorable gentleman in holding the government to account. for these issues. the company in question has rightly apologize and agreed to reimburse, but it's because we want to see our kids properly fed throughout this very difficult pandemic that we've massively increased the value of what we're providing of 170,000,000 170 million pounds in the cold winter. grants in two and 20,000,000 pounds more for the holiday activities and food program and we are normally out the national free school meal voucher scheme as he did in march to get parents the choice to give kids the food that they need. under this government we will do everything we can to ensure that no child goes hungry as a result of the problems caused by this pandemic. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister said that the parcels are disgraceful but it shouldn't take in social media to shame
the prime minister into action. like education secretary he blames others andnd he advised e to hold them to account so let me do that. because blaming out this prime minister, it's not as simple as that, is it? because i haven't checked the government guidance on free school meals, the current guidance published by the department of education. i have guided here. it sets out example parcels for one child for five days. you want to be held to account. one loaf of bread, two nick batum batum, blockages can baked beans, three individual yogurt. sound familiar? that's the images you just called disgraceful. the only difference i can see, and what the prime minister described as disgraceful is a packet of ham in the bottle of milk. so we blames others but this is on his watch. truth is families come last under this government whether it's exams, free school meals or
childcare. will the prime minister undertaken he must beve held to account, to take down this guidance by the close of play today to ensure all of our children can get a decent meal during the c pandemic? >> mr. speaker, right honorable gentleman words would be less hypocritical and absurd if it were not for the fact that the speed i don't think anyone is hypocritical. i think we need to be a little careful about what we're saying to each other. there was a not truth earlier and was also comparisons to others. please let's keep the discipline in this chamber under respect for each other. i certainly expect the leadership of both parties to ensure that safe place. prime minister would you like to withdraw hypocrisy? >> i'm delighted to the advice by you. let me confine myic criticism to the absurdity, which i hope is acceptable, mr. speaker, the right honorable gentleman attacking as over free school
meals when it was a conservative government that instituted free school meals universal, not a labourns government and of the 280 million were spent securing the jobs and job politely to people across this country, universal credit, increasing and in addition increasing the living wage by record amounts this year and last year, increasing local housing. the overwhelming majority, the bulk off the measures, the benefits in favor of the poorest in the neediest in society which is what this house would expect. mr. speaker, he takes one position when week, one position the next. that is what he does. that has been his his whole by multiple approach if i can get away with illimitable, mr. speaker, about this pandemic. he says he supports the vaccine s-uppercase-letter he supports the vaccine s rollout. he goes and tries to associate himself with it because he
senses it is going well. there will be no doubt that was the party that wanted us this country to stay in the european union vaccine program. he stood on a manifesto. he stood on a manifesto which he is not repudiated, mr. speaker, to dismantle the very pharmaceutical companies that have created this miracle which is true. >> prime minister there are questions and sometimes you got to try to answer the question to what was asked of you. i think to run to the histories with this primacy mrs. questions and was a final question. we have lots of others to go through such think what i'm going to do now is moveon to simon who is desperate to ask a question of you prime minister. simon. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the hospitality industry is the lifeblood of -- are pubs, restaurants, cafés and hotels provide thousands of jobs come a
place to meet and places to stay. that unit support package put in place will tide many of these businesses over for now but they willof need further support. will my my right honorable friend consider extending hospitality to give them a helping hand when they are back open for business? >> well, i'm grateful to my honorable friend and i know that my right honorable friend the chancellor has and everything can to help businesses throughout this pandemic and that's why he has extended the grants and that's why we've got both vat and for business rate and will do everything we can to help as we go forward. but the best thing would of course be to ensure that we will out this vaccine program as fast as possible. any further announcements my right honorable friend makes will be well ahead of the 31st of march by which we intend to have a budget.
>> let's had just gotten to the leader of the snp with ian blackford. ian blackford. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my constituent, , and exporter f shellfish is experiencing his worst nightmare. after loading his fresh local seafood which is done for 35 years, is bureaucracy -- brexit redtape that means that 40,000 pounds of his fresh high-quality produce is lost, unable to be sold. mr. speaker, that 40,000 his income for over 100je local families, and manyov of them in fragile communities. can the prime minister tell my constituents and why does the cf opportunity that he and his scottish tories promised? >> well, mr. speaker, were putting 109 pounds into sporting the fishing industry in scotland and across the whole of the uk,
and it is the policy of the scottish nationalist party not just to go break up the united kingdom under their harebrained scheme and also to take scotland back into the eu and hand back control of scottish fisheries to brussels. thereby throwing away all those opportunities in a way i think the right honorable gentleman and self opposite would say was totally absurd. and i'm amazed he continues on this track. >> that means the prime minister continues to produce the name of the scottish national party he's been told before and she get it right -- frankly his answer was -- all fishermen are facing loss indeed. the reality is, mr. speaker, as the scottish fishing fleet is tied up in harbor. some boats are land in denmark rather than scotlandg to avoid brexit bureaucracy.
scotty's seafood exports are losing upwards of 1 million pounds in sales a day. seafood scotland says all the extra redtape is an almost impossible task. it even force ferry operators to pause deliveries to the continent. mr. speaker, the union -- 5 billion fund to support businesses with the cost of brexit. last night it was revealed that i was receiving 1 billion can the prime minister tell scottish business when the week in december of support in where's the compensation for mye constituent whose losing 40,000 pounds today? >> mr. speaker, he continually advocates the breakup of the union with the united kingdom and he continually advocates going back into the european union even though that would be immensely destructive to the scottish, immensely destructives to the scottish economy, lives,
jobs, pensions come to the country. as far as i understand they are already spending money in scotland on what they call in the red two when they should be getting on scottish nationals should be getting on with fighting the pandemic. that i think is what the people of scotland want to see. he might pay tribute by the way to the merits of the united kingdom in rolling outut the vaccine to crossss the whole of the country. and i'm told by the way, mr. speaker, they can't even bring themselves to say the oxford astrazeneca vaccine. >> let's move to yorkshire with the julian. >> thank you, mr. speaker. with the vaccination program making veryy encouraging progress, and the prime minister reaffirmed that lifting restrictions to return to normal as soon as possible safe is an
overriding national priority? and i invite them to consider line in the sand in terms of vaccination of sufficient numbers of the priority group? the reaching of which will trigger a phase relaxation of controls as communityct widens. >> yes, mr. speaker, i can confirm that we're going to go down the top four priority groups who account for 88% of families of covid gas. the target is by 15 february 2 be an opportune to look carefully at the measuresas we have in place, and we will try to reverse the restrictions as soon as we reasonably can in a way that doesn't involve overwhelming the nhs. >> let's head to northern ireland. sir jeffrey. >> the prime minister promised us that northern ireland will continue to have unfettered access to the uk internal market and yet in my constituency
consumers are facing empty supermarket shelves and they can't get parcels delivered from great britain and small businesses can't bring spare parts and raw materials into northern ireland from great britain. steel importers are facing tariffs and we have many other problems, all caused the northern ireland protocol. what i and the people of northern ireland need to know from the prime minister as leader of the united kingdom is what his government is going to do to address this and if you will consider invoking article 16 of the northern ireland protocol to resolve these issues? because the support service is welcome but it isn't the solution alone. we need direct government intervention to deal wit this now. >> well, i think the right honorable gentleman. i can tell inra the moment they are -- so i know they are turned
back yes, of course, there are problems and what i can say, i confirm is, that if there are problems we believe our disproportion in will have no hesitation in invoking article 16. >> let's head to ruth edwards. >> thank you, mr. speaker. may i congratulate my right honorable friend on his trade deal with the eu. and welcome the prospect of a more global approach to our trading policy. would he agree with me that the freeport based in east midlands airport connected to the world by train, planes, and automobiles are focus on generating green growth is key to the success of global britain? >> i am delighted that she's camping for freeport on -- there will be a process as she knows and he will be announced in the
spring. >> daisy cooper. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i hope the prime minister will join with me in congratulating the locally gps have set up the vaccination center as an incredible feat. save thousands -- facts offensive residents but the successes we have because on been provided with enough vaccines to vaccinate 1100 peoplecc a day and the arrow vaccine delivery with short notice. willli the prime minister personally intervene to ensure vaccinations andnd all pcn led vaccine services have a much greater and more consistent vaccines against individual vaccine? >> i certainly think the gp vaccination center for what they're doing and for their wonderful work. and thanks as i say to the
private care networks across the country we done 2.4 main vaccines, to performing people and the constraint is not this regional network, it is the supply don't forget that we have bigger supply than most other, all other european countries. indeed, many vaccines that all other european countries put together. we will be ramping up that supply in the days and weeks ahead. >> of the prime minister join me in thanking -- in the public sector and the private sector currently working on the warrior and boxer military vehicle program doing a great job? as the government considers making decision of the challenges to life extension program, bear in mind excellent workforce has such history of the modern-day practice of delivering uk defense.
>> of course, mr. speaker, i'm familiar with the superb work force to which he refers and, of course, there's a competition currently going on with the modernization that he speaks up. as he knows we've made the biggest investment in our defenses since the cold war with the recent spending review but it would not be right for me to comment on these negotiations at this stage. >> let's move on to catherine west. >> thank you, mr. speaker. prime minister, , widening inequalities are carrying commutes apart and covid is making this much, much worse. we have 182% increase in joblessness. today, will that prime minister pledgebl to reverse the plant 1e universal credit to provide a certain picture to all of those
increasing numbers of people that use universal credit as a lifeline? >> well, mr. speaker, not only have we upgraded by 1000 pounds, but as i have said we have extended, increase the local housing allowance increase minimum wage, mini me of the benefits and will keep this under constant review but i may say that i know the chief speaks for the labour, front bench, the current labour pols is to abolish universal credit. i think many people in receipt of universal credit knowing how important it is to find that stunning, in view of what she just said. >> andrew percy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. here in the east testa with some
of the highest risk encourage and was to waiting for the report into -- just up the road from here which took part ten months ago. i welcome the doubling of the defense funding and it is most welcome any and every particularly such as my but we come up to the challenge of bureaucracy and sometimes the treasury funding roles. can ask him to look up what can be done to bring schemes forward? and what we can do to whilst i appreciate the need for national agency also utilize local councils by providing them with direct cash as well as the environmental to bring forward the project that will protect homes in people? >> well, my honorable friend makes a really excellent point about the need to improve the fences and that'spr why we're investing 2.6 billion pounds in the thousand defenses in england in the next few years, the next six years.
the area that he represent so well is one of four areas which will benefit from trials into long-term way of making all our countryes are resistant to flooding. >> thank you, mr. speaker. there's a real disappointment that a reciprocal work permit free deal for touring musicians and performers not be agreed with the eu. know when his interest in ina blame game. it is fixable and in britain's economic and cultural interest to do so quickly by a needs of leadership from the top. will the prime minister meet on this virtually with a small group of mps including the conservative chair of the culture select community? we are all singing from the same song sheet. will you please say yes to the meeting? >> i will of course ensure there is a proper meeting with the
honorable gentleman and his colleagues on the subject which is extremely important and i know our friends in the eu will be wanting to go further to improve things both, not just for musicians for business travelers of all b kinds. there is a mutual benefit. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for the first time in my lifetime we are now fully sovereign and independent nations i would like to thank the prime minister of the people of -- for giving brexit done. one of the key benefits of brexit is our ability to create ten new freeport and you are the largest brownfield site in europe, the deepest part on east coast, fantastic -- and applying to the 16,000 jobs over the next 20 years. does he agree that the best place for for a third post t freeport is seaside? >> a bit of a theme to these inventions for my brilliant freeport campaigners behind me
we don't't hear from the party opposite. i think my honorable friend is now known makes an excellent point as i said earlier on the bidding process is underway that we roll out and and i will y further. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i want to join my right honorable friend the lead of the opposition in paying tribute to those involved in the vaccine gola. but mr.pa speaker, the cost highlight this week that many of the countries 11,000 community pharmacies stand ready, willing and able to do what is desperately needed covid vaccines. yet the government has shunned an army of extremes and registered technicians can pharmacies in these whole of the flu vaccine every single winter and are ready to to play the part in the national effort. so will the prime minister now
take control and full demobilize skills and expertise of community pharmacies to get britain vaccinated? >> mr. speaker, there are 9000 fantastic unity pharmacies across our country. they do an amazing job. what we want to ensure is that we get doses to the places where they're going to be distributed most effectively, the fastest, and i'm sure the honorable gentleman wouldn't want to see doses distributed places many, many places where they might not all be used in the course of the day. we need at this stage to avoid any wastage. that's why we are concentrating as i say on the two and 53 hospitals, but 200 pharmacies already, mr. speaker, and we will wrap that up and it will be particularly important as we come into the faces when we need to reach people who are harder
to reach in local communities and the local pharmacies will as you rightly says play a vital role. >> duncan baker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm sure the prime minister will join in saying we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all our care, young, and those throughout the social care for the hardest work they have done during the pandemic and represent the oldest constituent demographics i firsthand have seen their work. yet these professionals often feelof forgotten about. this needs to change. will the prime minister commit to a teen years plan for social care to match the one with the nhs as the foundation to start reforming social care in this country? >> my honorable friend is absolute right to highlight the extraordinary work that is done by care and social care workers been down the country. they have got us through this
pandemic. we must continue to look after them anyway we can and we must commit as we have done to reforming the sector giving people the certainty that you need, and we will be bringing forward proposals later this year. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on monday thousands finished the protest are being fired -- which prompted the prime minister say he was looking at what he could do. he also called for employers -- clearly that hasn't and isn't happening. he must step up. i think will he meet with me to discuss how we can provide more protection for all our workers? >> well, thank you, mr. speaker, and as he says we believe that using threats of firing and
rehiring is unacceptable as a negotiating tactic, and there are laws in place to ensure that contractual conditions can't discriminate against people on grounds of race or sexual or disability. but i will take at this point by saying the department visits is working with businesses and their employees representatives to discuss what more we can do. >> thank you, mr. speaker. j farmer stud and hospital having been stabbed in the early hours of new year's day. last week the killers of -- were sentenced to life imprisonment. life crime is destroying lives across the uk. even during the pandemic. my right honorable friend outline what support the government is giving to provide resources with the tools they need to make our streets safer? >> thank you, mr. speaker. well, first of all we are
introducing night crime prevention orders that placing curbs on and limits to deter young people from going equipped and getting involved in knife crime. we made sure that we deliver on the series violence strategy engaging with young people and steering them away from knife crime. what itr takes is continuous ad serious law enforcement, making sure that people who carry a knife to get the sentences they deserve and that's why we are also putting more police out on the streets of her country and have recruited almost 6000 additional 20,000 the thousand that we committed to the last election. >> thank you, mr. speaker. across the country we are facing continued job insecurity. as we heard, shameless and rehire tactics forcing british gas workers too take a stand
against this and strike and most difficult of circumstances. the director british gas responded by boasting that covid has get thisst straight out of e news. will the prime minister condemn these remarks and protect the livelihoods of thousands of workers and their families by finally outline fire andnd rehi? >> well, mr. speaker, as far as that was gentleman's time tension, he failed in that and i think possibly the best thing i can do is repeat what i've just said to the honorable gentleman who's already raised this strike. we regard fire and rehire is unacceptable and we will continue to make that point and seek further means of redress. >> thank you. i'm grateful to my right honorable friend for the opportunity to cheer and earthly healthy development revealed have become it.
he knows only too well how awful the lockdown has been on new parents and their families.n in addition to the existing pressures that new parents find themselves in. can youpa assure me that the recommendations of this important review before a core part of his ambition to build back better and make sure that every baby gets the best start in life? >> mr. speaker, its many years now since i've been listening to my right honorable friend make these points with a passion and knowledge of that she does. i know that she's right. i look forward very much to her review and you are submitting her findings, and to working together with her to achieve the change that we want for early years children. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this week i i got an e-mail from the deputy head in my constituency.
she says lack of government guidance means -- will soon be teaching over 100 children in school, ten times the number in the first locked in. having a lockdown may -- [inaudible] staff who like all schools are doing a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances deserve better. why are they being hung out to dry on the prime minister and his education secretary? >> mr. speaker, i want to thank very much all the schools, indeed threat monday at throughout the whole country who are working so hard to look after vulnerable kids, to look after the children of key workers, and at the moment the present in school is about 14%,
which is as you would appreciate higher than it was back in march. i think the gist of his question was that schools should be closed. altogether. i don't think that is right. i think what the country wants to see is the children of key workers and vulnerable getting their education they need, and i think very, very much the teachers, allat the staff for making that possible. >> in order -- participating in this site, , the safe arrival fr those participants i'm suspending the house for three minutes. order. >> you are watching c-span2, the unfilled review of government. c-span2 was created by america's cable-television companies and today we're brought to you by these television companies to provide c-span2 to viewers as a public service.
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