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>> president donald trump announces his nominee for the supreme court, filling the vacancy left by justice anthony kennedy. watch live monday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> now, to london for this week's british prime minister question time. british prime minister theresa range ofd about a issues including the decision to p.m.te -- exit the you are -- exit the european union. >> order! questions to the prime minister. tony shepherd. hugely rich country, and it's got over 1,000 years to conserve
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and produce for people's use or edification and whatever. and so the difficulty there is not the will but sometimes the resources. so it's interesting to go back and forth. that is to say family history is accessible at both sides. looking at the great documents, the bill of rights and so forth is accessible on both sides. but it's a wide range that you have to take on board when you go to great britain, i think, whereas the focus in here is on a smaller range but it can be very deep. and i like the difference. >> just a practical point of collection care. we're expecting some buildings and the use of buildings wh pm may: mr. speaker, i am sure the whole house would like to join me in offering our heartfelt condolences to family and friends to private reese miller from the yorkshire regiment who died on the 30th of june while on operations in
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estonia as the result of a non-battle injury. private miller served his country with great distinction and that service will not be forgotten. mr. speaker, this week marks 70 years since the nhs was founded. it is rightly one of the nation's most loved institutions and i would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to and recognize the dedication and hard work of nhs staff across the country. >> hear hear. pm may: and finally the country witnessed a rare and welcome event last night. the england football team winning a penalty shootout. >> hear! pm may: the explosion of relief will be felt up and down the country, not just in the smoking room at the house of commons, and i want to congratulate the team on a great performance. last week, i promised to fly the flag of st. george for above number 10 for all of the remaining matches and i know the whole house will to join me in wishing the england team the best of luck in the quarterfinals. let's keep that flag flying, and mr. speaker this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues in addition to my duties in this house, i should have further such meetings later today. mr. bercow: tommy sheppard. mr. sheppard: scotland has transferred responsibility to the scottish government. but a large retail park in my constituency was exempted from the transfer on the grounds that it was tied up with the private joint venture. last month, the government sold
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the estate's interest for 167 million pounds. last week, the treasury confirmed to me that none of that money would go to the scottish government but be retained here in london. can i ask the prime minister to review that decision in order that the proceeds from the sale of a major public asset in scotland's capital city are given to the people in scotland? pm may: can i say to the honorable gentleman that my understanding is that when he says the money is going to the government, it has gone to the crown and state. i would be happy to clarify that point in writing. mr. bercow: rachel mclean. who accesses it. unfortunately, you'd like everybody to be able to and one gets criticism because, you know, you can't afford it to everybody, but you try to educate the best you can and the people who are receptive to that education and try to encourage those institutions that will benefit from it. and that's what we do in a more regulated way and i'm sure her majesty does the same, too. >> lydia? >> well, i just want to say, it helps to educate the staffs that work with you, too.
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i mean, we try to hold handling sessions to be sure that mrs. maclean: after last night, i am sure there is one question i do not need to ask, does she believe that football is coming home? the one question i will ask her, does she also agree that another great victory for our united kingdom is the b.a.e. contract, and what does she think that means for jobs up and down the country and the manufacturing supply chain after we leave the e.u.? pm may: can i say to the honorable lady that i sincerely hope that members across the whole of this house will be congratulating england's success and welcoming england's success. my honorable friend is absolutely right to highlight this excellent in news that australia has elected the ship, as the preferred friend for our future frigate program. the scale and nature of this contract its the u.k. at the forefront of maritime design and engineering, demonstrating what we can achieve hand in hand. it is the start of a new era between the u.k. and australia that will be reinforced by the forthcoming dialogue. as we leave the u.k. -- as we leave the e.u., we have an -- [shouting] >> hear! pm may: as we leave the european union, we have an opportunity as the u.k. to build on that closer relationship with allies like australia, and that is exactly
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what we are doing. mr. bercow: jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: thank you, mr. speaker. i share the prime minister's tribute to private reese miller who died serving in the first battalion yorkshire regiment. i spent the weekend congratulating the nhs on its 70th birthday, and the message in the crowd there was the nhs is great. let's fund it properly. [applause] you go back to the 1902 renovation of the white house under theodore roosevelt. the same thing existed. the blue room furniture was a conjured up version of what they thought might have been there and that existed in many of the rooms. mr. corbyn: and while we're speaking of emergency services, i do think we should send a
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message from this house of our thanks and support to all those firefighters tackling these huge fires on several worth more and winter hill. and of course i congratulate the english team on a fantastic performance last night. wish them well on saturday in the match against sweden. mr. speaker, -- [shouting] mr. corbyn: with fares rising above inflation, passenger numbers falling, and services being cut, does the prime minister accept her failure on yet another public services, the buses? >> hear. pm may: can i, can i, can i first of all, can i first of all say to the right honorable gentleman that i absolutely agree as i'm sure all members of the house do, that our thanks should go to the firefighters and the troops who have been struggling to deal with these terrible fires that we can see in the north of britain? and on the point about the buses, i would merely point out to him that i think we should
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look at the responsibility of local authorities for the buses. but can i also just, can i also just comment on the remarks that the right honorable gentleman made about putting sufficient funding into the national health service? at the last election, the labour party said they getting the nhs and extra 2.2% a year would make it the envy of the world. but we are not giving it an extra 2.2% or 2.5% or 3%, we are giving it an extra 3.4% per year. >> hear. pm may: now he tries to say that is not enough. what should we believe, what he said before the election or what he says after the election? mr. bercow: jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: mr. speaker, in case the prime minister forgot, my question was about buses. [laughter] mr. corbyn: and since 2010, her government has cut 46% from bus budgets in england. passenger numbers are falling,
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and among the elderly and disabled, it has fallen by 10%. her government has been lately committed to keeping the free bus pass, but a bus pass is not much use if there isn't a bus. so does the prime minister think it is fair that bus fares have risen by 13% more than inflation since 2010? pm may: the right honorable gentleman, he says that he asked about buses, he did indeed, and i gave him an answer in reference to buses. what he cannot do is stand up and make assertions about what the government is doing without expecting those to be challenged which is exactly what i did on his funding of the national health service. what we have seen across the country, and it was right we made that commitment in relation to bus passes, what we have seen across the country is that we are seeing that people's working habits are changing, that we are seeing people are using buses less around the country.
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this is something, this is something that will work with local authorities on. there are many responsibilities that local authorities have in relation to buses, and i suggest that he ask some of those local authorities what they're doing about the buses in their own areas. mr. bercow: jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: mr. speaker, under this government, fares every -- have risen three times faster than people's pay. bus users are often be blunt lower income whose wages are lower than they were 10 years ago in real terms and have suffered a benefit freeze. and this government, under their stewardship, has cut 500 bus routes every year, leaving many people more isolated, lonely and damaging our local communities. does the prime minister believe that bus services are a public responsibility or just something you leave to the market? >> hear. pm may: to the right honorable
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gentleman, i made the point on two occasions about the responsibilities that others have in relation to buses, so he might for example look at what the mayor of london, who i last looked at was a labor politician, is doing in relation to buses in london. he also talks about the impact of fares on low income people. it is important that we consider the situation of people who are on low income. that is why it is this government introduced the national living wage and increased the national living wage. that is why this government has taken 4 million people out of paying income tax altogether. that is helping people on low incomes in this country. mr. bercow: jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: mr. speaker, when sadiq khan ran for mayor of london, he promised to freeze bus fares, and you know he has done? frozen bus fares. [shouting] mr. corbyn: if she is concerned
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about the travel card fares, speak to the secretary of state for transport. he is the one that sets that fare. mr. speaker, bus routes are being wiped out, 26 million fewer journeys made across the north of england and the midlands under her government. so much for a northern powerhouse and the midlands engine. let's be clear. does she think, the prime minister think that the deregulation of the bus industry, putting profit before passengers has been a success or a failure? pm may: the right honorable gentleman, he talks about with the mayor of london has done. what have we seen on the number of people using buses in london? it has gone down under the current mayor. but if he wants to talk about what mayors are doing, i am happy to talk about what another mayor has done. he has extended free bus fares to friends of his and students.
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students.entices and mr. corbyn: it will be a labor government that saves the bus industry and a labor government that gives free fares to under -26-year-olds. mr. speaker, the truth is, since deregulation, fares have risen faster than inflation, ridership has fallen, and these private bus monopolies have made a profit since 2010 of 3.3 billion pounds. that is what the tories give you in public transport. the government has given metro mayors the powers to franchise and regulate to secure better services. why won't the government extend that power to all local authorities? pm may: i say to the right honorable gentleman that indeed some local authorities do have some responsibilities and capabilities in relation to subsidizing bus routes and fares and yet, we have given those powers to the, given those powers to the metro mayors. but can i also say to the right honorable gentleman, he talked earlier about what was happening
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in the north and the midlands engine. i will tell you what is happening in the northern powerhouse and the midlands engine. more investment is happening in public transport, more investment in roads, more investment in the infrastructure that brings jobs to people in the north and people across the midlands. mr. bercow: jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: it is a shame this government is so shy in given power to the local authorities and instead is cutting their resources. but mr. speaker, under this government, bus services are in crisis. fares are increasing, routes being cut, passenger numbers falling, isolating elder and disabled people, damaging communities, high streets, and actually leading to more congestion in our towns and cities. people spending more time traveling to work or school. it is bad for our climate change commitments, bad for air quality, so will the prime minister at last recognize the
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crucial importance of often the only mode of transport available for many people, and end the cuts to bus budgets and give councils the power to ensure everyone gets a regulated bus service wherever they live? >> hear. pm may: the right honorable gentleman, i will take no lessons from the right honorable devolution and local authorities. which party is it that established those metro mayors? it is the conservative party in government. what party is doing road deals around the country, giving new responsibilities to local authorities? it is this conservative government. what did we see in the northeast when we were talking to labor councils in the northeast about them having pollution deals? labor council leaders in the northeast rejected it. that is what the labour party is doing. he wants to know if this government is delivering for the people of this country, the north, the south, the midlands, for every part of this country.
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record high employment, rising wages, falling borrowing, stronger environmental protection, and a britain fit for the future. mr. bercow: mr. mann. mr. scott mann. mr. mann: wait for a bus question then seven come at once. [laughter] mr. mann: this is a route that cornwall council had deemed to be safe and with government guidance, and the parents have been refused free public transport for their kids. it is seven miles -- three miles there and three miles back. the road has no pavement, no street lighting, and in winter months, the children will have to walk to and from school in the dark on a single track road with cars, tractors, and lorries. there are similar stories all around cornwall. will the prime minister look at these and see what can be done?
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pm may: i say to my honorable friend, obviously we are as i have indicated committed to recognizing responsibility to local authorities in these matters, and we have committed to providing them with funding they need. we have increased funding for cornwall for 2019, as i said it is a matter for local authorities to decide how to spend their funding and make decisions on local matters. i would agree with him to encourage local authorities to make sure that they are doing that. they are absolutely taking into account the concerns of the communities that they serve, including the communities that my honorable friend has referred to. mr. bercow: ian blackford. >> hear! mr. blackford: as a football fan, can i congratulate england -- their very fine
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mr. bercow: order. order. order. it is very unfair -- order. order. and i remind the house or indeed i inform the house, that we are today visited by an american state senator and his wife whom i had the great privilege of meeting earlier this morning. i am sure we will wish to impress the two of them with the quality of our behavior. mr. ian blackford. >> hear. mr. blackford: thank you, mr. speaker. perhaps on american independence day, we should welcome -- can i congratulate england on a very fine victory at the world cup -- >> hear. mr. blackford: and wish them all the best in the coming games. mr. speaker, this morning we have learned that a man is expected to be found guilty on breaking the law. does the prime minister agree that we need absolute transparency in elections and that people must be held accountable? pm may: i say to the right honorable gentleman, first, congratulations and best wishes
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to the team. on the issue that he refers to, i am not going to comment on what i am sure all the members will understand. i am not going to comment on what appears to be a leaked report that the government has not seen. a commission regarding this matter has said they will consider what they have received and publish a thorough report to provide a balanced account, and we will of course consider that report when the government receives it and will consider any recommendation arising from it when it is released. mr. bercow: ian blackford. mr. blackford: speaker, it is the principle which is important. our democracy cannot and must not be bought. mr. speaker, the conservatives are systematically shielding their donations from public scrutiny. the honorable members have all accepted donations from the scottish union association trust.
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the trust has donated 319,000 people to the scottish conservatives. yet there is no information available about who the people are who manage the trust, no public accounts to indicate who the donors are or what assets it holds. the bbc has revealed that the former vice chairman of the conservative party in scotland was behind [indiscernible] 145,000 pounds donation in the e.u. referendum, and illegal acts have taken foreign money. now the prime minister -- mr. bercow: i think the right honorable gentleman has finished his question. he finished, yeah. can i just say to the right honorable gentleman that he has advised those members in advance as he has preferred to them but i know he is approaching and he will be sensitive to the fact
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that the house wants that. mr. blackford. mr. blackford: i am now giving the prime minister the chance to tell us what checks the scottish tory party has in place before accepting such large donations, and will she investigate the links between the conservative party and the promise to publish -- a list of all donations and donors. pm may: i can tell the right honorable gentleman all donations to the scottish conservative party are accepted and declared in accordance with the law, and the scottish conservative party works with the electoral commission to make sure that is done properly. mr. bercow: gillian keegan. >> hear. mrs. keegan: domestic abuse is an act of brutality often hidden in plain sight, and it affects one in four women and one in four men across this country. last week saw the launch of the employer's initiative on domestic abuse, 170 companies have signed up to train their employees to spot the telltale
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signs and to help provide much-needed support. could i ask the prime minister to support this initiative and also to encourage more mp's and businesses across the country to sign up? >> hear. pm may: can i say to my honorable friend, she has raised a very important issue and of course, this is something which we see many women being victims but also men can be victims. i certainly welcome the efforts of the employer's initiative in raising awareness of this issue but also in the vital work of providing advice and support to employers and employees on the steps they can take to address it. i understand my honorable friend, the minister for crime safeguarding and vulnerability, and minister for women attended a talk on domestic abuse which was developed in partnership with the employers initiative with public health england and the business community, and i would encourage members from all sides of this house to sign up for the initiative and also
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theire it in constituencies so that we can take every step we can to root out domestic violence. dr. blackman-woods: president trump has recently locked up children in cages, instigated a ban on muslims, stalled progress on climate change and challenged women's reproductive rights. shouldn't the prime minister be challenging his damaging policy and instead of -- doing that instead of inviting him for tea and cakes at number 10? pm may: i tell the honorable lady and i have responded to the points she has raised. i have been very clear and i have said that in this house, on the example on the action is taken against child migrants. that was not acceptable. not something we would do in the u.k. we did not consider it acceptable. she wants me to challenge the president of the united states. what better way to challenge the president then to sit down and talk to him about it? mr. bercow: simon clarke. mr. clarke: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i look forward to welcoming the practice manager at loftus gp street for the nhs later. can she assure the house and part of this government's record in the nhs she will ensure the primary care services receive all the support they need? pm may: can i say to my honorable friend the, the intention of what would happen with the increase in the nhs budget is we see it directed to frontline and primary services. we need to have this long-term plan. the nhs is developing that long-term plan itself. the budget would have increased by 2023, 2024 an extra 20 billion pounds a year in real terms compared with today, but it is in that 10 year plan that will be led by doctors that we will make sure we deliver world-class care for everyone, and that plan must make sure that every penny as well spent. mr. bercow: marcia do cordova. mrs. de cordova: this morning, the head of the national
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office took the unprecedented step of writing an open letter to the secretary of state for work, saying how she had misled parliament in three respective segments. she has made over universal credit. the ministerial code is very clear, and i quote, it is of paramount importance that ministers give accurate and truthful information to parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. ministers who knowingly mislead parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the prime minister. has she? pm may: as the honorable lady said, it is very clear that ministers should correct the record in parliament. the welfare secretary will be correcting the record and i believe she has advised you of that fact. mr. bercow: mr. goodwill. mr. goodwill: on saturday in london, the prime minister
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received a warm welcome and the nation paid tribute to our valiant armed forces. we are absolutely delighted britain's result will be the location of the national armed forces in 2020. could i ask the prime minister if she is looking forward to coming to scarborough as much as we are looking forward to welcoming her on the 27th of june 2020? does she suspect, like me, that the leader of the opposition will already have put the date in his diary, as no doubt he will be planning to wash his hair that day again? [laughter] pm may: can i say to my honorable friend that it was a great privilege to attend armed forces day in llandudno on saturday. it was a fantastic celebration. obviously other events took place up and down the country, but it was a great opportunity to recognize the bravery and professionalism of our armed forces and the wonderful job that they do day in, day out for us, putting themselves on the line and making sacrifices for
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our safety. i am delighted that salisbury and scarborough will be hosting the day in 2019 and 2020 respectively. as regards scarborough, armed forces day will give people yet another reason for wanting to visit the great resort of scarborough in 2020, and i certainly look forward to continuing to celebrate armed forces day in the future and to be able to join him in celebrating it in scarborough. mr. bercow: alex norris. mr. norris: thank you, mr. speaker. the nursery at basford hall is well used and well rated and helps parents access further education. despite that, nottingham college is planning to close it. our campaign to stop that is backed by 1800 local residents and by our local councillors. does the prime minister agree with them that we must remove all barriers to accessing further education, and will she support our call for the college to revisit this decision? pm may: i say to the honorable gentleman i have not seen the details of the particular issue around this college that he has raised. on the general point, i think it is important that we make sure that education, further education, higher education, is
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available to people and is available to people whatever their background, whatever their circumstances, and whatever -- as i say, whatever their particular circumstances. i want to see a country where how far people go in life is about them, it is their talents and is about their willingness to work hard, not where they come from and not what their circumstances are. mr. bercow: andrew lewer. >> hear. mr. lewer: thank you, mr. speaker. will the prime minister join me in welcoming a major investment in the exciting new campus for the university of northampton in my constituency, and does she share my view that this could play a key role in the revitalisation of the town center? pm may: i am very happy to share the view that my honorable friend has expressed in welcoming the investment that is taking place in the new campus for the university of northampton. it is good to see that investment that has been put in by the university into their staff, technology, facilities and into infrastructure, also putting students firmly at the heart of the institution.
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but as he says, it is also a great opportunity for the local community. as my honorable friend will know, the campus is part of the northampton waterside enterprise zone, and understand has created over 2800 jobs and attracted £320 million of private sector investment, and i am sure this new campus will also be a catalyst for investment and new jobs as well. i am sure this new campus will also be a catalyst for investment and new jobs as well. mr. bercow: julie cooper. mrs. cooper: thank you, mr. speaker. baker and maintained nursery schools employ qualified teachers are inspected as schools and have all the costs associated with schools, but still they are not funded as schools. does the prime minister recognize that all the grammar schools in the world cannot raise standards if children are neglected in those early years? if these nursery schools are not funded as schools, they will close. will the prime minister commit today to making sure that that does not happen, and make a financial commitment to support them in the future? >> hear. pm may: can i say to the honorable lady, i fully
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recognize the importance of the early years education that is provided by nursery schools and indeed -- by maintained nursery schools and indeed, by others. that was why many years ago, when i was the chairman of education in the london borough of merton, i was happy to complete a program that ensured we put in early years education for those parents who wanted it, at a time when the labour government and others were not putting it in. so we recognize the importance of nursery education. mr. bercow: oliver heald. mr. heald: despite great government investment in the railway line from cambridge into king's cross, st. pancras and then across london into thameslink, over the past seven weeks my constituents have endured an appalling service. we are told that that will now improve on 15 july, but if it does not, does she agree with me that govia thameslink should be stripped of the service, and a
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new operator brought in, a new operator of last resort to sort out this mess? pm may: what can i say to my right honorable friend, as i have said previously, the disruption that passengers have been facing is simply unacceptable, and it is unacceptable that it is continuing to happen today. as he says, the 15th of july, so there will be a full interim timetable introduced, with the aim of improving reliability and performance for passengers. but clearly, and there is work being done, a review of govia thameslink, which is going to report in the next few weeks. clearly we need to see, ensure first of all that the priority is to make sure that that interim timetable is implemented, and passengers do get the services that they need. but secondly, if services are not provided in the way that is right and are not what the passengers need, the department for transport will look at this, and that nothing is off the table. mr. bercow: chi onwurah. mrs. onwurah: mr. speaker, i invite you and the prime minister to visit newcastle this summer for the great exhibition of the north, celebrating engineering and creativity from
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stephenson's rocket to the wilson twins' suspended island installation. but given the prime minister refuses to invest in tidal power, or carbon capture, or rule out a no-deal brexit, which will devastate engineering supply chains, what hope is there that our engineering future will be as glorious as our engineering past? >> hear. pm may: can i say to the honorable lady, there is every hope, because of the investment and the commitment that the government is giving through our modern industrial strategy. she asks if i and members of the government will visit the great exhibition of the north, and i think she may be surprised to find how many of us do indeed visit it over the summer. mr. bercow: i am sure people will. i visited the honorable lady's constituency in february, and i am still fizzing with excitement about the matter five months later. mary robinson. >> hear, hear, hear. mrs. robinson: thank you, mr. speaker. popular bramhall hairdressers ed and mike are visiting parliament today. like many other small
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businesses, it is through their skills, expertise and hard work that they are successful. will she join me in praising small businesses up and down the country for the work that they do, and does she agree that is by building a strong economy that we provide the best conditions for them to survive and thrive? pm may: can i say to my honorable friend that i am very happy to join her in recognizing the vital role that small businesses play in our economy and, indeed, in our local communities? and they are providing valuable services, products and jobs for local people, and we should never fail to recognize the great work that they do. but of course, government's role is insuring that a strong economy in which those businesses can thrive, and that is exactly what the conservative government is doing. mr. bercow: kate hoey. mrs. hoey: mr. speaker, the prime minister will know that later this month zimbabwe will have its first election since mugabe was ousted by a military coup. recently my friend, the honorable member for bournemouth west, and i have recently returned from zimbabwe, and we heard from zimbabweans concerns that that will not be a
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genuinely free and fair election. will the prime minister -- the constitution is not being adhered to, and the main opposition do not have a chance to get to the state media. will the prime minister give an assurance that our government will not rush in to agreeing that this is a free and fair election until we have seen that it really means change, not just for the election? >> hear, hear. pm may: i say to the honorable lady, i commend the excellent work that the honorable lady continues to do as chair of the appg on zimbabwe. and we obviously welcome the announcement of the date of the election on 30 july, but we urge all parties involved to pursue free, fair and peaceful elections, because i find that is absolutely what the zimbabwean people deserve. and we will certainly watch very carefully to see how those elections are conducted, and consider obviously the conduct of those elections as appropriate. we have repeatedly said that if the zimbabwean government can demonstrate commitment to political and economic reform, then the u.k. stands ready to do
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all it can to support recovery, but obviously that commitment is essential. mr. bercow: owen paterson. mr. paterson: mr. speaker, president macron has ordered that every one of his cabinet ministers should be subject to a performance review. [laughter] mr. paterson: when the prime minister meets her cabinet on friday, will she judge every one of their contributions and the final deal that they decide against the very clear criteria laid down in the conservative manifesto and the labour manifesto, which got 85% of the votes, that we will categorically be leaving the single market, the customs union and the remit of the ecj? pm may: can i say to my right honorable friend that i am pleased to say we have a strong team in cabinet who will take this decision on friday. and can i -- [cheering] pm may: and can i assure my honorable friend, can i assure my right honorable friend that the brexit that the government
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will deliver and are working to deliver is a brexit that ensures that we are out of the customs union, we are out of the single market, we are out of the jurisdiction of the european court of justice, we are out of the common agricultural policy, we are out of the common fisheries policy, we bring an end to free movement, we take control of our borders, and we have an independent trade policy, and but we are also able to have a good trade arrangement with the european union, protecting jobs and prosperity for the future. mr. bercow: mr. angus brendan macneil. mr. macneil: mr. speaker, with the prime minister's chequers failure friday on the way, and max-fac soon giving way to "tot cap" or total capitulation, the u.k.'s government handling of brexit has been dither, delay and duck, but can i give the prime minister an opportunity for a straight answer? shellfish producers in my constituency are worried about getting their produce to french and spanish markets, so together with those countries and independent ireland of course, how open does the prime minister
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want and envisage borders and trade routes after brexit? pm may: can i say to the honorable gentleman that i have made it very clear that we are committed to know our border between northern ireland and ireland and to as frictionless a border with the european union in future as possible? can i also say that i think fishermen up and down the country are welcoming the proposals that my right honorable friend the secretary of environment put forth on fisheries policy for the future? it is this government who are taking the u.k. out of the common fisheries policy. the worst policy for fishermen in scotland would be the snp's policy of staying in the cfp. mr. bercow: mr. robert halfon. mr. halfon: thank you, mr. speaker. in harlow, in 2016 -- mr. bercow: order. i know what this question is about, and it must be heard with courtesy and respect.
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mr. robert halfon. mr. halfon: thank you. in harlow in 2016, a beautiful little girl, summer grant, tragically lost her life when a bouncy castle she was playing in blew away. this weekend, there was another horrific fatality in great yarmouth. the grandmother of summer grant has contacted me to ask for more safeguarding and training for these temporary structures. my right honorable friend of great yarmouth has also urged for lessons to be learned. i have been contacted by other parents around the country whose children have been injured in similar circumstances. a reputable operator from harlow has told me that bouncy castles can be bought for just a few hundred pounds on ebay and many inflatables are not properly regulated. will my honorable friend urgently review the regulations around bouncy castles and inflatables, and will she implement a temporary ban on bouncy castles and inflatables in public areas until we know they can be safe? >> hear. pm may: can i say to my honorable friend, obviously a very serious issue.
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and i offer my deepest condolences, and i am sure those of the whole house to the family of summer grant, but also the family of ava-may littleboy, who tragically was the victim of the bouncy castle incident that took place at the weekend. i do share my right honorable friend's concerns about these tragic incidents. as regards the incident that took place at the weekend, i understand norfolk police, aided and working with the health and safety executive, has started an investigation into the incident. it is too early to know the cause of the incident, but if any findings emerge from the investigation, the necessary recommendations to improve safety will be shared across the relevant sectors as soon as possible. mr. bercow: imran hussein. mr. hussein: mr. speaker, under this government we have seen a climate of division towards refugees and migrants, with windrush just the tip of the iceberg. yet now we see them extending the hostile environment to those facing oppression and seeking
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protection, with the revelation that the home office has failed to let new asylum contracts in yorkshire and humber, creating a real risk that those fleeing persecution will be left without roofs over their heads. is this the vision for britain that the prime minister sees, or will she give a guarantee here today that no one fleeing persecution will find themselves homeless? >> hear. pm may: can i say to the honorable gentleman, this country has a proud and long tradition of welcoming those who are fleeing from persecution and providing them with appropriate support. i will -- as he will have noticed, the home secretary is on the front bench and will have heard his specific issue about the home office contracts in his area. but we have that long and proud tradition. it continues today. we welcome and we deal sensitively and carefully with those who are fleeing persecution, and we will continue to do so. mr. bercow: rebecca pow.
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>> hear. mrs. pow: thank you, mr. speaker. just as an aside the bercow report on speech, language and communication was very well referenced in westminster hall this morning. but my question is about ice cream. in this hot weather, there has been a great run on granny gothard's ice cream in taunton deane, for which all the milk is provided by local farmers. but it is not just popular locally, mr. speaker. granny gothard's has just secured contracts to sell its 135 varieties of ice cream to china, and it is expanding to the saudi arabia and the middle east. so would the prime minister join with me in congratulating granny gothard's on its sweet export success and on winning two awards at the taunton deane business awards? and does this not demonstrate the opportunities in global markets? >> hear, hear, hear. pm may: can i say to my honorable friend, i am very
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happy to join her in congratulating granny gothard's on not only its two business awards, but also crucially the export contracts it is working on achieving. it is absolutely right that my honorable friend highlights the opportunities that businesses will have as we leave the european union. because it will be an opportunity to boost productivity, deliver better infrastructure and maximize the potential of our country, maximize the potential of businesses like granny gothard's, which is obviously such a success in her constituency. mr. bercow: in the week of a special birthday for him, and in the name of encouraging a young member as he seeks to build his career, i call mr. stephen pound. >> hear. mr. pound: mr. speaker, may i in respect to the prime minister's opening statement, declare an interest, as i, too, was born in the first week of july 1948? whereas i recognize that the national health service is held in rather higher esteem by the
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nation than i am -- >> no, no! mr. pound: we both need a bit of care and attention. may i tell the prime minister that what the nhs needs is not warm words but cold cash? and i would willingly, happily, joyfully pay more in income tax to save the national health care. would she? [applause] pm may: can i, can i, can i first of all wish the honorable gentleman a very happy 70th birthday this week? >> hear. pm may: and can i say to him, he is held in very high esteem across this house and should not underestimate it. [laughter] pm may: that may not have done well with his front bench. [laughter] pm may: can i, can i, can i also, mr. speaker, take this opportunity, as i haven't had
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one previously, to say i wish a very happy birthday for his birthday on monday, my right honorable and learned friend the member for rushcliffe? and in answer to the issue the honorable gentleman raised in his question, i think that what we are doing to the national health service is providing it with that money, ensuring that by 2023, 2024, it will have £20 billion extra in real terms. and ensuring, alongside that, that a 10-year plan is produced which delivers for patients? mr. bercow: cheryl gillan. >> hear. mrs. gillan: mr. speaker, following the celebrations of armed services day, will my right honorable friend join me in supporting an inspirational charity, the on course foundation, which is helping injured military personnel here and in the usa who have lost limbs to rebuild their lives through giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to find long-term employment in the golf industry?
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will she agree to meet me and some of these amazing men and women to see how this charity, founded by john simpson, could be extended to some of our other services, such as the police service and the fire service? pm may: i thank my right honorable friend for the warm words about the on course foundation, which is doing excellent work, as she says. it is really important that we ensure that those of our armed forces who are injured, those of our armed forces who are veterans are given the support that they need. she has highlighted a particular area in which that is happening. i may say armed forces day on saturday gave me the opportunity to announce that, next year, we are going to have the first national games for wounded, injured, and sick veterans and personnel of our armed forces. inspired by the invictus games, but these are games that will be focused on those in our british armed forces next year. and as she has mentioned the police and fire service, i will ensure that the minister from the home office responsible will meet with her.
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mr. bercow: seema malhotra. mrs. malhotra: this morning, i spoke to afghan sikh community leaders in my constituency following the horrific terrorist attack in the afghan city of jalalabad on sunday, which was a deliberate attack with devastating consequences. the 19 killed included the trustees of the gurdwara and the only sikh candidate in the forthcoming elections, mr. avtar singh khalsa. the gurdwara had been a safe haven for many persecuted families, and they were on their way to visit the president. mr. speaker, at the moment now, the afghan sikhs in west london are meeting in prayer and remembrance for those killed, many of whom they knew. will the prime minister update the house on what she is doing to ensure the safety of minorities in afghanistan, including meeting with the afghan diaspora to discuss their concerns? pm may: can i say to the honorable lady, she raises a very serious issue. the terrorist attack that she refers to was indeed an appalling attack. as she said, too many victims
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lost their lives as a result of that attack that took place in afghanistan. and it is important that we ensure that we are providing support, as we do through our contribution to -- in afghanistan, which is about contribution to security in the, in the kabul area specifically from our forces, but it is also about working with others to ensure that the afghan security forces are able to provide the security and safety for all communities who are living in afghanistan. there has been tremendous achievements, have been made in terms of afghanistan today, compared with the situation before these efforts were put in, but sadly, as the honorable lady highlights, too many terrorist attacks are still taking place in afghanistan. we will continue to work with our allies and with the afghan government to prevent these in the future, and to ensure that people can go about their daily lives in safety and security and with confidence. mr. bercow: edward leigh. mr. leigh: in agreeing with the prime minister, as i always do, that brexit means brexit, and
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that means generally taking back control, will she confirm today that after we leave the e.u., we will be leaving the single market and customs union, but can she confirm that it is her personal position, and the settled negotiating position of her majesty's government, that after leaving the e.u., we will have full and unfettered control of migration into this country, full and unfettered control in all of our ability to make new trade deals with the rest of the world, and, above all, full and unfettered control of the way we regulate our own business? pm may: i am very happy to say to my honorable friend, we will indeed, after we leave the european union, we will be operating our own independent trade policy. parliament will be determining our laws, and we will bring an end to free movement. mr. bercow: finally, mr. chuka umunna. mr. umunna: mr. speaker, a 19-year-old constituent was stabbed in december 2016. he nearly died from his
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injuries, and his mother subsequently came to see me to get help to move out of the borough because she feared it would happen again. despite our efforts, they were not moved. and as his mother feared, late last wednesday, he was again stabbed, this time seven times close to their home. prime minister, it is an outrage that the system is not protecting teenagers in this situation. what does it say about our society? will she commit to introduce a compulsory scheme, not just pan-london, but nationally, to facilitate such necessary moves between social housing providers and quite simply save lives? >> hear. pm may: can i say to the honorable gentleman, obviously he has raised an issue, first of all, on the issue of the attacks that took place on his constituent, we do take, are taking this issue of use of offensive weapons -- we are
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introducing the offensive weapons bill, and also serious violence very seriously. i understand the honorable gentleman is sitting on the task force of serious violence that my honorable friend, the home secretary has established to take account of views across the house on an issue that is a matter for all of us, and i am grateful to him for sitting on that taskforce. he refers to a matter that lies in the hands of local authorities and social housing providers. and social housing providers. in relation to london and looking at operations across london of course, it is possible for him to speak to the mayor of london about the responsibilities he has and the opportunities that he would wish to introduce. mr. bercow: order. >> you have been watching prime minister's questions. you can see it live wednesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span two, or watch sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific here on c-span.
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