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topics include the cost of living and taxes, abortion access, and the potential for another referendum on scotland's independence from the united kingdom. this is just over 35 minutes. >> we are now going to prime ministers' questions. i would like to say interpretations this evening are available for live tv. i would like to start with questions from the prime minister. i start with andrew jones. >> question one. deputy prime minister, he attended the commonwealth heads of government meeting in rwanda. the g-7 leader summit and the nato summit in madrid. i know that the thoughts of the whole house will be with the family, friends.
i lost my father. i know the pain the family must be feeling. we also know it was a huge inspiration to so many and raised millions to help others affected. they've highlighted the success of the access to work scheme. for example one young person being told he would never work [indiscernible] brewery -- is now available to work at the brewery. what my friend consider how we can boost awareness amongst employees over this access to work scheme and how to semper fi the application process so more disabled people don't get deterred? >> i think my honorable friend -- thank the honorable friend
and hidden constituency -- in his constituency and work. organizations are working on additional services which will make it more visible. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i also share with the deputy prime minister his deepest condolences and personal experience, as we mourn the loss of james, who fearlessly campaigned to inspire so many. i am sure they saved the lives of many more. i want to congratulate the new members.
mr. speaker, this week the government lost two elections in one day. the first in three decades. it is no wonder that the prime minister has fled the country. the people held their own vote of no-confidence. the prime minister is not just losing the room. he is losing the country. but instead of showing humility, he tends to live on until 2030. who does he think the cabinet will prop up for this long? >> i think the honorable lady. [indiscernible]
>> mr. speaker, we have a working majority of 75. we are focused on delivering for the british people. more police, tougher sentencing. we will protect the public from these damaging real strikes. >> mr. speaker, here we go again. the truth is, the leader is not to be the leader of the opposition -- but the prime minister of this country. to be honest, mr. speaker, we cannot stomach this prime minister for another eight years.
i doubt the voters will submit them for even eight seconds in the ballot box. let's imagine the prime minister is still clinging on into the 20 30's. at this rate by 2030 the british public will have endured 65 tax rises. how many more tax rises will this government inflict on working families before he says enough is enough? >> mr. speaker. i think she was right the first time. i will tell you what we are doing. near record levels of youth unemployment. 3.8% unemployment. we are delivering for families through the difficult times of the cost of living. what about the labour party?
their plan is no plan. the leader of the labour party says he is wiping the slate clean. starting from scratch. he's only been in the job two years. he's got some experience at winning elections. he says there's a gaping hole. all the while, she's reveling in it. we are getting on with serving the people of this country. [indiscernible] >> i would revel in the opportunity for the people of this country to have more than just five elections to see what they think of their government. hold the general election and see where the people are, mr. speaker. this is a man who once said high levels of government taxation or hurting u.k. competitiveness. now we factor in a prim minister who wants to put taxes up 15 times. at this rate, working people
will be paying 500 billion pounds more in tax by 2030. how high does he think the burden on working people should get before he says enough is enough? >> we are the ones helping working people. with tax cuts over 330 pounds. the support for those on the lowest incomes, with the 650 pounds support for 8 million on the lowest income. frankly the record level of investment coming into this country is from the one billion by moderna pivot for vaccines. the highest level investment in europe. we are the ones with a plan. it is back to zero. at labor. >> if you tend to emphasize with
those struggling with the cost crisis, once you set users simply have a cash flow problem. he spent over a million pounds on private jets. at this rate by 2030, a million more people will be using food banks. how many more working people will be pushed into poverty by this prim minister before he says enough is enough? >> it is the labour party. if the right honorable lady wants to help working people, it be standing up against the militant strikes. -- you should be standing up against the militant strikes. the lady has flip-flopped with the strikes. she was asked by the bbc's
trick, she's normally a straight shooting politician, do you like the rnc? she says i've got to go now, i've got a train to catch. she talks about working people -- she talks about working people, where was the lady when the comrades were on the front lines on thursday? she was at a music festival, sipping champagne. champagne socialism is bucking the labour party. >> well, mr. speaker. that says a lot about the party opposite. i will tell you a few things about militancy. it is the government that is absent in a militant way.
they were getting hundreds of thousands squeezed out of their donors instead of dealing with the crisis. he talked about trade. >> i think we will just have a little chat. we have a question and we also have the answer. >> i think it is rather ironic when you've got people out on the streets. mr. speaker, they don't like you as a public. i will tell you the honorable gentlemen opposite has a stronger stomach than the colleagues behind him. >> i want to hear the question and i want to hear the answer. >> think about the constituents for once.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. when they were asked about the absent prim minister's plans to stick around until 2030, one of the member said he had lost the plug. another said he would realize how dire things are. that the country would be better off under new leadership. and now the prime minister is at war with his own defense secretary. increasing defense spending. under this government, bring it -- brittany said to have less troops, less planes, and less chips. the only thing the prime minister is interested in is befriending his own job. just how many more troops have to lose their jobs before he finally says enough is enough? >> thank you, mr. speaker.
24 billion pounds for the armed forces. making us the largest military spender in europe. and frankly we will take no less from the right honorable lady. the person she did when she became an mp was vote against it. she was campaigning for the honorable member to be prime minister. >> mr. speaker, talking about nato, where was the honorable member when the situation in afghanistan [indiscernible] that's where the honorable member was. on a lounger. the prime minister said he felt no shame over the election defeats. i agree they have been exceptional all right.
an exceptional record on stagnant wages, rising poverty. and broken promises. and the prime minister wants to drag this out until 2030. how much more can he stomach? before he finds the guts? how many more tax rises? how many more families driven into poverty? how many more manifesto pledges broken? i hope for the sake of the british public that we never find out. when will the deputy prime minister finally grow a backbone and tell the prime minister the game is up? >> mr. speaker, the honorable lady is auditioning for the contest on that side. she's got the support of the honorable member.
we are putting in place the politics to grow in -- to grow our economy. we are putting in places the economic plans to help people with the cost of living and the labor leader is getting ready for your zero. we are the ones supporting ukraine with sanctions on russia and military support. the honorable lady wants to abolish it. we are the ones making the streets safer under the police crimes a sensing act. she voted against those. they've got no plans. they are not fit for government. >> mr. speaker, we've gone through three prime ministers, for chancellor -- four chancellor's.
the leader is going to going very shortly. we've got for planning commissions. -- four planning commissions. as the money not worth spending? >> he will know i cannot discuss the details of any specific thing. at the next round, funding allocations will be announced in the autumn. . you won't have to wait too much longer. [indiscernible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i associate myself with the leader of the labour party, with the sad death of mr. james, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. we thank her for all that she has done to raise money for anticancer. scotland's first minister has set the date and started the campaign.
the reality is, scotland has already paid the price for not being independent. breaking international law. dragging scotland into a damaging brexit. we have greater income inequality. lower poverty rates. and higher productivity. mr. speaker, why not scotland? in the weeks and months ahead, we will make the positive case for independence. while the opposition makes the case for continued westminster rule. >> it is not the right time for another referendum given the challenges we face. as one united kingdom.
you referred to the challenges and scotland. the people of scotland want their governments to work together. >> mr. speaker, the harsh reality is they don't have the right to block scottish democracy. the other voice responds by saying, we say no. we are the state. well, we say yes. and we are the people. no less put it in his own words a vote for the scottish national party is another vote for an
independent referendum. you won't often hear me say this. i agree with him. so to the scottish people. scottish democracy will not be a prisoner of any prime minister in this place. so why is that you government scared of democracy? or is it simply that they have run out of ideas to defend the feeling westminster system -- failing westminster system? >> i think he's airbrushing history with a long soliloquy. he mentioned the problem scotland faces. huge tax burden imposed by the smp. scotland's record on science and math under the international rankings now have dropped below england and wales. presided the worst drug death rate in europe, the highest since records began. i think the people of scotland expect our government to work together to tackle the issues facing them in their day-to-day lives.
>> there are great opportunities. there are great opportunities to create exciting new jobs in low-carbon energy along the east anglian coast and east coast college are up for the challenge of providing local people with the necessary skills. however they and other colleagues are finding it -- colleges are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain teachers in engineering and construction. well my friend and sure the government come up with a cross departmental strategy to address this stefan crisis in our colleges which could undermine the leveling of agenda? >> there are obviously deputies there.
>> my friend is absolutely right. and that's why we're investing nearly 52 million pounds and recruiting and retaining excellent staff and in particular looking at focusing on the experience and skills we can find an industry to train the next generation of technical experts. >> membership of any union that involves pulling up sovereignty can only be sustained with the consent of the people. as a deputy prime minister agree with the prime minister and his predecessor? yes or no? >> that's what we had the referendum a few years ago. the people of scotland have spoken. we think it's not the right time to be relitigating this issue. >> john berlin. >> speaking with lord ahmed
yesterday, i think the governor for now listen -- government for not listening and allowing high-risk british council contractors in afghanistan to be processed immediately upon the replications of the citizenry settlement scheme and not having to wait a further two months until the application window closes. with taxation at a 40 year high, when will the government be bolder and cutting taxes given all the evidence the world over shows that lower taxes, increases prosperity, raises living standard, and better enables the government to help the less fortunate even if such policy means cutting spending such as hs2? >> my honourable friend makes an important point about driving growth in the economy. that's why we are cutting taxes with the 130 percent super deduction for capital investment that will not just create good jobs, but will pay jobs. by boosting production. that's why we are increasing the employment allowance, which represents a tax cut for the thousands of small businesses.
that's what we provided relief of 7 billion over the next five years and of course cutting national insurance next month worth 330 pounds for a typical employee. >> patricia gibbs. >> scotland has a third of britain's landmass. half its territorial waters and over 60% of u.k. fishing zones pier 1 98% of oil reserves, 63% of natural gas. a quarter of europe's offshore wind resources in 90% of the uk's freshwater. can the deputy prime minister explain if his opposition to scottish independence is because he fears the loss of these invaluable resources? >> she's absolutely right, in what she just said. there are huge assets right across scotland and that's why we are stronger together and delivering for the people of scotland. >> oliver hill. >> the deputy prime minister
will be aware that in the northeast hertfordshire, we have some of the best farmland in the country. at a time when there are concerns about food production, food security, at a time when the government is considering rural land use. isn't it time to ensure that our productive farmland is in covered in solar plants and that they are positioned rather on brownfield sites, on buildings and on low-grade agriculture? >> i think he makes a powerful point. our 2023 land use framework will set out authorities for land use across the country. and he's right that we've got to protect the most versatile agricultural land. and any plans for ground-mounted solar installations will have to take that very point into account. his point is well-made. >> rosie duffy. >> so far this year, 52 women have been killed in the u.k.
our rights to free speech, safe spaces, fairness and sport and even the words we use to describe our own bodies are all under threat. will the deputy prime minister set a clear signal of some of his cabinet colleagues have done this week that britain respects the rights of women and will he accept the cross party amendment to his forthcoming bill of rights, which enshrines a woman's right to choose in law? >> i thank the honourable lady for her question. i respect the way she has stood up for women's rights. and frankly the appalling harassment, trolling, bullying that she's faced. the position as she knows is settled in u.k. law. in relation to abortion. it's decided by honorable members across his house. it's an issue of conscience. i don't think there's a strong case for change. what i wouldn't want to do is find ourselves with a greater respect in the u.s. position where this is being litigated through the courts rather than settled as it is now settled by
honorable members in this house. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in february, 2019, this house passed my excellent civil partnerships marriages act mandating government extent options to opposite sex couples enabling marriage records to include mothers details and the justice secretary to produce a report empowering coroners to investigate stillbirths. the first two are coming into force successfully. further shocking revelations about deaths of babies at several hospitals no report has yet been published nor regulations to give coroners the powers they need. why not? >> is absolutely right to raise this. stillbirth is an appalling tragedy which has the most devastating impact on families across the country. he's right the moj, the dhsc
have jointly consulted on proposals to provide coroners with new powers. i have looked at this personally. we will be publishing the response very shortly. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> threatened. terrified. alone. this was how survivors of sexual violence told me they felt when they were pressured into signing nondisclosure agreements and gagging clauses by the universities. no victim of sexual assault or harassment should ever be coerced into silence by the very institutions were meant to protect them. not at university. not at work. not anywhere. so will the government back my bill to ban the use of ndas in cases of sexual harassment, bullying, and misconduct, and consider meeting with me in his role as justice secretary to discuss how we'll put a stop to this deplorable practice once and for all? >> i will look very carefully at
any proposals you have. we will do everything we can to protect women and girls in this country. and also frankly to make them feel more confident in the justice system. that is why i am relieved the volume of rape convictions in the last year alone is up by two thirds and of course in the police courts sentencing and crime act enforced this week, we have taken extra measures by extending the time limit for reporting domestic abuse and criminalizing taking photos of a mother breast-feeding without consent. and i'll certainly look at the proposals that she's raised with me. >> daniel kochinski. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> we are investing nearly 190 billion pounds this year into the nhs and yet many of us see disturbing deficiencies within nhs. -- within nhs management. no more so than the shrewsbury and telford nhs trust four years ago in 2018, my right
honourable friend the member for ludlow and i secured 312 million pounds for a major anti-modernization within our local hospital trust. four years on, construction has still not started. what message can the deputy prime minister give to the people of shrewsbury as to how government can intervene to break this gridlock? and finally allow the 312 million pounds we have secured to be utilized for the benefits of the people of shropshire and mid wales? >> my honourable friend is a champion of his constituents particularly on nhs which recently received the transformation of any services, it is still being processed. the trust is aiming to present the full business case in 2023 with construction starting the same year. >> when he announced his bill of
rights last week, the deputy prime minister said it will strengthen our uk tradition of freedom. freedom. shameless, from a government whose condemned for the rule of law and the evolution can be judged in equal measure. they're scrapping welsh law against our will. denying scotland the right to choose their own future. that isn't freedom. will he prove me wrong? by enshrining self-determination in his bill of rights ? -- self-determination in his bill of rights? >> i think we've all heard the benches today, the cats were reinforcing free speech. whether it's the judge made privacy laws were some of the way people are shut it down when they spread legitimate opinions. i also think the people of wales want to join with us across the country making sure we can support more foreign national offenders.
that is a reality for the people in wales and across the united kingdom and i think the bill of rights will be strengthening our tradition of freedom but also curbing those abuses and making sure we inject a bit more common sense into the system. >> johnny mercer. >> my constituency as part of the new hospital build program announced by this government. a investment for the amazing staff and the berlin chief executive and james who worked so hard. given the incredible pressures on the real estate, what my friend consider prioritizing capital investment into that part of the u.k., to ensure that we can accelerate the plans particularly in digital so that people in health and plymouth got the world-class health care they deserve? >> thank you. he's absolutely right. this is the largest hospital building program in a generation and his constituents are going to benefit very directly. i can tell him that there will be a new integrated emergency
care hospital scheme for university hospitals plymouth, nhs trust at the derriford emergency care hospital. yet on tech he's absolutely right that facilities will be at the cutting edge of modern technology and that will really help driver -- drive up the policy of patient care. >> they were able to challenge the police's failures to investigate its appalling crimes because of the human rights act. they would not have been able to do so under the deputy prime minister's new so-called bill of rights. why does he want to stop women like the victims of john warboys from making sure that police protect them from rape and sexual assault and getting the justice they deserve? >> it was not the result of litigation that address the problems with the case. indeed if she wants to look after victims in cases like that and others, labor party should
join with us not just supporting the bill of rights, but our parole reforms that will make sure dangerous offenders are not released and we protect the public. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my constituent joel lindop has suffered the abduction of his young children to poland. one of many families in the uk who go through a similar experience every year. and despite repeated judgments in his favor, in the courts and pulled him, he's been unable to persuade polish authorities to fulfill their obligations under international law and return those children to their family. will my honorable friend intercede and ensure that my constituent and the many other families who face this challenge are able to ensure their children are safely returned in a timely fashion in the future? >> i can't imagine how appalling that situation must be for any parent to find themselves in. he'll know we're committed to
the 1980 hay convention on child abduction and that does provide a mechanism. he's right that that's one that has to be driven through the courts. and that's not something we can directly interfere on. but i will make sure and i'll speak to the foreign office to see if there's anything further that we can do to support him. >> a serious question on the conduct of the government. i cannot understate the fury of the international trade committee this morning that led us to unanimously empty chair the secretary of state for international trade. the government has broken its word to the committee and to the house and to mr. speaker on scrutiny of the australian trade deal by endangering a committee report. it is the unanimous view of the committee that krag should be delayed before proper scrutiny as was promised. will the government deliver on its promise and therefore delay
it? >> i understand. the secretary of state for international trade has agreed to come back and address the committee as soon as possible. >> i was privileged last week to attend the malaria summit in kigali. even today, malaria remains the biggest single killer of mankind ever and 1.7 billion people are living every day under its shadow of misery. but we're on the cusp of something really special and our british world leading vaccines cannot eradicate it forever. will you ensure commitment to the global fund? >> i know just how powerful the global fund is. a high-performing international organization. he will know that since 2002, we've been the third
largest donor. so we've stepped up to the plate and the uk hasn't yet determined our pledge for the seventh replenishment but i know the foreign secretary will have heard loud and clear the uh the advocacy he has made in the final regard. >> in their efforts to pursue a hostile environment, the home office routinely tears families apart and breaks human rights and equality legislation. they're reported to be sending yet another charter deportation flight to nigeria and ghana in pride month, they'll be deporting lgbt asylum-seekers, fleeing homophobia and grandmothers and mothers of children who have lived in this country for over 25 years. in the prime minister tell me how many people have been removed from this flight already and when will they stop these inhumane deportation childhood flights? >> thank you. she's right. in one respect. people who come here need to be treated decently and humanely.
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