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able to use it and that you know how to use it, that is something we spent a lot of time on as part of the national association of manufacturers. ina: it sounds like the interest is there. one of the keys is making sure companies don't deploy 5g in isolation, but as part of a broader effort to get more insight, more value through changing overall processes. carolyn lee, thank you so much. carolyn: thank you, ina. appreciate you having me on. ina: thank you all for joining us this afternoon for another virtual conversation that is hopefully made everyone smarter faster. thank you to qualcomm for making this event possible. for my newsletter or to seek kim's work, visit >> now, live to london for british prime minister's
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question time. each week the house of commons is in session, we bring you prime minister boris johnson taking questions from members of the house of commons live wednesday mornings here on c-span2. now live to the floor of the british house of commons. >> before we move to prime minister's questions, i'd like to inform the house that it's been just over 60 years since the first ever pm cruise which took place on the 18th of july, 1961. on that day the speaker at the time was harry milton foster who was the last speaker to die at post s so i hope not to -- [laughter] the prime minister, harold mcmillan, wassing willing to try this experiment for the remainder of the session. if that be the wish of the house that after 60 years, 12 prime ministers, pm cruise has become one of the most high profile
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events of the parliamentary -- i think we can say that the experiment has been a success depending on who was -- [laughter] but i've got to say today we mark its 60th anniversary. the prime minister will join the questions via video link for obvious reasons, demonstrating the prime minister's questions -- when we need to. i'm sure that we will have a rebirth and hopefully shorten questions and answers. and finally, before we get -- i would like to point out the sign language interpretation -- [inaudible] but, please, everyone have a good recess after tomorrow. we now come to --
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>> [inaudible] >> mr. speaker, thank you very much, and i'm delighted to be joining the house on the 609 anniversary edition of prime minister's question time which, as you rightly pointed out, of course, was an innovation introduced and hook forward to answering -- look forward to answering colleagues' questions. i know that everyone will want to join me in thanking parliamentary and constituency staff and the dedicated house of commons staff is for hard work over the last year, and i hope very much that everyone has a restful break. mr. speaker, this morning id had meetings, virtual meetings with ministerial colleagues and others in addition to my virtual duties in this house, i shall have virtual meetings later today. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. may i extend my thanks to --
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[inaudible] to insure opportunity and economic freedom are enjoyed by everyone. is being held back, prevented from achieving -- [inaudible] due to a lack of transport infrastructure. will my right honorable friend promise to consider the business case for the hs1 extension to hastings and commitment the funding necessary? >> my honorable friend deserves a fantastic -- [inaudible] and she's made the case to me before for the improvement to transport as she recommends, i mow that the particular extension is being reviewed right now, and a decision will be made in due course. i'm told i simply cannot anticipate that. what i can say is that this is the government and the party
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that is absolutely starting level up across our country is with better infrastructure, superb innovation, mr. speaker, and better skills across the whole of the u.k. >> we now come to the leader of the opposition. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i also thank you and all of the house of commons staff for everything you've done to keep parliament open and safe. and is i wish the prime minister well in his isolation. with half a million people self-isolating, i think we're all a bit surprised that the prime minister, the chancellor, the cabinet minister were all chosen for a get out of isolation free card, but it's good if the prime minister recused himself even if it took a public outcry and a trip to a country estate. mr. speaker, if someone is pinged by the nhs app as
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millions will be over the coming weeks, should they isolate, yes or no? >> mr. speaker, the answer to that, i think that everybody understands the inconvenience of being pinged, as he rightly says, here i am with you in the commons chamber. today i apologize to everybody in business up and down and all kinds of services, public sector or otherwise, who are experiencing inconvenience. we will be switching, as the house knows, to a system based on contact testing rather than contact isolation. but until then, mr. speaker, i just must remind everybody that isolation is a vital tool of our defense against the disease. you're five times more likely to catch it if you've been in contact with someone that gets it and someone that has it. and, of course, even if you have
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been vaccinated, you can still pass it on though that risk is reduced. and the overwhelming arguments, mr. speaker, are for getting a jab. everybody should get a jab. >> mr. speaker, prime minister says that everyone understands the government's position as to what you should do if you're pinged by nhs app. that's a very interesting answer because the government's all over the place on this. yesterday his business minister said the app was an advisory tool only. another government minister, i kid you not, said yesterday the app is just to allow you to make informed decisions. what on earth is happening? allow you to make informed decisions. and, of course, the prime minister'sing chancellor spent the weekend trying to dodge isolation altogether.
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mr. speaker, the british people are trying to follow the rules. how can they when his ministers keep making them up as they go along? >> mr. speaker, if i may laboriously repeat the answer i gave to the right honorable gentleman just to get into his head yet again, isolation is very much a part of our armory against covid. we're going forward as everybody knows to a new system on august the 16 isth based on, based on testing. but in the meantime, when you're advised to isolate to protect others and to protect your family against the spread of the disease, then you should, you should do so. of course, even more important than the isolation campaign is, of course, the vaccination campaign. 3 million people are still to get one of the 18-30 group. i think the right honorable
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gentleman's time may be used -- [inaudible] >> mr. starmer. >> back here the truth is we're headed, we're heading for a her of chaos. a summer of chaos. mr. speaker, i hope -- [inaudible] [laughter] mr. speaker, we're heading for a summer of chaos. one million children were out of school last week, one million. but a huge number of businesses are closing because so many staff are self-isolating. so yesterday the messages coming out of number 10 about which businesses and workers might be spared from isolation changed hour by hour. first yesterday there was going to be a list and then there wasn't. and then the prime minister spoke and said this and i quote: we are not seeking to draw lines specifically around who is or is not exempt. now, i read that and i roadway
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read it -- reread it receiver times, mr. speaker. -- several times, mr. speaker. i have no lieu what it means. [laughter] it was thought up on the hoof without proper organization or thought. now, mr. speaker, i know the prime minister likes to govern by three-word slogans. i think, mr. speaker, i think on the hoof might work pretty well. so last time before recess -- >> order. i don't need any help or assistance. the next time you talk to your watch, look at big ben outside rather than -- [inaudible] come on. >> mr. speaker, last chance before recess, can the prime minister just clear it up which workers and which businesses will be exempt from isolating before the 16 isth of august. >> -- 16th of august. >> mr. speaker, i think this is pretty feeble tough from the right honorable yes aman on this
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glorious 60th anniversary of the pm cruise. i've given him answers in a letter earlier on about the businesses and sectors of industry that we think would be sensible not to exempt. but he can't have it both ways. he attacks the self-isolation system is, but far as i understand the position of the right honorable gentleman when it comes to the road map, he actually now this week opposes going forward with step four as we have on, as we did on monday. he a wants to keep this country, as far as i understand his position, in lockdown. now, which is it? he can't have it both ways. he can't continuously attack -- >> prime minister -- >> [inaudible] >> just a moment i don't know whether we can actually have the sound level turned up to hear the prime minister. thank you, prime minister. otherwise you've done a great --
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[inaudible] but i want to hear this, prime minister. >> do you want me to have another go, mr. speaker? [inaudible] >> -- quite well. but i can hear you now. continue on -- >> can you hear me, speaker? mr. speaker, can you hear me? >> can hear you loud and clear, prime minister. >> do you want me to give that answer again? i'll repeat and say is it as many times as you like. i think the right honorable gentleman, the leader of the opposition, is guilty of failing to listen to what i said just now, and it's perfectly obvious as i said in a letter earlier on, businesses, some parts of
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our economy that, of course, need exemptions from the isolation regime because they need to be able to carry on. and for the most part, obviously, people will have to follow the rules. we're changing it on august the 16th by which time we will have vaccinated many more people. i understand people's frustrations, but this is one of the few real tools that we have in our armory against the virus. i really think that in attacking the isolation system, which is what i think the right honorable gentleman is doing, he is being totally inconsistent with his earlier announcement which seem ised to be that we should that stay in lockdown. if i understand the position of the labour party now, which is different from last week, they now want to go ahead with step four. i think i'm right in that. >> mr. starmer. >> 2 hourses and 38 minutes ago -- [inaudible] and what we've seen in the last
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few days. he says i didn't listen to his answer. i did listen, i still think he's making it up. we were completely unclear on monday about exemptions, what on earth -- how on earth are businesses meant to plan when the prime minister keeps changing like this? i have to say even after 15 months of these exchanges, i can't believe the prime minister doesn't see the irony of huge spending freedom day -- [laughter] and announcing plans for a vaccine id card. i remember when he used to say -- if he ever had to produce one. now he's introducing them. so is, mr. speaker, when it comes to creating confusion, the prime minister is a super-spreader -- [laughter] let me try to get some clarity. why is it okay, why is it okay to go to a nightclub for the next six weeks without proof of a vaccine or a test, and then in
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september it will only be okay if you've got a vaccine id card? >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, i think the labour leader traditionally has a choice in a national crisis, and that is whether to get behind the government and to be constructive opposition or to try endlessly to oppose for the sake of it and try to keep political points. everybody can see that we have to wait until the end of september by which time it's only fair to the younger generation e when they will all have been offered two jabs before we consider something like asking people to be double jabbed before they go into a nightclub. that's blindingly obvious to everybody. it's common sense. finish and i think most people in this country understand. most people in this country want to see the younger generation encouraged to get vaccinations. that is what, great respect to the right honorable gentleman, he should be doing rather than
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trying endlessly to score what i think are vacuous political points. >> mr. starmer. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister keeps asking me if i will support his chaos. no. and i want to bring the prime minister back to one of our earlier exchanges in this house. on the 26th of may i asked is the prime minister if he'd only used the words covid is only killing 08-year-olds or -- 80 yielders or -- 80-year-olds or words to that effect. now we have proof that he did. quote, the median age for covid fatalities is 82. and we have the prime minister's conclusion in the same text. so get covid and live longerrer remind the prime minister over 83,000 people age 80 or over lost their lives to this virus everyone leaving behind a
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grieving family and loved one. will the prime minister now apologize for using those words? >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, nothing i can say from dispatched, from this virtual dispatch box i should say, nothing i can do can make up for the loss and the suffering of the people who have incure doored -- indoored throughout this -- endured throughout this pandemic. i just remind the right honorable gentleman when he goes back over the decision making processes that we had to enact in a very, very difficult, dark times, these are incredible tough balancing decisions that you have to take. again, you have to balance the catastrophe of the disease against the suffering that is caused by lockdown, the impacts on mental health, the loss of life chances for young people, mr. speaker. what has changed since we were
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thinking in those ways is, of course, that we have rolled out vaccines faster than any other country in europe. 96%, mr. speaker, of people over 50 now have had a vaccine, 68% of people have had two jabs. what we're trying to say to the country today if you have you have not yet had your second jab, please come along and get it. and if you're over 50 and you still haven't or over 40, please come and get it as well. never forget, mr. speaker, that if we followed the advice of the right honorable gentleman, we would have stayed in the european union, and we never would have had the vaccine at all. >> mr. speaker, i think we might check if the lights are working because the prime minister's answers have no resemblance to what i'm actually asking him. what he can do, quite
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straightforwardly virtually or otherwise, is say sorry. the trouble is, mr. speaker, nobody believes a word the prime minister says anymore. he promised he'd have a plan for social care. he promised not to raise taxes. he promised he wouldn't cut the army or the aid budget. he's cut both. mr. speaker, he also promised that monday would be freedom day. he said 18 times from that dispatch box that it'd be irreversible. but the truth is he's leapt a new variant into the country, he's let -- [inaudible] in europe one of the worst economies of any major economy. last week a million kids were off school. businesses are closing. millions will spend their summer self-isolating. but don't worry, mr. speaker, the prime minister's got it all under control. because this morning we read he's9 got a new three-word slogan. keep life moving.
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you couldn't make it up. mr. speaker, isn't it clear that only three words, three words this prime minister is supposed -- [inaudible] get a grip. >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, let's look at the position now as it was at the end of last year, and as we come to the end of this parliamentary term, let's be absolutely clear. it is thanks to the vaccine rollout which, by the way, i'm never tired of repeating, would have been impossible if we'd followed his advice. nine million people have now come off of furlough, unemployment is two million lore than -- lower than predicted, business insolvencies are lower than before the pandemic began. he wants three-word slogans, mr. speaker. i'll give him a three-word slogan, our three-word slogan is get a jab.
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and get a jab, by the way, is what we're also doing is telling people the get a job. we're turning jabs, jabs, jabs into jobs, jobs, jobs, that's the agenda of this government. and by taking sensible, cautious decisions, we have been able to get this country moving and to keep it moving. and i have absolutely no idea what he proposes to do instead, keep us all in some sort of perpetual lockdown. he has no answers to the question of if not now, when, he has no plan, he has no ideas, and he has no hope, mr. speaker. whilst we in this government with are getting on with getting our country through the pandemic and delivering on the people's priorlies. priorities. >> [inaudible] in. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the leveling-up fund is a very welcome investment and will be a game-changer for our -- investment at this very critical
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time. specifically, we we would like to reopen the montgomery canal. it was disconnected from the u.k. network decades ago, and it's been kept alive by -- [inaudible] will the prime minister use the weight of his office and jump on the boat, get this investment over the water line and deliver this leveling-up -- [inaudible] >> prime minister. >> i congratulate my honorable friend on the campaign he's running for what sounds like an absolutely beautiful reopening for the montgomery canal. he won't have long to wait for the decision on that, but i can assure him that wales is receiving bumping quantities of the u.k.'s leveling-up fund, total u.k. allocations in the first round will be in wales, and i thank him for -- he's put in today. >> let's go to -- [inaudible] >> thank you very much. of course, now they're talking
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about leveling up9 and the government -- we in scotland are settling up for the people of scotland. mr. speaker, i hope the prime minister will be reflecting on the judgment finish. [inaudible] yesterday. the judgment was maladministration in dealing with the 1950 -- about time that the government delivered justice for those involved. mr. speaker, last night we heard from the prime minister's former chief of staff on the 15th of octobering the prime minister didn't believe that the -- [inaudible] would be overwhelmed and thought that the -- should be sacrificed to the whims of the deadly violence. the prime minister wrote those words while -- was facing the dark keys moments in its history, while doctors were fighting to contain the pandemic, the prime minister was actively pushing for the virus to be allowed to run rampant
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through towns and cities. the prime minister was willing, in his own words, to allow the bodies to be piled high. mr. speaker, on october the 15th, 2020, 60,000 people had already died. how can anyone have faith and trust in a prime minister who actually types the words get covid and live longer? >> sir? >> mr. speaker, i think that the right honorable gentleman greatly mischaracterizes the sub is stance of those -- what i said, i've made points in the house of commons already in the chamber about the language i'm alleged to have used. but i think what everybody in the country understands is that the decisions that we had to take at that time were incredibly difficult. and, of course, this in no way
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detracts from the grief and the suffering of those who have lost loved ones to covid, whose families have been hit by the consequences of that disease. but as i said earlier to the labour leader, we have the balance very, very difficult harms on either side. there are no good ways through, mr. speaker. a lockdown also causes immense suffering and a lot of life chance, damage to health and to mental health. and in due course, the right honorable gentleman knows very well that there will be a chance to look at all of this in a full public inquiry. but i must tell the house that i am content that we followed the scientific guidance, and we did whatever we could to save life and to minimize suffering. and, of course, to protect our wonderful nhs.
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>> mr. blackburp. >> -- blackburn. >> the prime minister wrote these words himself. the over 80s were expendable. the prime minister is charged with protecting society, not putting folks at risk of an early death. such a glib attitude towards human life is indefensibling. the prime minister is simply, simply not fit for office. the clear pattern throughout this pandemic is there is one rule for them and another rule for the rest of us. the reality, mr. speaker, is that the only way to get to the full truth is for this cabal to be made to answer under oath. so will the prime minister confirm that in the interest of public health and confidence that the -- inquiry will begin
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immediately and commit for appearing under oath before any general election is called? >> prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. and i, i appreciate why it's so important for this country to have a full public inquiry x that's why i made the announcement to the house that we would. and i also think he's right that it should go ahead as soon as is reasonable. i don't think that right now in the middle of a third wave when we're, when we're seeing many of the key people involved in fighting the pandemic very, very heavily occupied. i don't think it's right to ask them to devote a lot of their time to a public inquiry of the kind that i think that we'd all want to see. and that's why i think that it should start in the spring when i am pretty confident and so are
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the rest of the scientific community that we will really be in a much, much better position and able to go ahead. that is the time to begin the public inquiry. but that doesn't mean, mr. speaker, that we aren't continuing to learn lessons all the time. >> we now have david davis online. david davis. >> mr. speaker, 40 years ago this country led the world in social mobility. since then we have fallen so far behind, we're now only 21st in the rankings. if we're to succeed at leveling up the u.k., then we must restore -- the fastest and most cost effective way to do that is to reengineer the classroom to capitalize on the benefits of modern television using belgium to provide -- intelligence -- [inaudible] countries around the world are already doing this from america to australia and private schools in the u.k. including eton are
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already doing it using world class british technology. will the prime minister undertake these modern technologies to give every working class child the opportunity to reach their full potential, opportunity based on their abilities not where they grew up or how rich their parents were? >> prime minister. >> yes, mr. speaker. i'm thankful to my right honorable friend for the personal tutorial he gave me with using laptop and the opportunities provided by this type of technology. the massive increase in the -- powers of kids that is now made possible by these types of technology, and we are looking at supporting schools across the whole of the u.k. with this kind of advance as we continue to level up. >> [inaudible] >> mr. speaker, in light of the judicial ruling in the high court that the northern ireland protocol repeels article vi 06 -- repeals article vi of the
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active union which allows for all impeded trade within the united kingdom and is between the constituent parts of the u.k., what does the prime minister intend to do to fully restore the active union for northern ireland and remove the irish seaboarder in. >> prime minister. -- sea border? >> i'm grateful to the right honorable gentleman. this is my first opportunity publicly to congratulate him on becoming the leader of -- and working with him and with the whole of the executive. it's all about the people in northern ireland as we've made clear and as we'll be setting out today, we want to sort out the issues in the protocol. we think there are practical steps you can take to do that, and as far as the court case is concerned, nothing in the protocol affects the territorial integrity of the united kingdom
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or -- [inaudible] >> let's see if we can pick up the pace with -- [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. last friday i joined local health officials and members of the public at the consultation meeting on maternity services in staffordshire. maternity was temporarily suspended at that county hospital at the height of the pandemic so that wards could be used to treat covid-19 patients. but does my right honorable friend agree with me that one who wants to give birth at stafford's county hospital should be able to do so? >> let's go to the prime minister. prime minister. >> my honorable friend raises a very, very important point. a lot of the hospitals are doing incredible work at getting back to pre-covid levels of service, and i understand the nhs partners are working hard to explore options for restoring maternity services at county
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hospitals. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. together with the -- dealing with social security and the scottish parliament, we've made a call -- in universal credit due in october should not go ahead. a new foundation report shows if it does go ahead, as it were families with children will have an income way below what the general public regards as the minimum necessary for an acceptable standard of living. instead of talking down, will the prime minister not follow his own policy and level up and leave the 20 pounds a week in mace? >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, what we want to do is level up across the whole of the u.k. by increasing jobs, access to high-wage, high-skill jobs and getting people off benefits and into work. really that is the big difference between his party and the party i lead.
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we want to help people enter into work, and i'm afraid that labour wants to keep them on welfare. i don't think that's the right way forward. we want to see higher wages, and that's why we've increased the living wage by record amounts, and that's why we are working to insure that this is a jobs-led recovery. all the signs are at the moment that that is succeeding but, of course, it depends on people getting their jabs and when they're asked to. >> let's go to alberta -- >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the cautious move -- which has only been made possible due to the fantastic vaccine rollout across our country. and the fact that every adult has now been offered the advantage. does my right -- the vaccine. does my right honorable friend agree with me that if we don't move forward now, we risk
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opening up during the autumn or winter when we'll be under more pressure and children have gone to school? which seems to be the approach of the party opposite. >> mr. speaker. >> he's spot on. he's completely right. the question for those who have attacked the current policy if not now, when? we looked this morning with the chief medical officer, and he pointed out the extraordinary difference in the, between the number of people being on hospitalized now in the older generations and the number of people who are being hospitalized in waves amongst the older -- in previous waves among the older generation. thanks to the vaccine rollout, we have radically changed the way the disease affects our society. it's that change that's enabling us to make the progress that we are. and as he said, if not now, when? >> let's go to rosie cooper. rosie. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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the government -- are very rarely and mostly confined to one room. the fire in my constituency last month severely damaged three rooms spreading far beyond the original site. this has had a devastating effect on the school, and the pupils now face 18 months of disruption. to their education. would the prime minister commit to all new built schools and major refurbishments are installed with sprinklers so is they don't suffer the same fate? >> prime minister. >> i thank the honorable lady very much, and i will thank also the fire service for their outstanding response to the fire at the primary school. i'm sorry for the disruption that our children are experiencing. we can't be come place e sent about fire -- complacent about fire safety until schools, and
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the department of education is consulting on guidance to improve fire safety in schools further, and i would encourage the honorable lady to make representations in that consultation. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. one of my constituents has recently -- and required a -- [inaudible] should not be expected for properties and buildings under -- [inaudible] which includes my constituent's -- will the prime minister clarify if the u.k. government intends to take any steps to insure -- and others -- and will he meet with me to discuss how i can -- my constituents? >> prime minister. >> the honorable lady makes an extremely important point, and
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that's why my right honorable friend, the housing secretary, will be making a statement to the house shortly, because we must be clear that the risk from -- in homes is very, very low. they should not be trapped in their properties unable to buy or sell because their properties have been unfairly maligned in that way. and -- should not be asking for everything ws-1 forms on buildings below 80 meters, and my right honorable friend -- about how we to propose to insure that that doesn't happen. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. now a sitting memorial is planned on the -- [inaudible] to insure that -- continues to be celebrated for decades to come. does my right honorable friend,
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the prime minister, agree that -- was a great inspiration showing the difference we can make and have contributions throughout the -- [inaudible] to our national life? will he express his support to this important national memorial protest? >> prime minister, i think we could all unite. >> yes, i think, mr. speaker, this is a pretty safe bet for everybody. we all remember and loved -- and she brought the whole country together at a pretty dark time and is a great, great inspiration for many, many people. i thank my honorable friend for the campaign that she's leading for a fitting memorial and am very happy to support it. >> [inaudible] >> mr. speaker, since july 2019 the department of -- and pensions have undertaken 124 internal process reviews following the death of 97 claimants and 27 when claimants
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suffered serious harm. a threefold increase since 2012. not once was this mentioned in the disability paper last night. many believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. and many also believe the government can no longer keep marking their own homework. we need to understand the true scale and causes of deaths in an independent public inquiry. so will the prime minister meet we me and the delegation of bereaved relative toss discuss this? relatives to discuss this? >> i thank the honorable lady very much, and and i hope the house will forgive me if i say i didn't catch every word of what she said, but i believe that she's referring to the tragic death of those who are, who are claiming benefits. i'm certainly determined to make sure that she gets a full account of what we're doing to put this right and that she will
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meet with the relative minister as soon as that can be arranged. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. last week i met with one of -- ancestral farmer's and -- farmers, and there is real concern they won't be able to have -- in the fields this january. this is a complex issue requiring a long-term solution, and i want to see if my right honorable friend would meet with me to see how we can resolve this long term. enter i'm always happy to meet my honorable friend at any time, but i can assure her that we want to find the work force to pick the flowers, the beautiful cornish daffodils that, you know, who should not be blush unsheen, as -- unseen, as it
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were, if i remember the quote right. they should with properly picked in addition to developing the local, to developing the local labor force and making sure that we line up younger people, people across -- she must not forget thanks to the e.u. settlement scheme, there are 6 million east nationals still entitled to work in this country who have taken advantage of that. never let it be said that we've done injustice to that group. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. in lancaster opposing the conversion of a -- [inaudible] into a student -- now, the house has signed a current funding system, but his party's developed a charter -- resulting
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in low quality, unaffordable housing. isn't this case of prime minister paying back his party -- [inaudible] by selling out local communities? >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, i don't think i've heard such -- in all my life. that is absolutely, that is not what the bill does. on the contrary, it gives local people the power to protect -- the people of brittania that she wanted to protect. more measures that we're bringing forward to allow people to protect such places of vital local importance, and when it comes to development, actually the power will remain firmly with local people to make sure that they protect their green space, they protect the between belt and they only have -- where
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they, the local people, want it. >> thank you,ing mr. speaker. i'm sure my right honorable friend -- [inaudible] but we've got much of the southwest experiencing severe housing shortages. local government needs urgent support now. might he consider covenants applied the a portion of my bills and not the -- [inaudible] and that existing homes must register for -- to become holiday -- to insure vital coastal communities do not become ghost towns? >> prime minister. >> as my honorable friend is a massive advocate for people in north devon, she points to me that i know right, we've put higher rates of stamp duty she knows on the buying of additional property such as second homes. but what we also want to do is
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make sure that young people growing up around our country, rather contrary to the instincts of the previous labour speaker, have the chance to, of home ownership in the place where they live. and that's what our first home scheme will help to do with a new discount of 30% prioritized for first-time buyers. >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister is having to self-ice --ing isolate as hundreds of thousands of people are having to do because of his strategy. unlike the prime minister, not everybody has been able to run off of to a luxury country mansion with a swimming pool. and also unlike the prime minister, so many people across our country are having to survive on this 96 pounds' sick pay per week. so could the prime minister survive on 96 pounds' sick pay per week, and if he couldn't,
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why does he think if it's not good enough for him, it's good enough for everyone now? >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, quite wrong because everybody who's self-isolating is entitled in addition to the equivalent to of a living wage and sick pay, they're entitled also to help in extreme circumstances from their local councils and also to a 500-pound payment to help them with self-isolation. and it remains absolutely vital that everybody does it. >> let's go to bill wigget. bill? >> thank you, mr. speaker. given the global pandemic, public criticism of my right honorable friend's extraordinary leadership should be dismissed. he put the lives of my constituents first and has had to adapt to the lessons that covid-19 has taught us. sadly, the same cannot be said for the handling of tuberculosis by defra. will my right honorable friend
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meet me to discuss the current tb strategy and how we can improve it? >> prime minister. >> i'm always delighted to meet my right honorable friend, and i can tell him that, you know, i learned -- i listen to him, i learn from him about tb and -- we do think that the -- has led to a reduction in the disease, but nobody wants to continue, and i'm sure that my honorable friend doesn't want to continue with the -- of a protected species, beautiful mammals indefinitely. and so i do think it's ad good thing that we're accelerating other elements of our strategy, particularly vaccination. i must tell him i do think that is the right way forward, and i do think we should begin, if we can, to be phase out badger culling in this country. >> sara finish. [inaudible] >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, one million
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children, including my own daughter, were out of school last week due to self-isolation of a positive teacher in her bubble. can i just say to all the teachers across the country you are doing incredible work keeping learning going, and i was really pleased to be able to thank my daughter's schoolteacher in person yesterday. can the pm confirm that the government's approach in managing this pandemic will guarantee that all children will have an uninterrupted academic year when they return to school after the summer break? >> prime minister. >> she's absolutely right to focus on the needs of children in this pandemic, and the paramount importance of keeping them in school. we will do everything we can to insure that we are able to get schools back in september. i have every confidence that we will be able to, but that will be greatly assisted, as i never tire of repeating, mr. speaker,
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that will be if everybody to government goes and gets their second jab. or first jab. >> thank you, mr. speaker. a parliamentary group called missing people. every year 18ing 0,000 -- 180,000 people are reported as missing from across our constituencies in the united kingdom. i'm sure the prime minister and everyone in this house will find that completely unacceptable. the home office -- has not been reviewed since 2011. will the prime minister please urgently get this strategy reviewed and updated, is and with that, will the prime minister meet the missing people children's society and the look at this very important issue affecting our society? >> prime minister. >> i thank my honorable friend, and i just remind him that 95% of missing persons cases are actually resolved without anybody coming to harm. but i thank him for the work that he does on this issue because it matters a great deal
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clearly to the remaining 5% which is unacceptably high level of suffering. and i'm certainly determined that we should continue to work with all the relative agencies, the police, social services to improve our response, and i would be very happy to take up his offer and insure that he gets a meeting. >> final question, dr. lisa finish please. >> mr. time, mr. speaker -- many times, mr. speaker finish. [inaudible] workshop for members of parliament, is and i'm delighted that we are now approaching 25% of cross-party being accredited -- [inaudible] would the prime minister become a disability -- himself, encourage colleagues to do so and put his support behind improved representation and inclusion in parliament for people with disabilities?
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>> prime minister. >> i thank the honorable lady very much for her suggestion. the government should become a disability confident employer. i'm sure that we already are, but i will investigate the matter and make sure that she gets an a answer. thank you very much. >> i will now stand down your -- prime minister as well just to say to everybody, please, when we get back, we've got to get new questions, we've got to get back on time, so let's work for each other. now we're suspending the house for three minutes to enable necessary arrangements to be made for the next business with. order. >> here on c-span2 we'll leave the british house of championship as members move on to other business. you've been watching prime minister's question time aired live wednesdays at 7 a.m. eastern when parliament is in session is. a reminder you can see this week's session again sunday night at 9 eastern and pacific on c-span.
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>> here's some of our live coverage today on c-span the house comes in at 10 is a.m. eastern. on the agenda, legislation requiring the epa to regulate manmade toxins called pifas that are used in food packaging and household products. on c-span2, the senate start ises the day at 10:30 eastern. a vote scheduled on when to move forward with the bipartisan infrastructure bill negotiated with the white house. and on c-span3 at 10, a senate if judiciary committee hearing on migrant pardon me workers. -- farm workers. tsa officials testified on the covid-19 pandemic and the summer travel season. they also discussed an increase in passengers assaulting airline staff and recruitment and retention of federal air marshals. from the house homeland security subcommittee, this one are runs an hour -- this runs an hour, ten minutes.


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