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>> that ends the questions. we're now going to go to questions the prime minister with which i will first call the prime minister to answer invasion questions -- and then i will then call them to ask -- prime minister boris johnson -- mr. speaker, the thoughts of the house will be with the family and friends of the 9 of and hundreds more who were injured
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following decision by the court this morning. i know that the cps said they'll meet with the families again to answer any questions they may have. mr. speaker, i know colleagues from across the house will want to join me in paying tribute to our former colleague mike who sadly died last week. he was a dedicated parliamentarian and fantastic servant to people. mr. speaker, this morning i had meetings and colleagues and others in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> let's go to doctor dan -- dan. >> thank you, mr. speaker, to my decoration interest as practicing editor, doctor and working on frontline and the pandemic. now, honorable friend will be aware 2012 health and social care act will be eviction services and ten years later all addiction almost all addiction services now run by nonnih
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providers an fallen many will be take place and record levels -- honorable friend agree with me for the sake of patience we must begin services back and need to experts in the field to discuss how to get this right? >> mr. speaker, i want to thank my honorable friend for everything he's done throughout this pandemic but also for raising this vital issue. and of course i'm proud we're seeing biggest increase under this government in treatment for substance abuse for 15 years. but the specific points he raises we will make sure that we address with black undertaking review on drugs and treatment and we'll make sure that his point is steady. >> let's go to leader of the opposition. >> thank you mr. speaker. can i join for mike weatherb. >> the former closest advisor
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said when the public needed us most, the government failed. does the prime minister agree with that? >> mr. speaker, the handling of this pandemic has been one of the most difficult things he's had to do very, very long time and none of the decisions have been easy to go into lockdown is a traumatic thing for a country to deal with a pandemic on this scale has been appallingly difficult and in every stage tried to min nice loss of life, to save lives protect nhs and followed beth scientific advice that we can mr. speaker. >> mr. speaker, can i remind prime minister that one year ago almost to the day he described his former advisor as in his words in every respect acting responsibly, legally, and with integrity -- this morning that same advisor has said that minister felt his words disastrously shorted
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standards that the public has a right to expect against government and that lives were lost as a result. does prime minister september that central allegation that he's inaction lead to needless day? >> no, mr. speaker, and, of course, all of those matters will be reviewed in the course of the public inquiry that i have announced. i notice that he's fixated as ever on the rear-view mirror. mr. speaker, while we are on this side of the house and getting on with our job rolling out the vaccines, making sure that we protect the people of this country and that i think has been the decisive development on which i think people are rightly focusing. i can tell 9 house in spite of the continuing concern that we have about the indian variant we are increasing that we can now ask everybody over 30 to come
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forward mr. speaker, and get vaccinated. >> mr. speaker, prime minister attacking me -- it is his former chief it is his former chief advisor who is looking back and telling the world how useless prime minister was in taking key decisions his former advisor all of the most serious points made this morning is that the prime minister pated to recognize the severity of this virus until it was too late. dismissing it as, quote, from this morning another scare story line the swine flu. just the prime minister recognize that account of his own behavior and if so will he apologize for being so display sang complaisant about what this virus shows? >> as any -- at any point we have worked flat out, mr. speaker to minimize loss of life to protect the nis they help one provision to other
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backing into one day posing it next backing one day opposing next. calling for tougher border control one day and then saying that quarantine is -- mr. speaker, we have got on with the job of protecting people of this country from worst pandemic in living memory if not the worst we have turned corner and it is no thanks mr. speaker, to the loyal opposition of it. >> mr. speaker, i can see that the evidence former advisor really getting to the prime minister this morning and that response. [laughter] another incredibly serious statement from the prime minister former advisor this morning, concerns the conduct of the health secretary. including an allegation that health secretary misled ministers and officials or the number of occasions. now i don't expect the prime minister to respond to that. but can he confirm from this morning's evidence -- can the prime minister, can he
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confirm cabinet secretary in the prime minister that he the cabinet secretary had, quote, lost faith in the health secretary's honesty? >> what -- >> answer to that is no, mr. speaker, and i'm afraid i haven't had benefit of seeing evidence that he's bringing to the house. but i must say that i think what the people of this country want us all to do is to get on with the business now have trying to reopen our economy and restore people's restore people's freedoms. get back to our way of life by rolling out the vaccine. i would have thought that that was a much more profitable line of inquiry of the right honorable gentlemen today that's why i think the people of this country of the us to focus on. >> yes. speaker prime minister have both ways. even his former advisor is telling the truth -- in which case the prime minister should answer the allegations,
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or the prime minister has to suggest that his former afersz is not telling the truth which raises serious questions about the prime minister's judgment in the first place. there's a pattern of behavior here. so it was clearly planning, poor decision making and a lack of transparency. and a prime minister who was ab sent from key decisions including 5:30 meetings who was to quote a former advisor a thousand percent too obsessed with the media. but another central allegation overnight is prime minister delayed circuit break over the half term because, quote, covid was only killing 80-year-olds. can i remind over 80 lost their lives to this virus? on his decision to delay for 40 days from the guidance on the
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21st of september will be one of the biggest failings of the last year. does now having been told of the evidence does the prime minister accept but used the words covid was only killing 80-year-olds or words of those effect -- >> prime minister. >> mr. speaker, we saw what happened during the pandemic and particularly retalks about the september lockdown and the very, very difficult decision that country face and, of course, this will be a matter for inquiry to go into. but we have an octave test mr. speaker if fact there was a circuit breaker one he describes in wales it did not work, and i'm afraid mr. speaker i'm absolutely confident that we took the decision it is in the best interest of the british people. and when it comes to -- when it comes to hindsight i
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suggest this reminds gentlemen that he deny this at the time but then had to threaten it and he voted to stay in the european agency mr. speaker, which would have made it impossible which would have made it impossible for us to do the vaccine rollout an the pace that we have. >> mr. speaker, ed this morning it is his forminger advisor i note not to repeat these allegations, mr. speaker, what we've seen today is the latest chapter of a story of confusion, cay why is and deadly misjudgment from this government. from a prime minister governing by press release not a plan. is the last 24 hours we've seen the same mistake again with the ridiculous way 1.7 million people in bolton, firmly bedford blackburn and north townside have been treated. in the light of the dreich these very fierce allegations from the
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failure of the prime minister to provide even basic answers, and continuing mistakes affecting millions of people, does the prime minister now recognize he must bring forward timing of the public inquiry into covid and start this summer and as soon as possible. >> prime minister. no mr. speaker as i've said before, i'm not going to concentrate valuable official timing on that now. that's what house can play on while we get on with delivering on the people's priorities. 8,751 now police and sorting out railways mr. speaker, we're giving people the opportunity of home ownership in a way to have mortgage, and we vaccinated and delivered 60 million vaccinations across this country. more and ewe love these european comparison but more than any other european country including
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22 million second voters and that with great respect to the right honorable government that i believe is the priority of the british people. that is really what they're focused on wool while he voted to stay in the european agency they mr. speaker, we vaccine. they deliver it. we deliver. >> thank you i'm sure prime minister remembers with great fondness his trip to discovery school in kings hill but probably he remembers best his meeting with tony an amazing inspirational young boy who at that point already raised a million and a half pounds for charity an been awarded by my right honorable friend the points it have light award that he so generously handle out to those who have achieved so much. will he join tony and tony's parents mark and me and many others around country and campaigning for tone nebraska's law?
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new clause 56 for policing crime and sentencing bill? this is a very minor change to a very important bill that would bring child abuse sentencing in line with that of line with adults and i know he's put his heart into this race and i'm sure we can all look forward to his support. >> prime minister -- >> i thank right honorable friend, of course, i remember tony very well and i remember his incredible campaign and the amount of money he raise and i thank him for it. and -- all i can say it is very, very important that cases leak that and justices such as that suffered by tony do receive the full force of the law. and it is -- people who commit serious offenses against children can receive exactly same doses as those centers against adults opinion but we will keep it under review mr. speaker and if there's a gap in the study, if
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there's a gap in the law we will make sure that we remedy. [inaudible conversations] >> thank you mr. speaker. can i associate myself with lapse of prime minister for adult seeking justice for the court and you never work alone. mr. speaker, 120,000 people have died of coronavirus in the united kingdom. this morning, the prime minister more senior formative advisor dominic apologize on behalf of the u.k. government he said when the public needed us most, we failed we know that the prime minister with city of catastrophic throughout the crisis, he went on holiday when he should have been leading air force to tackle the pandemic. he was too slow to go into lockdown. he failed to secure our boarlds. he said millions of people back to the offices prematurely there was no doubt that these mistakes caused many thousands of lives.
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but even at the like dominic comings is willing to own up and apologize isn't it tile that the prime minister does the name is is -- same? >> as i've said before, and in the recall both in the hogs and elsewhere, i'm truly sorry for suffering that people of this country have experienced. but i maintain my country to throw out intention to save lives protect nhs in accordance with the evidence that's exactly what we did. >> thank you mr. speaker, the evidence was here this morning is extraordinary but not surprising paints a familiar pattern of behavior. and negligent prime minister more concerned with his own self-interest in the interest of the united kingdom. when people were dying, the united kingdom government was considering chicken pork parties
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and joking about injecting the prime minister with covid live on tv. we had a circus act from the needy government isn't taillight case that what the country needed leadership most the prime minister was missing in action? paid ultimate price for his failure. when will the prime minister finally accept the responsibility for the failures of his government? >> mr. speaker as i've said repeatedly full responsibility for everything that the if government did and will continue to do so and one of the reasons we've set up with defendant public and growth revenue to be with this country do deserve to have daylight shown on all of the issues he raised i must say i don't recognize the efnghtses that he describes. but i do think we acted throughout with the intention of saving life of protecting nhs
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and taking the country through the worst pandemic for 100 years. and i think if -- it is also true that we're in a much more fortunate position now thanks to the effort of the british people and the passing of the vaccine rollout in europe and i'm grateful for that as well. >> mr. speaker, morning after compliments -- company face significant in any normal year for covid -- for some real gems of working outside the national park with a opportunity for the u.k. this year for the u.k. also choose holiday here. and my right honorable friend consider my constituency. >> well i'm so grateful to my honorable friend i would love to come to meet parker -- boris. an more importantly, we want to
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support the tourism which is why over 25 billion support including 1.5 billion project such as carnegie theater and since this week is english tourism week mr. speaker. i encourage everyone to make the most of the tourism on their door stems. >> go to steven -- steven. >> thank you mr. speaker. the au settlement scheme closes from the 30th of june was the home office finally publish gain on applications and government is failing to provide lairty what will happen to those who miss the deadline and then go on to illegal working administration and assure the house with social citizens or no will not be a potential criminal liability as they continue to go into work. >> mr. speaker, we've -- i'm sure that the law will be for anybody who finds himself in a difficult position but i would just remind the honorable
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gentlemen that so far 5.4eu nationals identified to settlement which is about -- 2 million more eu national than we thought were in the country in the first place. >> thank you mr. speaker. would prime minister join me in counsel for the dynamic proposals that they are putting forward in their joint bid with leveling up funding -- including regeneration and improvements, and investment in calling station and surrounding area. >> try to tell honorable friend what it is a joy to hear him campaigning for -- after i went around beautiful places entirely many, many years ago in search of a conserve conservative vote thank you for what you have done. thank you for continuing to champion those wonderful, wonderful and beautiful spots. >> jones --
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>> thank you mr. speaker, when any member of this country is suspended for ten days or more because standard committee and we call that member. when the independent expert cannot suspend a member this can't happen. the prime minister moment ago was talking about closing loopholes and close this and does he agree it would be dishon ncial for any memory to instead do decent thing and resign? >> i will study what complications what he said he is referring to any -- of a conservative member who is recently had the whits taken away then he can take it to that member who has had punishment. >> thank you mr. speaker, and last thursday was that 1:00 in the morning three young people
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popped up -- as you do. and noticed massively on fire and did you drive past no, rain stopped recruited path to buy and climbed over walls to raise the alarm to the resident living in the flats. now during pandemic community spirit has been really important from all of fuss keeping going. but does the prime minister share to kim zach, and robyn, and will he join me in thanking them for showing spirit in true grit? >> yeah. yes. mr. speaker, i thank right honorable friend for singling out this act of this act of quick thinking and selflessness and i pay tribute to kim that -- robyn and i that they got their mack. >> over 4.3 million and rising
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up growing in in poverty including some 18,000. so will he agree to put right the error of a previous minister and tackle and ensure no child is left behind. >> it is vital that we tackle child poverty that is why we are leveling up across country biggest program of investment for a generation if not more. but we've also seen fewer households that now with children in poverty than then years ago but i accept there's more to be done. >> thank you mr. speaker. i welcome the fact government is investing heavily upgrading rail networks across the krnghts including opening lines of free close but as a conservative government we have a responsibility to taxpayer tone sure value for money. my bases in the middle of a work
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place revolution if two days in future that means that 40% reduction in commuting. will my right honorable friend the prime minister commits to doing review of the business place of these to ensure it remains for money and take into account for long-term impact of the pandemic. >> mr. speaker, i think my honorable friend is great campaign cambridge and, however, my strong feeling is it will be a mistake now to go slow on investment in infrastructure purely on the basis that we think people will start working from home. and my is that people need to travel they will travel. those commute bustle will come back mr. speaker, and it needs to come back. >> thank you mr. speaker. but global minimum rates for corporate tax would help tackle tax avoidance by large modern corporations and online, and
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stop undercutting british businesses who pay their fair share and it would make a transforms difference at the heart of communities across the u.k. why is the prime minister the only piece of a leader not to support this proposal? why is he on the side of tax avoiders instead of british businesses and communities? >> mr. speaker it was only a few months ago that the -- that the labor party front bench oppose tax increase it is that we put in. they're now opposed to the government ability to cut corporation. which side are they on? they're going make their minds up. >> let's go to sir robert neil. robert. >> thank you mr. speaker. rightly the prime minister represents commuter land so well aware of the small businesses and many of them to operate their coffee stores and use agents and so on on our stations. their incomes have been
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absolutely decimated during the pandemic. but they're finding like my constituents san station that when they seek the level of rent to reflect reduce turnover they're operating companies clam that funding agreement put in place with department transport doesn't give thill the discretion to do so. the department appears to say differently and they've been going on in months circles for months trying to get an answer. will the prime minister use the authority of his office please to bang heads together give a solution for them because if they go broke, then we have empty unit that's no income for anybody. >> mr. speaker i thank right honorable friend be provided to provide rent relief for station businesses in march of last year. all including able to offer business support to their stations. i am about the point he makes about discrepancy of views
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command to take him meeting with him and relevant minister to take it forward. >> let's go to rachel -- rachel -- >> thank you mr. speaker. i have asked the prime minister a series of questions about charities. and i know that he comments support by march he turns his back and this month he gave them nothing this winter and deeds this makes commitment and his word xaflt to care, nor compassion to act this believe that charity is all about supporting him and his lifestyle or recognize charities now ten billion in debt and struggling to survive if government support help people in real need. >> prime minister? >> charities perform an amazing and valuable role in society in our lives and we need them. and that's why we supported throughout the lockdown and graduates, and we start grants
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and road map means shops are now able to open again and in addition, we have a 750 million pound target d package of support for charities helping more than 14,000 organizations across the country including funding for hospices homes with charities, and shelters for victims dmes pick abuse and many others, mr. speaker. phishing industry had a hard tool of it in recent years with brexit done left with disappointed now an opportunity to turn corner. so that's when they thought to be fisheries sets out ab exciting ambitious program for the future. is the prime minister able to say how the government will work with phishing communities such as that in low stock to revive the industry and east. >> yes. >> yes mr. speaker i thank my right honorable friend to
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champion fishery in east i liked his plan and i think it has a lot of interesting ideas which we will takerd if as apartment of our package get ready to take advantage of those opportunities which are coming very, very quickly down track towards us. >> mr. speaker, nih and in wales recognition of their hard work during the pandemic. but staff on universal credits stand to lose out due to way in which reward is in circulation of the income. so instead of receiving a thank you bonus at the end of the month many nih and staff will be punished to upturn of 63% for the universal credit. will the prime minister look to amend relation 55 of the universal credit regulations to exception to control all social case in wales benefit fully from this well deserved bonus? >> yeah. prime minister -- >> grateful for raising that point and, of course, i want to repeat my gratitude to the
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nurses of this country and nih sen social care act who have done incredible work throughout this pandemic. he makes a particular point about the tape energy universal credits and i will make sure that he has a meeting with a relevant minister who will set out detail on issue he's raised. smg let's go to jonathon. jonathon. >> thank you mr. speaker. >> on and a half of my constituent and other wrongly convicted postmasters i'm grateful williams into this scandal has now been given more. however, there's widespread concern shared by post office ceo nick reid that the compensation received by the postmasters party to civil litigation of the high court was simply not fair. could i urge the prime minister to ensure that these civil of postmasters will be include in the the anticipated government
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compensation dismeem >> i thank you for raising this issue i might say tragic case of injustice and i met some of the post office -- postmasters and sub postmasters affected by this mischaracter of justice as he knows -- government wasn't party to litigation nor slemghts that was agreed but we are determined to ensure that postmasters sub postmasters are fairly compensated -- [inaudible conversations] >> mr. speaker, brexit and very different but referendums are much the same they're in 2016 without interference european respect respected u.k. in brexit referendum process and did not see the respect london, politicians promised scotland a place in the european union clearly to recommend very
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clearly unbroken promises in with dealt with a health affect of the pandemic and quiet independent -- so prime minister, will scotland be showing u.k. got in the eu and this time, can a democracy not be interfered with on a referendum certainly not blocked? >> prime minister -- >> mr. speaker, we respected the referendum result of 2014 -- which was a very substantial majority in favor of remaining in the u.k. keeping our country country together not breaking it up that is what the people of scotland rightly voted for and they did so in the belief that it was a once in a generation event. >> thank you mr. speaker. always 500 years of protected our country from freedom of our friends around world. the pride of our navy clearly delivers sale this week with her
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strike group we didn't know how she carry freedom an democracy can my right honorable friend tell me from south china sea with his plans -- >> prime minister. >> it was fantastic to be aboard queen elizabeth a vessel along ago in palace of wrn sir, itself mr. speaker, and forms more eloquent interventions we've heard talk about britain role in the world, and our determination to expand shipbuilding and expand unable presence not only is good for u.k. and good for the world. but good for jobs and growth around the country. >> thank you mr. speaker. covid has now triggered the first global rise in extreme poverty this century. but at the g7, the prime minister could act. he can ask leaders to reallocate
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the ims1 trillion dollars worth rights and restock the world banks 83 billion worth of the fund this is a multibillion pound support and will the prime minister state commit to leading this argument at the g7 so that pandemic of disease doesn't now become a pandemic of poverty? >> prime minister -- >> i thank him for great to see him -- [laughter] i would say -- yeah. [applause] and actually i have already had always great by the way. i've had conversations on that very matter already -- >> boris. >> thank you mr. speaker. and one of the many awful things about past year is inability to visit family and friends in hospitals. it caused immense anguish for many of my constituents and seen progress and hope with the vaccine we'll see more but can the prime minister inform house
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when we will see normal visiting hours resume for all hospitals nation wide? >> prime minister? >> i know she speaks of many millions who have wanted to visit loved ones mr. speaker, and i know the anguish they have -- they have felt we need to balance those feelings which are legitimate and with the right to manage the rick of infection i know she understands very well will be updating the guidance as soon as it is possible to do so. >> thank you mr. speaker, ruler just five years old her big sister age 9 three children killed in an israeli air strike -- the israeli military had of 3 other children and 345 palestinians in recent and gaza -- freedoms have never been lolledder but this government is complicit in its denial. it is approved more than 400 million pounds to israel since 2015.
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so can the prime minister look me in the eyes an tell me that british laid weapons or components weren't used in war crimes that will be for hundreds of other palestinians -- prime minister we shouldn't use props but remind them. >> mr. speaker, i think whole house understands that -- nobody wants to see anymore of the conflict of the conflict we have seen in israel and gaza, and everybody wants to i think now a cease-fire, and a deescalation and as for the position of the british government, i think that it is probably common ground because most members of this house that what we want to see is a two-state solution. and mr. speaker, that is what the u.k. government is campaigned for, many, many years and that continues to be our position. >> i now suspended house to raise next business order --
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