tv Prime Ministers Questions Prime Ministers Question Time CSPAN November 7, 2021 9:00pm-10:01pm EST
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affairs issues. from transportation investment to the climate change summit in glasgow. this is about one hour. >> number one, please, mr. speaker. >> mr. speaker, as the house will be in recess next week i am sure the colleagues will join me in looking ahead to armistice day and remembering those men and women who have served and lost their lives in the service of this country. we also think members of our armed forces who continue to do so today. this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others in addition to my duties in this house. i shall have further such meetings later today.
>> the prime minister has been busy this week at cop26 and has he caught up with the sleep? but we need sits down with his grandchildren when they and ask what did you do that week at cop26, will you he be able to undertake one action that would have an immediate impact next would be consistent with what he's always said and done and take on the biggest emitter of co2 in the whole of europe that graciously what's more, will be -- pre-level, -- drop in demand and have a fresh vote in this house to kill off the third runway at heathrow? [laughing] >> mr. speaker, what this government is going to do rather than taking steps to damage the economy of the country what we are going to do, able to do, what we're going to do is get to net zero aviation, mr. speaker.
that's the future for this country. clean, green aviation. by the way i think that is every chance of arriving a lot earlier, mr. speaker, than the third runway at heathrow. james wild: thank you, mr. speaker. i share my right honorable friend's commitment to build back better, build back better and level up. i have a project that would deliver on all those things, rebuilding the aging in kingsley. i've shown in the pictures, so will the prime minister make the queen elizabeth -- giving people the hospital they need? boris johnson: i know my honorable friend does a huge amount of work for his constituent you're passing the pictures he describes and i can tell him the application is in from the hospital in his constituency. it is under
consideration and we aim to make our final decision in the spring of next year. >> deputy leader of the low party. angela rayner: thank you, mr. speaker. i share the opening words from the prime minister regarding our armed forces and their tremendous work they do and also send my best wishes to all those -- give thanks to the emergency services and respondents on that day. i would also like to wish all those celebrating tomorrow a happy and peaceful diwali. let me start with something on which they should be agreement across all sides of the house. the independent standards process found that a member broke the rules on paid lobbying. surely the prime minister expects that this is and should be a serious offense. yet we have seen reports he will respond by scrapping the independent
process and overturning its verdict. in no other profession in our country could someone be found guilty by an independent process and just have their -- back into the job. surely surely the prime minister in this government are not going to do that today. boris johnson: no, of course we're not to do that because i paid lobbying, paid advocacy in this house is wrong and let me make absolutely no bones about that. the members who are found guilty of that should apologize and pay the penalties, mr. speaker, but that is that the issue in this case or this vote before us. it is not. the issue in this case which involves a serious family tragedy, mr. speaker, is whether a member of this house had a fair
opportunity to make representations in this case or whether as a matter of natural justice are procedures in this house allowed for proper appeal, mr. speaker, and that i thought, that i think is something that should be of interest to members across this house, mr. speaker, and should be approached properly in the spirit of moderation and compassion, mr. speaker. angela rayner: mr. speaker, let me put this to him simply. if it was a police officer, a teacher, a doctor, we would expect, we would expect the independent process to be followed and that changed after the verdict. it is one rule for them and one rule for the rest of them. [shouting] mr. speaker, when a conservative member was found guilty of sexual harassment but left off on a loophole, they said the
rules couldn't be changed after the event. so they can't change the rules to stop sexual harassment, but they can change the rules to allow cash for access. so why is the prime minister making it up as he goes along? [shouting] boris johnson: all the professions that she mentioned has a right of appeal, mr. speaker, and that is what the house needs to consider. may i respectfully say to her that i believe that she needs to -- instead of playing politics on this issue, which is what they are doing, i think she needs to consider the procedures of this house in a spirit of fairness, mr. speaker. we on the side, we are getting on with delivering on the people's priorities, mr. speaker. 20,000 more police officers, wages are up, jobs up across this country. those are our priorities.
>> order, order. i don't want to say more about that. angela rayner: mr. speaker, this isn't about playing politics in this place. this is about playing by the rules. and as we can see, it is one rule for everybody else and one rule for the tories and conservatives. when they break the rules, mr. speaker, they just remake of the rules. and i know that donald trump is the prime minister's hero, but i say to the prime minister, i say to the prime minister, in all seriousness, he should learn the lesson that if you keep cheating the public, it catches up with you in the end. because while they are wallowing, the rest of the country faces higher bills, rising costs and damaging tax rises. so i ask the prime minister, can he tell us what is
the projected tax increase per household over the next five years? boris johnson: mr. speaker, what i can tell her is that the recent, what the recent budget, it was take cash from those who can afford to pay the most and it had huge, very substantial tax cuts for the hardest working and poorest families in this country. we cut 1000 pounds, mr. speaker, with the universal credit taper relief cut to the hard-working families in this country, 2 million families, and will see a living wage across all country, mr. speaker, and what we are also doing, mr. speaker, is ensuring that this country gets on with a high wage, high skilled, jobs-led recovery. and never let it be forgotten that if we listen to them we would have none of those things, mr. speaker, and we would still be in lockdown. angela rayner: mr. speaker, i think he missed out on the
number so let me help them out. the resolution foundation found that by 2026, taxes will be 3000 pounds more per household since he took office. my constituents and his constituents are feeling the pinch and they are worried about christmas as well, mr. speaker. their bills are going up every week and the budget did nothing to help them. so can the prime minister tell them how much with the tax-cut that he gave to the banks instead? boris johnson: mr. speaker, as she knows very well it is the banks and the bankers who are paying far more proportionally as a result of our tax measures to cover the cost of the nhs. and actually a very moot point because the 36 billion pounds came from 50% comes from the 14% who are the richest in this country, mr. speaker, overwhelmingly from the banks
and financial services industry who can pay the most. and the astonishing thing, mr. speaker, when it came to voting for that 36 billion pound increase, and 48 new hospitals, it's 50,000 more nurses, looking after a public services, they voted against it, mr. speaker. [shouting] >> damn right we did. angela rayner: mr. speaker, are called into the prime minister's own budget documents, it was 4 billion pounds in tax cuts to the bankers and 3000 pounds of tax rises per household. good news for the donors who gave half a million pounds. his bank got a bonus of nearly 8 million pounds, but not good news for the rest of us, mr. speaker. now, mr. speaker, this month as the prime said, we remember and celebrate all those who serve our great country. and although -- all those who have lost
their lives leaving behind loved ones, and those who have sustained life-changing injuries and live every day with the consequences of their sacrifice. yet hidden in the small print of the budget was a billion pound cut to day-to-day defense spending. so, mr. speaker, will our servicemen and women face pay cuts or will there be fewer of them with less support? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i think it's quite incredible that we are not hearing this from the labour party when they would've called that out of nato and actually, i think they wanted to abolish the army. [shouting] abolish the army? spending on defense, the highest since the cold war, the biggest
armistice since the cold war and an increase that has restored confidence in this country around the world in our ability to defend not just our own shores but to defend our friends and partners as well. that is what this government is doing. angela rayner: mr. speaker, he knows i asked him about the annual defense budget which his own budget documents show cut by 1.3 billion pounds. and i hear the prime minister's fine words and from a military family myself but i won't take political lectures from them because the government's actions don't match their words. [shouting] and mr. speaker, i think of my constituent who fought in afghanistan and get was threatened what sanction because he is unable to physically travel miles to see a doctor, the prime minister's tax-cut last week cost 30 million pounds. that is 50% more than the government spends on
supporting veterans' mental health each year. the charity combat stress has lost six million pounds in funding this year, even as they're called to the health line. so will the prime minister match our proposal to reinvest the 35 million mod contracts to support our veterans that surely deserve it? boris johnson: mr. speaker, it's because we've been able to run a strong economy and take our economy out of lockdown that we've been able to invest maximally in the nhs. we been able to cut spending to record levels and to keep supporting our fantastic -- that is what this government is able to do, mr. speaker, and i must say i enjoy my conversations with her in spite of the insult that the party political appointee she directed towards us, mr. speaker, and i may say i don't want to cause any further dissension in the benches opposition but i think you'll agree she has about a gigawatt
more energy, mr. speaker, than the right honorable gentleman her friend -- i'm just putting it out there. [shouting] but it's the same old labour. no plan, no ideas. we're getting on with delivering on the people's priorities. we are taking this country forward. growth up, jobs up, wages up, productivity. all they do, mr. speaker, is play politics while we deliver. [shouting] jack brereton: thank you, mr. speaker. and can i think the prime minister and the government for securing our fantastic -- leveling out funding. if we are to truly level of opportunities and access opportunities we must also improve our public transport. would my right honorable friend agree to look at the possibility for bus franchising?
boris johnson: as my honorable friend knows, i am fanatic about buses. i will urge him, to take up, we're putting 1.2 blamer and a bus funding bus funding and a no they have playback and i suggest he takes it up immediately with my right honorable friend the secretary of transport. >> thank you, mr. speaker and can i also as a look forward to november sunday commander who served dash of military service to protect all of us security services for the job they continue to do. mr. speaker, the powerful opening statement to cop26 told us the journey to net zero means we must recapture billions of tons of carbon from the air. the committee on climate change has been clear that carbon capture and storage is a necessity, not an option to achieve the planet's net zero target.
this week scotland's leading climate targets has seen praise from amongst others, the u.n. secretary-general. scotland is finding partners across the world to tackle the climate emergency, but in westminster there isn't even a willing partner to deliver the carbon capture project that was long promised. scotland's northeast has now been waiting weeks for for a clear reason to exactly why the scottish cluster has rejected. there's been no clear answers not even clean excuses so maybe the prime minister will answer the simple question, does he know exactly how much of the uk's co2 storage the scottish cluster could deliver? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i'm a massive enthusiasm for carbon capture. the acorn project remains as he knows on the reserve and he should not give up. we will come back to this and, of course, want to make sure we had a fantastic industry generating clean hydrogen around the country. in the meantime we
are supporting amazing scottish plans to get clean energy from wind, from hydrogen, from all sorts of means, mr. speaker, and if i may say i want to thank the people of scotland, or thank the people of glasgow for the way they helped to bring so far what i think has been a fantastically well organized summit. >> mr. speaker, it's bad enough the prime minister rejected the scottish cluster a week before cop, but what's worse he clearly doesn't even know, or understand what his government was rejecting. so let me tell him. the scottish cluster would've stored 30% of the uk's co2 emissions and it would've supported the creation of around 20,000 jobs in green industry. it was by far and away the best bet, prime minister.
the best decision was based on science alone that would've been approved on the spot. it is obvious this was a political decision in westminster to reject it. will the prime minister now reverse his government's massive gold when it rejected the scottish cluster? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i'm trying to encourage the right honorable right honorable gentleman to be a little bit less gloomy about the prospect of this issue. i understand exactly what he says, and what we're doing is working with the scottish government and i thank the scottish government for their cooperation, all the support they gave to cop as was the last few days and weeks and what they're doing. we will come back to this, mr. speaker, but -- while i may say is i think, i think is working well is a spirit of cooperation between all levels of government in this country and what doesn't work as -- is confrontation.
simon jupp: thank you, mr. speaker. house prices are rising with the dream of homeownership becoming out of reach for too many local people. new build departments must be affordable with protections in place to restrict member properties becoming second homes. the loophole which allots allows second-home owners to avoid paying council tax should be closed quickly to help local authorities. will the prime minister meet with me and colleagues from across the southwest to discuss this growing crisis across our region? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i know how strongly my honorable friend and colleagues across the southwest feel about this issue. that's why we have legislated and introduced higher rates of stamp duty on second homes and we will ensure that only genuine holiday visitors can access. gratefully, but i'm happy certainly to meet with colleagues to discuss what further we may do to ensure that local people get the homes they need. neale hanvey: mr. speaker, scotland is vital for the uk's
energy needs currently and in the future. it's vital for future offshore capabilities and other low carbon and renewable energies. not my words but those of the minister for energy confirming that it's the rest of the u.k. that is dependent on scotland, not the other way around. does the prime minister not realize that his failure to invest in carbon capture and storages -- potential of my constituency is regarded as an act of deliberate economic vandalism casting himself less as bond bond and and more as blofeld the villain for all of cop26 world to see? boris johnson: mr. speaker, with the cop26 world can see is the astonishing achievements of scotland and the rest of the u.k. is developing clean energy sources. and i said to the right honorable gentleman, the leader of his party in westminster we'll come back to the aberdeen,
sorry, forgive me -- same agenda, though. we'll come back to this and what i find encouraging about the last few days is the spirit of cooperation and joint enterprise that i now detect that will enable us to deliver massive carbon cuts across this whole country. peter gibson: thank you, mr. speaker. arlington station is receiving 105 million pounds -- i want to make sure that within -- benefits from high speed rail. will my right honorable friend meet with myself and regional colleagues to discuss the eastern leg and the sideline to allow the whole region to be better connected? boris johnson: my honorable friend, i thank you for everything he's done for darlington and he should wait for it to come up. but in the meantime we are upgrading darlington station.
there are plans in place my right honorable friend the chancellor announced 310 million pounds of funding over the next five years to transform local transport networks. kate osborne: thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister says he's a fanatic about busses, but what about trains and not just in darlington but the mention of other sites because last wednesday i was notified -- have not been successful in attracting the next stage from the government as part of the restoring your railway fund. can can i ask the prime minister -- when is he going to get serious about leveling up in our community instead of using the term meaningless populist slogan? boris johnson: mr. speaker, she must wait for the plan but the northeast will be the beneficiary of the biggest
investment in our rail infrastructure beyond hs2 that we've seen for a century. by 96 million pounds more that we're going to be putting in and what we want is we want the local authority, regional authorities to work with us to ensure that we promote the project that the people really want. andrea leadsom: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you again. i want to really thank my honorable friend for his support for the early years healthy development review and in particular but half a billion of new money last week. my right honorable friend often says that talent is spread equally across our country but opportunity is not. does he agree with me that giving every baby the best start at life is the best possible way to level up across our country? boris johnson: i've listened to my right honorable friend over many years on this issue and she
is 100% right in what she says, by what she says about the importance of early years and that's why we investing 500 million pounds to support families and children including 82 million pounds to create a network of family hubs to bring together service of children all ages. i was glad to continue to invest in children's early years, for example, 15 hours of early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds that already benefited 1.1 million disadvantaged kids in 2013. florence eshalomi: thank you, mr. speaker. i was recently contacted by a constituent whose mother tragically committed suicide after criminal domestic abuse by her husband. with the inquest into her suicide finding his actions the direct cause. incredibly her accuser now stands to inherit our pension and entire estate because she was unable to get divorced. this has left the family devastated and i'm sure the whole house will join in sending them our condolences. does the prime
minister agree with me that convicted domestic abusers should never be able to profit from the crimes of the victim and will he meet with my constituent and me to fix this hole in the law? boris johnso: mr. speaker, she describes a truly tragic and appalling case and i'm sure the whole house will share the revulsion that she has expressed at the outcome of the laws processes. i think we will certainly need a meeting and see what we can do to address this loophole. jeremy r. s. hunt: nhs staff performed magnificently in the pandemic but there are now severe shortages in nearly every specialty. so will my right honorable friend support an amendment to the health bill backed by 50 nhs organizations, every royal college, to require health education england to break her independent forecasts of the numbers of doctors and nurses that we should be training so that we can reassure people despite the pressure
today we're at least training enough doctors and nurses for the future? boris johnson: mr. speaker, my right honorable friend is right that we've got to make sure our nhs has the staff that it needs and that's why there are 50,000 more healthcare professionals in the nhs this year than they were last year, 12,000 more nurses, mr. speaker, and in addition there are 60,000 nurses, 60,000 nurses in training. mr. speaker, somebody opposite while they're waiting, we have been through a pandemic, mr. speaker, and what we are doing is fixing those waiting lists, fixing those waiting lists with 36 billion pounds. which that party opposite vote against, mr. speaker. [shouting] martyn day: thank you, mr. speaker. it's a little over a year since i last challenged the prime minister over his campaign promises to the 1950's bondwoman in which time he has done
hee-haw about pension injustices, so can he tell me today does his government have any plans to deliver justice for the women involved? boris johnson: mr. speaker, this this is a very difficult issue, this is a whole house knows in the case -- is not easily addressed as the honorable gentleman knows. the expenditure involved is very considerable. the tax would have to be raised would be very considerable. we continue to reflect on all the options to ensure that people across this country get their pensions. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as a mother i cannot begin to imagine the pain and torment of losing a child. richard lee, a constituent of mine and veteran who served with distinction in the british army, has been living with this pain every day of his life since the 28th of november, 1981. on that day his daughter went missing from a military shopping complex in
germany. it was her second birthday, and her family are still searching. the 40th anniversary of her disappearance is coming up at the end of this month, which will be an exceptionally painful event for the entire family. would the prime minister please agree to meet with mr. lee, father to father, and reassure that she has not been forgotten? boris johnson: yes, yes, i think my honorable friend for raising this absolutely tragic case and i know the thoughts of the whole house will be with her family. and, of course, i will agree to my honorable friend's request and meet mr. lee father to father. >> the epilepsy society is a charity and research center based in my constituency. they want to better understand the effects of global warming on epilepsy and the impact is already clear. a recent survey
showed in hot weather 62% of those -- were uncontrolled, experienced an increase in seizure frequency or severity. will the prime minister endorse the epileptic climate change initiative and emit to more funding to research the impact of climate change on human health? boris johnson: i thank the honorable lady for question. she raises an interesting aspect to research into epilepsy. we're funding epilepsy research with another 54 million pounds over the last few years, and this issue that she raises of any particular link between hot weather and epilepsy is one we will be going into. elliot colburn: last week an independent inquiry into the own heat networks that it was set up on false assumption, including funding that was never attained and homes that do not exist. and now my constituents are going to
be left footing the bill. does the prime minister agree this failure shows they are not fit to govern and that those responsible should go? boris johnson: mr. speaker, it's not the first time they have campaigned on homes that don't exist or never exist. every member of the campaign -- but i will certainly look into the matter that he raises. paul blomfield: mr. speaker, in a recent interview the prime minister was asked about my constituent ginny gareth. ginny is a victim of a scandal. just before last christmas her building was if i could because of safety concerns. she's been forced to pay 5500 pounds, she has to spend 1200 year for car parking she can no longer access. the work needed is being blocked by a freeholder. she doesn't know the cost she will face, thousands of pounds.
yet in his interview the prime minister said she had, quote, a frankly unnecessary state of anxiety. so will he meet her to hear why she is worried and do so before the building safety bill completes its passage through the house? boris johnson: the honorable gentleman i have every sympathy with his constituent, mr. speaker, and i certainly do. mr. speaker, i have every sympathy. i have every sympathy, but what i think is unfair is that people such as her are placed in a position of unnecessary anxiety about their homes when they should be reissued. and i think, i sympathize deeply with people who have to pay for waiting watches and other such because i think it is absurd, i think it is absurd, mr. speaker, but i think what people should be doing is making sure, is making sure that we do not unnecessarily undermine the confidence of the market and the
people in these homes. they are not unsafe. many millions of homes are not unsafe and he should have the courage, mr. speaker, to say so. mike wood: thank you, mr. speaker. the new police and crime commission for the west midlands has chosen to cut back on stop and search in, across the region. can the prime minister confirm that whilst stop and searches must be proportionate and not discriminatory, they remain an important part of keeping our streets and our communities safe? boris johnson: yes, mr. speaker, i certainly agree with that. it was a point i raised recently with labour mayor of london. we agreed on many things. he was very much out of line with the current labour policy on lockdowns but he did certainly, i certainly thought that he was
wrong about stop and search and we need to make sure stop and search is part of the armory of police options when it comes to stopping knife crime. if it is done sensitively and integrates with all it can be extremely valuable. siobhain mcdonagh: thank you, mr. speaker. prime minister, we can save the u.k. taxpayer 200 million pounds and level up health service. the hospital is set to lose its a&e maturity intensive care, children service renal unit and 62% of beds to healthy, wealthy belmont, at a staggering cost of 600 million. but there is an alternative. rebuild the hospital where health is poorest and save 200 million. now, it's not my job to help the prime minister sort out his budget but wouldn't this be a good place to start?
boris johnson: mr. speaker, we are, we are investing 48 hospitals, new hospitals and rebuilds, and what is her job, what is her job quite frankly is to vote for 36 billion pounds of investment in the nhs which will allow us to take our health services forward. why wouldn't she do that, mr. speaker? robert jenrick: thank you, mr. speaker. can i commend the prime minister on the diplomatic efforts in recent weeks and ask him about another serious and grave issue that was raised at the g20 in rome, the strong likelihood of a nuclear-ready iran within a matter of weeks or months. what is the u.k. going to do with our international partners to tackle that? with the agreement be stronger and more enduring than the last one? and if it's not as many people suspect, what is our plan b? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i think it's in the interest, overwhelming interest, and this is what -- thank you very much
for your question. this is a case of make it clear to the iranians that there is an opportunity for them to do something that i think will be massively in the interest of their people and of iran which is to come back to the table and do a further agreement, a son of jcpoa, restore the jcpoa at the vienna talks. that is what needs to happen. that is the posture of the g20 and indeed of our friends and allies around the world. vicky foxcroft: thank you, mr. speaker. the universal credit cut is already hitting people hard, even before the challenges of the pandemic, 39% of children in my constituency grew up in poverty. a local tricare launched a fundraising campaign to support people through the winter months. the prime minister is well known for his ability to attract wealthy
donors. will he use those skills to beef up our campaign? or even better, will he cancel the cut? boris johnson: what we've done is abolish the old system that unfairly taxed people in universal credit and helped people with a 1 million pound tax cut. what we on this side of the house believe in is rewarding work, mr. speaker. that's with the people of this country want to see. that's why we put the tax cut on those who were on universal. that's why they are lifting the living wage and what's their policy on universal credit? it's not nothing. they want to abolish universal credit, mr. speaker. gareth bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. the mayor of london is refusing to rule out the charge which would apply to all vehicles -- this would have terrible
consequences to my constituents and indeed the people who live in the neighboring constituency. louis french, the excellent local candidate for the election, has pledged to fight this appalling proposal. would my right honorable friend join me in wishing louis french luck with this and to ensure this silly move from the mayor of london is stopped in its tracks? boris johnson: i certainly do agree -- agree with my honorable friend who is an old friend of mine, i worked close with him on london issues for many years and i know, i know were labour's instinct are. they always want put taxes up particularly on motorists. and i think -- [shouting] i think at checkpoint will hit working families, mr. speaker, and what the labour mayor of london needs do is get a grip on the finances and stop work at the taxes on ordinary people in the capital city. [shouting]
martin docherty-hughes: i'm very grateful, mr. speaker. the prime minister is very much aware of my constituent jack singing, abducted by plainclothes officers shopping with his new wife in the city of -- on the fourth of november. the intervening years, mr. speaker, have seen allegations of torture, and ostensibly strong words from his government about the case overshadowed by excitement over a trade deal with the republic of india. therefore, mr. speaker, as we approach the fourth anniversary of his arrest tomorrow, with no charges having been brought in the case by the government of india, would his government be able to grant the smallest of favors to jack's wife and his family and declare his detention an arbitrary one? boris johnson: mr. speaker, i thank him for the campaign he has been running for jack for a long time and what i would say
to him is that the closeness of our relationship with india in no way diminishes our willingness to raise that case with the government the government of india and indeed my right honorable friend the foreign secretary raised it only last time she was in india. >> final question. ruth edwards: mr. speaker, unlike the party opposite i welcome the record investment in the nhs announcement. now, will my right honorable friend support my campaign for a new health center in the village of east leak where the current building is to longer big enough to serve the current population and will see a need to accommodate 3000 new patients from new building? boris johnson: i'm sure my right honorable friend the health secretary will do his utmost in the course of the coming decisions to oblige my friend in her campaign, justified campaign
for rushcliffe. but mr. speaker, how incredible the labour party continues to tackle and attack the government when they voted against the tax rising measures that are necessary, that are necessary to fund our nhs. they are completely inconsistent, mr. speaker, they have absolute no plans and no ideas. >> we now have come to the statement. we now come to the prime minister prime minister johnson. boris johnson: thank you. mr. speaker, with your permission to make a statement about the g20 summit in rome and update the house on cop26 in glasgow. almost 30 years ago the world acknowledged the gathering danger of climate change and agreed to do what would have once been inconceivable and regulate the atmosphere of the planet itself by curbing greenhouse gas emissions. and one declaration succeeded.
another until in paris in 2015, we all agreed to seek to restrain the rising world to 1.5 degrees centigrade. now after all the targets and the promises and after yet more warnings from our scientists about the perils staring at us in the face, we come to the reckoning. this is the moment when we must turn words into action. if we fail, then paris will have failed and every summit going back to rio de janeiro in 1992 will have failed. because we will have allowed our shared aim of 1.5 degrees to escape our grasp. even half a degree of extra warming would have tragic consequences. if global temperatures were to rise by two degrees, our scientists forecast that we will lose virtually all
of the world's coral reefs, the great barrier reef and countless other living marvels would dissolve into an ever warming and ever more acidic ocean returning the terrible verdict that human beings lack the will to preserve the wonders of the natural world. in the end, mr. speaker, it is a question of will. we have the technology to do what is necessary. all that remains in question is our resolve. the g20 summit convened by our italian friends and cop26 partner last weekend, provided encouraging evidence that the political will exists, which is vital for the simple reason that the g20 accounts for 80% of the world economy and 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. britain was the first g20 nation to promise in law to wipe out
our contribution to climate change by achieving net zero. and as recently as 2019, only one other member has made a comparable pledge. today, 18 countries in the g20 have made specific commitments to achieve net zero, and in the rome declaration last sunday every member launched the key relevant of achieving global net zero greenhouse gas emissions or carbon neutrality by or round midcentury. to that end, the g20 including china, including china, agreed to stop financing new international unabated coal projects by the end of this year, a vital step toward consigning coal to history. and every member, repeated their commitment to the paris target of 1.5 degrees. in the spirit of cooperation the summit reached other important
agreements. the g20 will levy a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, ensuring that multinational companies make a fair contribution wherever they operate. over 130 countries and jurisdictions have now joined this arrangement showing what we can achieve together when the will exists. the g20 adopted a target of vaccinating 70% of the world's population against covid by the middle of next year, and the u.k. is on track to provide 100 million doses to this effort. by the end of this year we will have donated over 30 million doses of the oxford vaccine and at least another 20 million will follow next year, along with 20 million doses of the jansen vaccine ordered by the government and the g20 resolved to work together to ease supply chain disruptions which have affected every member
as demand recovers and the world economy gets back on its feet. i pay tribute to prime minister mario draghi for his expert handling of the summit but everyone will accept that far more needs to be done to spare humanity from catastrophic climate change. and in the meantime, global warming is already contributing to droughts and brushfires and hurricanes, summoning an awful vision of what lies ahead if we fail to act in the time that remains. so the biggest summit, that the united united kingdom has ever hosted, is now underway in glasgow, bringing together 120 world leaders with the aim of translating aspirations into action to keep the ambition of 1.5 degrees alive. i'm grateful to glasgow city council, to
police scotland, to police across whole of the u.k., and to our public health bodies for making this location possible and all their hard work. for billions of people across the world the outcome is literally a matter of life or death. for some island states in the pacific and caribbean it is a question of national survival. the negotiations in glasgow have almost two weeks to run, but we can take heart from what has been achieved so far. nations which together comprise 90% of the world economy are now committed to net zero, up from 30% with u.k. took over the reins of cop. yesterday alone the united states and over 100 other countries agreed to cut their emissions of methane, one of the most destructive greenhouse gases, by 30% by
2030. and 122 countries with over 85% of the world's forests agreed to end and reverse deforestation by the same deadline. backed by the greatest ever commitment to public funds to this cause which i hope will trigger even more from the private sector. india has agreed to transform her energy system to derive half her power from renewable sources, keeping a billion tons of carbon out of the atmosphere. the u.k. has doubled our commitment to international climate finance to 11.6 billion and we will contribute another 1 billion pounds if the economy grows as is forecast. we have launched our clean green initiative which will help the developing world to build new infrastructure in an environmentally friendly way. and we will invest 3 billion pounds of public money to unlock billions more from the private sector. i've asked the world's, the uk's and the world for action on coal, cars, cash
and trees. and we began to make process consubstantial palpable progress on three out of the four. for the negotiations in glasgow have a long way to go, mr. speaker, and far more must be done. whether we can summon the collective wisdom and will to save ourselves from an avoidable disaster still hangs in the balance. and we will press on with the hard work until the last hour. mr. speaker, i commend this statement to the house. >> i call the deputy leader to respond. angela rayner: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for the statement and updating the house on the g20 summit in rome. it cannot be overstated how crucial the next 1.5 wesks is. i am pleased to see that there has been some progress as the prime minister outlined, but the next ten days needs to be, needs to
move beyond pre-packed announcements. this is an opportunity alongside our friends and allies around the world to deliver historic change, by taking action to reduce emissions right now in this decade, we can avoid the worst effects of climate change. this cannot just be a political ambition. it is necessity for humanity. so, mr. speaker, as the g20 ends and cop26 continues, i want to assure the prime minister, everybody on these benches is desperate for cop26 to be a success. we hope there are negotiations and bring people together and deliver the urgent solutions to the biggest challenge our world has ever faced. however, mr. speaker,
there is some cause for concern. the g20 needs to be a springboard to the cop26, a real opportunity to show britain's diplomatic strength in bringing people together, but also in applying pressure where it is needed. to convince the big polluters to meet the commitment to 1.5 degrees and to find solutions to phase out fossil fuels. and to ensure a just transition for workers and to create a fairer and greener economy. but mr. speaker, the g20 did not achieve this. the prime minister is failing in his efforts to convince the world leaders that more must be done. he has welcomed the commitments in the distant future and i expect that when he knows all
too well that we need to halve the carbon emissions now at least by the end of this decade if we are to keep global temperatures down. it is a time for urgent climate action now, not more climate delay. now, mr. speaker, we all know how difficult it is to convince the world to curtail carbon emissions, but it is our responsibility to do so. it is the prime minister's responsibility to influence world leaders and lead by example. but as we try to convince other countries to phase out coal, this government is refusing to make its mind up about coal mines within its own borders. they could have followed the lead of the welsh labour government and changed planning policy to make sure no new coal mines have been developed, but they didn't. and as we try to convince big emitters to do more when it comes to reducing emissions,
unfortunately this government has a trade with australia that removes key climate pledges. it's undermining our messages by giving a free pass to our friends. and, mr. speaker, when britain must convince the wealthiest nations in the world to pledge more money to help developing countries cut their emissions and adapt to climate change, what's this government done? they cut development aid that would've funded climate projects. how does the prime minister expect to convince others to do more when he is setting such a poor example? >> hear, hear. hear, hear. angela rayner: mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i also want to raise the issue of global vaccination. the g20 last week agreed as they promised to explore ways to accelerate global vaccination
against covid-19. yet in some of the world's poorest countries less than 3% of people have received even one dose of the vaccine. and we all know we live in a globalized world where more of the virus that spreads, the greater the threat of new variants. we are not safe here from covid until people are safe from covid everywhere. >> hear, hear. angela rayner: and there's no more time for rhetoric. it's time for action, and the prime minister mentioned our efforts on vaccines, but it was revealed last week that the uk's lagging behind all other g7 countries in sharing surplus vaccines with poor countries. this, mr. speaker, is shameful. our fantastic scientists that developed the oxford astrazeneca vaccine have been let down by our prime minister's actions. we need booster jabs in manchester
and vaccine shared with madagascar. it's now time for actions, prime minister, not words. so as the world, as the world governs over the next two weeks, we all hope for a breakthrough that we need. now britain has a proud history for standing up for what's right and i've no doubt we will be able to do it again. and i do wish the prime minister well in his efforts, and ask him to pay attention and go for the detail on this. because if he fails, because if he fails to deliver, mr. speaker, if he fails to deliver the change that we need through this conference, we will all pay the price. boris johnson: well, mr. speaker, the right honorable lady asked me to go into further detail. i think after listening
i prefer the forensic approach over the pseudo-forensic approach which is about completely, she's completely ignorant of the basic facts, mr. speaker. we have cut our co2 emissions by 44% since 1990 levels, very largely by moving from 80% dependence on coal 50 years ago to about 1% or 2% today. it is a massive cat. we haven't cut our investment in overseas development date for climate change funding. no, we have not, mr. speaker. we have kept it at a level. i don't know whether she was paying attention to the news, mr. speaker, only the other day we have another billion pounds, mr. speaker, which were able to do, which we're able to do because of the growth in the economy. as to what she's completely wrong about the facts. as for what she said about vaccines, i'm afraid it is an insult to the incredible work that's been done
by the u.k. vaccine rollout program across the world. 1.5 billion people, mr. speaker, have had access to cost, price, vaccines thanks to the deal this government did with oxford astrazeneca. no other country in the world has come to say nothing of the 548 million pounds extra we put into dobby or the extra 100 million vaccines that we're donating by june next year. this country has absolutely outstanding record in supporting vaccination around the world and if she wants to go look at the details, i urge her to look at it. i think frankly, there she is right. if i can point to the things
that happened since g20 i would draw her attention to india's massive commitment to cut co2 by 2030, by cleaning up their power system. i would point to the 10 billion pounds from japan. $10 million from japan over the next five years to support developing countries around the world. i think i would also point to not just brazil but russia and china and 110 countries around the world, signing up for the forestry declaration to halt and reverse deforestation by 2020. i think that is a very considerable achievement and it will make a huge difference. and we will use consumer power and the power of cooperation and the private sector around the world to affect that change. the single most important thing for me that came out of cop was an agreement around the world about the basic intellectual approach now being taken by the u.k. through the clean green
initiative and what joe biden calls the build back better world initiative. that is the thing that offers the greatest hope for humanity, because we are not just putting in government money to help countries around the world clean up, putting in development, we're massively supported that. we're leveraging the hundreds of trillions of private sector investment, and that is the way to make the difference. if we can get that right at this cop, it will be a truly remote about thing. but as i say -- a truly remarkable thing. but there is still a long way to go. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: live coverage begins at 12:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org, or on c-span now, our new app. announcer: download c-span's new mobile app and stay up-to-date with the day's big political events.
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