PMQs: Summary & Videos

Miliband led with bureaucracy in the NHS: There are currently 163 statutory organisations within the NHS; how many will there be after reform? Answered his own question – 500+. Cameron still managed to defend the increase without actually answering the questions. £852m being spent on making NHS staff redundant – how many will be re-hired doing their old jobs at the new quangos? Good questions from Miliband, noticeably poor lack of answers & diversionary tactics from Cameron this week. Speaker intervened quite a few times, as usual, and cut Cameron short.

Did your MP speak?
Karen Lumley, Con, Redditch; Guto Bebb, Con, Aberconwy; Ian Lucas, Lab, Wrexham; Sir Peter Tapsell, Con, Father of the House; Emily Thornberry, Lab, Islington South & Finsbury; Andrew Selous, Con, South West Bedfordshire; Alison McGovern, Lab, Wirral South; Brian Binley, Con, Northampton South; Ian Austin, Lab, Dudley North; Bob Blackman, Con, Harrow East; Nigel Dodds, DUP Westminster Leader; Mark Menzies, Con, Fylde; Natascha Engel, Chair, Backbench Business Committee; Anne Marie Morris, Con, Newton Abbott; Nick Smith, Lab, Blaenau Gwent; Robert Halfon, Con, Harlow; Rev Willie McCrea, DUP, South Antrim; Gary Streeter, Con, South West Devon; Diana Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull North; Julian Huppert, LibDem, Cambridge; Tom Clarke, Lab, Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill; Alok Sharma, Con, Reading West; Clive Efford, Lab, Eltham; Graham Evans, Con, Weaver Vale; Pamela Nash, Lab, Airdrie & Shotts; Claire Perry, Con, Devizes.

Topics raised:
Non-striking teachers; Labour’s NHS record in Wales; jobs created/lost by solar Feed-In Tariffs; contingency plans for new EU Treaty change; tax allowances for married couples; illegal workers arrested had NI numbers; tax breaks for private healthcare; helping small businesses; banning Hizb’ut Tahrir; public sector pensions/strikes; the new route for repatriation of our Fallen; housing policy for Armed Forces; Backbench Committee/unblocking legislation; excessive water bills in the South-West; Southern Cross residential homes; price of petrol; levies on air flights/N.Ireland-USA; Olympic Truce for 2012 games; vetting & barring of child abusers; drugs legalisation; North and South Sudan; private/public sector pension schemes; cutting police in London in face of rising crime; remembering 55,000 members of Bomber Command; women pensioners; reforming MPs’ pensions (greeted with catcalls from some areas!).

Followed by a Statement on North Africa & the Middle East from William Hague.


Two from the DUP:

Nigel Dodds about RAF Brize Norton & repatriation

Rev William McCrea – Air passenger duty

The Conservatives have had enough of Bercow: “We’ll get you.”

Link to video



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