Prime Minister’s Questions: 6 September 2017

06 September 2017

The Prime Minister answered questions on a range of topics including EU exit negotiations, pay levels, the fishing industry and more in the first PMQs following summer recess.

The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, asked six questions including questions on zero hours contracts, the public sector pay cap and corporate pay levels.

Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP in Westminster, asked about the contribution of immigration to the UK economy and the issuing of deportation notices.

The Prime Minister took further questions on mental health services, Northern Ireland, food poverty, access to green spaces, Brexit and the fishing industry.

Full list of topics and questioners

Conservative MP Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) asked about the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the effect on UK law.

Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn asked about:

  • Inflation, pay levels and industrial action at McDonalds
  • Zero hours contracts and corporate pay levels
  • The capping of energy prices and energy company profits
  • Zero hours contracts and Sports Direct
  • Public sector pay cap and the NHS
  • The impact of Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions and VAT levels on low wage earners

Conservative MP Mark Harper (Forest of Dean) asked about productivity levels and the economy.

Leader of the second largest opposition party in the Commons, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber) asked about:

  • The contribution of immigration to the UK economy
  • EU nationals resident in the UK and the issuing of deportation notices.

Conservative MP Richard Benyon (Newbury) asked about Northern Ireland legacy cases.

Labour MP Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) asked about the application of dangerous driving legislation to cyclists.

Conservative MP Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) asked about access to green spaces.

Labour MP Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North) asked about food poverty during the school holidays.

Conservative MP John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) asked about a fair society and income inequality.

Labour MP Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree) asked about the availability of mental health services.

Conservative MP David Duguid (Banff and Buchan) asked about the fishing industry in the North East of Scotland and EU negotiations.

Democratic Unionist Party MP Nigel Dodds (Belfast North) asked about restoration of government in Northern Ireland

Conservative MP Chris Philp (Croydon South) asked about EU exit negotiations and trade.

Labour MP Mohammad Yasin (Bedford) asked about commuter rail services.

Conservative MP Will Quince (Colchester) asked about homelessness and the fiftieth anniversary of the charity Crisis.

Labour MP Naz Shah (Bradford West) asked about training places at medical schools.

Conservative MP Mims Davies (Eastleigh) asked about the Primodos pregnancy test.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran (Oxford West and Abingdon) asked about the availability of free childcare entitlement.

Conservative MP Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) asked about the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering.

Labour MP Wes Streeting (Ilford North) asked about the closure Accident and Emergency department and King George Hospital.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) asked about child sexual exploitation.

Labour MP Liz Kendall (Leicester West) asked about children's heart surgery units.

Conservative MP Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness) asked about digital investment after Brexit.

Labour MP Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) asked about workers rights.

Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) asked about Muscular Dystrophy support.

Related Information 

About Prime Minister's Question time

Question Time in the House of Commons is an opportunity for MPs to question government ministers about matters for which they are responsible.

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday that the House of Commons is sitting and gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister.

In most cases, the session starts with a routine 'open question' from an MP about the Prime Minister's engagements. MPs can then ask supplementary questions on any subject, often one of current political significance.

Opposition MPs follow up on this or another topic, usually led by the Leader of the Opposition.

Watching Prime Minister's Questions from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

Because it is so popular, free tickets are necessary to ensure entrance to watch Prime Minister's Questions.  These are only issued to UK residents who contact their MP to request them in advance.

Overseas visitors and UK residents without tickets can queue but will only gain entrance if there is space after ticket-holders.

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