Prime Minister's Questions: 15 July 2020

15 July 2020

During PMQs today MPs questioned the Prime Minister about sector specific support, a potential second spike, trade deals and more.

Questions from the Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer, focused his questions on sector specific support, British Airways and about a potential second spike.

Mr Starmer asked the Prime Minister:

  • why sector specific support was not included in the Chancellor's summer economic update last week
  • whether he will intervene in British Airways' unemployment and furlough as "BA is trying to force through the rehiring of  the remaining [12,000 redundancies already announced] 30,000 workers on worse terms and conditions".
  • "to make clear that he intends to implement the recommended actions" from the report by the Government's Expert Advisory Group on the challenges this autumn and winter. The report assessed a reasonable worst case scenario for this autumn and winter, including a second covid-19 spike.
  • about the Trace and Track system. He went on to ask "what assurance can the Prime Minister give that the system will be fit for both purposes [testing and tracing capacity needs to be expanded and for it to be working]"  by September 2020.
  • whether the Prime Minister has read the report "that sets out the reasonable worst case scenario and tells the Government what it needs to do about it in the next six weeks".

Questions from the Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader

The SNP's Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, asked about Scotland and Brexit.

Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister:

  • about the Scottish Parliament. Blackford voiced his concerns over legislation being published tomorrow, saying it is the government's biggest "power-grab" since 1997.
  • He went on to say that "Westminster's plan to impose an unelected, unaccountable body to rule on decisions made by the Scottish Parliament will not be accepted. The decisions of the Scottish Parliament will and must be decided by the Scottish people."
  • He asked the Prime Minister to confirm that "his Tory government are once again ignoring the wishes of the Scottish people and launching their hostile agenda against devolution".
  • "Will the PM guarantee that Scotland will have the chance to choose its own future?"

Full list of topics and questioners

  • Conservative MP, Mark Menzies (Fylde) asked about RAF apprentices.
  • Conservative MP, Rob Butler (Aylesbury) asked whether "the new trade deals our Government is working on will safeguard our high food standards and provide fantastic new opportunities" to farmers.
  • Conservative MP, Sarah Atherton (Wrexham) asked about access to treatment abroad.
  • Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) asked if the Prime Minister will commit to a future public inquiry on the Government's response to covid-19.
  • Conservative MP, Darren Henry (Broxtowe) asked about mental health services following the covid-19 outbreak.
  • Labour MP, Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) asked about new immigration rules preventing "people coming to work in social care" and whether the Prime Minister will provide additional money to pay higher rates to social care workers.
  • Conservative MP, Robert Courts (Witney) asked how we can recognise Group Captain (RAF pilot), John Hemingway who recently turned 101 years old.
  • Scottish National Party MP, Chris Law (Dundee West) asked about City Deals and whether the Prime Minister will sign the vital City Deal for Dundee. 
  • Conservative MP, Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet) asked about the regeneration of Thanet Parkway Railway station.
  • Labour MP, Darren Jones (Bristol North West) asked about support for businesses and workers in local lockdowns.
  • Conservative MP, Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke) asked when the Prime Minister will announce a wide ranging support package for the aerospace industry, including a scrapping scheme.
  • Labour MP, Naz Shah (Bradford West) asked about support for local councils.
  • Conservative MP. Katherine Fletcher (South Ribble) asked about the economic effects of covid-19.
  • Labour (Co-op) MP, Tracy Brabin (Batley and Spen) asked about daily postcode data for covid-19 and a package for support for local lockdowns.
  • Conservative MP, Mrs Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire) asked about zero emission transport.
  • Scottish National Party MP, Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire) asked for a renewed focus on research and awareness of brain-stem tumours.
  • Conservative MP, Sir Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West) asked about revising advice on staying at home.
  • Scottish National Party MP, Hannah Bardell (Livingston) asked about Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh.
  • Conservative MP, John Stevenson (Carlisle) asked for support for nuclear powered generation facilities in Cumbria.
  • Labour MP, Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood) asked about knife crime.

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