Prime Minister's Questions: 8 July 2020

08 July 2020

During PMQs today MPs questioned the Prime Minister about comments made about care workers, ending free hospital parking for NHS staff and the risks of ending the furlough scheme.

Questions from the Leader of the Opposition

The Leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer, focused his questions on the Prime Minister's comments about care workers.

Mr Starmer asked the Prime Minister:

  • "Will the Prime Minister apologise to care workers?" regarding his recent comments that "too many care homes didn't really follow the procedures in the way that they could have."
  • In regards to estimates, overall around one in twenty care home residents are estimated to have died of covid-19. Mr Starmer asked: "Will he accept it isn't care workers that are to blame, it is his government.
  • If the Prime Minister will reconsider and rule out recent reports that the Government is to remove free hospital parking. for NHS workers in England.

Questions from the Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader

The SNP's Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, commemorated the Srebrenica memorial day, and asked about risks of ending the furlough scheme.

Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister:

  • "Will the Prime Minister commit today to extending the furlough scheme?" Adding that "3.8 million people across the UK could face unemployment."
  • "If the Prime Minister will not extend the furlough scheme, will he give Scotland the powers, so that we can do it ourselves?"

Full list of topics and questioners

  • Labour MP Anna McMorrin, (Cardiff North) asked what the Prime Minister will do about workers in UK factories being paid £3.50 an hour.
  • Conservative MP Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) asked about funding for the performing arts in his constituency .
  • Conservative MP Mark Pawsey (Rugby) asked if he will join in thanking Myton and all hospices across the country for their work.
  • Conservative MP Paul Holmes (Eastleigh) asked if the Prime Minister agrees with him that "calls from some in this House for a raid on home, pensions, savings would hammer hard working families?"
  • SDLP MP Colum Eastwood (Foyle) asked if the Prime Minister will agree to work with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that a free port area is developed in Derry to try to address the long term economic imbalance.
  • Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) asked if the Prime Minister will continue to build on his package of announcements so far, so that young people have hope and encouragement.
  • SNP MP Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East) asked if the Prime Minister will commit to widening access to furlough schemes.
  • Conservative MP Nick Fletcher (Don Valley) asked if the Prime Minister agrees with him that Doncaster needs a new hospital.
  • Labour MP Rachel Hopkins (Luton South) asked if the Prime Minister will meet with her to discuss how emergency funding for Luton council will save crucial local services and hundreds of key workers jobs.
  • Conservative MP Simon Fell (Barrow and Furness) asked if the Prime Minister will meet with him and his Cumbrian colleagues to explore new investments off the Cumbrian coast.
  • Labour MP Alex Norris (Nottingham North) asked if the Prime Minister will make a commitment that if his plans don't reduce the 400+ incidents of violence and abuse against shop workers everyday within six months, he will support legislative change.
  • Conservative MP Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon) asked if the Prime Minister will publish a timetable for the reopening of sectors such as the health and beauty, performing arts., language schools and providers of the wedding industry.
  • Labour MP Mohammad Yasin (Bedford) asked if the Prime Minister will apologise to care workers for his recent comments.
  • Conservative MP Danny Kruger (Devizes) asked if the Prime Minister agrees in supporting the local infrastructure of places such as libraries and youth clubs and community. businesses.
  • Labour MP Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) asked if the Prime Minister will urgently today lay legislation so that cross party we can support those at risk of homelessness .
  • Conservative MP James Wild (North West Norfolk) asked if the Prime Minister agrees that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital should be included in the new hospital building programme.
  • Labour MP John Spellar (Warley) asked if the Prime Minister will start protecting British jobs.
  • Conservative MP Steve Baker (Wycombe) asked if the Prime Minister will confirm that nothing in the Northern Ireland protocol will be allowed to stop the UK from charging its own tariffs for the whole UK from 1 January 2021.
  • Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts (Dwyfor Meirionnydd) asked if the Prime Minister will explain why the Welsh Secretary this week argued that "Wales is too poor, with too few businesses and tax payers to be successful."

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