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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 June 2006, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
Point-by-point: Question time
Here are some of the main points from prime minister's questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 June, from 1200 BST:

  • Tony Blair was asked about delays to implementation of the Bichard report's call, following the Soham murders, for a national police IT system. Eric Illsley MP said he did not think it would be ready until after 2010 "if at all".

  • Mr Blair said many of the Bichard recommendations were already implemented, and said that improvements to data sharing between police forces would happen next year and he would look at ways to speed things up.

  • Conservative leader David Cameron began by highlighting a range of difficulties new Home Secretary John Reid has faced and asked whether he would be any more of a success than his predecessor. He also said that it was only because of government measures that a paedophile, given a life sentence, would be considered for parole within five years.

  • Mr Blair defended the performance of Mr Reid and said the government measures had toughened rather than weakened the sentencing of serious offenders. He said the Tories "talked tough in the media but vote soft in Parliament".

  • Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said the 2003 energy review criticised the option of new nuclear power stations on the grounds of cost and waste. He asked what had changed.

  • Mr Blair said a balance of new sources of power was needed and said the technology of nuclear power was also changing.

  • For his second round of questions Mr Cameron said a quarter of MS nursing posts were at risk and asked what was being done to ensure long term damage is not caused by short term budget balancing.

  • Mr Blair said there was a huge amount of money going into the NHS and said it was important to ensure that the money was spent efficiently.

  • Mr Cameron said cuts were happening across the country and asked the PM to apologise for the health secretary's "crass insensitivity" in saying it was the best ever year for the health service.

  • Mr Blair said that under Labour there had been 250,000 more staff in the NHS, better pay and pensions protected - all things Mr Cameron had opposed, he said. Mr Blair also said the estimates of job losses often turned out to be unfilled posts being closed or agency staff not being employed.

  • Mr Blair said he supported the Metropolitan Police 101% over their efforts to stop terrorism, when asked about the raid in Forest Gate in which one man was shot and, with his brother, subsequently released without charge. Mr Blair said the police did a "superb" job and he wanted them to continue without being "inhibited in what they do".




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