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Point-by-point: Question time
The main points from prime minister's questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 6 June:

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair sent his condolences to the family of three servicemen killed in Afghanistan.

  • Mr Blair, answering a question from Sally Keeble, Labour Northampton North, said he hoped to get agreement at the G8 summit "for the first time" on the science of climate change and "agreement there should be a new global deal" to replace Kyoto and agreement on the need for a global target for reducing emissions.

  • Conservative leader David Cameron added his condolences to family of dead servicemen.

  • Mr Cameron asked about compensation for 125,000 victims of occupational pension collapse, saying the government's scheme had "so far only helped just over 1,000 people and yet it's cost £10m to administer". He called on the government to back the setting up of a "lifeboat fund" to help affected workers in a Lords vote later.

  • Mr Blair said he could not promise more without saying where it could come from. "The total amount of the fund over the years to come will be some £8bn. There used to be no help available to people in this situation. There is help available now. The difficulty with the Lords amendment ... is that unless we can be sure we can keep to those commitments, within the £8bn set aside, it's completely irresponsible to hold out the promise that we can go up to 100% if we are not able to do so."

  • Mr Blair said he "entirely endorsed" moves by Edinburgh University to rescind an honorary degree granted to Zimbabwe's leader Robert Mugabe

  • Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell added his condolences to families of the dead servicemen.

  • He asked Mr Blair about the conflict Darfur, which he said had led to the deaths of 200,00 people and "two million displaced from their homes". He asked: "What can the people of Darfur expect from the G8 summit?

  • Mr Blair said he would be pressing the G8 to "renew commitment to sanctions" on Darfur and to put pressure on the Sudanese government to stick to the terms of a peace deal.

  • Sir Menzies called for an arms embargo and more logistical support for the African union peace keeping force.

  • Mr Cameron used his second set of questions to press Mr Blair on the deal reached at 2005's Gleneagles to fight Aids, saying it was on the "verge of collapse" and calling for "interim targets".

  • Mr Blair said a million more people were getting treatment as a result of the Gleneagles deal but added "we are trying to strengthen" the language in the G8 communiqué on Aids and he hoped more progress could be made at this week's summit.

  • Labour MP Khalid Mahmood asked what progress had been made on making sure the "authentic and true" voice of Islam is in Britain was heard. Mr Blair said a recent two day conference proved "the moderate and reasonable voice of Islam is the majority voice" and scholars around the world had "no truck" with extremism.

  • Tim Loughton, Conservative, Worthing East and Shoreham, asked about childhood obesity, underage drinking. a report 43% of parents were too scared to let their children out to play and claims schools had become "exam factories".

  • Mr Blair said he was "exaggerating the situation", and most children were "responsible, decent members of society", adding "I don't think the debate is helped by that type of hyperbole".

  • Labour's David Winnick said moves to exempt MPs from freedom of information laws "should be thrown in the dustbin".

  • Mr Blair said he did not want to disagree with Mr Winnick "but if I was really pushed to I might," saying it was important for MPs to continue to be open about their expenses but he said there was a "huge amount of scrutiny" of MPs and "I do not think we should apologise for what we do".

  • Mr Blair said he hoped a decision by British lecturers to boycott Israeli academics was overturned because it was "not helpful".

  • Asked by Labour MP Dennis McShane about deteriorating relations with Russia, Mr Blair said he would speaking to President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit. He said there was "no point in making hollow threats against Russia" but warned European countries could "minimise" their relations with Russia.

  • Mr Blair said he wanted to maintain "good relations" with Mr Putin but only on the basis that they had "shared values".

  • Shona McIsaac, Labour, Cleethorpes, asked about a recent report on social decay in coastal towns. Mr Blair said the government was looking at what more could be done to boost their economies.

  • Tory MP John Redwood asked why carbon emissions went up in the UK and Europe last year. Mr Blair said the new European carbon trading scheme would help reduce emissions.

  • James Gray, Conservative, Wiltshire North, asked if the people of Iraq would hail Mr Blair as the "chief of peace" as those in Sierra Leone had. Mr Blair said: "I think the best people sometimes to speak about Iraq are the elected politicians there," adding the country's president recently said conditions were still better than under Saddam.

  • Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton called for a referendum on the European constitution. Mr Blair said he believed there was no need for a constitutional treaty but a simplification of existing treaties to ensure an EU of 27 countries could work.

  • Replying to a question about hydrogen-powered cars, Mr Blair said investment was already being made and he hoped there would be a "big impetus" to continue with this in the future.


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