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David Cameron's Prime Minister's Questions - in full

The full session: Prime Minster's Questions

By Justin Parkinson

1312 Thank you for following our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions and Theresa May's statement on the Sex Offenders Register. There will be no PM's questions next week, as MPs will be on their half-term break. But please join us again the following Wednesday.

1308 Tory Philip Hollobone says his constituents are fed up with court moves to protect "bad people rather than good people". Mrs May promises government action to assert the rights of Parliament. That ends to discussion of the future of the sex offenders register.

Theresa May 'appalled' by sex offenders' law

1306 Conservative Mark Pritchard says a British Bill of Rights should be brought in soon. Mrs May says the commission looking at the issue should be given time.

1305 The DUP's William McCrea says, if it is the Commons' will to strengthen rather than weaken the law, it should be decided in this way, rather than by the courts.

1303 Labour's Barry Gardiner asks whether it will still be lawful to insist sex offenders are kept on the register for life. Mrs May says it will "continue to be possible" for this to be the case.

1259 Labour's Jenny Chapman asks about sex offenders who hide their true identity when going online. Mrs May says she will look at that issue.

1258 Tory Bob Blackman says he is appalled by the Supreme Court's decision and warns of an "inconsistency of approach" by different police forces. Mrs May says the Association of Chief Police Officers will provide guidance.

1256 The DUP's Ian Paisley asks whether the victim of a sexual offence will be able to appeal if a criminal is removed from the register. Mrs May says there will be no such right of appeal.

1253 Labour's David Hanson asks if the victim of a sex crime will be informed when the offender is removed from the register. The home secretary says she will look into the issue.

1251 Labour's home affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz asks that the appeals process is as "robust as possible". Mrs May agrees.

1249 Former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw says that, under European law, there is no condition that the UK government must change the law on the registration of sex offenders. Parliament will have the final say on what happens, Mrs May replies.

1247 Mrs May says courts must put the rights of the public above those of criminals.

1247 Back in the Commons, Conservative Peter Lilley says there is "some merit" in the court's decision, and argues that rights are not absolute and have to be balanced.

1247This was a good PM's questions because we got some news, the BBC's deputy political editor James Landale tells The Daily Politics. Mr Cameron broke the embargo on Home Secretary Theresa May's statement, which is happening now, by saying he would tighten the rules for people on the sex offenders' register and expressed his displeasure at a Supreme Court ruling, saying the government would do the minimum needed to comply with it.

1246 Meanwhile, back to PM's questions for a moment - Douglas Alexander has a cheeky dig at his boss's new haircut on the Daily Politics. Asked what he made of Ed Miliband's new style, the shadow foreign secretary echoed Labour's attack on the coalition's deficit cutting plans: "Too far, too fast."

1245 Agencies will get the "best possible picture" of sex offenders when their place on the register is considered, Mrs May promises.

1243 The home secretary says the government wants to put victims' rights first. She would rather not change the Sex Offenders Register and will do it in the most "minimal" way, she adds.

1242 Ms Cooper says the Commons should have an opportunity to debate fully the "major changes" announced.

1240 The shadow home secretary asks how many offenders will be affected by changes to the system of dealing with sex offenders.

1240 Ms Cooper says it is vital that the new system must be extremely tough to get the support of the Commons. She asks if the new framework will be set out in legislation.

1238 For Labour, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says the "depravity and seriousness" of sexual offences means that public protection is of paramount importance.

1236 Rules will change so that sex offenders cannot change their name by deed poll, Mrs May says.

1235 Sex offenders who pose a risk will remain on the list, for life if necessary, the home secretary tells MPs.

1234 The court's ruling does not mean paedophiles and rapits will "automatically" come off the register, Mrs May says. The bar for such reviews will be set as high as possible, she adds.

1233 Mrs May says requiring serious sex offenders to remain on the Sex Offenders Register has broad support across the House of Commons. The government is "disappointed and appalled" by the UK's Supreme Court ruling that such offenders can appeal against the measure.

1232 Prime minister's questions is over. Home Secretary Theresa May is to give a statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on sex offenders. She smiles and as she passes Mr Cameron appears to joke about having been left a couple of lines left to say after his comments on the issue.

1230 Lib Dem Julian Huppert asks about control orders for terror suspects. He calls for MPs to see the full details of their replacements before deciding on the issue. Mr Cameron agrees.

1227 Mr Cameron says there was an attempt to "gag" the IMF over the size of the UK's deficit by the previous Labour government.

1224 Tory Philip Davies says the Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, should be scrapped after the news that many sex offenders can appeal against being kept on the Sex Offenders Register for life. Mr Cameron replies that he is "appalled" by the Supreme Court's ruling, adding that the planned commission to look at the impact of the convention on British law is to start work shortly. He says decisions should be made in Parliament, rather than by judges.

1222 Labour's Tony Llloyd says cuts being made by the government are having a "cruel" effect in his city of Manchester. Mr Cameron says the moves by the Labour council are "politically motivated".

1222 Tory Jason McCartney asks whether the Localism Bill will give his constituents in Colne Valley more say over what happens in their area. Mr Cameron confirms that this will be the case.

1221 Michael Connarty accuses the PM of collapsing every government initiative on human trafficking. Mr Cameron says this is "completely wrong".

1219 Labour's Brian Donohoe asks whether being part of the Big Society is to get more young people off of housing benefit. Mr Cameron replies that people should not be given the benefit to pay for homes that taxpayers "can't afford".

David Cameron attacks Manchester council 'waste'

1217 Labour's Ben Bradshaw asks what effect the "upheaval" of the NHS is having on waiting times. Mr Cameron says he wants waiting times to be as short as possible and says in the health service not all is "right and rosy" and the system must change to what GPs want.

1216 Mr Cameron accuses Mr Miliband of deciding on questions before listening to answers, adding, to laughter, that "the bandwagon has just hit a tree". That ends the Labour leader's questions for this week.

1215 Will the PM drop the policy of "flogging" forests, Mr Miliband asks. Mr Cameron says the government is consulting and that it is not a "complicated" idea.

1214 Ed Miliband is on his feet again. He asks if the PM is happy about his "flagship policy on forestry". Mr Cameron replies that he is not and that, whatever happens, access to woodland should increase and biodiversity should be aided.

1212 Labour's Nick Raynsford says government policy will add to homelessness and says that visitors to the Olympics will see the evidence. Mr Cameron says the sporting event will be a success.

1211 Cheers as veteran Tory Nicholas Soames stands up to urge more deregulation of business. Mr Cameron agrees that government must be more ambitious in assisting job creation.

1210 Mr Miliband referred to a Conservative auction of internships - Mr Cameron hits back by saying Mr Miliband had done work experience with Tony Benn and also with Harriet Harman, joking that he now knew why the Labour leader was so left wing, so politically correct and so politically ineffective. The Labour leader sits down, without using all six questions.

1209 Mr Miliband says the PM is "betraying a whole generation". Mr Cameron says the coalition will be spending money that would have gone on benefits on training.

1208 Mr Cameron echoes the governor of the Bank of England in saying the deficit must be cut. But Mr Miliband accuses the PM of ignoring young people and of not taking "real action" to help them. But Mr Cameron replies that the Labour government's Flexible New Deal was not "good enough".

1205 Labour's Ed Miliband also pays tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan. His first question is about inflation and unemployment rising. He asks if the PM's strategy is working. Mr Cameron says the unemployment figures are a cause of "great regret" but adds that youth unemployment has been a problem for a decade.

1203 Labour's John Mann asks about a constituent who lives in a care home which is being "fattened for privatisation" and is facing an increase of £400 in fees. Mr Cameron says he will look at the individual case, but adds that the coalition is increasing funding for social care.

1201 We are under way. David Cameron is paying tribute to servicemen killed in Afghanistan.

1157 Almost time now. Chancellor George Osborne is in his seat and Mr Cameron has just joined him.

1153 On to NHS matters, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says primary care trusts are being abolished in order to transfer more responsibility to "the front line".

1150 Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander tells Daily Politics there is no need to renegotiate the whole European Convention on Human Rights, following the news that thousands of sex offenders in England and Wales are set to be given the right to appeal against having their names on the sex offenders register for life. There will be a Commons statement on the issue after PMQs.

1148 One major figure absent from PMQs today is Harriet Harman. The Labour deputy leader and shadow international development secretary is on jury service, the House of Commons is informed during development questions.

1144 Among the MPs listed to ask questions today are Labour's John Mann and Nick Raynsford, Conservative Julian Smith and Charlie Elphicke and Lib Dem Julian Huppert.

1140 One subject that surely has to come up during today's session, in some shape or form, is Downing Street's acquisition of Larry, a tabby cat, to deal with No 10's much-reported rat problem. Expect a few jokes about the apparently gifted "ratter".

1137 Mr Miliband could focus on criticism of Mr Cameron's Big Society project by some voluntary organisations, who claimed it was more of a cover for cuts than anything else. The PM has been pretty robust in his defence of the scheme, so it could make for a lively exchange. Or perhaps the Labour leader will ask about the government's decision to reduce the number of people working with children in England and Wales who will need criminal record checks.

1134 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of prime minister's questions - the last before MPs take a week's break for half-term. The last couple of days have seen statistics showing unemployment and inflation both up, so the likely line of attack from Labour's Ed Miliband would, therefore, be the economy. He might be buoyed by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke's assertion that middle-class families face a squeeze over the next couple of years. But Bank of England governor Mervyn King said today the UK is likely to avoid a double-dip recession.




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