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doctor and his family were safe here, we would be stampeding to say yes, and that would be a danger to some of our colleagues. as to -- yes, there would be a stampede. those voting first would be stampeded by those trying to be first. focusing on that aid, obviously, schools are important, usid dedicated more than $155 million to building and improving schools in sind. in a 2014 inspeck tor general report, the program found that it was not realizing goals that no schools had been built, that there was little improvement in early grade reading. that was the report in 2014. has anything been done to make sure that education aid is more effectively spent? and if you don't have that information, you can respond for the record. >> thank you very much,
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congressman sherman. let me say with regard to sindi. i hope you're aware that our consulate general in karachi has started putting out all of its social media work in sin di, and it's received a very positive reaction. so facebook -- >> that idea may have come from congress. go on. >> we're happy to implement it. and i will take back the message on voice of meshlg. i don't have specific detailed information on the schools in sind, but they're being built. they're going up. but i will have to get you a detailed status report. >> i look forward to that. i'd also like to explore with usaid that a good chunk of our aid should go in the form of
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providing free textbooks. that would allow us to ensure that the content of those textbooks while not possibly passing a politically correct test in san fernando valley, but that they would reflect our philosophy. who are you going to sell the textbooks if you steal it? everybody got them free. we ought to have free textbooks. finally, what would it take to get pakistan to be a status quo power? that is to say generally accepting a cache mere situation. is there any change in the level of local autonomy that india
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could provide? is there, i realize everybody wants to get a nobel prize for solving the israeli/palestinian question. there might be a prize if it for you. is there anything that they could calm down, live, agree to live for a decade or so without kashimir being at the top of the list? >> i am aware that the ambassador has to appear open the senate side. >> oh, that's not important. [ laughter ] >> regardless of our feelings on this, he might interpret it differently, so maybe that is a longer discussion that we might have, either in writing or sit down with him and -- >> we were supposed to meet in my office. they closed every school in my district. i look forward to meeting with you. >> all right. thank you. and just in closing, i did want
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to bring up the remarks that mr. engle made about your predecessor, ambassador olson in your job. ambassador richard holbrook. he was a personal friend to myself and eliot engel, and i know certainly from the day that he began engaging with this committee, i remember the date and peace accords and the work he did on bosnia and kosovo with eliot engel and others with those of us here. we, we counted him as someone who had very wise counsel on a lot of issues. i can't help but feel that the stress of the job may have had something to do with his heart giving out. we wish you, ambassador, well in your, in your responsibilities here. and we appreciate your time and
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patience today. i know that you're on your way to the senate, so i'll just say what you've heard is some deep concerns from both sides of the aisle here today, about the direction, this issue about getting more money into public education in pakistan. it's clear to us that this has got to be a priority. members are frustrated. you've got a difficult job, but you've got the full backing from us to weigh in forcefully. with the responsibilities you have in your position. so, with that said, we thank you again, and we stand adjourned.
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>> all persoms having business before the supreme court -- >> monday, we'll look at the case on one of the most divisive issues to come before the supreme court, abortion. >> roe v. wade was decided in january 1973. there is a question i suppose whether it will ever cease to be under scrutiny. >> wanting to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, but unable to because of a state law, a worker agreed to be the
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plaintiff in the 1970 case. she wanted to be anonymous. and the defendant was dallas county henry wade. while she had the baby and put it up for adoption, her case made it all the way to the supreme court. >> jane roe, had gone to several physicians seeking an abortion, but had been refused care because of the texas law. she filed suit on behalf of herself and all those women who have in the past at that present time or in the future would seek termination of a pregnancy. >> we'll discuss the court's decision in roe v. wade with clarke forsyth. and melissa murray, professary at the university of california,
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berkley law school, and law clerk for sonya sotomayor. that's monday at 9:00 eastern on c-span, c-span 3 and c-span radio, and for background on each case while you watch, order your copy of the landmark cases companion book. it's available for $8.95 at c-span.org/landmark cases. british prime minister david cameron was critical of donald trump on the floor of the house of commons. mr. cameron also talked about the paris climate change agreement and syrian refugees coming to the u.k. this is prime minister cameron's final session of the year, taking questions from members of parliament. >> order. questions to the prime minister! mr. richard graham. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm sure the whole
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house will joan me in wishing major tim peek well. we all watched his exciting takeoff yesterday, and as the first britain to visit the space station, i'm proud that we undertook that. i shall have further such meetings later today. >> richard graham. >> i welcome today's fall in unemployment. mr. speaker, stalking is a horrible crime. dr. anston, was harassed for several years by a stalker who slashed her tires, hacked her water pipe, cut off her gas supply and put fire items in her letter box. she and her family suffered
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dreadfully. mr. speaker, my honorable friend has raised sentencing guidelines with the justice secretary. would my prime minister today give his support for greater flexibility and longer sentencing where it is clear that a stalker is a real menace? >> well, first of all, let me say how much i agree with my honorable friend. stalking is a dreadful crime. that is why we've introduced two new stalking offenses during this parliament. i'll certainly make sure that our honorable member has his meeting with the justice secretary. i can't comment on the individual case without looking at it in more detail, but we are taking the action necessary and will continue to do so. on unemployment, i'm sure the whole house will want to welcome that there are 500,000 more people at work in our country in the last year alone. we've had wages growing above inflation every month for a year. and the claim at count is at the
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lowest level since 1975. i'm sure this will have a welcome right across the house. >> thank you, thank you, mr. speaker. could i start by wishing you, all members of the house and all staff here and major tim peeke, who's not on the planet at this time [ laughter ] a very, a very happy christmas and a peaceful new year. [ laughter ] thank you, mr. speaker. the, mr. speaker, the number of days that patients are being kept in hospital because there is nowhere safe to discharge them to is doubled since the prime minister took office. on the fourth of november, i asked him if he could guarantee there'd be no winter crisis no
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the nhs this winter. he didn't answer then. i wonder if he'd be able to help us with an answer today. >> well, first of all, let me join the ripe old gentleman, i want a full, happy christmas for the ripe old gentleman and everyone in the house. he asked specifically about the nhs. and let me answer. the average stay in hospital has actually fallen from five and a half days to five days. and one of the reasons for that is that we kept our promises on the nhs. we put an extra 12 million in the last parliament and we'll be putting 19 billion pounds in this parliament. >> just for the record, i did say happy christmas. maybe the prime minister waechbts listening at the time. if he's so happy, mr. speaker, about the national health
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service, could he explain, then, why he's decided to cancel the publication of nhs performance data this wednesday? and there was a time when the prime minister was all in favor of transparency, and it's not that long ago. in fact, it was 2011 when he said, and i quote, information is power. it lets people hold the powerful to account, give being them the tools they need to take on politicians and bureaucrats. is it because the number of people have been kept waiting on trolleys in a&e has gone up more than fourfold, that he doesn't want to publish these statistics? >> well, first of all, the data that he quoted in his first question was not published before this government came to office. that's right! and let me quote him some data about the nhs. let he jume just take an arm da today compared with five years ago when i became prime
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minister. on an average day, there are 4,400 more operations. 21,000 more outpatient appointments. yes, they are challenges in a&e, but 2,100 more people seen within four hours today than five years ago. and there is more data published in our nhs than there ever was under labor. >> mr. speaker, there are huge pressures on the nhs, and they are largely due to the pressures on the adult social care system, which is under enormous stress at the moment, it indeed has been huge cuts in adult social care because of cuts in local government funding. simon stevens has called for a radical upgrade in public health. so would the prime minister agree with me that cutting these services is a false economy? >> we're increasing the money that's able to go into social care by having the it 2% pre-set
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on the council tax so local councils can spend more. but i notice that the ripe old gentleman the mentions simon stevens. our nhs plan is simon stevens' plan. they got together and wrote their plan. they asked us for 8 billion pounds. they asked for the money up front. we committed to that plan, unlike labor at the last election, and we funded it up front, and that's why we see a bigger, better, nhs, but none of this would be possible, including the action on social care that we're taking with the better care fund, none of this would be possible without the growing economy that we have and the more jobs we've created. >> mr. speaker, the problem is to do with adult social care. this morning, the nhs confederation said on bbc radio 4, and i quote, cuts to social care and public health will
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continue to pile more pressure on hospital and will worsen deficits in the acute sector. what was announced in the social care in the autumn statement falls well short of what's needed. the health foundation estimates a funding shortfall of 6 billion will be in place by 2020. how is the government planning to meet that shortfall? >> well, i'm glad the ripe old gentleman listens. he might well be on it one of these days. that would be a bit of transparency, a bit of sunlight would be very welcome. if he wants to swap, if he wants to swap quotations, this is what the chairman of the local government association says. the local government association has long called for further flexibility in the setting of council tax and today's announcement will go some way to allowing a number of councils to raise the money needed. 1.5 billion more, increase in the better care fund announced today is good news. it's this government that funded the nhs, they didn't.
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it's this government that set up the better care fund. they opposed it. it's this government that has the strong and growing economy. and i note, question four and still not welcome for the unemployment figures. >> mr. speaker, the issue of adult social care and cuts in local government spending are very much the responsibility of central government. can he confirm that nhs trusts are forecasting a deficit of 2.2 billion this year? and indeed, i understand and the prime minister has part of the oxford anti-austerity movement would be concerned about this, that his own local health care trust is predicting a 1.7 million deficit. there is a problem of nhs funding. has he forgotten the simple maxim that prevention is cheaper and better than cure? >> yes. >> how can he possibly complain about nhs funding when his party
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didn't commit to fund the stevens plan? that we are spending 19 billion pounds more on the nhs, money that wouldn't have been available if we'd listened to the labor party. now he says that social care is a responsibility of government. everything is a responsibility of government, but in fact, it is local councils that decide how much to spend on social care. and with the better care fund, they have more to spend. but i challenge him again. how do we pay for the nhs, we pay for it by more growth, more jobs, more people having a livelihood. is he going to welcome that at christmas time? or doesn't he care about the reduction in unemployment? >> mr. speaker, i have a question from abby. ab abby, abby wants to train to be
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a midwife, and she says, i'm 28 years old. this year i left my successful career to go back into university to retrain as a midwife. i already have a debt of 25,000 for my first degree. well over half of my co-horizontals have studied. we have put off many things by the lack of financial support, with a debt. will my friend have a word with the chancellor sitting next to him to reduce the cuts so that we do get people like abby training to be midwives, which will help all of us in the future? >> well, first of all, i want abby to train as a midwife, and i can guarantee that the funding will be there for her training, because there are thousands more midwives operating in the nhs today than when i became prime minister. now he mentions the question of
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nurse bursryes. two out of three people who want to become nurses can't do that because of the constraints on the system, and our new system will mean many more doctors, many more nurses. already we've got 10,000 more doctors in the nhs since i became of prime minister, and 4,500 more nurses. unemployment is coming down. you can fill up a tank of gas at less than a pound a liter. wages are going up. britain is getting stronger as we go into christmas because our economy is getting stronger too. >> yesterday colleagues from all sides of the house formed a mule party group for the armed services covenant which aims to fulfill the commitment to service personnel and their
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families. will the prime minister joan me in praising the incredible dedication of the armed forces and their families, at this festive time when many are separated from their loved ones. >> i thank my honorable friend for her question. she's absolutely right as all of us get ready hopefully to spend time with our families this christmas. there will be many in our brave armed services who won't be able to do that because they'll be serving abroad or at home. so we should wish them the very best as christmas comes. in terms of the military covenant, it is one of the things i'm proudest of in the last five years is putting that into law and every year adding to the military covenant, giving veterans priority for health care, increasing funding for veterans mental health services. every year we've made progress on the armed forces covenant, and every year that i'm standing
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on this box we'll continue to do so. >> mr. robertson! >> thank you very much. the prime minister will meet shortly with the heads of state of the european union. will he heed the advice of former prime minister john major and stop flirting with leaving the european union which would be in his words very dangerous and against our national interests in. >> what i will be doing is getting the best deal for britain and what we should be doing. this government was the first to cut the eu budget. it was the first to veto a treaty, the first to bring back substantial powers to britain. we've got a great record on europe, and we'll get a good deal fort british people. >> angus robertson! >> we were reminded there was a very strong majority within scotland to remain in the european union and the prime minister has failed -- i know his side doesn't like to hear it. but the prime minister has failed to give any guarantees that scotland won't be forced
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out of the eu by the rest of the u.k. does he have any idea of the consequences of taking scotland out of the eu against the wishes of voters in scotland? >> this is a united kingdom, and this is a united kingdom issue. and what i would say to him, what i would say to him is, why is he so frightened of listening to the people and holding this historic referendum. passed through both of these houses of parliament in the last week. i say, get a good deal for britain, and then trust the people! >> thank you, speaker. the prime minister's visited an area and i'm sure like me saw the service personnel and their families well as they carried out operations during the christmas party. given that the united kingdom is now conducting airstrikes over syria and iraq, why is our country still not at the highest level of threat? >> well, first of all, let me
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joan my honorable friend in praising those who work round the clock to keep us safe in our country and are doing such vital work. as he will note, the threat level is set in this country, not by politicians, but by the joint terrorism attachment center, jtac. they currently set it at severe, which is the second highest level. soy can confirm what i said to the house on the 26th of november, the u.k. is already in the top tier of countries that daesh is targeting. that was confirmed. the threat level is severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely. that's been the case since august. the highest level is critical, which means that you believe an attack is imminent, but were we were to go to that level, it would be for jtac to decide. >> i'm proud to represent a constituency that boasts seven synagogues, four mosquing, over
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35 churches and two temples. however, donald trump reiterated that one of these communities wouldn't be allowed into america simply because of their religion, seemingly because of how divisive this is. in our country, we have legislation that stops people from entering the country who are deemed not to be conducive to public good. that's the prime minister agree that the law should be applied equally to everyone? or should we be making exceptions for billionaire politicians? >> first of all, let me join the honorable lady in being proud of representing a country, which i think, has some claim to say we are one of the most successful, multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-ethnic countries anywhere in the world. there's more to do to fight opposition. i believe it is right to exclude people when they are going
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encourage extremism. i happen to disagree with donald trump. i think his comments are divisive, stupid and wrong. and if he did come to this country, it would unite us all against him. >> thank you, mr. speaker. by the time the house next meets, many people will have started their resolutions. for many, that would be to give up smoking. given that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco, and how often the population is unaware of that fact, would the prime minister join me in highlighting the role that e-cig rhetting can play in helping people to give up smoking for good. >> lots of people find different ways of doing it, and clearly for some people, e-cigarettes are successful. i do think we need to be guided by the experts. we should look at the report from public health england, but it is promising that over 1
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million people have used e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking or replaced them with e-cigarettes completely. >> during the referendum, the prime minister pledged to deliver carbon capture at peter head. on the eve of the paris climate talks he pulled the plug. can i ask the prime minister what he sees as the greatest betrayal, that of scotland, his manifesto or that of the entire planet? >> the greatest success is the paris climate change talks, and i want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the secretary of state who is one of the key negotiators who helped deliver this global goal, which is so much better than what happened at copenhagen and better even that happened at kyoto. let me answer directly on carbon capture storage. you have to make tough decisions
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about technology that works and technology that isn't working. and we are spending the money on innovation, on energy storage being on small nuclear row actors, on other things that will make a difference. the government has to choose, and we made the right choice. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this friday suddenly sees the closure of britain's last deep coal mine. will my ripe old friend, the prime minister join me in thanking the hins of workers who will be working their last shift this friday and also praise the thousands of workers whose bravery and hard graft over the last 50 years has helped warm our homes, power factory and keep our lights on? >> very happy to join him in thanking people who've worked so hard at that mine and elsewhere,
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and obviously a difficult time. the government has put nearly 18 million pounds to assure that the workers receive the same packages a the miners that recently closed folseby. can i tell you something? you're shouting. can i just tell them something? this is, this is the official policy of the labor party, just, we must take action to keep fossil fuels in the ground, right? isn't that their policy? right? they've los got a policy, by the way, of reopening coal mines. so presumably what they're going to do is deg a big hole in the sground and sit there and do nothing. what a metaphor for his party. [ shouting ] >> alison fewless.
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>> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister promised during the election campaign that he would not restrict our benefits to two children. since then, he's not only reneged on that but as a result brought in the rape clause for women in order for women to receive child benefitting. since july i've asked a number of times to a number of his ministers and nobody has been able to tell me how this will work. will he now drop the two-child policy and the rape clause? >> there in is no question of someone who is raped and has a child of losing the tax benefits. no question at all. but is it right for future claimants on universal credit to get payments for their first two children? i think it is. >> thank you, mr. speaker. is my right honorable friend aware that thanks to the police budget, 108 more police officers are being recruited to protect
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the people of hampshire. and while there is more to do in tackling crime in more rural areas, would he agree with me that this is an important step in prioritizing the front line and that the home office has made real progress in making our police more effective, more efficient and more resilient? >> i'm delighted in joining my honorable friend to say this was the right decision. by the end of the spending settlement, it is an increase of 900 million pounds by cash terms by 20 20. but you cannot fund the nhs, the police, unless you have a growing economy, with more jobs, people paying their taxes and making sure you're a strong and stable economy. and that is what's happening in britain today. >> in his farewell speech, the outgoing director of the british museum said the british museum is perhaps the noblest dream
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that parliament has ever dreamt. they decided to make a place where the collection would be under one roof and available to every person, right or foreign, where all inquiring will be outside political control. does the prime minister agree that the partnership, the workings of the british museum, with such things of birmingham arts galleries is important, but that will not happen unless our museums and galleries continue to be funned properly? well, first of all, let me join the honorable lady in paying tribute not only to the british museum which is an absolute gem in the british crown but to neil mcgregor. she, given her heritage will be amused that when they put on that brilliant exhibit about germany, the next thing i know
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they've poached neil mcgregor. it's going to be very vital. i'm happy to see that happen. but i do want to see the british museum complete all of its partnerships, not just across the united kingdom but also internationally, and she would have seen that in the autumn statement the british museum got a funding settlement with which they were rightly very pleased. >> according to oxford, the u.k. has donated a generous 229% of its fascia of aid in support of syrian refugees, the highest percentage of the g-8, yet worldwide, only 44% of what is needed by those refugees has been donated. do you agree that it is critical that other countries step up to the plate as the u.k. as more than done. >> first of all, can i say how much i agree with my honorable friend. britain is doing its duty in terms of funding refugees and
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rev joe camps. we're going to hold this conference in february bringing the world together to make sure there's more funding in future. and that's going to be vital. in terms of the numbers of refugees that we've resettled, i promised that we would resettle 1,000 by christmas. and i can say we've met our commitment. the charters that have arrived mean that over than 1,000 have been settled. another flight is arriving today. i want to thank all the local authorities and all those who've worked so hard, including my honorable friend who has led this process so ably. i said britain would do its duty, and with these thousand, we've made a very good start. >> douglas carswell. >> three years ago, the prime minister couldn't have been even clearer, his eu determination would be returning control over social and employment law.
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is he still seeking that? >> well, i always find it hard to satisfy the honorable gentleman, because of course he joined the conservative party when we weren't committed to a referendum, and he left the conservative party after we committed to a referendum. so i'm not surprised he's giving his new boss as much trouble as he used to give me. but with that, i wish them both a very festive christmas. >> oliver tillden. >> thank you. >> the triumphant "star wars" began its life in our constituency. and it continued to produce hits like "the king's speech." >> order! the old gentleman's going on about "star wars," and i want to hear it! >> will the prime minister joan me in pledging support for our thriving british film industry

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