In full: Prime Minister's Questions

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    1257:

    That ends our coverage of Prime Minister's Questions for this week. We will be adding the key clips and the video of the full session to this page shortly. You can also keep across all the action from the House of Commons - and the Lords - on the BBC's Democracy Live website.

     
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    1250:

    Final thought on PMQs from BBC deputy political editor James Landale, who tells Daily Politics the task for the government is to come up with something soon on energy prices - with the added challenge of it being something that matches Labour's price freeze as an easily understandable policy to sell on people's doorsteps.

     
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    Conservative minister Alan Duncan tells Daily Politics says the real issue is that Labour cannot deliver a price freeze. He says the promise of it is a "straightforward political lie". Labour's Vernon Coaker interrupts to say people believe it. Mr Duncan says that might well be the case "but it doesn't mean it isn't a lie".

     
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    1243:

    Labour's Vernon Coaker tells Daily Politics the government looks "like it is making it up as it goes along". He says the government should act now and says he does not think people will get bored of the issue.

     
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    1242:

    The BBC's deputy political editor James Landale says one problem for the government is that it is waiting until the Autumn Statement to outline what it would do to tackle energy prices. He tells Daily Politics he believes measures might include cutting transportation and network costs as well as the green levies talked about last week.

     
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    1239:

    The BBC's deputy political editor James Landale tells Daily Politics the Conservatives were much better organised in the Commons this week, with numerous questions designed to "drag the subject back" from energy prices to the wider economy.

     
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    1233:

    The session ends and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is now making a statement on health services in London - you can continue to watch that via the Commons video feed on this page .

     
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    1231:

    Responding to a question from Labour's Ian Lucas, the Prime Minister says he is "happy to pay tribute to trade unions when they play a positive role", but says the recent row over Grangemouth and Unite needs a proper Labour inquiry.

     
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    1230:

    The Prime Minister pays tribute to the intelligence and security services, saying they work in a "proper legal framework".

     
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    1230:

    Another Liberal Democrat, Julian Huppert, raises the issue of "spying" allegations. He asks David Cameron whether he will "follow the lead of President Obama by saying there need to be additional constraints on how we gather intelligence."

     
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    1229:

    There is a tribute from the Prime Minister to the Conservative MP Lee Scott, from Ilford North, over his work to help young people with special needs such as autism and Aspergers get into work.

     
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    1226:

    Labour's Natascha Engel, the chair of the Backbench Business Committee, raises the subject of a new report into electoral conduct that found "shocking examples of racism and discrimination during electoral campaigns". The PM says he will study the report "closely".

     
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    1224:

    The first question from the Liberal Democrat backbenches as Chippenham MP Duncan Hames calls for support for Wiltshire College's bid to rebuild its Chippenham campus. David Cameron tells him, "it is this government that is putting in the money to see the improvement and expansion of colleges".

     
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    1224:
    David Cameron, watched by the Labour front bench David Cameron watched by the Labour frontbenchers as he accuses them of "flip-flopping" on issues
     
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    1222:

    David Cameron welcomes a question from the Conservative backbencher Robin Walker, the MP for Worcester on the increase of jobs in the private sector. He says the job figures are a reason to "reject the medicine proposed by the opposition".

     
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    1221:

    A short sharp question from Labour's Katy Clark - "was Royal Mail undervalued?". David Cameron insist that the public is "far better off with Royal Mail in the private sector" and accuses Labour of "flip-flopping" on the issue.

     
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    1219:

    Labour's Emily Thornberry, who represents an inner London seat asks the Prime Minister about the "Share to Buy" scheme on affordable housing. She says a flat in her constituency under the scheme costs £720,000 and asks, "does the Prime Minister believe this to be affordable and if so, to whom?"

     
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    Another Conservative MP, Simon Hart from south Wales, raises the case of a young constituent who has set up his own business. He praises the "record number of new start-ups". The Prime Minister says "Labour doesn't want to hear about success".

     
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    1217:

    A friendly question for the Prime Minister from the Harrogate MP Andrew Jones, welcoming the government's commitment to wider electrification of the rail network. The PM uses his answer to criticise Labour's indecision over HS2.

     
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    1214:

    The Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker, says there is a "crisis" in the NHS, caused by a cut in the number of nursing staff. The PM replies that the Coalition has cut the number of "non-clinical bureaucrats" and increased the number of clinical staff by 4,000.

     
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    1213:
    David Cameron David Cameron's new glasses made a fresh appearance at PMQs as he read out a Labour quote
     
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    1213:

    "Britain deserves better than that lot," says the Prime Minister, rounding off the latest Cameron v Miliband clash at the despatch box.

     
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    Speaker John Bercow There was an early intervention during the session from Speaker John Bercow
     
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    1208:

    The Labour leader then accuses the Prime Minister of going from "Rambo to Bambi" in a few short years in his policies towards the energy companies.

     
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    1208:

    Ed Miliband responds that most consumers want a price freeze, unlike the energy companies. He accuses David Cameron of "being so on the side of the energy companies we should call them the Big 7 - the Prime Minister and the energy companies".

     
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    1207:
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband said the best solution to high energy prices was to switch prime ministers
     
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    The Prime Minister 'praises' Ed Miliband for using competition in the energy sector, claiming the Labour leader had recently swapped suppliers. "He comes here every week to attack Tory policies, then he goes home and adopts Tory policies to help his own family," yells Mr Cameron.

     
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    1205:
    David Cameron David Cameron prompted Tory cheers by saying Ed Miliband switched his energy supplier
     
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    1203:

    Mr Miliband starts with a question on energy, questioning whether the policies of the energy companies is any different to the policies of the government.

     
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    1203:

    Cheers and jeers as Ed Miliband takes to his feet - and an admonishment from the Speaker John Bercow to one of the Prime Minister's parliamentary aides for making too much noise.

     
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    1201:

    And we're off - first question from the Conservative Sheryll Murray with a question on jobs. The House is taking a while to settle down.

     
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    The BBC's James Landale says Ed Miliband has done very well on the cost of living and his temptation will be to stay on the issue. However, he says Labour's policy on HS2 would be "rich pickings" for the prime minister.

     
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    1201:
    The Commons MPs await the start of the session
     
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    1200:

    The Commons benches are filling up with the start of PMQs only a minute away.

     
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    1200:

    In response to a question about Grangemouth and Unite in Cabinet Office questions, minister Francis Maude tells MPs that he's glad to say that the number of full time union officials on the civil service payroll has halved.

     
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    1157:

    Alan Duncan, a former oil trader, says "anger and hatred" are not going to bring energy prices down. He backs the PM's pledge to "roll back" green charges but can't say what will go at the moment.

     
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    1153:

    Ovo Energy's Stephen Fitzpatrick tells the Daily Politics it is not the size of energy profits that is the problem but that the public don't feel they are getting good service and good value for money.

     
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    1152:

    Back to energy. The boss of Eon has said smaller firms do not have to pay the same level of green and social levies as the "big six". Stephen Fitzpatrick, from Ovo Energy, says this is true but these costs only account for 3%-4% of a bill and recent price rises have been much higher.

     
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    1151:

    In the House of Commons Francis Maude says the most recent rankings he had seen showed the UK was the best for cyber security - before adding that things change quickly and there was no time for complacency.

     
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    1149:

    In the House of Commons Francis Maude says the UK is "redoubling efforts" to ensure contractor security after US contractor Edward Snowden's revelations.

     
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    1147: Sean Curran Parliamentary correspondent, BBC News

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    Labour's Vernon Coaker tells Daily Politics it is "sensible" for press regulation to be independent of both the industry and Parliament.

     
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    1144:

    The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh suggests there is still "room for negotiation" on press regulation but Conservative minister Alan Duncan tells Daily Politics it would be a pity if papers don't sign up and if their own proposals are "not compliant" with the recommendations of the Leveson inquiry.

     
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    1142:

    The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh tells the BBC's Daily Politics that state-backed legislation is being "imposed" on the press and no newspapers are going to sign up to it.

     
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    1139:

    Fleet Street has put forward its own proposals and the Privy Council is due to hold a meeting later on Wednesday to resolve the issue - but the BBC's Ross Hawkins said this may not now happen.

     
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    Press regulation could also come up as the newspaper industry seeks an injunction against Parliament's plan for a new, independent watchdog backed by a royal charter.

     
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    1133:

    So what's likely to crop up this time? We are likely to see round four of the energy battle between the party leaders. Ed Miliband has gone on the issue in each of the past three weeks and after Tuesday's appearance by energy bosses before MPs, expect more sparring between the two.

     
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    1139:

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions. David Cameron will go head-to-head with Ed Miliband in the Commons and answer questions from backbenchers for about half an hour from 1200 GMT.

     

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