In full: Prime Minister's Questions

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  • Gavin Stamp 
  • Alasdair Rendall 

Last updated 30 October 2013


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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


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."