In full: Prime Minister's Questions

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    12:40:

    That ends our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions for this week. You can continue watching proceedings in the Commons on the BBC Parliament channel or BBC Democracy Live. Please join us again next Wednesday.

     
  2.  
    12:36:

    Conservative Bob Blackman urges the PM to increase the votes threshold for unions to call strikes. He agrees that this should happen. That ends PMQs for this week.

     
  3.  
    12:35:

    David Cameron says he wants to see consultant-led maternity services continuing at Stafford Hospital.

     
  4.  
    12:35:

    Conservative Mark Pawsey asks what the government is doing to cut regulations. David Cameron says the coalition will leave fewer rules in place when it ends than when it started.

     
  5.  
    Miranda Green, ex-Lib Dem spokeswoman

    tweets Good-tempered jokey stuff at #PMQs (including coalition jokes): it's a thin line between love and hate of the Commons on days like this.

     
  6.  
    12:31:

    Labour's Luciana Berger says a man called Billy has to scavenge through supermarket bins to eat. But the PM responds that poverty has fallen under the coalition.

     
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    12:31:

    Lib Dem Sir Bob Russell - MP for garrison town Colchester - praises the armed forces and says it is "folly" to reduce their size. The PM says the military has been "extraordinary" in dealing with the damage caused by floods.

     
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    12:29:

    Asked about the contract with Atos to carry out fitness to work tests, the PM points out that Labour signed it.

     
  9.  
    12:29:

    The PM says Ed Miliband can't mention economic issues at PMQs because the situation is improving despite the Labour leader's predictions.

     
  10.  
    12:29:

    Labour's Helen Jones asks for an apology to disable people for the "bedroom tax". The PM says the change, called the ending of the "spare room subsidy" by ministers, is about fairness and that there is a large fund to help people adversely affected.

     
  11.  
    Michael White, The Guardian

    tweets #PMQs Tory Bacon makes Merkel grand coalition joke at expense of Clegg. Cruel laughter

     
  12.  
    12:27:

    Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asks for a guarantee that the government will introduce further legislation to protect women from stalking. The PM says stalking is an "appalling crime" and is very happy to look at further action.

     
  13.  
    Norman Smith, BBC News

    tweets Is this another go at " Best Behaviour" #PMQs ? #softly softly

     
  14.  
    12:25:

    Conservative Richard Bacon proposes a nationwide coalition - presumably with Labour - to exclude the Lib Dems. The PM says this might be "too much for me".

     
  15.  
    12:25:

    David Cameron says Downing Street is happy to bring parties together to further peace in Northern Ireland.

     
  16.  
    12:22:

    After a rather easy question about the UK's "stonking" economic performance by a Conservative MP, David Cameron says the government is doing well.

     
  17.  
    12:22:

    Labour's Dame Tessa Jowell says survivors of terrorist acts need more help. The PM says all institutions doing excellent work will be supported.

     
  18.  
    12:22:
    jack Dromey

    Labour's Jack Dromey asks about the death of a 26-year-old constituent, Sarah Child, killed by a car driver in Birmingham in 2012, and whether sentences for motoring offences need to change. The PM says the government is looking at the issue.

     
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    12:19:

    David Cameron says the "pendulum swung too far against dredging" ahead of the floods.

     
  20.  
    12:17:

    The DUP's Nigel Dodds says there is widespread anger over the collapse of the John Downey case and says justice must be done for the families of the victims of the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. David Cameron says the letter to Downey from officials which caused the collapse should never have happened and that the country understands their anger and pain.

     
  21.  
    Craig Woodhouse, The Sun

    tweets Is Ed really suggesting people aren't allowed to hold different views on climate change? Even scientists have different views on it. #pmqs

     
  22.  
    12:15:

    The PM says the government will back whistleblowers in large organisations.

     
  23.  
    12:14:

    Ed Miliband says the PM must urge the Conservative Party to "get real" on climate change. David Cameron calls Labour "reality-deniers" over the party's economic plans. That ends the leaders' clash.

     
  24.  
    David Cameron David Cameron mounts a passionate defence of his record on climate change
     
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    12:13:

    Amid great noise, Ed Miliband makes his point until Speaker John Bercow orders MPs to "calm down".

     
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    12:13:

    Ed Miliband agrees that climate change is important but says senior members of the government, including the environment secretary, "question" the theory. The PM says Mr Miliband is, in practice, praising him for his pro-environment stance and "excellent record". This is a refreshing change from "Punch and Judy". he says sarcastically.

     
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    12:10:

    The Labour leader says the PM was "desperate" to talk about climate change in opposition, but not now. Mr Cameron replies that he thinks it is one of the most "serious issues" facing mankind.

     
  28.  
    Mark Ferguson. Labour List

    tweets Ed is going for floods and climate change again. Not sure what else I thought he'd go on, but surprised he's gone on this #pmqs

     
  29.  
    12:09:

    Ed Miliband urges the PM to "tell the truth" about climate change. David Cameron responds that the government has cut carbon emissions. He says Labour's financial plans mean it cannot match the government's measures for flood defence.

     
  30.  
    12:08:

    There is much hollering in the chamber, probably to John Bercow's disgust.

     
  31.  
    12:08:

    Ed Miliband says the PM is quoting "phony" figures on flood spending, which ignore inflation and fail to give credit to money spent by organisations other than the government. But David Cameron says they are "fact".

     
  32.  
    12:08:
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband questions the PM about climate change
     
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    12:07:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband opens his questioning on the subject of investment in flood defences, asking if plans should be revisited. David Cameron says measures are being reviewed but spending has gone up during this parliament.

     
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    12:05:

    Lib Dem Sir Alan Beith urges the PM to discuss poverty-reducing methods with religious leaders, adding that Labour's policies trapped people in poverty, saying this is "not particularly moral". David Cameron quotes former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey in saying that too large a welfare state is not beneficial.

     
  35.  
    Gaby Hinsliff, Grazia

    tweets #pmqs first question is on bank bonuses. this could be any pmqs for about the last four years.

     
  36.  
    12:04:

    David Cameron is asked by Labour's Graeme Morrice about HSBC staff bonuses. He also congratulates Team GB for its successes at the Sochi Olympics. The PM also offers his congratulations. He adds that bank bonuses are "well down" from Labour's time in government.

     
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    Owen Bennett, Daily Express

    tweets Are we all ready for a civilised, grown-up, thoughtful #pmqs?

     
  38.  
    12:02:

    We are under way.

     
  39.  
    12:01:

    Harriet Harman has arrived and is sitting, as usual, next to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

     
  40.  
    12:00:

    The hubbub is high as we approach the main event. John Bercow will want to put a stop to that.

     
  41.  
    12:00:

    In the Commons, the bespectacled David Cameron is going through his notes as Northern Ireland Questions moves towards a close.

     
  42.  
    11:58:

    Labour's Margaret Curran says there is a distinction between the naturally heightened excitement during PMQs and abuse of the party leaders orchestrated by the whips. Which will we get today?

     
  43.  
    11:57:

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says the majority of parliamentary debate is "measured" but this does not get as much coverage as the more lively PMQs sessions.

     
  44.  
    11:56:

    BBC Political editor Nick Robinson tells the BBC's Daily Politics that there was sense before Christmas that noise levels in the Commons during PMQs were getting out of hand.

     
  45.  
    11:55:

    Only a few minutes to go to PMQs. BBC political editor Nick Robinson says plenty of MPs think it is partly Speaker John Bercow's fault that he lacks support in the Commons because he frequently tells them in person to shut up.

     
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    11:54:

    The Mail's Andrew Pierce says the newspaper's editor, Paul Dacre, has not been on TV defending his newspaper's coverage of the Harriet Harman story because he is "busy" doing his job - editing the paper.

     
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    11:53:

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says Harriet Harman has "issues to address" and that the National Council for Civil Liberties was "infiltrated" by people whose views were "abhorrent".

     
  48.  
    11:47:

    "We have never suggested that Harriet Harman supports paedophilia," the Mail's Andrew Pierce tells BBC Two's Daily Politics.

     
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    11:46:

    Labour MP Margaret Curran, the shadow Scottish secretary, says there is "not a shred of evidence" that Harriet Harman supported the Paedophile Information Exchange's links to the National Council for Civil Liberties. She says the Mail is guilty of a "slur" and a "smear".

     
  50.  
    11:45:

    Andrew Pierce says the Mail's coverage of the Harriet Harman story is "not a smear campaign," as Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil presses him on what, specifically, Harriet Harman is meant to have done wrong.

     
  51.  
    11:43:

    On BBC Two's Daily Politics, Andrew Pierce, a Daily Mail journalist, repeats the newspaper's call for Harriet Harman to apologise for the National Council for Civil Liberties' links with the Paedophile Information Exchange.

     
  52.  
    11:42:

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has been commenting on the John Downey case on the BBC's Daily Politics. "Clearly something has gone badly wrong," he says, but adds: "It is a very complex issue."

     
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    11:39:

    Harriet Harman's husband, Labour MP Jack Dromey, who also worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties, is among the MPs listed to ask a question today. Mr Dromey is Labour's shadow communities and local government spokesman.

     
  54.  
    11:36:

    Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has faced days of allegations and accusations in the media over her role as law officer for the National Council of Civil Liberties from 1978 to 1982. The organisation allowed the Paedophile Information Exchange to become an affiliated group in 1975. Ms Harman says she regrets the link between the organisations but says she has "nothing to apologise for". A backbench MP could bring the subject up.

     
  55.  
    11:33:

    So, what is likely to come up? Ongoing developments in Ukraine are a possibility, as is the collapse of the trial of John Downey, accused of killing four soldiers in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. The case collapsed because government officials mistakenly told him he was no longer a wanted man.

     
  56.  
    11:31:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has been at the forefront of those calling for more civilised proceedings at prime minster's questions. Will he attempt to impose a Zen-like calm or will it be yah-boo business as usual?

     
  57.  
    11:26:

    Hello and welcome to a new age of calm. Or is it? Commons Speaker John Bercow has demanded better behaviour from MPs, even going as far as writing to the main party leaders at Westminster to get their troops in order. Will the "yobbery and public school twittishness" Mr Bercow so hates persist, or has the half-term break given everyone a little time to look deeper into themselves? Stick with us for live coverage of prime minister's questions, which gets under way at mid-day.

     

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