Prime Minister's Questions and Ukraine statement

Key points

  • David Cameron answered questions from MPs for 30 minutes from noon
  • Ed Miliband and the PM clashed over the merits of energy price freezes
  • Mr Cameron also delivered a statement on the Ukraine situation

Live text


  • Gavin Stamp 

Last updated 26 March 2014


And with that, as MPs move on to legislation about the illegal importation of dogs, we'll wrap up our live coverage for today. Thanks for joining us - and don't forget you can watch everything happening in the Commons on the BBC's Democracy Live site.


Conservative MP Jason McCartney notes that his constituents "don't have to worry about industrial turbines blocking their beautiful views of the Pennine landscape", since the nearby offshore wind developments just announced are offshore.


Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies questions the PM's emphasis on fracking. What about renewables, he asks. David Cameron replies that: "Britain has got the biggest offshore renewables market anywhere in the world, and we can be very proud of that." In response to the next question, he adds: "We can develop shale gas in a way which is safe and can benefit local communities."


There is no rule that energy prices in Europe must be more expensive than the US, David Cameron says in response to another question on energy security. Across the EU, there is about "75% of the capacity of shale gas that they have in the US", he tells MPs. If EU leaders can find the political will, he continues, "we really can deliver this safe and secure energy for the future".


The UK's push for EU reform is strengthening the government's hand at EU negotiations, Conservative MP George Freeman contends, citing the outcome of the recent summit.


Conservative MP Ben Wallace asks the PM to look at whether UK security services have the resources they need to deal with Russia. David Cameron says that their funding has been maintained and in some cases increased.


Conservative MP Crispin Blunt welcomes the recent imposition of targeted Russian travel bans, but asks if the same could be imposed on what he says are the dozen or so people responsible for the promotion of anti-homosexuality measures in Uganda. The PM says we shouldn't be afraid of making our views name on such policies, but stops short of offering to bring in travel bans on Ugandan politicians.


SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie asks about nuclear terrorism. It is an important issue, David Cameron replies.


"We increase global threat when we show weakness in the face of resolve," argues Labour MP John Woodcock. We must not "downgrade to a part-time nuclear deterrent", he urges the PM. David Cameron "certainly" agrees.


The government is undertaking "a complete review of all the engagement between the UK and Russia" David Cameron says in response to a question from Labour's Chris Bryant. It cannot be "business as usual", the PM says.