Prime Minister's Questions: David Cameron v Ed Miliband

Key Points

  • David Cameron is taking questions for 30 minutes from noon
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband asks about Pfizer takeover of Astrazeneca
  • Nigel Evans tells Daily Politics he wants to stand at next year's election
  1.  
    12:54:

    That ends our live text coverage of Prime Minister's Questions for this week. You can continue to follow the goings-on in Parliament via BBC Democracy Live and the BBC Parliament channel. Please join us again next Wednesday.

     
  2.  
    12:50:

    Daily Politics does a fact check on the PM's claim in the Commons that Nissan in Sunderland now produces more cars than the whole of Italy. It turns out the figures are correct. Italy builds about 380,000 a year and the Nissan factory about half a million.

     
  3.  
    12:47:

    Conservative MP Nigel Evans says the AstraZeneca bid is "quite sensitive". It's not so much a worry about who owns it, but whether jobs remain, he adds.

     
  4.  
    12:44:

    Labour's Sadiq Khan says AstraZeneca is very important to the UK and is "not a normal company" and that Pfizer "has form" when it comes to closing facilities.

     
  5.  
    12:42:

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says Labour thinks there's still a possibility that the government could intervene in any takeover of AstraZeneca under the "public interest test", although this is quite narrowly defined.

     
  6.  
    12:40:

    That overran by about seven minutes. It's becoming a bit of a habit in recent weeks.

     
  7.  
    12:38:

    Lib Dem Julian Huppert asks whether Pfizer has called for any changes to UK patent law. The PM says he will work to ensure investment via a competitive tax system. That ends PMQs, rather belatedly, for this week.

     
  8.  
    12:38:

    In response to another question about AstraZeneca and Pfizer, David Cameron says it is important to engage with the companies involved.

     
  9.  
    12:36:

    Conservative Zac Goldsmith asks about warnings that antibiotics are becoming less effective and asks for these to be used less on farms. David Cameron replies that he hopes to make an announcement on the subject soon.

     
  10.  
    12:34:

    Conservative Simon Burns gets a rousing cheer as he stands up. He urges the PM to stick to the coalition's "long-term economic plan". He gets a dig in against Speaker John Bercow by saying he hopes the PM gets time to answer - a reference to Mr Cameron being cut short during a reply last week. Mr Bercow, who has had run-ins with Mr Burns previously, seems unamused.

     
  11.  
    12:32:

    David Cameron says the coalition will do everything it can to encourage businesses to come back to the UK.

     
  12.  
    12:32:

    Labour's Keith Vaz criticises the import ban on Indian mangoes and asks for it to be reversed. The PM says the European Commission has to judge on the scientific evidence of possible cross-contamination and he looks forward to discussing it with India's new prime minister.

     
  13.  
    12:30:

    Conservative Neil Carmichael argues that the UK's skills base must improve to increase exports. David Cameron says young people must be "inspired" to choose technical and science subjects.

     
  14.  
    12:29:

    Labour's Hazel Blears urges a commitment to end the "scandal" of 15-minute visits by care workers. The PM says it is an issue for councils to look at.

     
  15.  
    12:28:
    David Cameron watched by the Labour front bench
     
  16.  
    12:27:

    Labour's Kevan Jones says there has been a 30% drop in mental health beds on the NHS since 2010. David Cameron says the coalition is working to create "parity of esteem" between patients and that measuring this on the basis of bed numbers is "not a sensible approach".

     
  17.  
    12:25:

    Conservative David Rutley asks what steps are being taken to secure jobs in the event of a takeover of AstraZeneca by Pfizer. The PM says the coalition is looking to secure the best possible deal. The commitments so far are "encouraging", he adds.

     
  18.  
    12:23:

    Conservative Andrew Griffiths calls for more effort to protect the graves of those awarded Victoria Crosses. David Cameron more money has been promised and there is a multimillion-pound investment to improve the Imperial War Museum.

     
  19.  
    12:23:

    Labour's Ann Clwyd asks what is happening regarding the Syrian crisis. The PM replies that Britain is the second biggest bilateral aid donor.

     
  20.  
    12:23:

    David Cameron promises to look at the future of the government's dementia treatment and research strategy.

     
  21.  
    12:20:

    The DUP's Nigel Dodds says that, with the appearance of the Giro D'Italia in Northern Ireland coming up, the suffering of those affected by the Troubles should not be forgotten. David Cameron responds that he looks forward to the cycling race and that he is proud that the country has an independent judicial process and this should remain the case.

     
  22.  
    12:20:
    Ed Miliband Ed Balls and Harriet Harman flanked the Labour leader during this week's session
     
  23.  
    12:19:

    Conservative Margot James praises the UK's record on encouraging manufacturing. So does David Cameron.

     
  24.  
    12:19:

    Conservative Julian Lewis asks the government to pledge to never spend less than 2% of GDP on defence.

     
  25.  
    12:16:

    David Cameron says Ed Miliband is making short-term political calculations rather than looking after the country's interests. That ends the leaders' clash for this week.

     
  26.  
    12:15:

    Ed Miliband asks if the PM is ruling out or ruling in using the "public interest test" for the AstraZeneca proposal. He offers Labour's support. He accuses the government of "cheerleading" for the bid.

     
  27.  
    12:15:
    David Cameron The UK is an open country, the PM says, and urges Labour not to put inward investment at risk
     
  28.  
    12:13:

    The PM says the business department will look at any possible deal, and whether it helps British science.

     
  29.  
    12:13:

    David Cameron says he has asked the cabinet secretary to engage with AstraZeneca and Pfizer since the first stages of the proposed takeover.

     
  30.  
    12:12:

    Ed Miliband is on his feet again. He asks about the proposed Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca. He asks what type of intervention is being discussed by the government.

     
  31.  
    12:11:

    Conservative Sir Tony Baldry says UKIP's policies are based on "fear" of the world and of foreigners. The PM says his colleague is absolutely right.

     
  32.  
    12:10:

    Labour's Andrew Slaughter complains about the closure of units in NHS hospitals. David Cameron responds that the NHS is getting more money.

     
  33.  
    12:09:

    Conservative Nigel Adams welcomes the fall in unemployment. So does the PM.

     
  34.  
    12:08:

    Ed Miliband sits down for a bit. He'll be back on his feet soon - he's only used up three of the six questions he's allowed each week.

     
  35.  
    12:08:

    David Cameron says Labour's plans for rent controls are being set by the Unite union, the party's biggest financial backer and says Labour policy is for rent.

     
  36.  
    12:08:

    The PM says he wants to build more houses to create more stable rents.

     
  37.  
    12:08:

    Ed Miliband says David Cameron has "no idea" about people facing rental increases. He repeats his call for three-year tenancies with fixed rises.

     
  38.  
    12:07:

    Speaker John Bercow - who cut the PM off mid-answer last week - tells MPs to quieten down.

     
  39.  
    12:07:

    The PM says Labour MPs don't back rent controls.

     
  40.  
    12:07:

    Ed Miliband again calls for rent controls. David Cameron quotes Labour figures he says have queried such an idea.

     
  41.  
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband, right, asks the PM when he's going to decide to back Labour's rent proposals
     
  42.  
    12:05:

    David Cameron says rent controls have been "shown to fail" but says he will look at other ideas to control rent inflation.

     
  43.  
    12:04:

    Ed Miliband urges the PM to adopt Labour's plans for rent increase controls.

     
  44.  
    12:04:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband echoes the PM's remarks on the situation in Nigeria.

     
  45.  
    David Cameron
     
  46.  
    12:03:

    David Cameron says the whole world thinks the capturing of schoolgirls in Nigeria is an "act of pure evil". He will speak to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan later, he adds.

     
  47.  
    12:02:

    We are under way. Tory MP Mel Stride raises concern about the schoolgirls in Nigeria being held captive.

     
  48.  
    12:00:

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson tells Daily Politics the proposed takeover of AstraZeneca by US firm Pfizer is likely to come up.

     
  49.  
    11:58:

    David Cameron is in his seat and looking through his notes.

     
  50.  
    11:56:

    Conservative Nigel Evans says politicians will "dust themselves off" after the European elections, predicting they will be difficult for all three main Westminster parties in the face of the UKIP challenge.

     
  51.  
    11:56:

    Home Secretary Theresa May has arrived in the Commons chamber. The PM should be in soon.

     
  52.  
    11:56:
    Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant is ready for PMQs - earlier the Tory MP tweeted a request for a fellow MP to volunteer to go tandem cycling with him.
     
  53.  
    11:53:

    People will start feeling the benefit of the economic recovery more over the next year, Lib Dem MP Tom Brake says.

     
  54.  
    11:52:

    Lib Dem Tom Brake says there is a "certain resilience" to his party's vote, which is not picked up by national opinion polls.

     
  55.  
    11:52:

    But Labour's Sadiq Khan adds, on Daily Politics, that winning the next election is a "tough ask" for Labour.

     
  56.  
    11:52:

    On Daily Politics, Labour's Sadiq Khan says his party has made "huge progress" since its heavy loss in the 2010 general election.

     
  57.  
    11:51:

    Just over 10 minutes to go now. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael reiterates the government's position that, in the event of Scottish independence, Scotland will not keep its affiliation to the Bank of England.

     
  58.  
    11:48:

    UKIP's Steven Wolfe tells Daily Politics says a lot of people who "haven't voted for a long time" are drawn to his party because they "want their democracy back".

     
  59.  
    11:45:

    On Daily Politics, Green leader Natalie Bennett says her party is "really making a difference" in Brighton and Hove, which it runs as a minority administration.

     
  60.  
    11:44:

    In the Commons, Scotland Office Questions is taking place.

     
  61.  
    11:41:

    For Labour, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan tells Daily Politics there should not be anonymity for defendants in sexual cases.

     
  62.  
    11:41:

    Nigel Evans says he has made up with fellow Tory MP Sarah Woollaston, who mentioned the allegations against him to Speaker John Bercow and said that they have had a "constructive and convivial" discussion.

     
  63.  
    11:41:

    Nigel Evans says he will leave it to his local Conservative association in Ribble Valley to decide whether to reselect him as a candidate.

     
  64.  
    11:40:

    Speaking on BBC Two's Daily Politics, Conservative MP Nigel Evans discusses his recent trial for sexual offences. He says "plan A" is to stand for Parliament again next year following his acquittal.

     
  65.  
    11:39:

    So, who else is likely to be asking questions of David Cameron? Conservative Mel Stride and Labour's Andy Slaughter are top of the list this week.

     
  66.  
    11:39:

    Another issue which is becoming increasingly political is the proposed takeover of UK pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca by its US rival Pfizer. Expect it to come up during the session.

     
  67.  
    11:38:

    Away from the world of Westminster, the situation in Ukraine remains volatile. It is possible Ed Miliband will raise the issue during his questioning of the PM.

     
  68.  
    11:38:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. It's exactly one year today until the next general election but, in the meantime, there will be European and local contests taking place later this month. It is fair to assume PMQs today will be rather explicitly party-political. Perhaps a few mentions of an "improving economy" on the government side, with the odd call of a "cost-of-living crisis" from the Labour benches?

     

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