In full: Prime Minister's Questions

Key Points

  • David Cameron faced Ed Miliband in the Commons for the first time since May's local and European elections
  • The PM faced questions about a cabinet row between Theresa May and Michael Gove over extremism in schools
  • Delays at the Passport Office also featured as the PM faces questions from the Labour leader and backbench MPs
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    PMQs UPDATE Chris Mason Political correspondent, BBC News

    BBC Political Correspondent Chris Mason says Labour claims the number of staff in the Identity and Passport Service has fallen since the coalition has been in power. Some have argued the numbers have increased in recent years - but it depends which year you take as your baseline. If you choose 2011-12, they have, if you go back to 2010-11 - the first year of the new government - they've fallen.

     
  2.  
    PMQs UPDATE

    Following Labour MP Katy Clark's question about the implementation of benefits reform, the Department for Work and Pensions insisted the backlog in applications was falling. A spokesman said Atos - the contractor carrying out controversial fitness-to-work tests - had agreed to end its contract early and "couldn't deliver the quality at the capacity we want".

     
  3.  
    PMQs UPDATE

    One of the subjects raised earlier was the delays in getting passports. Labour leader Ed Miliband said that "tens of thousands of people" were finding their holidays cancelled because did not have a passport. But the travel association ABTA's Sean Tipton said they "haven't seen an increase" in people missing holidays because their passports haven't turned up "but we always see some at this time time of year".

     
  4.  
    13:25:

    We are wrapping up our coverage of prime minister's questions now. You can continue to follow David Cameron's statement on the G7 summit and the rest of the proceedings in the Commons and the Lords on the BBC's Democracy Live.

     
  5.  
    13:24:

    Mr Miliband said he echoed the prime minister's sentiments about Europe, saying the recent elections had sent a clear message for reform, adding that people in the top jobs need to pursue that agenda.

     
  6.  
    13:06:

    Labour leader Ed Miliband said the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings were "a reminder of the incredible bravery that tens of thousands of servicemen and women who left our shores 70 years ago showed; risking their lives fighting for the freedom which we so often take for granted."

     
  7.  
    13:06:

    The Daily Politics' special programme from the European Parliament in Brussels has come to an end now. If you missed it - or fancy watching it again - it will appear on the BBC iPlayer shortly.

     
  8.  
    13:05:

    Turning to the European elections, Mr Cameron said he believed they had sent a clear message that the European Union needed to change. If things go on as they have done, it is not going to work properly for its people, he said.

     
  9.  
    13:01:

    On the Daily Politics: Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski accuses David Cameron of trying to solve his own internal problems with his opposition to Mr Juncker and accuses him of "blackmailing" his EU colleagues. Labour's Chris Bryant says his party is "lukewarm" about Mr Juncker's candidacy.

     
  10.  
    13:01:

    Mr Cameron said it was welcome that Mr Putin had met Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in Normandy.

     
  11.  
    12:59:

    In the Commons Mr Cameron said he had made these points about Ukraine to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris, on the eve of the D-Day commemorations.

     
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    12:57:

    On the Daily Politics: Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski accuses David Cameron of hypocrisy over his opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president because he is the choice of the EPP group, which won the European elections. Liam Fox says this is "nonsense" because no one had heard of Mr Juncker and his name was not on the ballot paper. Green MEP Jean Lambert says she wants to see Mr Juncker's programme before deciding.

     
  13.  
    12:57:

    Mr Cameron said arms must stop crossing the border into Ukraine and support for separatists must cease. Economic sanctions remained on the table if Russia did not follow the path of de-escalation of its activities.

     
  14.  
    12:53: Angela Eagle, Labour chairman

    tweets PM appears to rule out his own pending reshuffle. Has he decided against it?

     
  15.  
    12:53:

    Mr Cameron said the summit had sent a "firm message" that Russia's actions had been "totally at odds with the values of our group of democracies". Russia was under pressure because the status quo was unacceptable, he said, "and the continuing destabilisation of eastern Ukraine must stop".

     
  16.  
    12:50:

    David Cameron is now well into his statement on the G7 summit. He began by saying this had been a G7, rather than a G8, "because of Russia's unacceptable actions in Ukraine".

     
  17.  
    12:42:

    On Daily Politics: Labour's Chris Bryant said he did not think there could be one solution for schools in different areas. He said you cannot have the Education Secretary in charge of 21,000 schools.

     
  18.  
    12:42: Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

    tweets That's it; 35 whole minutes of PMQs, and not one MP asked about UK's response to the Iraq catastrophe. Instead, they joked about speedos.

     
  19.  
    12:42:

    On the Daily Politics: Ex-Conservative defence secretary Dr Liam Fox said, referring to the Ed Miliband v David Cameron exchanges on schools, if you are talking about problems in an academy, parents can go to the governors or even their MP.

     
  20.  
    Robert Jenrick The Conservatives welcomed their newest MP to the Commons - Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark
     
  21.  
    12:40: Adam Boulton, Sky News

    tweets COMMENT Apologies for the football metaphor but #pmqs today was pre-tournament bluster.

     
  22.  
    12:39:

    David Cameron is due to give a statement on the recent G7 summit. Over on the BBC's Daily Politics it's time for the verdict on a noisy Prime Minister's Question Time....

     
  23.  
    12:37:

    Labour's Alison Seabeck asks if Mr Cameron was prepared to preside over defence cuts, to which Mr Cameron said the government had a five year programme for building up defence reserves with the strongest possible army. And that brings an end to this week's PrimeMinister's Questions action.

     
  24.  
    12:37:

    Tory Andrew Jones asks if the government could expand training and apprenticeships, to which Mr Cameron said everyone should have the chance to go to university or take on an apprenticeship.

     
  25.  
    12:37: Mark Ferguson, Labour List

    tweets Is "keeping the team together" a good idea if the players are beating ten bells out of each other in the dressing room though? #pmqs

     
  26.  
    12:37: Jane Merrick, Independent

    tweets PM confirms he will not move Theresa May or Michael Gove in forthcoming reshuffle despite row. says he's "sticking to" these names #pmqs

     
  27.  
    12:35:

    Lib Dem Duncan Hames asked if Mr Cameron had confidence into various inquiries into child abuse allegations. The PM said the government had to keep a "clear view" of what's happening but does not entirely rule out an over-arching inquiry.

     
  28.  
    12:34:

    Answering a question from Labour's Debbie Abrahams, Mr Cameron said she should look at Cardiff if she is concerned about Labour health policy.

     
  29.  
    12:34:

    Mr Cameron seeks to reassure the worried backbench MP by telling her that Speedos make shorts as well as swimming trunks...

     
  30.  
    12:33: Chris Mason, BBC News

    tweets 'I might have nightmares this evening. about the PM wearing Speedos' says a Labour backbencher #PMQs

     
  31.  
    12:33: Chris Mason, BBC News

    tweets Now Speedos get a mention from the PM #PMQs

     
  32.  
    12:33:

    Labour's Mike Kane asked if Mr Cameron should be talking to the England manager to sort out cabinet disputes. Mr Cameron replies by saying that if you've got a strong team, with a strong plan, you can keep "putting it in the back of the net".

     
  33.  
    12:30:
    Michael Gove and Theresa May sit near each other Philip Hammond sits between Theresa May and Michael Gove today - Eric Pickles had the same job a couple of days ago...
     
  34.  
    12:28: John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday

    tweets Cameron sounds like Gordon Brown. "The best route out of poverty is work."

     
  35.  
    12:27:

    Former Labour minister Dame Tessa Jowell said she was going to the UN to present a petition on the right to a healthy early childhood. She asked Mr Cameron to support this leadership by the UN that will benefit 200 million of the world's poorest children.

     
  36.  
    12:26:

    Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck said full time workers in the north-east were £36 a week worse off than elsewhere. Mr Cameron replies that a lot more people are in work than before, and also highlights tax cuts to make sure work pays.

     
  37.  
    12:25: James Whale, broadcaster

    tweets #pmqs Mr Speaker now naming Curry Houses,I think a free ruby is on order,order!

     
  38.  
    12:25:

    Tory Jason McCartney asked Mr Cameron to support SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Yorkshire. The PM replies that he would, adding that the UK was seeing a rebalancing of the economy.

     
  39.  
    12:24:

    In response to a question from Labour's Alan Whitehead, Mr Cameron said he did not believe a policy of rent controls was helpful.

     
  40.  
    12:24: David Prescott

    tweets Nice plug for the Kennington Tandoori there #pmqs

     
  41.  
    12:23:

    Lib Dem Alan Reid said disability benefit medical assessments were taking longer in Argyll and Bute than in the rest of the country. Mr Cameron there were difficulties getting the assessments to people in far-flung places, but said the government had to make sure that the tests and assessments were carried out.

     
  42.  
    12:22:

    Mr Cameron said there were 300,000 fewer children in poverty than when he came to power.

     
  43.  
    12:21: Giles Dilnot, BBC News

    tweets Gove mouths to Ed Miliband "Unworthy. Unworthy of you" #PMQs

     
  44.  
    12:21:

    Labour's Ian Lavery asked about poverty in the north-east, to which Mr Cameron said the best route out of poverty was through work.

     
  45.  
    12:20: Labour press team

    tweets DC finally acknowledges backlog of passport applications but still has no plan to deal with his failure #PMQs

     
  46.  
    12:20: CCHQ press office

    tweets David Cameron: Isn't it surprising Labour dare not mention the UK economy? Is it because as the economy gets stronger he gets weaker? #pmqs

     
  47.  
    12:20:

    DUP's Nigel Dodds asks about Royal Prerogatives in Northern Ireland. Mr Cameron said there were frustrations in Norhtern Ireland but he did not want to "unpick" difficult decisions which had been taken during the peace process and put at risk the basic architecture of people working together.

     
  48.  
    12:18:

    Tory Graham Evans mentioned the two million extra private sector jobs - to which Mr Cameron said it gave two million extra reasons to stick with the government's economic plan.

     
  49.  
    12:18: Chris Mason, BBC News

    tweets Huge cheers from Conservative benches as PM mentions unemployment figures

     
  50.  
    12:17:

    Labour's Barry Sheerman asked the prime minister to look at how to grow people's sense of citizenship. In response Mr Cameron refers to his national citizens service programme and agrees that the turnout at some elections, like the recent European one, was "depressing".

     
  51.  
    12:16: Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror

    tweets Miliband forcing Cameron to defend Gove on schools and May on passports. Exposing a double failure #pmqs

     
  52.  
    12:15:

    The final line from Mr Cameron, to loud cheers from his MPs is a barb directed at the Labour leader, saying: "As the economy gets stronger, he gets weaker."

     
  53.  
    12:14:

    As their session nears its end, Mr Cameron says the backlog will be cleared - "not least because we will no be wasting" money of time on a national ID card scheme. He adds that it was interesting that Mr Miliband had not mentioned the unemployment figures.

     
  54.  
    12:14:

    People who wanted their passport processed in three weeks are having to pay £55 extra, Mr Miliband says.

     
  55.  
    12:13: Norman Smith, BBC News

    tweets Aaagh ! It gets worse. Ed Miliband wishes England team god luck #pmqs

     
  56.  
    12:13: Jonathan Reynolds, Labour MP

    tweets We only ever win the World Cup under a Labour Government #pmqs

     
  57.  
    12:13: Chris Mason, BBC News

    tweets Michael Gove is scribbling again as the PM speaks #PMQs

     
  58.  
    12:13: Gaby Hinsliff, Grazia

    tweets Ed Miliband goes, quite rightly, on Birmingham schools. If there's a serious problem at school where do parents go to sort it out? #pmqs

     
  59.  
    12:13:

    Mr Cameron said there were longer opening hours at the passport offices, which are open seven days a week. There are new offices opening in Liverpool with 100 additional staff.

     
  60.  
    12:12:

    Mr Cameron says 250 extra staff had already been "deployed to the front line". He said people were concerned about this, as he tried to speak above the noise in the Commons. And Speaker Bercow makes his first significant intervention of the session.

     
  61.  
    12:12:

    Mr Miliband asks when the government first knew about the problem with passports being processed.

     
  62.  
    12:11:

    Mr Cameron says there have been 300,000 more applications than normal this year and the government had massively increased staff.

     
  63.  
    12:11:

    Turning to the Home Office, Mr Miliband asks the PM what his estimate is of the alleged backlog of passports.

     
  64.  
    12:11:

    Mr Miliband says the prime minister has no answer on the question of accountability.

     
  65.  
    12:10:

    A report to Ofsted could result in an instant inspection and instant action, Mr Cameron says, rejecting the idea inspections can only happen every five years.

     
  66.  
    12:10:

    Mr Cameron replies that this sounds like another form of bureaucracy.

     
  67.  
    12:09:

    Mr Miliband asks if it was time for a proper system of local oversight, separate from councils, responsible for standards at all schools.

     
  68.  
    12:09:
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband, as is now customary, flanked by Ed Balls and Harriet Harman
     
  69.  
    12:08:

    Birmingham City Council failed in their duty to parents at the schools involved, he said.

     
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    12:07:

    Mr Cameron said the first port of call is the head teacher and chair of governors. He also highlights the importance of no notice inspections by Ofsted.

     
  71.  
    12:07:

    Mr Mililband asks who parents can go to if they fear extremism in schools. He said parents need someone responsible to intervene quickly if something goes wrong.

     
  72.  
    12:06: Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions secretary

    tweets Katy Clark MP asks about the shambles of Personal Independence Payments - at this rate will take 40+ years to deal with back log. #pmqs

     
  73.  
    12:06:

    Mr Cameron says he hopes to have unity across all parties to combat Islamist extremism in schools.

     
  74.  
    12:05:

    Mr Miliband asks the prime minister asked about extremism in schools.

     
  75.  
    12:05: Norman Smith, BBC News

    tweets Oh no ! The PM has wished England team the best of luck #pmqs #doomed

     
  76.  
    12:04:

    Labour leader Ed Mililband takes to the floor to loud cheers and adds his good luck wishes to the England football team.

     
  77.  
    12:04:

    In response to another question Mr Cameron praises Foreign Secretary William Hague for his involvement in the conference against sexual violence.

     
  78.  
    12:04:

    Labour's Katy Clark said less than a quarter of people had applied for the personal independence payment.

     
  79.  
    12:04:
    David Cameron David Cameron gets loud cheers as he begins by wishing England well in the world cup
     
  80.  
    12:02:

    Mr Cameron wishes the England Football team the "very best of British" in the upcoming World Cup.

     
  81.  
    12:02:

    David Cameron is on his feet, and we're off....

     
  82.  
    12:01: Steve Hawkes, The Sun

    tweets Today it's Philip Hammond, defence minister sitting in between Theresa May and Michael Gove #pmqs

     
  83.  
    12:00:

    Conservative Jack Lopresti must be the last to ask a Northern Ireland question.

     
  84.  
    12:00: Norman Smith, BBC News

    tweets No 10 say Govt will "stay very vigilant" over #passport delays

     
  85.  
    11:58:

    Prime Minister David Cameron has just taken his seat on the front bench, ahead of Prime Minister's Questions.

     
  86.  
    11:55:

    The Commons is filling up with MPs during Northern Ireland questions - Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers is struggling to be heard.

     
  87.  
    11:53:

    Downing Street has reacted to Harry Potter author JK Rowling's £1m donation to the campaign to keep the UK together, saying the PM encourages and welcomes support for the case for the United Kingdom staying together from across all quarters. Asked about abusive comments about Rowling that have appeared on social media since the announcement, the spokesman said: "There is never any place for abusive behaviour in whatever sphere of life."

     
  88.  
    11:49:

    Downing Street has backed the use of water cannons on the streets of Britain after it was confirmed that London mayor Boris Johnson had already bought three for use in the capital. The final decision on whether they can be used will rest with Home Secretary Theresa May.

     
  89.  
    11:47:

    Labour's Chris Bryant tells BBC 2's The Daily Politics he wants to see a ban on migrant-only jobs ads in the UK, which he says will have a significant impact on immigration, although under pressure from Andrew Neil, he can't come up with figures.

     
  90.  
    11:42:

    David Cameron is certain to take every opportunity he can to trumpet the latest fall in unemployment. The Conservative Party have just emailed their supporters with this message: "We've just heard: 2 million private sector jobs have now been created since we came into government."

     
  91.  
    11:41:

    Problems at the Passport Office - and claims Theresa May has taken her eye off the ball there - may also give Mr Miliband some ammunition. Downing Street has just said the prime minister "understands and shares the concerns" of people facing delays in getting passports and hundreds of additional staff have been drafted in. He rejects claims staff have been cut at the Passport Office.

     
  92.  
    11:40:

    Plenty has happened since Mr Cameron last faced the Labour leader in the Commons - not least the unprecedented public bust-up between Theresa May and Michael Gove. This is the sort of open goal for Mr Miliband that England's footballers could only dream about. But he is likely to focus on the substance of the issue - allegations of extremism in some Birmingham schools - if he does decided to go for that line of questioning.

     
  93.  
    11:40:

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first Prime Minister's Questions in nearly a month. Since before the local and European elections and the Queen's Speech in fact. Stick with us for minute-by-minute updates, comment and analysis as David Cameron and Ed Miliband go toe-to-toe in the Commons. Well, two sword-lengths apart anyway.

     

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