In full: Prime Minister's Questions with David Cameron

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    13:00:

    We're ending our live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions now, but you can carry on watching the statement on Universal Credit, and the rest of the day's action in Parliament, on the BBC's Democracy Live website. All the key clips and video of the session in full will be added to this page, with some updates later on fall-out from the session.

     
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    12:58:

    Commons: Iain Duncan Smith replies to Chris Bryant by calling it the "most pompous, ludicrous statement that I have heard". He said the outline business case for this parliament had been approved. He added that he expected soon to have agreement for the business case for the lifetime of the project.

     
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    12:54:

    Commons: Chris Bryant says that the eight different answers given so far to the same question led him to think the House had been misled by a government "involved in a deliberate act of deception".

     
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    12:49:

    On the Daily Politics BBC political editor Nick Robinson says both sides could be argued to be right on the NHS statistics' spat. He said David Cameron's figures may not have been wrong but they did not tell the whole story, while Mr Miliband failed to make headway with the "ammunition" he had at his disposal. Experts, he adds, genuinely believe there is a "funding crisis" in the NHS but none of the parties want to talk about alternative funding solutions.

     
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    12:49:
    Chris Bryant Chris Bryant called it "disgraceful" that Esther McVey was not answering for herself
     
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    12:47:

    Commons: Labour's Chris Bryant called Mr Duncan Smith's answer a "spectacular instance... of beating about the bush". It's a very simple question, he says, has the DWP business case for Universal Credit been approved by the Chancellor? It is depressing that Mr Duncan Smith and Mr Cameron do not know the difference between an annual budget and a business case, he adds.

     
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    12:44:

    On the Daily Politics, the Conservative Liz Truss says Ed Miliband "failed to score" on A&E waiting times but Labour's Emily Thornberry accused the prime minister of "making up statistics as he goes along".

     
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    12:44:
    Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith says the Treasury has approved Universal Credit spending for this year and next
     
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    12:42:

    On the Daily Politics, the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson says the terms of the Butler-Sloss inquiry into child abuse will be vital in determining whether the public have confidence in it.

     
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    12:39:

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is now answering Labour's urgent question on Universal Credit in the Commons.

     
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    12:37:

    The prime minister ends the session by confirming that changes to the law to set minimum thresholds on turnout for union strike ballots will be in the Tories' 2015 election manifesto.

     
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    12:36:

    A couple of questions on the government's "growth deal" devolution plans. Tory Michael Fabricant praises the plans but Labour Stephen McCabe suggests they are a pre-election bribe. Quoting PG Wodehouse, the PM jokes that it is not "difficult to see the difference between a ray of sunshine and the honourable gentleman" on this and other issues.

     
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    12:34: David Cornock, BBC Wales

    tweets A full 28 minutes of #PMQs before @David_Cameron mentioned the NHS in Wales despite several opportunities to do so - #selfdenyingordinance?

     
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    12:34:

    In response to a question about the Welsh economy, Mr Cameron suggests September's Nato summit at Celtic Manor will be the first time a US president has made an official visit to Wales. He suggests he will be guaranteed a "warm welcome in the valleys".

     
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    12:32: Sir Peter Luff, Tory MP

    tweets Excellent answer from David Cameron at #PMQS on importance of NATO 2% defence spending target AND 0.7% for international development

     
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    12:32:

    Mark Reckless asks whether it is right for taxpayer's money to be usedby government whips to retain or shred sensitive information. The prime minister says the question is a "bit delphic" but suggests it may relate to the recent resignation of Welsh minister Andrew Davies, who quit after requesting financial information about political rivals. He says this was a "very worrying case".

     
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    12:29: Ian Birrell, Foreign correspondent

    tweets Sadly PM trots out false defence of aid that it makes the world safer & reduces migration. In fact it does precisely the opposite #pmqs

     
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    12:28:

    Tory MP Christopher Chope calls on the government to spend a fixed proportion of its national income each year on defence, matching a similar pledge on international aid. Mr Cameron defends the aid budget, saying development and defence assistance cannot be "divorced" from one another.

     
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    12:27: Mark D'Arcy, BBC News

    tweets Chris Chope trails his private members bill on minimum defence spending at #pmqs

     
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    12:25:

    Lib Dem Sir Alan Beith asks about vocational colleges in Northumberland and the way they are being run by the Labour council. Labour's Keith Vaz raises the issue of female genital mutilation, saying the problem is "criminal not cultural". The PM says it is a "brutal practice" that must be eradicated in Britain.

     
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    12:24:

    Labour's Barbara Keeley asks about GP waiting times, citing the case of the long wait that a dementia sufferer in her constituency had to see a doctor. David Cameron says the government has renegotiated GPs contracts, reducing bureaucracy.

     
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    12:23: Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets PM dodges question on what Commons library called his "simplistic reading" of A&E waiting data. EdM right on data but failed to score #pmqs

     
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    12:21: Isabel Hardman, The Spectator

    tweets Labour seems to be being more disciplined today, hammering from the backbenches with whipped qus on universal credit #pmqs

     
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    12:21:

    David Cameron is fielding a stream of questions, including on the future of air ambulances, the peace process in Northern Ireland and a charitable walk being undertaken by Tory MP Andrew Bingham in his High Peak constituency.

     
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    12:20:

    Another Labour question on Universal Credit from Nick Brown. The PM says he will not apologise for phasing in the project gradually and learning the lessons of the past.

     
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    12:19:

    Former culture secretary Maria Miller asks a question about "revenge porn" amid calls for its criminalisation. The prime minister says it is an "appalling crime" and its perpetrators need to be dealt with.

     
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    12:17:

    Ann Clwyd asks about Universal Credit and whether the Treasury has signed off its business case. David Cameron says funding has "been signed off each and every year of this Parliament" and he believes it will continue to do so. He accuses Labour of retreating "into a hole" by blocking welfare reforms.

     
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    12:16:

    The leaders' exchanges come to an end. We are now onto backbenchers' questions. Lib Dem Sir Malcom Bruce asks about the North Sea oil industry while Tory David Nuttall calls for the UK to opt out of the European arrest warrant - the PM disagrees on the latter point.

     
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    12:16: Gany Hinsliff, Grazia

    tweets This is mainly proving that #pmqs is a terrible place to get at the truth about statistics.

     
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    12:16: Norman Smith, BBC News

    tweets Week two that Ed Miliband has attacked over health . Part of Labour bid to make NHS their big issue over the summer #pmqs

     
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    12:16:

    David Cameron attacks Labour's record on the health service while it was in office. To cheers from Tory benches he gets pantomime shouts of "No" to a series of questions, the last of which, referring to Ed Miliband, is "is he remotely up to the job".

     
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    12:14: Sam Macrory, Total Politics

    tweets #pmqs gets highbrow as Miliband pledges: 'I'd far rather have the shadow health secretary than their health secretary any day of the week'

     
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    12:13: George Eaton, The New Statesman

    tweets Clegg nods as Miliband says the failure to report abuse should be made a criminal offence. #PMQs

     
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    12:13:

    Just like last week, the two men are trading statistics on the NHS. David Cameron says the NHS has improved under the government and Labour opposed its funding increase for the health service. But Ed Miliband says the government's "complacency" on the NHS is contradicted by "people's everyday experience".

     
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    12:12:

    Ed Miliband says the number of people waiting more than 4 hours at an A&E is at its highest for a decade. But David Cameron disagrees, saying the average waiting time has fallen from 77 minutes under Labour to 30 minutes under the current government.

     
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    12:12:
    Ed Balls Shadow chancellor Ed Balls, right, doesn't seem to like Mr Cameron's answer
     
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    12:11:
    David Cameron David Cameron defends the A&E waiting figures he gave at last week's PM questions
     
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    12:10:

    The leaders' exchanges on child abuse come to an end with no mention of Lady Butler-Sloss herself. Ed Miliband now moves onto the NHS and a row last week about waiting times for treatment at accident and emergency units.

     
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    12:09: Jane Merrick, Independent on Sunday

    tweets Hurrah for the Prime Minister saying that tolerance and equality are a part of being British #gaycake #pmqs

     
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    12:09:

    Ed Miliband calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse in public bodies. David Cameron says the time may have come for this to happen and the government will consider the issue.

     
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    12:08: Mark Ferguson, Labour List

    tweets Both Miliband and Cameron striking the right tone today at #pmqs

     
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    12:08:

    In response, David Cameron says the terms of the Wanless review were being considered and adds that he is happy to consider what powers they should have, such as to access documents and the power to summon witnesses.

     
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    12:08:

    Ed Miliband goes on to ask about the 114 files on child abuse allegations that have either been lost or destroyed by the Home Office. He says the Wanless review into what happened should have full investigative powers.

     
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    12:07:
    House of Commons There was standing room only at the start of Prime Minister's Questions
     
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    12:06:

    David Cameron, replying to Ed Miliband, says child abuse is a "despicable crime" and scars its victims for the rest of their lives.

     
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    12:06:
    Ed Miliband Ed Miliband added his congratulations on the recent Tour de France visit to the UK
     
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    12:05:

    Ed Miliband is on his feet. His first question is about the child abuse inquriies. He says the investigators should be able to go "where the evidence leads".

     
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    12:05:

    Tory Caroline Spelman celebrates a German choir which is coming to sing in the Houses of Parliament to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One. David Cameron agrees and makes a joke that after last night's World Cup result, the choir will be in "good voice".

     
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    12:03:

    The first question is from Ulster Unionist Gregory Campbell about a row in Northern Ireland over a Christian bakery refusing to include a gay message on one of its products. The prime minister says he is not familiar with the case but a commitment to equality was vital and says tolerance was part of being British.

     
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    12:02: Peter Henley, BBC News

    tweets Christchurch Conservative MP Christopher Chope is hoping to ask a question at #pmqs

     
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    12:01:

    David Cameron is on his feet in the Commons. He starts by paying tribute to those involved in putting on the Tour of France, suggesting it showed "the best of Yorkshire and Britain".

     
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    12:00:

    This is expected to be the penultimate PMQs before the summer recess. The BBC's Nick Robinson says it will be "odd" if Ed Miliband ignores the child abuse inquiries, but is likely to focus on the terms of reference rather than who is leading them.

     
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    11:59: Adam Boulton, Sky News

    tweets Coming up at 1200 PMQs, who's Germany who's Brazil?

     
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    11:59:

    Back to the child abuse story, Labour MP John Mann has claimed that "multiple copies" were made of the so-called Dickens dossier of allegations given to the Home Office in the 1980s. He suggested officials were being stopped from coming forward to shed light on this because they signed the Official Secrets Act.

     
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    11:56: Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP

    tweets In the Chamber for #PMQs. What would you ask? #fb

     
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    11:56: Progress Online

    tweets Why @HansardSociety is wrong: #PMQs shd be celebrated in all its loud & sometimes undignified glory, says @richdurber

     
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    11:56:

    The Commons is beginning to fill up. Welsh Secretary David Jones and his team of ministers are answering questions.

     
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    11:53:

    Liz Truss defends David Cameron's track record of promoting women in the Conservative Party. She says the government needs more female ministers but the party has a "fantastic pipeline" of women coming through the ranks.

     
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    11:52:

    On the issue of women in politics, Labour's Emily Thornberry says Harriet Harman should have been deputy prime minister "like a shot". She says it is up to Ed Miliband whether she gets the job if Labour wins the next election but she would support it.

     
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    11:50:

    What else might come up today? Expect some discussion about sexism in politics after Harriet Harman claimed she was not made deputy prime minister by Gordon Brown in 2007 because she was a woman. Ms Harman is likely to be in the Commons for the session but will Mr Brown also be there?

     
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    11:49: Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun

    tweets Will @Ed_Miliband lead at PMQs on the dire appointment of the establishment's Lady Butler-Sloss to run abuse inquiry? If he has any sense.

     
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    11:49:

    After the half-hour PMQs session, Labour has been granted an urgent parliamentary question on whether the Treasury has signed off the business case for Universal Credit. Will this also crop up during the leaders' exchanges?

     
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    11:49:

    Labour's Emily Thornberry tells the BBC that she has huge admiration for Lady Butler-Sloss but she is "surprised" the Home Office did not consider these issues before appointing her and it has left her "in a very difficult position".

     
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    11:49:

    Speaking on the Daily Politics, education minister Liz Truss said it was wrong to question Lady Butler-Sloss's integrity, saying her record was "unimpeachable".

     
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    11:48:

    The prime minister has just defended Lady Butler-Sloss's appointment, saying her "professional expertise" and experience commands the "highest respect".

     
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    11:47:

    Expect to hear the name of Lady Butler-Sloss during the half-hour session. The former top judge is to chair the wide-ranging inquiry into alleged paedophilia in leading institutions. Some MPs say she's the wrong choice because her late brother was the government's chief legal officer in the 1980s, when accusations were looked into by officials.

     
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    11:46:

    What can we expect today? Attention in Westminster in recent days has been focused on allegations of child abuse by prominent figures, including MPs, between the 1960s and 1980s. The government has announced a series of inquiries and the subject looks sure to crop up.

     
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    11:45:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions. David Cameron and Ed Miliband will go head-to-head at midday and backbenchers will get the chance to question the prime minister during the half hour.

     

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