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Prime Minister's Questions

Welcome to the latest instalment of PMQs.

PMQs is an opportunity for members to debate the policies and ideas of the MHoC's Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Saracen's Fez MP, who will answer your questions over the course of two days.

The Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon. Life_peer MP, may ask two questions, with a follow-up question for each. MPs may ask one question, with one follow-up. Ordinary users may ask one question with no follow-ups. Please keep the joke questions to a minimum.

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Budget coming along nicely?
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Mr Speaker, today I have had meetings with my new ministerial colleagues and others and after paying a sweeping visit to this House (where, blimey, a crisis has been set up!) I will be going to bed.

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Budget coming along nicely?
The new Chancellor is settling in and I am confident that it is on target.
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Extra, extra! We've managed to capture the Prime Minister's meetings with his new ministerial colleagues! See page four for additional information!

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Hmmm... Mr Speaker, I wish to ask the Prime Minister what he wishes to do to help first time property buyers?

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Extra, extra! We've managed to capture the Prime Minister's meetings with his new ministerial colleagues! See page four for additional information!

I better be the one on the left.

I shall ask my question later mr speaker
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Extra, extra! We've managed to capture the Prime Minister's meetings with his new ministerial colleagues! See page four for additional information!

Hahaha, well played - PRSOM

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Hmmm... Mr Speaker, I wish to ask the Prime Minister what he wishes to do to help first time property buyers?
A stock of acceptably-priced housing would be a nice start. The plans of the Home Secretary will reduce the strain upon the housing market and hopefully work to begin to introduce a little bit of price deflation, in particular for starter-type homes.

In the long term, I would personally like to see a greater programme of economic decentralisation, with a reduction of the demand for London properties and greater employment opportunities in cheaper cities.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
A stock of acceptably-priced housing would be a nice start. The plans of the Home Secretary will reduce the strain upon the housing market and hopefully work to begin to introduce a little bit of price deflation, in particular for starter-type homes.

In the long term, I would personally like to see a greater programme of economic decentralisation, with a reduction of the demand for London properties and greater employment opportunities in cheaper cities.
Thank you for the answer

PS: You might like the Green Party soon then

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Mr Prime Minister,

Has any discussion of the promised amendment to the Land Value Tax been taking place?
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Mr Speaker,

Can I ask the Prime Minister if there is to be an increase in the budget for river dredging over the coming year?
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Mr Prime Minister,

Has any discussion of the promised amendment to the Land Value Tax been taking place?
It will certainly be considered by the new Chancellor as he continues his preparation for the Budget.

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Can I ask the Prime Minister if there is to be an increase in the budget for river dredging over the coming year?
It's something we may have to look at given recent events.
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Mr Speaker,

Will the Prime Minister commit to an increase in funding to local councils so vital work can be carried out on blocked drainage and the cost of taking away many damaged items caused by the floods?
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Will the Prime Minister commit to an increase in funding to local councils so vital work can be carried out on blocked drainage and the cost of taking away many damaged items caused by the floods?
The Budget is certainly at a convenient time for us to be able to divert the necessary funds into the cleanup and prevention efforts following the colossal flooding problems the north of England has experienced.
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Mr Speaker, I'd like to ask my right honourable friend the Prime Minister for his opinion on a constitutional matter. What does he consider to be the correct qualification to hold his current position? The Constitution makes no mention of the Premiership (something I believe need not be corrected as it adds to the realism of a MHoC emulating a nation with a fluid, uncodified constitution) and the GD states that "the speaker invites the leader of the largest coalition/party that fulfills article 6.1 to form a government and nominate a prime minister for appointment". It is the convention that the party leader of the largest party in government holds the title. However matters are not always so simple as we learned from the last government. In the case of the Premiership being passed to someone who is not party leader (and in the event of some conflict over who is the legitimate Prime Minister) who legitimises the Head of Government. Who makes it official? At what point is an Acting PM, a PM? And should Acting PMs be considered past PMs (such as adam9317 and Aph)? Without an active Monarch/Head of State we are left open to a future constitutional crisis. Does the PM agree with me (the previous questions being rhetorical) that in this, and so many other regards, the Constitution and GD need to be tightened up considerably so as to better serve the nation and the House?
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(Original post by Life_peer)
Extra, extra! We've managed to capture the Prime Minister's meetings with his new ministerial colleagues! See page four for additional information!

PROSM.
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Mr Speaker, can the prime minister tell us whether his government intends to continue pushing out poorly written statements that either say nothing or unnecessarily drive up taxes, in both cases with no research apparently done, or will he be getting his government in line to try to avoid the inevitable consequences should this incompetence continue?

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Mr Speaker, I'd like to ask my right honourable friend the Prime Minister for his opinion on a constitutional matter. What does he consider to be the correct qualification to hold his current position? The Constitution makes no mention of the Premiership (something I believe need not be corrected as it adds to the realism of a MHoC emulating a nation with a fluid, uncodified constitution) and the GD states that "the speaker invites the leader of the largest coalition/party that fulfills article 6.1 to form a government and nominate a prime minister for appointment". It is the convention that the party leader of the largest party in government holds the title. However matters are not always so simple as we learned from the last government. In the case of the Premiership being passed to someone who is not party leader (and in the event of some conflict over who is the legitimate Prime Minister) who legitimises the Head of Government. Who makes it official? At what point is an Acting PM, a PM? And should Acting PMs be considered past PMs (such as adam9317 and Aph)? Without an active Monarch/Head of State we are left open to a future constitutional crisis. Does the PM agree with me (the previous questions being rhetorical) that in this, and so many other regards, the Constitution and GD need to be tightened up considerably so as to better serve the nation and the House?
I can suggest why there is no mention of a leader in the GD, and that is the fact that the Socialists refuse to appoint one. To require a party leader to become PM would require parties to be required to have a leader, which is something I'm not 100% opposed to, but I imagine would face significant opposition within the House. Alternatively each party could nominate a "Prime Ministerial Candidate" German-style, but this is only good until a PM resigns or disappears.

Perhaps the Government of the day ought to vote internally upon any new PM appointment following the initial one, who would be the PM Candidate of the largest party. This would make sure the PM still had the confidence of the Government at least, though I would continue a procedure whereby the sitting PM can appoint an Acting PM for a certain pre-set length of time, who would not count as a PM for history's sake. Following the end of this Acting PMship and if the PM has not returned, it should be treated as an unexplained absence, and the PMship should pass on according to the procedures set out in the Prime Ministerial Succession Act.

Regarding a re-write, it would be a nice idea to have a full re-write of GD and Constitution, just as I've been mentioning an internal Labour Constitution re-write, but I think it would be too contentious for it just to be re-written to follow current practice.

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Mr Speaker, can the prime minister tell us whether his government intends to continue pushing out poorly written statements that either say nothing or unnecessarily drive up taxes, in both cases with no research apparently done, or will he be getting his government in line to try to avoid the inevitable consequences should this incompetence continue?
We have produced more statements than any other Government I have witnessed during nearly two years in this House, and I see no evidence of a drop in quality during that time.
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We have produced more statements than any other Government I have witnessed during nearly two years in this House, and I see no evidence of a drop in quality during that time.
Mr Speaker, does this mean that the prime minister maintains quantity over quality is the way forwards, and if not, what does he intend to do to demonstrate so?

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Mr Speaker, does this mean that the prime minister maintains quantity over quality is the way forwards, and if not, what does he intend to do to demonstrate so?
As I've said, I think we've maintained the level of quality from previous Parliaments (and I don't just refer to the last one, which was awful, but back to the 19th Parliament when things seemed a little less confrontational and unpleasant) but yet some departments must have produced more departmental statements alone than even that Government produced in total.

This is the result of a significant improvement in the House's activity levels (and to illustrate this I will mention that when I wrote the amendment increasing the minimum voting percentage from 50% to 60% this was controversial - now we have members seriously suggesting a minimum of 90%) since that time. The problem is that those who have joined the House since that time have little appreciation for that fact.
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