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Summary

  1. Last PM's questions until September
  2. Theresa May faced Jeremy Corbyn
  3. They clashed on low pay and the economy
  4. Followed by urgent questions and statement...
  5. ...on prisons safety, child refugees and pensions

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By Brian Wheeler and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

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We're ending our Prime Minister's Questions coverage now. The next session is in September. You can follow the rest of the day's proceedings in the House of Commons here, courtesy of our BBC Parliament colleagues

Minister's frankness appreciated by committee chair

Prison safety urgent question

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Bob Neill
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Bob Neill, the chair of the Justice Committee says it is right that the minister is frank about the problems facing prisons.

He asks if the government will take forward the prison reform agenda which does not rely on legislation, and if he will commit to providing data to the House and the committee on implementing the Prison Inspector's recommendations.

The minister says he would be more than happy to discuss this further with the committee.

He adds that the government have not ruled out future legislation for prisons, but there is a lot that can be done without requiring legislation.

Spice drug blamed as part of the problem

Prison safety urgent question

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Phillip Lee
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In his response to Ms Malhotra, the minister says the government fully recognises the difficulties in the prison system.

He says "the staffing issue has been recognised as a problem".

He says he would argue that the unforeseen exacerbant in prisons has been the drug Spice.

He adds that mental health issues in prisons are something he takes seriously, they recognise the need for these services to improve.

'They've been warned'

Prison safety urgent question

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Seema Malhotra
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Labour's Seema Malhotra says that last year the chief inspector of prisons said that too many prisons were unacceptably violent and dangerous.

This year, he says the situation has got worse, she explains, with staff assaults increasing by 38%.

She adds that the jump in violence in prisons is a crisis of the government's on making.

"They've been warned by MPs, they've been warned by staff in our prisons and they've been warned by charities," she finishes.

Theresa May 'will be fine'

The Daily Politics

John Pienaar gets his crystal ball out and predicts what will happen in the run up to the Tory conference in the autumn.

There will be feverish talk about it being a looming "car crash" and the PM facing plots to oust her - then she will appear to cheering crowds and appear "fine". And then it will start all over again...

Watch: Discussing the 'unparliamentary' football shirt

Government acknowledge 'serious' issues in prisons

Prison safety urgent question

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Phillip Lee
HoC

Prisons Minister Phillip Lee is answering the urgent question on safety in prisons and youth custody centres.

He says the government is investing £100m a year to bring in new prison officers.

He says the "government acknowledge the serious issues the youth justice system faces".

He states there are three examples of steps the government is taking:

  1. Creation of a new youth custody service
  2. Development of a youth justice specialist role
  3. Development of an individualised approach for young people, focussing on education and health

There's some government guidance here on young people being in custody.

A 'tragedy' is 'inevitable'

Prison safety urgent question

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Prison in Norwich
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Seema Malhotra has been granted this urgent question on safety in prisons and youth custody centres.

A House of Commons briefing paper, published last month, said that there has been a decline since 2012 in prison safety.

In March 2015, the Justice Committee said there had been a rapid deterioration, they said the same in May 2016. In April of this year, the Justice Committee predicted that prison safety would be one of the key issues continuing to face the Ministry of Justice.

The chief inspectors of prisons in said yesterday that youth prisons were so unsafe that a "tragedy" is "inevitable".

Corbyn nurse pay claim 'not technically true'

The Daily Politics

Labour MP Sarah Champion concedes that Jeremy Corbyn's claim that nurses' pay has been frozen was "not technically true".

They are not getting the cost of living increase they used to get, she adds.

Watch: Andrew Neil sums up PMQs

Watch: PM pledges action on knife crime

What we learned from PMQs

The Daily Politics

The main message we can take from PMQs is that the Tories want to reclaim the high ground on financial competence before possibly doing a U-turn on public sector pay, says the BBC's deputy political editor John Pienaar.

Tory MPs seem determined to keep the PM where she is, he adds, while Jeremy Corbyn was in full campaigning mode, something he does well even if some Labour MPs are privately "groaning" about the prospect of a summer on the stump with their leader, adds Pienaar.

SNP MP's football shirt

The Daily Politics

On to the reaction to the session, on Daily Politics and Labour MP Sarah Champion says she expects SNP Hannah Bardell will get a ticking off for turning up to PMQs in a football shirt. It is not very Parliamentary attire, she adds.

Catholic schools waiting for the go ahead

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Conservative Sir Edward Leigh says that ending the faith-based cap on free schools had been promised before the election and in the manifesto and there were plans ready to go for new Catholic schools. When will it be confirmed they can go ahead, he asks.

Theresa May says that the government believes it is important for more faith schools to be set up and to be allowed to expand. She said the education secretary was currently considering the issue and would be publishing "in the near future" an overall view on improving the diversity of school provision and creating more high quality school places.

Terror financing report suppressed - Green MP

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The Green Party's Caroline Lucas urges the PM to publish a report into terrorist financing, asking if it has been suppressed because its contents would "embarrass" the Saudis.

Mrs May says it has nothing to do with that but the report does include sensitive information and has been made available to the Privy Council.

Knife crime crackdown promised

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Theresa May says the government will do more to tackle knife crime, after a question from new Labour MP for Croydon Central Sarah Jones. She mentions the restrictions flagged yesterday about the online sale of knives.

Inequality and mental health questions

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Another helpful question for Mrs May from the Tory benches on falling inequality - MPs have calmed down somewhat since her clash with Mr Corbyn

Then a Labour MP asks about a shortage of mental health beds for young people in the NHS. Mrs May expresses concern and promises Jeremy Hunt will look into.

Watch: MP addresses 'interim prime minister'

Watch: SNP ask PM about women's pensions

Tory MP says she can't defend BBC pay publication

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'Rip-off' credit card charges

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Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach does the PM a favour by asking about "unfair" surcharges on credit and debit cards. Mrs May says the government will end "rip off" charges.

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Ken Clarke says 'bad Brexit' would hit pay

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Veteran Tory MP and Europhile Ken Clarke bangs the drum for a soft Brexit, and also works in a swipe at Labour's "hard left" (in case we thought he was helping Jeremy Corbyn out)

More Labour pressure on pay

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Edinburgh South Labour MP Ian Murray picks up the low pay baton from Jeremy Corbyn.

Mrs May has a swipe at the BBC, saying there "are some people in the public sector who are very well paid", before explaining her party's position, balancing the protection of jobs with the cost to those who fund public sector jobs (ie keeping taxes low)

Watch: Dishonouring the home of the bard?

Child sexual exploitation

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Tory Lucy Allen asks about a child sexual exploitation case from her Telford constituency, calling for victims to be properly consulted when perpetrators are released from prison.

Mrs May says there is already a scheme that is meant to do this - but she advises the MP to write to the justice secretary about the case.

School meals in the summer holidays

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Dan Carden, newly-elected Labour MP for Liverpool Walton, asks about "kids going hungry" during the summer holidays.

Mrs May says the best way to deal with poverty is for "people to get into the work place".

Universities, job centres, mental health

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Tory MP Rob Blackman says more people from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university, giving Mrs May another opportunity to bash Labour.

Paul Sweeney, a newly-elected Scottish Labour MP asks about cuts to job centres. What matters is the service provided to people who go to job centres, says the PM.

Tory Richard Drax asks about mental health help for army veterans. Mrs May vows to do more.

Pic: MP wears football shirt in Commons

Not sure we've ever seen that happen before...

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Commons
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Call for voting age to be lowered

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The SNP's Kirsty Blackman calls for votes to be given to 16-year-olds at Westminster elections. Mrs May does not agree.

SNP pushes May on women's pensions

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The SNP's Iain Blackford lists all the money the government has spent on Hinckley Point, replacing Trident and the DUP deal.

"She can shake the magic money tree when she wants to," he says, can she not help women who are missing out on a pension?

Mrs May spots an open goal - Hinkley Point is privately funded, she tells MPs.

She adds that the government has put some extra money into pensions but the Scottish government has powers over welfare, so why don't they "get on with the day job" rather than going on about independence.

Watch: Corbyn and May clash over low pay

Watch: Theresa May's message to NHS staff

Watch: Corbyn on Hammond's reported comments

The final May/Corbyn exchange (for now)

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The Speaker ticks off a Tory MP for his "wild gesticulations". Noise levels are rising again as Mr Corbyn shouts himself almost hoarse as he urges the PM to stand aside for Labour.

Mrs May bludgeons him with statistics on the Conservatives' economic record and, with that, the final exchange between the two before recess, comes to an end.

We'll bring you clips from that session now, as well as the pick of the rest of the questions, and the reaction afterwards.

Watch: PM always happy to visit the West Midlands

Low pay harms economy - Corbyn

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Low pay damages the economy, argues Mr Corbyn, as noise levels rise to a crescendo (prompting a rebuke from the Speaker).

Mrs May says the best route out of poverty is work and the Tories have increased the number of people in work, she counters. The Tories also introduced the National Living Wage, she says, the "biggest pay increase ever" for people on the lowest wages.

Corbyn and May clash over low pay

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Mr Corbyn says the PM had no trouble finding money for the DUP's support. He continues his attack on government, accusing the PM of having lost touch with reality over low pay. He says one in eight workers are now living in poverty.

Mrs May hits back with an attack on Labour's spending policies, saying the last Labour government "crashed the economy" and the Tories had created more jobs and investment.

Nurse's letter on 'sacrificing health'

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There are warm words from Mrs May on the way Mr Corbyn responded to the Finsbury Park attack in his own constituency.

She then responds to his question on pay, listing all that the government has done in this area.

Mr Corbyn lists some of the low-pay public servants - and then reads out a letter from nurse Sarah, who has "sacrificed her health" for others and has had a pay freeze.

The PM says she recognises the sacrifice nurses and other make but says the deficit had to be tackled.

Corbyn goes on public sector pay

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Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn joins Mrs May in praising Commons staff and the emergency services who dealt with terror attacks and other emergencies.

He segues into a question on "overpaid" public servants - asking if it included members of her own "squabbling" cabinet.