As it happened: PM's questions and EU benefit plans

Key points

  • David Cameron faced criticism during his weekly Commons question session from Ed Miliband for changing tack on regulating payday lenders
  • Foreign Office Minister David Lidington said it was "a matter of grave concern" that Spain had searched some post sent by Gibraltar's governor
  • Home Secretary Theresa May accused Labour of "staggering hypocrisy" over its stance on immigrants' access to benefits

Live text


  • Ed Lowther 
  • Brian Wheeler 

Last updated 27 November 2013


That brings to an end our live coverage of events in Parliament. You can continue to follow Jo Swinson's Post Office statement and other developments in the Commons on BBC Democracy Live.


The immigration statement comes to an end. Business Minister Jo Swinson is now updating MPs on plans to modernise the Post Office network.


Tory MP Nick de Bois says Brussels' reaction to the UK's plans shows how "remote" their institutions are from their populations. Mrs May agrees, saying the Commission is "beginning to realise it is on the wrong side of the argument".


Mrs May warns people against making "exaggerated" claims about the number of migrants likely to come from Bulgaria and Romania, urging people to be "measured" in their comments.


Labour MPs are more concerned about minimum wage enforcement - new measures will not be in place by 1 January reveals Mrs May - and recruitment of workers in Bulgaria and Romania by agencies.


Tory MPs are queuing up to ask why the government does not extend transitional controls. Mrs May is holding the government line and suggesting EU-wide rule changes could happen in future.


So - the new habitual residence test will be in place on 1 January. As will plans to remove migrants with no reason to be here. As for those that won't be in place, you will just have to work that out, Home Secretary Theresa May tells MPs.


Labour's Sadiq Khan tells BBC Radio 4's The World at One the party broadly supports the government's proposals and urges other moves - such as stopping employers from only advertising jobs overseas. A subject Theresa May has just been talking about in the Commons. (see 1331 entry)


Tory MP Peter Bone gets in a plug for his private member's bill on extending transitional controls. Mrs May says she will be in the Commons on Friday for a different reason - to support James Wharton's private member's bill on an EU referendum.


Responding to a question from a Labour MP, Theresa May says the government is taking action to prevent recruitment agencies in Bulgaria and Romania recruiting workers for the UK.