After paying tribute to the two servicemen who died in Afghanistan earlier this week – including a British Muslim – David Cameron asked about the mission of British troops in that country. He asked the Prime Minister if forces had asked for more resources and whether more support was being sought from other NATO countries. The Prime Minister offered few specifics in his reply but said that it was vital that Britain stood by the democratically-elected Afghan government in its struggle against the Taliban terrorists. He promised to give British troops whatever equipment they needed for their tougher-than-expected work.
In his second round of questions Mr Cameron highlighted the fact
that approximately 300 of 500 compensation claims – related to the 7/7 bombings – are
still outstanding. He also suggested a nationwide volunteering and
schools exchange programme to help integrate Muslims into British
The LibDem leader raised the issue of reciprocal extradition
arrangements with the United States. The case of the ‘NatWest Three’
has, says the BBC,
"prompted criticism over extradition laws that do not require the US to
provide "prima facie" or solid evidence of wrongdoing to extradite a UK
citizen. Britain however must still provide the US with evidence of
"probable cause" if it wishes to extradite someone from the US."
Philip Davies MP raised the question of life sentences meaning
life. He invited the Prime Minister to support David Davies MP’s Stop All Forms of Early Release campaign.
Labour clearly scent Tory vulnerability on the English Votes for
English Laws issue. Mohammad Sarwar – a Glasgow Labour MP – asked if
the Prime Minister had any plans to make him a second class MP. Rather
more absurdly another Labour MP asked if London MPs should be excluded
from certain votes given that London had its own Mayor (with his own
unofficial foreign policy!).
Andrew Robathan MP’s question on John Prescott’s US casino-links trip
was ruled out of order by The Speaker. Michael Martin said that the
issue was being reviewed by the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Standards and could not be discussed.