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taiwo owatemi (Lab) says staff at Coventry Hospital pay £600 a year for parking.

Sunak says the government has introduced temporary free parking during the pandemic. All NHS trusts that charge for parking have policies in place to help staff in need, including those working night shifts.

Vicky Ford (Con) says she’s glad Sunak is going to Cop27. Will the government keep the promises it made in Glasgow.

Sunak says there is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change.

Chris Bryant (Lab) is mocked as he stands (by Tories who want him to apologize for saying MPs were bullied into voting for the government during the fracking split). Bryant says he will not be silenced. He asks why the economy is broken.

Sunak says Bryant did not mention Covid and the war in Ukraine, which he says are the root causes of the challenge facing the UK.

Simon Hoare (Con) calls for more support for GPs and dentists working in rural areas.

Sunak says he and Hoare (who both represent rural ridings) know their constituents feel it keenly.

Tommy Shepard (SNP) asks if the government is still determined to prosecute those who commit war crimes in Ukraine.

Sunak says he’s still attached to it.

Julian Lewis (Con) asks if the fall statement will help those at risk of losing their homes.

Sunak says the government wants to keep interest rates low. And other homeowner help is available.

Deidre Brock (SNP) calls on Sunak to condemn shadowy think tanks that exert influence over gullible politicians. They almost destroyed the economy. She says the Institute of Economic Affairs should lose its charitable status.

Sunak says he believes in lively debates. It’s a good thing, even when he disagrees, he says.

Peter Jamie (Lib Dem) inquires about a voter who is not getting help with her energy bills because of the way her Universal Credit payments are paid.

Sunak says discretionary funding is available specifically to help in cases like this.

Scott Benton (Con) says millions are furious with the plight of asylum seekers. He asks when Sunak will provide firm action on this.

Sunak says it’s a priority for him. The government will defend the borders, he says.

Neale Hanvey (Alba) asks if Scotland is in a union of equals, or is it a hostage in a territorial British colony.

Sunak says people want to see the UK and Scottish governments working together.

Gagan Mohindra (Con) asks about the progress of gigabyte broadband.

Sunak says broadband provides upgrade opportunities. He says 71% of locals now have access.

Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP in Westminster, said in May that Sunak had promised benefits next year would be increased in line with inflation and the triple lockdown would apply. But now he’s not doing it. Will he keep his promise?

Sunak said that we now have an excellent new Chancellor. He will make his fall statement. He says the government will always put fairness and compassion at the heart of everything.

Blackford says Sunak still doesn’t give a clear answer. It is a “conservative political choice” to penalize the poor. He says the government should impose a windfall tax on energy companies and remove non-dom status. Why does he not commit to increasing benefits in line with inflation?

Sunak says that as Chancellor he imposed a tax on North Sea oil producers.

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