Boris Johnson faced the Prime Minister’s Questions and then appeared before the Liaison Committee of deputies from different political parties. She was asked about a variety of topics, from violence against women to the economy and even her attitude towards wearing masks.
We have been analyzing some of the claims you made during the day.
‘We are investing, I think, around £ 85 million more in tax for the CPS’
Johnson gave this answer when asked what he was doing to improve the prosecution of rape cases.
The government announced an additional £ 85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to be spent over two years, in August 2019, although that was to help tackle violent crime in general, not just rape.
But even with the extra money, CPS 2020-21 funding was roughly 26% lower than 2010-11, adjusting for inflation or rising prices.
Reality Check has analyzed more claims about low levels of rape prosecution in this article.
42% of [recruits to] the Met are now women, so we’re changing the culture ‘
Johnson made this claim in response to a question about trust in the police, following the murder of Sarah Everard.
The Metropolitan Police aims for 50% of new police recruits to be women by 2022.
In October, the Met announced So far in 2021, 42.4% of all new agents and detectives had been women.
According to the Ministry of the InteriorAs of March this year, 29% of Met police officers are women.
‘There were just 30 seconds when I wasn’t wearing a mask’
Mr. Johnson was asked if he was wearing a mask during his visit to Hexham Hospital on November 8.
When asked about it at a press conference on November 15, he said: “I wear a mask where the rules say I must.”
The rules throughout the Northumbria NHS Trust are “anyone who attends our hospitals and community settings must continue to wear a face shield at all times to protect patients, visitors and staff.”
At the Liaison Committee, Mr. Johnson admitted that he had briefly not worn a mask, but that “he had put it on as soon as I realized he had made that mistake; I apologize for that.”
A statement issued by the hospital trust, though not released to the media, said that he had walked down a corridor “for a very short period of time, without a mask” and “this brief moment was captured on camera.”
‘We are still spending £ 10bn on ODA this year’
The government has reduced the amount it spends on foreign aid, referred to as Official Development Assistance (ODA), from 0.7% of gross national income (GNI), a measure of the size of the economy, to 0 ,5%.
But despite that cut, the prime minister told the committee, the UK still spends £ 10bn a year and “we are the third largest donor of ODA to the G7 as a percentage of GNI.”
This year, UK ODA spending is likely to approach £ 11bn.
And it is expected to be the third country that spends the most on ODA (as a percentage of GNI) in the G7 group of large industrialized economies, behind Germany and France.
Last year, the UK ranked second, ahead of France.
You can read more about UK aid spending cuts here.
‘Now we have unemployment practically at historical lows’
Unemployment is considerably lower than previously expected in the pandemic and at historically relatively low levels.
Many forecasters expected the unemployment rate to rise above 5%.
And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show it to be 4.3%.
But that’s still higher than the 3.8% before the pandemic, in 2019.
It is a difference of more than 350,000 people.
The figures date back to 1971.
And the real all-time low is 3.4%, at the end of 1973.
‘We want another 50,000 more nurses and we are on track to achieve it by the end of Parliament.’
Johnson first made a promise to hire 50,000 more nurses in the 2019 general election.
The latest figures show that there were 310,935 full-time equivalent NHS nurses and health visitors in England during August 2021.
And that represents an increase of 14,842 from December 2019, but still leaves just over 35,000 seats to fill before the next election.
The prime minister also told the committee: “We are working as hard as we can to get more doctors.”
The government pledged in the elections to have 6,000 additional GPs by 2024.
But earlier this month, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told another committee of parliamentarians: “I don’t think we are on the right track.
“I’m not going to pretend we’re on the right track when we’re clearly not.”
You can read more about whether the government is delivering on electoral promises here.
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