John Battle

Former Labour MP for Leeds West

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Recent appearances

  • Business of the House: Clause 9 — Duration of Act 7 Apr 2010

    Having served for the past 10 years on the Select Committee on International Development, it is a proud moment for me to say a few words in support of the Bill, which has all-party support. I know that we are at the end of the Parliament and there is a rush to get things through, and I listened carefully to the probing amendments tabled by the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh), but...
  • Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Credit 23 Mar 2010

    To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what research has been undertaken by his Department on the level of interest rates charged in the (a) legal and (b) illegal home credit market; and what the highest rate of interest charged was in each such case.
  • Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Credit 22 Mar 2010

    To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received from (a) consumer bodies and (b) other organisations (i) in support of and (ii) against the introduction of a cap on charges in the home credit market; and if he will make a statement.

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Former Labour MP for Leeds West

Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election


Topics of interest

  • Treasury
  • Health
  • Work and Pensions
  • International Development
  • Home Department
  • Social Fund
  • Colombia
  • Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services
  • Waste Management
  • Housing: Leeds

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee) (7 Oct 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Committee on Arms Export Controls (29 Sep 2008 to 7 Oct 2009)
  • Member, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (17 Oct 2006 to 27 Nov 2007)
  • Member, International Development Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, International Development Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (28 Jul 1999 to 11 Jun 2001)
  • Minister of State (Science, Energy and Industry), Department of Trade and Industry (5 May 1997 to 28 Jul 1999)

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Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.


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