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Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: Is my hon. Friend aware that under their contracts, contractors will be fully compensated if they run only 95 per cent. of the existing service? Services can be cut by a further 5 per cent., but they will still be fully compensated. That does not build in an improvement, but allows a further margin for failure.

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: The current best estimate is that work under PPP—that is, work on the lines—might start as early as next September. There is not the slightest doubt that if there were the backing of the Government through the Treasury, bonds could be around in a matter of weeks. Bonds could advance the start of the work, not delay it.

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I too apologise to the House. I do not wish to snub the new Lord Mayor, and will also miss the winding-up speeches for the same reason.

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I suspect that I had better declare an interest, just to be on the safe side. As Mayor of London, I will inherit the contracts in the next year or so, if they go ahead, and the underground. I also have an interest as a Londoner who uses the underground every day. Before people assume that my opposition to the proposal is on an ideological basis, look at the way in which I have conducted...

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I completely reject my hon. Friend's suggestion. I think that the management changes prefiguring PPP are exacerbating the problems of under-investment. A quite sinister—although, I am sure, purely innocent—coincidence is that, on 1 November, Stanley Hart, the chief railway safety inspector and author of the leaked letter, was moved from his post, so that he will not be making the final...

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: Mr. Kiley has been appointed commissioner for transport, the senior officer in the whole Transport for London mini-empire. He will be responsible for buses, the Public Carriage Office and the docklands light railway. As soon as the underground is transferred, he will become directly responsible for that as well. His contract has been agreed, and we expect him to sign it on his next visit,...

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I consider that there will be substantial and extensive change. We will look to promote those people who have some enthusiasm, but an awful lot of people have been ground down by years of failure. I am talking about changing not one or two people in senior management but dozens, and I regret that it has not been done before. As I said, I did not automatically reject PPP at first. I focused...

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: May I answer the hon. Gentleman's question about what would be done if it became obvious to Transport for London and the Mayor that one of the companies was failing to provide the required level of safety. Technically, in law, one could sack it or kick it off the contract. However, under the form of the contracts, TFL and the Mayor would have to pay the banks that funded the company the...

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Ken Livingstone: As the Minister seems so enamoured of Will Hutton's report, will he give the House an undertaking to make in their entirety the changes to the PPP that Will Hutton recommended?

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: rose in his place and claimed to move, That the Question be now put.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I am happy to do that.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: Portakabins.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. As I said earlier, I do not believe that the debate is an issue of class or an issue between rural and urban areas. The vast majority of people in every sector of society oppose hunting because they regard it as cruel. As we know, analysis of opinion polls shows that even in the 7 per cent. of Britain that is most rural, a large majority of those living...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I understand that there is a lot of conspiracy going on, so let me clarify the position. I was approached by a Government Whip earlier this week to check that I would be available from 9.30 this morning, and I gave that assurance. When I arrived at 9.10, I went straight to my office. I did not happen to see any other hon. Members, so a suggestion may have gone round that I was not in the...

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I am not a lawyer, but the lawyers who advised the organisations supporting the Bill assured me that it was fully compliant with the human rights provisions to which the hon. Gentleman has referred.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I said that because I do not believe that to be the case. If, at the end of my days, the people at Millbank tower offered me three choices of death—being torn apart by dogs, being hanged, or being shot—I would choose being shot.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: If the hunting lobby plans to filibuster until we have to move a closure at 2 pm, there is no point in my side being restrained. Hon. Members have referred to cruelty in the ways that foxes are killed. Some people who support hunting assume that a quick nip by a dog will dispatch the fox. That would be true if they were hunting with a tiger or a lion, which kill rapidly with one bite....

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: The hon. Gentleman is much better on asteroids.

Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Hunting With Dogs) Bill (7 Apr 2000)

Ken Livingstone: I am not sure whether we should make interventions through third parties. However, I point out to the right hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. King) and the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Mr. Öpik) that I do not go fishing; I did so once, but found it monumentally boring because I did not catch anything. It is not something that I should choose to do. However, there is a different scale of...


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