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Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Health Care in London (9 Mar 2010)

Tony McNulty: The hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr. Burrowes) was doing so well until the end of his speech. This debate has to be slightly bigger than the ponderous party politics outlined by him then, and outlined earlier by the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley). The notion that there is a land of milk and honey just waiting for the time when the hon. Member for South...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Health Care in London (9 Mar 2010)

Tony McNulty: The hon. Lady should listen. I am not justifying it at all. I am simply saying that what happens in one part of London has serious ramifications in another part of London that is apparently not particularly close to it. The key question is "If not this, then what?" Does there need to be a strategy review and overhaul of what is going on in London? I think that everyone would answer "Yes", but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I am not clear about this point. Have the Liberal Democrats said in terms whether they would commit to the neighbourhood police fund-the fund that supports the 14,000 PCSOs-or whether they would un-ring-fence it? I meant to try to ask the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) that-I believe that the Conservative line is that they will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: I take those points in part, but does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the five east midlands police authorities and forces have collaborated significantly since the denouement of the merger debate? The efficiency savings that they are making are real, and that money is being transferred to the front line.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: It is important for us to take the police, and police finance, extremely seriously. I do not think that that has happened of late, certainly on the Opposition Benches. I said two years ago- the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) quoted me without mentioning me-that I believed that the time had come for a proper and substantial review of the way in which we funded our police. If we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: I am sorry that I did not make myself clear to my hon. Friend. As I may have said more gently when I was Police Minister but will say more vocally now, I do not consider that capping figures at all, or should figure, in my little purview or compass. We are talking about a unique relationship: a potentially transactional relationship. To say "The police authority will do x with y increase in,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: Of course the hon. Gentleman may say what he said about what I was like as a Minister. I am talking about where we need to go, rather than about the existing circumstances. To be fair to myself-if that is possible-I think that I said much of this from the Dispatch Box during the debate that was mentioned earlier. I believe that there needs to be a collective will and consensus. As I said...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: That is absolutely and entirely right, and it is to the Conservatives' shame that they have played around with the statistics. It is not enough for the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell to say, as he did on the "Today" programme this morning: "There are certainly changes in the reporting methods". Well, I am not sure whether I should congratulate him on spotting that, because the changes have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: On the first part of that intervention, the hon. Gentleman misses the point entirely. I am not trying to be partisan. As I have said, the criteria for the figures were determined by a cross-party panel, and we deliberately changed the entire definition of violent crime. Given that there was broad agreement on that, it is incumbent upon all of us to use the new figures appropriately and not to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: I accept that, and the hon. Gentleman is, in a different way, putting the point about floors and ceilings again. However, considerable progress has been made over the past 10 to 13 years in the allocation of resources and in trying to reflect the needs of local areas. I think we should go further on that, of course, and we could, and should, do that on a cross-party basis in future. Whatever...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: We could look and shed as much light as we want, but we would find that the answer is nothing, even if we throw in the Mayor's fund and all sorts of things. The crucial thing given London's unique structures-the unique structures that the police authority introduced in London and that Mr. Johnson took over two years ago-is that we were told that London was the crucible. Someone who wanted to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Police Grant Report (3 Feb 2010)

Tony McNulty: Because Boris Johnson is not; because crucially, Ken clearly said to the electorate during his four years, "I am increasing the police precept for London by x and here is what you are going to get for it in terms of safer neighbourhood teams." Boris has said to people-again this is typical flim-flam-that he is going to freeze the GLA precept, but he has told them nothing about the...

Holocaust Memorial Day (28 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: It is a pleasure, if that is the right word, to speak in this debate in this place. As my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) suggested, we have had a role in these events through history, however small. Let me just point out to the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. Keetch)-I had a row with Michael Heseltine about this once-that the Nazis were not elected. They never secured a...

Holocaust Memorial Day (28 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: The hon. Lady misses the point: it was not a partisan remark. I simply say that she should look at the history. I repeat my point: if Holocaust memorial day is supposed to be about "never again" as well as remembering, we cannot equivocate. It is a disgrace that at any stage since the inception of national Holocaust memorial day the Muslim Council of Britain has boycotted it. I have said that...

Business of the House (28 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: May we have a debate on London government? We were promised three rape crisis centres, but none has been delivered. We were promised low fares, and some are going up by more than 20 per cent. We were promised more police, and the latest proposal is to cut police numbers in London by up to 500. This man cannot even be bothered to chair the Metropolitan Police Authority but still takes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Exchange Rate Movements (FCO) (21 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: I thank my hon. Friend for confirming that the counter-terrorism spending of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has risen and will continue to do so, especially its spending on Pakistan. Does he agree that the current events are occurring in the context of the largest ever spend by this country-domestic and foreign-on the intelligence and security services, and the largest ever significant...

Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill: Crime and Security Bill (18 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd), not least because I have a high regard for what he says on this matter. I do not always agree with him, but I know that he approaches it in a terribly thoughtful way. I must say, however, that I disagreed absolutely with his opening and closing remarks. The notion that we are anything other than a beacon for much...

Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill: Crime and Security Bill (18 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: Nevertheless, we should start from the premise of a forfeiture of any participation in the early release scheme for someone who does anything as serious as possessing contraband, not least mobile phones. I still feel, somewhere in my water, if I may put it in those terms, that we are dealing with very serious matters through the resource nexus, rather than deciding what we should be doing and...

Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill: Crime and Security Bill (18 Jan 2010)

Tony McNulty: I was going to agree with the hon. Gentleman, but I do not agree with the example he used. I was very firmly in favour-my case has still not prevailed-of anything remotely attached to a terrorist cause having a proper terrorist statute associated with it. I did not want a terrorist tariff, which we found terribly cumbersome, and I did not want always to rely on the Explosives Act 1875 or...


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