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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gordon Prentice

Amendment of the Law (30 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: rose-

Turks and Caicos Islands (23 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: A BBC programme on the Turks and Caicos Islands has been blocked by the intervention of Lord Ashcroft's lawyers. Is there any evidence that contracts were awarded to Lord Ashcroft by people who are being investigated for possible corruption?

Turks and Caicos Islands (23 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I have a simple question. Will Lord Ashcroft be invited to give evidence to this inquiry into corruption?

Turks and Caicos Islands (23 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: My hon. Friend referred to corruption on the islands, which I have never visited. Were any UK or Belizean nationals involved in corrupt practices? I understand that people from Belize have extensive business interests on the islands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Lobbying and Paid Advocacy (22 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: We on this side of the House are all scandalised by the behaviour of the Member for North Tyneside (Mr. Byers). It was a disgrace, and absolutely shaming. I want to congratulate my Friend on saying at the Dispatch Box that the Government-hopefully the next Government-will bring forward a mandatory register of lobbyists. However, I did not hear the Gentleman who speaks for the Opposition...

Points of Order (17 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Public Administration Committee is meeting tomorrow to consider the circumstances surrounding the elevation of Lord Ashcroft. We have invited Lord Ashcroft and the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague), but we have heard nothing. Is it not a terrible discourtesy to the Committee to be ignored in this way? [Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Credit Rating (16 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: Is it not the case that the credit rating agencies take account of the real economy, that Britain is the world's sixth-largest exporter of manufactured goods and the world's second-largest exporter of services, and that there is no possibility of the credit rating agencies downgrading our rating?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Investigatory Powers (11 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: What recent assessment has been made of the adequacy of the Electoral Commission's investigatory powers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Investigatory Powers (11 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: What does that say about today's Conservative party, which told the Electoral Commission that it would not- [ Interruption. ]

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Investigatory Powers (11 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: As I was saying, what does it say about today's Conservative party that officials and staff of the Conservative party refused to co-operate with the Electoral Commission during its investigation into Bearwood Corporate Services? That is all documented in the press releases and supporting reports from the Electoral Commission. Will the hon. Member for South-West Devon (Mr. Streeter) advise me...

Communications Allowance — [Frank Cook in the Chair] (3 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I have a lot to say, but I shall compress it because I know that so many colleagues on both sides of the House want to make a contribution. I begin by saying that what happens in Britain is not unique. I know a lot about Canada-I chair the all-party Canada group. Canadians can mail their MPs without putting a stamp on the envelope. Canadian MPs can send out annual reports; they can do what we...

Communications Allowance — [Frank Cook in the Chair] (3 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I have my own speech to make, and if the hon. Gentleman catches your eye, Mr. Cook, he will be able to make his own. When the communications allowance was brought in, I did not use it for the first year. I felt uncomfortable, to be honest. Since then, I have been 545th in the list. In the first year, I spent £2,349, on surgery advertisements and so on, but people were saying to me, "What on...

Communications Allowance — [Frank Cook in the Chair] (3 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I will not. I have a lot of ground to cover, and the Member can make his own speech. My fifth parliamentary report talked about hard choices regarding DNA, and I made it clear that my position is probably more akin to the Liberal Democrat position than the Labour Government's position. When people read my parliamentary report, therefore, they say, "Whatever his faults, this guy Gordon...

Communications Allowance — [Frank Cook in the Chair] (3 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I do not want to test the patience of colleagues, so let me just say that I have too many leaflets to go through; there are three years' worth. It is not just "Pendle Matters" that is being delivered; there is loads of other stuff as well. There are six-page booklets, which look like Hello! magazine, the ads in the local papers and so on. Let me come to my peroration. I think I have...

Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements): New Clause 22 — Transfer of records to Public Record Office (2 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: First, may I ask my friend about the records of the honours scrutiny committee? I understand that no records have been destroyed but that civil servants are looking at the criteria for selecting those that will be preserved in the national archives. In a briefing that I have received from the Campaign for Freedom of Information, I am told that the honours exemption would continue for 60...

Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements): New Clause 22 — Transfer of records to Public Record Office (2 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: But there would be a public interest in disclosure if the heir to the throne, or the second in line, were to intervene and change public policy quite significantly. Surely we should know about that.

Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements): Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill (Programme) (No. 6) (2 Mar 2010)

Gordon Prentice: I, too, shall vote against the programme motion. There is simply not enough time for us properly to consider all the proposed new clauses and amendments, including the proposals from the Select Committee on Public Administration, which is chaired so ably by my friend from Cannock Chase (Dr. Wright). Those proposals are in the fifth group, which includes my proposal-new clause 7-on the...

Business of the House (25 Feb 2010)

Gordon Prentice: Now that Commander Ali Dizaei has been convicted and jailed, may we have a statement as soon as possible on how senior police officers in the Met are selected and appointed, and on the question of whether the commissioner should not have a much greater role in that?


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