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Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Budget (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind remarks. No, we have not invested in polls to find that out; quite frankly, I am not a great believer in them. The Department has not spent any money on that. I welcome my hon. Friend's remarks about our contribution to equality. It has not been easy to make some of those arguments in the past, as he well knows, but I am glad to have belonged to a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Budget (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: My experience is that there has always been good agreement between my two colleagues and I am sure that it will continue. I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his kind remarks. It seems that while I was away, the Leader of the Opposition had something to say about me, too. He described me as a cross between Ernie Bevin and Dameosthenes— [Laughter.] It seems that I have not yet figured...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Budget (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his kind remarks. We live in truly remarkable times. As a previous Leader of the Opposition, he must have heard the present Leader of the Opposition say this week that the Tories were "not abandoning Conservative principles, but applying them in new ways to new challenges". That sounds like my "traditional values in a modern setting". So now we know. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Poverty Reduction (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: The Government have made considerable progress in reducing poverty and helping the most vulnerable families and older people. The House will recall that, under the Tories, child poverty doubled and one in four pensioners were living in poverty. Thanks to measures such as the national minimum wage and tax credits, relative child poverty has reduced faster than in any other country in Europe,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Poverty Reduction (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I thank my hon. Friend for her kind remarks. I am receiving so many today that I might even come back—[Hon. Members: "Hear, hear!"] My hon. Friend has raised the important issue of the difference between a Labour Administration and a Liberal Administration. It is important to so many people living in poverty and to so many people in jobs. Let us judge what the Liberals do in local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Poverty Reduction (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman knows, because it has been said by the Prime Minister and others at this Dispatch Box, that poverty has gone down. Relative poverty is an important issue, and property prices have played an important part in that. It is equally true, however, that everyone has gained from the prosperity of this Government in the past 10 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Poverty Reduction (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his remarks. The improvement is obvious in our cities: the new deal programme has helped to reduce unemployment and crime and improve housing in the poorest parts of our communities, making them areas where people now want to live. There are many examples of the success of our policies, particularly in the inner cites. The Government made that...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Northern Midlands Coalfields (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I am very proud of the progress that has been made over the past 10 years revitalising the former English coalfields, including those of the Northern Midlands. When we came into power in 1997, these communities had suffered and been ignored for years. It was desperately important to raise aspirations in these communities through regeneration, education and job creation. English Partnership's...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Congestion Charging (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Over the past 10 years, this Government have spent £128 billion on transport. After 18 years of neglect, 10 years of investment mean we now have more people travelling on public transport. Despite this, car use still continues to grow. It is not a new problem, but it has a different form from 1997—with 10 years of unprecedented economic growth, many families now have two and often...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: European Constitutional Treaty (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Government policy on European Union matters is co-ordinated through the Joint Ministerial Committee on Europe (JMC(E)) and the European Policy Cabinet Committee. I am a member of both committees, which are chaired by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary. Significant European Council agenda items are also routinely discussed at Cabinet meetings.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Sustainable Cities (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: In April 2007 I met with State Councillor Tang and Premier Wen in Beijing. I put to the Chinese leadership a proposal on strengthening co-operation between the UK and China in the field of sustainability, particularly sustainable cities. In addition, I recently highlighted the potential for sustainable city cooperation between the UK and China to Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo,...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: New Town Regeneration (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Since 1997, the Government have made regeneration and renewal a priority, investing more than £20 billion in our towns and cities. There has been considerable progress in Skelmersdale including a major redevelopment of the town centre and the area is also benefiting from £3.7 million in safer stronger communities funding.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Schools Policy (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: The Cabinet Committee on Schools Policy has the remit to discuss and develop policies to improve schools and to monitor progress. Since 1997 this Government have worked tirelessly to drive up standards in schools, giving parents more choice and young people a better start in life. Thanks to our programme of sustained investment coupled with reform, we have seen unprecedented improvements:...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Data Protection (19 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: My Department is not aware of having been found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act since its establishment.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Joint Ministerial Committee (19 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: The Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) exists in both function and plenary formats. It has met in various functional formats to discuss specific policy areas such as Health, Poverty, the Knowledge Economy and Europe. Of these four subject areas, the JMC on Europe meets most regularly and is serviced by staff from the Cabinet Office. The UK Government have always been represented at JMC plenary...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Internet (18 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and for Social Exclusion and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Hilary Armstrong) on 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1624W.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Legal Costs (18 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Expenditure will be accounted for in the departmental resource accounts in the usual way.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers (18 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Special advisers' involvement in party political matters is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, including section 22 (iii), and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary in December 2006 and May 2007, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Property (18 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Since its creation on 5 May 2006, my Office has been based in 26 Whitehall. This is a Cabinet Office building and I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office and for Social Exclusion and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Hilary Armstrong) on 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 12WS.


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