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Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Prescott: Why? What about the rest of them who were here on time? What about that?

Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Prescott: The Sun does it.

Media: News Corporation — Motion to Take Note (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I am very happy to be on the side of the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, on this occasion in demanding a public inquiry. It reflects well on the Houses of Parliament, both Commons and Lords, that they are demanding that some action should be taken. The noble Baroness, Lady Royall, spoke of eight or 10 days that shook the world; I am bound to say that this affair has been going on longer...

BSkyB — Private Notice Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I think the House would agree that you can have a full inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005, and I am sure that that is what most of us would like to see. The Minister mentioned that the Government are prepared to look at plurality, but can I advise her that Ofcom has a responsibility to look into the invasion of privacy? Are the Minister and the Government going to take that into...

Phone Hacking — Private Notice Question (5 Jul 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the hacking of Milly Dowler's mobile is, so far, the latest and most obscene action of this company of the Murdoch press. Will the Minister confirm that it is still the Government's view that these criminal acts are irrelevant to Murdoch's purchase of BSkyB? Is the Minister also aware that the regulator Ofcom has a duty and a statutory responsibility to investigate matters of...

News Corporation/BSkyB Merger — Statement (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this is not simply an issue about the plurality of the media. It is about the credibility of the person who is purchasing BSkyB. First, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and say that it was terrible to hear on Radio 4 a report on what the Minister was putting out in a Written Statement today, when this House should have been given a proper Statement on what is clearly a very...

News Corporation/BSkyB Merger — Statement (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Prescott: I will be smacked on the hand if necessary, but I will say what I have to say. What I shall say is that the case of the apology is now an important issue. He is the man who is purchasing. He admits that they have committed criminal acts. In those circumstances, that is a consideration. Plurality is a minor part. The credibility of the person who is purchasing is an essential issue for us. I...

Carbon Budget Order 2011: Motion to Approve (28 Jun 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I shall make a brief intervention in view of the time. The noble Lord, Lord Turnbull, was in fact my Permanent Secretary at one stage and was the Cabinet Secretary when we established the lead on Kyoto and a legal framework. Clearly, he has done some rethinking on this matter since he joined this House and I look forward to further debates. Let us be clear, however: the previous...

Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 — Motion to Approve (9 Jun 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I cannot declare any interest in the radio, media or press. What a pity that they did not have less interest in me over the last 40 years. But I want to refer to the debate about the public interest. I read the Hansard report on the discussion in the Delegated Legislation Committee that dealt with this matter, and I want to address my remarks to those made by the Minister. I shall...

Draft Defamation Bill — Motion to Agree (23 May 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the Leader of the House asks for an increase in the time available for examination of the Defamation Bill, which is addressing responsible investigative journalism and the internet. Will he also give attention to the conspiracy of the press and Twitterers in relation to acts of libel and other criminal acts which are part of this press campaign on injunctions, and in contempt of...

European Convention on Human Rights — Debate (19 May 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate my friend of many years, my noble and learned friend Lord Irvine, on the presentation that he has made today and on the call for these papers on human rights to be brought forward. There could not be a more appropriate time than now to raise this particular issue. The role of human rights and the protection of private interest and public interest, as embodied in the...

Energy: Fourth Carbon Report — Statement (17 May 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome the Statement. As someone who was a negotiator at Kyoto, I fully recognise the legal framework and commitment to targets. I recognise that the Government are accepting the Committee on Climate Change's recommendation of 50 per cent to 80 per cent change by 2050. That is clearly a very ambitious target. It concerns me that the Government were committed to a legal framework...

Telephone Hacking — Question (6 Apr 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that on 3 March I asked the noble Baroness, Lady Rawlings, whether the Government would delay the decision on the acquisition of BSkyB by the Murdoch press until all these investigations and inquiries had been completed. In her supplementary reply, the noble Baroness said: "The phone-hacking allegations are very serious, but they are matters for the...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome this opportunity to talk about the RDAs; I played some part in their creation a number of years ago. I must apologise to the Committee because I am not as briefed as perhaps I should have been. I was in the Council of Europe today and I realised that the debate was on this afternoon. We need to understand what was inherited when the Regional Development Agencies were...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: Garden centres, garden festivals, you can pick the word you want. I think that the one in Liverpool collapsed after its show and still nothing has been built on that ground. We have to develop in a more effective way, although to be fair to the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, I agreed with him that the development at Canary Wharf was significant. Transforming the docks into new industrial...

News Corporation/BSkyB Merger — Statement (3 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this Statement, frankly, is largely about the price of shares and ownership of BSkyB, and little to do with democracy in our society. Is the Minister aware that the investigation into the Murdoch press on phone hacking has now been extended to the Sunday Times. The argument that it was simply one paper and one rogue reporter is no longer true-a number of papers owned by the Murdoch...

Telephone Hacking — Question (1 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: Does the noble Lord recognise that this phone hacking-a criminal act-has undermined the public's trust not only in the Murdoch press but in the Metropolitan Police? Senior officers and the commissioner attended private social functions given by Murdoch at the time of the investigation. Is that not unacceptable? Is he aware that the Murdoch defence of a rogue reporter was exposed by the...

Sex Offenders Register — Statement (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Prescott: There is no doubt, as has just been said, that it is Parliament's right to make the laws and the courts' to interpret them. However, what worries me most of all, as with the Statement in the other place regarding prisoners, is the difficult issue about private and personal rights and about freedoms. In our Human Rights Act, that is a balance between Article 8 and Article 10 as well as other...

Telephone Hacking — Question (27 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, now that the Government accept that this was a criminal act, do they also accept the excuse that was given that it was the work of a single rogue operator? That proposal was put forward by the Metropolitan Police, the newspaper editors, the Press Complaints Commission and the Crown Prosecution Service. After a number of inquiries, they still came to that conclusion. That is...

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: It was a shock for me as well.


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