Results 161–180 of 5795 for speaker:Lord Prescott

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Flooding (England) (9 Jul 2007)

John Prescott: As a Back Bencher, I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement. I echo the praise of the people of Hull for the emergency services, the voluntary services and the local authority workers—they all worked tremendously hard. The floods damaged more than 5,000 houses in Hull, closed many schools—4,000 children were looking for a school—and caused great damage. Tragically, a man...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Consultants (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1626W.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Home Working (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Staff in my Office are seconded from the Department for Communities and Local Government, and I therefore refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith) on 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2099W.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Joint Ministerial Committee (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I last attended a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on Europe (JMC(E)) in July 2005.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Manpower (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: As stated in the departmental Annual Report, copies of which are available in the Library of the House, my Office employed 19.8 full-time equivalent staff. Of these, 40 per cent. were female and 60 per cent. were male. Where the information requested results in figures of less than five this is not released in order to protect the privacy of individuals.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Sick Leave (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 536W.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: West Indies (27 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: This Government publish an annual list of Cabinet Ministers' travel overseas costing over £500, along with the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2007-08 will be published as soon as it is ready at the end of the financial year. All travel is in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Coordination (25 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I refer the hon. Member to my Department's annual report, copies of which are available in the Library for the reference of Members.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Official Gifts (25 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: The Government publish an annual list of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140. Information relating to 2007-08 will be published as soon as it is available at the end of the financial year.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Foreign Relations (21 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: My Department has not agreed any memorandums of understanding with foreign Governments.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Official Residences (21 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I refer the right hon. Lady to the answer given to her by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 14 June 2007, Official Report , column 1263W, and to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, North (Edward Miliband) on 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1637W.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Departments: Sign Language (21 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: Following the recognition of British Sign language (BSL) as a language in its own right in March 2003, the Government committed £1.5 million funding for 10 projects designed to improve the infrastructure supporting BSL tutors and to raise awareness of the communication needs of Deaf BSL users among employers, service providers and in the wider community. The aim is for the outputs from...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Government Departments: Health (21 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I am Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Public Health (DA(PH)). Its terms of reference are to co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of the Government's policies to improve public health and reduce health inequalities. Co-ordination across Government has been necessary to address a range of public health issues, including reducing smoking rates, tackling obesity, reducing teenage pregnancy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Sustainable Cities (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: As chair of the China Taskforce, I hold regular discussions on sustainable cities with a range of stakeholders across UK business, academia and Government, including Cabinet colleagues. Creating sustainable cities is important to tackling climate change, especially in China, where 15 million people a year are expected to migrate to the cities over the next 20 years. The taskforce has recently...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Sustainable Cities (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her kind remarks and for all the good wishes to me. I want especially to thank all the hard-working doctors, nurses and staff at University College hospital, who work day and night, as the staff in all our hospitals do, to help all of us who are suffering from illness. I think that every one of us would like to express our congratulations to all our NHS...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Sustainable Cities (20 Jun 2007)

John Prescott: I just do not agree with that conclusion because of the number of houses we have built and the degree of our investment in transport. To provide one classic example, in 1997, I rescued the Channel tunnel rail link from going bankrupt. That was the most important investment in transport innovation in this country and was particularly important for the development of the whole south-east and...

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

John Prescott: My Department's budget for 2007-08 is £2.5 million, in line with Treasury guidelines. That figure has already been published in a number of places, including the departmental main estimates and the Department's annual report, a copy of which is available in the Library for the reference of Members.

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

John Prescott: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that money has been better spent by this Government than by the previous Administration. I recall in particular that the hon. Gentleman was an advocate of the poll tax. How anyone can come here and talk about this amount of resources when £5 billion was wasted on the poll tax, which he advocated, I do not know. Perhaps he should not be doing that. Let me...

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

John Prescott: That is clearly a matter for the incoming Prime Minister, who I have no doubt will do an excellent job.

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...


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