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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Carbon Dioxide Emissions (10 Mar 2010)

Paul Holmes: What discussions she had with ministerial colleagues on reducing levels of carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the use of information and communications technology in Government Departments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Carbon Dioxide Emissions (10 Mar 2010)

Paul Holmes: Carbon emissions from ICT are one part of a very poor picture overall. The Minister has received £681,000 of public money from the Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a low-carbon technology scheme. Is she confident that that will be well spent when, of the 13 Cabinet Office buildings, none has received an energy efficient rating, and five, including Downing street, got a...

Crime and Security Bill: Clause 42 — Extension of licensing scheme (8 Mar 2010)

Paul Holmes: The Government are trying to introduce a complex and bureaucratic procedure to deal with the problem of wheel-clamping on private land, which is often carried out by cowboys who are effectively indulging in extortion. We made that point in Committee, and experienced a glorious defeat by one vote. It would be much simpler to follow the Scottish procedure and simply outlaw wheel-clamping on...

Bill Presented — Climate Change (Sectoral Targets) Bill: New Clause 88 — Referendum on voting systems (9 Feb 2010)

Paul Holmes: Does my hon. Friend share my view about the parochial nature of much of the debate from the Conservatives and from many Labour Members? They imply that the world would fall in if we had an electoral system in which the votes cast actually resulted in proportional representation. Last year, I talked to Labour MPs from New Zealand, where they have switched from first past the post to STV, and...

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

Paul Holmes: On the hon. Gentleman's point about whether migrant labourers are more likely to be involved in crime, I understand that some recent research has shown that they are more likely to be the victims of crime. That still causes extra costs for the police, because of translation services and all the rest of it, but migrant labourers are more likely to be the victims of crime than the cause.

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

Paul Holmes: As we have heard, this is the third year of a three-year settlement and, as such, it holds no surprises. The Government deserve congratulating on the introduction of the three-year process, which applies across all sorts of areas, not just to policing. It makes budgeting for local authorities, schools, hospitals and all sorts of organisations far more effective than the old 12-month,...

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

Paul Holmes: The Liberal Democrats have clearly said that we would divert money by abandoning particular Government programmes-identity cards have been a long-standing option. At one time, based on the original grandiose costings for ID cards, that would have paid for up to 10,000 extra police. Now the figure is about 3,000. That answer has been given and published before. After a short interim period...

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

Paul Holmes: We would have to ask our gurus, such as my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable), about that specific point. In the long-term, following exactly the theme that the right hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty) was talking about earlier, we would look to transfer most of the control and funding of and fundraising through local precepts for policing to local communities. It...

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

Paul Holmes: Yes, the authorities have made great steps forward in that regard. Some criticisms have been levelled about police forces not collaborating, but the Derbyshire police authority always says that that is not true of the east midlands forces, and points to what successful collaboration there has been. It is also looking at further collaboration, so there are things that can be done. However, if...

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

Paul Holmes: Absolutely. In Derbyshire alone, the loss is equivalent to 160 police officers. If we add the losses across the east midlands, we arrive at the figure that the hon. Gentleman has just given. I will return to my slightly more parochial take on Derbyshire and the east midlands shortly. I am interested in hearing the Minister's comments on a different issue that has partly been touched on today,...

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

Paul Holmes: Sorry. The right hon. Member for Harrow, East said that it was a very good point and that we should look into it. When the same issue was raised last year, the then Policing Minister-now the Minister for Schools and Learners, the hon. Member for Gedling (Mr. Coaker)-said exactly the same thing. I wonder whether the current Minister for Policing, Crime and Counter-Terrorism, the right hon....

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

Paul Holmes: That rise is still one of the lowest, per head of population, in the entire country. Finally, the Derbyshire police authority wrote to the Government on 6 January about the police grant report that we are debating today. It said: "We are disappointed that the final year of the three year grant settlement has not been used to move swiftly to full implementation of the new formula grant...

Bills Presented — Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill: Christmas Adjournment (16 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: Like other hon. Members, I wish to raise local issues, but first I want to talk about an international issue. In 2003, this Parliament voted to invade Iraq. That was an illegal invasion and a disastrous decision. In 2003, I was one of the MPs-as were all of my colleagues-who voted against that invasion. I also came down to London one Sunday shortly before the vote, with my then nine-year-old...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: Of course, I said no such thing. What I said, in a discussion about the Government following the logic of their arguments and having a DNA database of 60-odd million people, was that the bigger a database gets, the more chance there is, first, of mistakes, and, secondly, of material getting out of the domain where it should be into another domain, as we have seen with many other databases.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: Does the Minister agree that Mark Dixie was not convicted because his DNA was on the database from some years ago when he had not been charged? Nine months after the murder, he was arrested during a pub brawl, and his DNA was taken and run against the national database, so it is not an example of old DNA from an innocent person proving them guilty years later.

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: Will the Minister give way?

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: The Minister, the hon. Member for Hornchurch (James Brokenshire) and I have discussed the DNA database at least five times over the past year, beginning with our consideration of the Policing and Crime Bill at the beginning of the year. I will summarise the key points, which the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) ably encapsulated. We have the largest DNA...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that clarification. Last April, my constituent said, "Right, you've dropped the case. Can you take my DNA off the database?" He had had no answer by November. A few weeks previously, in early autumn, he says that he had again requested removal and that the PC had again said that she had forwarded his request to the professional standards department. Again,...

National DNA Database — [Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] (9 Dec 2009)

Paul Holmes: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. She is quite correct. One problem with creating a database of the current size, let alone a database for the whole population, is its cost and manageability. The bigger the database gets, however, the more chance there is that mistakes will occur. There is also more chance that that data will leak out. In that respect, we all know the record of...

Business of the House (26 Nov 2009)

Paul Holmes: Yesterday, the Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families visited a children's centre in a deprived area of London. One of the key problems that the staff identified was the lack of council housing, leaving children and their families living in expensive, overpriced, damp, often temporary and unsuitable private accommodation. May we have a debate on the need to fund a massive...


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