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Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Lambs (15 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to address the impact on animal welfare of farmers being unable to sell this year's light lamb crop as a result of the continuation of the export ban.

Written Answers — Home Department: Victims of Crime (16 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to bring forward legislation relating to the rights of victims of crime; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: Police Housing (16 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision the Government have made for long-term police housing in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: Thames Valley Police (16 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working hours were lost by Thames Valley police due to sick leave in the last year for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Home Department: Thames Valley Police (16 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many constables are available for ordinary duty in Henley; and how many there were in 1997.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill — [4th Allotted Day] (17 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: Does the Minister really think that the Bill is indispensable for enlargement? From my experience of the Community, it seems to me that it would be perfectly possible to convene an intergovernmental conference tomorrow in Brussels to discuss enlargement issues in the Nice treaty that are completely uncontroversial and without any need to ratify the treaty itself. One could have such a...

Education and Lifelong Learning (6 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: Relatively new as I am to the House, I have yet to get to grips with the full magniloquence of some of the speeches that we have heard. I will not try to rival some of them in length. I have been very impressed by the compendiousness of some of the speeches from Government Members in particular. I want to speak about a specific matter raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Mr....

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 2 - Director's functions: general (13 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I wonder whether we need both words. Is it possible to act efficiently without acting effectively, or to act effectively without acting efficiently? Perhaps we could save some ink by getting rid of one of those words.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (15 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: The whole point, surely, is that it is an alternative condition. If the director asks the court so to proceed, the second condition—whether the court believes it appropriate—is irrelevant. As I understand it, the Opposition's anxiety is that, although the director may be a wonderful fellow—we all hold criminals in contempt and want their assets to be removed—the mandatory nature of...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (15 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I wonder whether the Minister could recapitulate for me, as a non-lawyer, what summary offences could generate proceeds that the agency could recover. He mentioned video shops. Could he elaborate?

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (15 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: We must be sympathetic to the people who drafted the Bill. They were trying to get at those who are obviously living on the proceeds of crime and are criminals. It is a noxious and unpleasant thing to witness. What about saying that this person is living off the proceeds of crime? What could be simpler than that?

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (15 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I fully take the Minister's point that the phrase is crisp and readily understandable. The problem is that it is misleading because it is possible to have a criminal lifestyle without being a criminal, just as it is possible to have an artistic lifestyle without being an artist and to have a thuggish appearance without being a thug. The phrase is inapposite and the Government would be wise to...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (15 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: The Minister does me too much honour in respect of my literary qualities, but I draw attention once again to the crisp formulation of the Bill's title—Proceeds of Crime. What is wrong with the formulation ``if he decides that a person is living off, or from, the proceeds of crime''? I can think of nothing simpler and nothing more to the point.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 6 - Making of order (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: We are all getting our knickers in a twist over the balance of probabilities because it relates to whether the defendant has a criminal lifestyle. The court must decide on the balance of probabilities whether the defendant has a criminal lifestyle, which as we discussed last week is difficult and absurd. That the matters under clause 4 must be decided on the balance of probabilities is a rum...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 - Defendant's benefit (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I should add that it would be a good idea to insert the word ``illegally'' into the reference to property or property obtained by criminal conduct, because that goes to the heart of what we are trying to do. Are we suggesting that it is right to take away all property from criminals in punishment for their crimes, or are we specifically trying to take away property that arises from criminal...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 - Defendant's benefit (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: A split seems to be opening up in the Labour ranks. I distinctly heard the Minister say that there was no question of taking away property except in so far as it had been illegally obtained. However, if I understand the hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok correctly, he is saying that he wants everything that a criminal has to be up for grabs, and that all assets are fungible and may be taken...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 9 - Defendant's benefit (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I do not understand how that can be the case, because the hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok has already called the Minister Mr. Softy, if I understood him correctly. I direct the Minister's mind like a laser towards the hon. Gentleman's point. He believes that all assets owned by a criminal should be recoverable. However, the Minister believes that only assets that are the proceeds of crime...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 11 - Assumptions to be made in case of criminal lifestyle (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: Surely the point is not whether he is a lifestyle criminal, but whether he has a criminal lifestyle. I am not aware of the phrase ``lifestyle criminal''. The Minister seems to be changing the formulation to suit his case. To be accused of being a lifestyle criminal is very different from being accused of having a criminal lifestyle.

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 11 - Assumptions to be made in case of criminal lifestyle (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I would like to be absolutely clear. Is the Minister taking the two terms—lifestyle criminal and having a criminal lifestyle—to be coincidental, synonymous and mutually substitutable?

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 11 - Assumptions to be made in case of criminal lifestyle (20 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I thought that we had established the other day that there was a clear semantic difference between being a criminal and having a criminal lifestyle. The Minister says that people who are lifestyle criminals should have their assets expropriated on the balance of probabilities. That is different from saying that that should happen to someone who has a criminal lifestyle.


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