Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if goats are to be included with sheep with respect to BSE testing; and what her policy is on the destruction of the national goat herd if BSE is found to be present in sheep.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons lie behind the recent changes to the regulations for the transportation of goats for mating.
Boris Johnson: Having been provoked several times, I feel that the hon. Gentleman is inciting me to ask him to explain his objection to this extremely sensible Liberal Democrat amendment, which is designed only to link the information to whether someone has recoverable property, and to any offence through which that property was obtained. In a few crisp sentences readily intelligible in Glasgow, Pollok and...
Boris Johnson: I accept the hon. Gentleman's point that the clause is linear, but it is none the less otiose and unnecessary. I cannot understand why Parliament feels it necessary to inform the director that information that he obtains in the course of his functions may be used in connection with his functions. What kind of a man is this director who is so silly as not to assume that information obtained in...
Boris Johnson: Or woman.
Boris Johnson: It seems to me that the powers to disclose that may be adumbrated by the clause might be rather wide. All journalists have a power to disclose. Would that be excluded? Exactly what are we talking about?
Boris Johnson: The devil may lie in ''exists''. That the word is used in its present tense worries me. When this thing becomes statute, I wonder whether ''exists'' will be taken to mean as matters exist now when we are agreeing to the terms of the Bill or whether it will cover all time and future legislation on the powers of disclosure. I hope that my hon. Friend sees my point.
Boris Johnson: How often does the Minister suppose that the Revenue would disclose details of people's tax affairs to the director? If that would be very rare, and there would be only half a dozen such instances a year, why should the function not be exercised by the commissioners? Sitting suspended for a Division in the House. On resuming--
Boris Johnson: I am very pleased to take part in this debate. I am afraid that I will speak not as magniloquently as some of the previous speakers, but briefly. The only charity in which I have any involvement is a charity for Down's syndrome children. I have recently been to see it in action, not in Britain but in Moscow. I hope that the House will forgive me if I begin by giving everybody in Britain a pat...
Boris Johnson: I am inspired by my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne, and by the wisdom of the amendment. While reading the clause and the amendment, an idea popped into my head. The provision could relate not only to drugs crime and all the rest of it, but to artefacts and other such objects, which in other countries may be deemed to be the proceeds of crime, although we had thought that they were not....
Boris Johnson: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Redcar for her elucidation of the point that the activity would have to constitute a criminal offence in the UK. The Iraqi Government would assert that theft of an effigy of Hammurabi would be criminal in any context, and that it was tantamount to taking Nelson from his column. I therefore do not believe that the Minister answered the point. The Iraqis...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding Oxfordshire county council will receive in order to dispose of refrigerators.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether Capita staff at the ILA computer centre have been (a) arrested and (b) investigated by the police in the last six months.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much public money each Capita- administered Government scheme has paid out; (2) how many Government contracts Capita has; and how much these are worth.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Her Majesty's Government plans to outsource future projects to Capita.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds were blocked last year in Oxfordshire owing to a shortage of long term care places.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the reason was for the closure of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will make a statement.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review computer security at Capita- administered Government schemes or projects.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations the Government have received from the Capita Group since 24 October 2001.
Boris Johnson: I am grateful for the chance of intruding a few comments into the dying moments of the debate. I take my leave of the Bill in the immortal words of Geoffrey Howe, who referred to "the tragic conflict of loyalties with which I have myself wrestled for perhaps too long."—[ Official Report, 13 November 1990; Vol. 180, c. 465.] My loyalties are divided, as are my instincts, following 39...