Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions (a) he and (b) other departmental Ministers have met management consultants in the last 12 months.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of exempting higher education institutions from planning gain supplement legislation.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people enrolled on a foundation degree course in each year since its inception; and what the drop-out rate was in each year since its inception.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are in place to allocate funding to higher education provision in further education colleges, with particular reference to established set variables in the funding stream; and if he will make a statement.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he has taken to correlate the proposed regional structure of the Learning and Skills Council with the regional structure of the Higher Education Funding Council for England; what consultation has taken place on this matter; at what cost; and if he will make a statement.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is to the public purse of the completion of a foundation degree, broken down by subject.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's annual budget was spent on the provision of foundation degrees in each year since the introduction of that qualification.
Boris Johnson: If she will make a statement on recent political progress in Iraq.
Boris Johnson: What can the Foreign Secretary say to disprove the withering verdict of the US State Department official, Kendall Myers, that Washington has systematically ignored British advice over Iraq? Can she give a single concrete example of any piece of advice given by her or the Prime Minister that was accepted by Washington and without which the catastrophe in Iraq would have been even worse?
Boris Johnson: The Prime Minister is right to say that this successor submarine must be built with British technology and by British scientists, but does he share the extreme anxiety of Rolls-Royce—one of the main contractors—that not enough nuclear physicists are coming out of British universities with the necessary specialism to enable it to be sure of doing the job that he outlines today? What steps...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the effect on (a) safety and (b) child protection of the late arrival of young offenders at HM Young Offender Institution Huntercombe, Oxfordshire.
Boris Johnson: May I inform the Minister that the suddenness and savagery of the cuts are affecting not only the University of Leicester university medical school but many other universities? The cuts are breaking contracts that they have with the NHS and disappointing thousands of nursing students who have invested time and money only to find that there are no jobs for them. Above all, the cuts are making...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to implement fully the Government's policy of providing a motorway service area every 30 minutes on the motorway network.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the safety of the Shiplake level crossing in South Oxfordshire; and if he will make a statement.
Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is quite right. The key difference is that her constituent had absolutely no opportunity to contest the information provided by the US authorities, whereas, of course, if UK authorities want to extradite a suspect from America, they are obliged to lay evidence that may be contested by the defendant. That has been pointed out repeatedly by hon. Members on both sides of the...
Boris Johnson: I see the hon. and learned Gentleman rise from his seat like a rocketing pheasant— [Laughter.] Well, like a very slowly rocketing pheasant. I think that I can anticipate what he will say, but I will let him say it.
Boris Johnson: I am saying that when we require the extradition of someone from America, it is possible for the defendant or suspect to contest the evidence, or supply countervailing evidence in his defence, in court before he is extradited. That is the key. I see the hon. and learned Gentleman smirking with the look of a man who has been chastised on a point of law. That is the key difference between our...
Boris Johnson: In that case, Mr. Crook would have the protection of forum. He would have the protection provided for in the European convention on extradition, under which, if the alleged crime took place in the UK's jurisdiction, or partly in it, a person would have the protection of the fact that a judge can decide whether, in the interests of justice, he should be tried in the UK jurisdiction. That is...
Boris Johnson: I must press on, so I shall give way only briefly.
Boris Johnson: The Government's assurances on many of those questions have proved quite worthless. I want to return to the central point about forum provision. I do not wish to revive the polemical arguments that were made in an earlier debate about my constituents and my hon. Friends constituents who are involved in banking. Aspersions have been cast on their innocence, but if a crime that counters UK...