Boris Johnson: The United States Government take a broad view of their legal jurisdiction. The United States has few limits to its ambitions in the context of where a crime is committed against the interests of the United States. That is a matter for the United States. It is perfectly entitled to take that view, but it should be a matter for us—for this House and the Solicitor-General—to protect British...
Boris Johnson: If the Solicitor-General is persuaded by the view of the district judge that there was evidence against the NatWest three, will he explain why the Home Office is so resolute in refusing to set in motion a procedure that would allow them to be tried in this country, where the offence, if it took place, was committed?
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Boris Johnson: Nothing that the Solicitor-General has said contradicts the central fact that these are UK citizens who, if they committed any crime, committed it against a UK company in the UK. Everything that he has said is completely irrelevant next to the central point that under American jurisdiction they would be able to challenge in an American court the stream of allegations that he has made against...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the university non-completion rate is of students having taken (a) a deferred entry gap year, (b) a non-deferred entry gap year and (c) no gap year.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the case of Abdul Rahman, convicted in Afghanistan of apostasy.
Boris Johnson: Will the Minister repeat the assurances of earlier occupants of his post that neither the Henley-Twyford line nor any other such line will be converted to a community railway without the express support of the community concerned, even though the line runs through solid Conservative territory?
Boris Johnson: I congratulate the Minister on the steps he is taking to build up links with China. As we know how important it is that UK universities should have a good international reputation, and that there can be no greater deterrent to international students than the prospect that they might not have their degrees marked, may I urge him now to break his sphinx-like silence and say, loud and clear,...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of EU-domiciled students who may receive loans for study at a UK higher education institution and then default on repayment of those loans.
Boris Johnson: In paying tribute to the sacrifice of the Lynx crew, two of whom came from RAF Benson in my constituency, I wish to ask the Secretary of State whether he agrees that the risks to British forces seem to have increased considerably in the past year. If he does agree, could he give a political analysis of why that might be the case and what we can do about it?
Boris Johnson: Could the changes that HEFCE recommends include allowing it to restrain a university from closing a science department if it wanted to do so?
Boris Johnson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is particularly worrying that the decline has been even more precipitous in the maintained sector? The students who are doing maths, physics and chemistry are increasingly in the independent sector, and 40 per cent. of A grades in physics and maths A-level come from children in the independent sector. Is that not even more worrying?
Boris Johnson: I wish to present petitions relating to the Townlands hospital in Henley and, on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), the Chipping Norton War Memorial hospital. I hope that if and when any of the hospitals concerned are reprieved, as they ought to be if the Government stick by their earlier pledges in the House, the whole campaign will stick together and fight...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from businesses and industry on the European Commission's proposal to establish a European Institute for Technology.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the progress of the European Diploma Supplement.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to increase the supply of UK-trained personnel in the field of nuclear power generation.
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of availability of trained personnel in the field of nuclear power generation.
Boris Johnson: I want to restore the glorious outbreak of harmony between Front Benchers on education reform. I agree with both my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) and the Minister that we need to increase academic pay in FE and HE. Does the Minister agree that it is bizarre that the Liberal Democrats should oppose any reform that involves variable fees and yet at the same time...
Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she plans to take to reconcile (a) the two year accelerated degrees proposed in the 2003 Higher Education White Paper and (b) the five and six year medicine and dentistry courses with the three cycle degree system proposed in the Bologna process.