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COP 27: Commitments - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2022)

Lord Prescott: [Summary of Lord Prescott’s speech] As a Member of Parliament in the other place for a long time—I was there from 1997—I made recommendations on all matters of climate change. I have tried to come to this Chamber and get back to doing the work that I was doing a long time ago. It was a major question—and this country has had some major achievements, along with other nations. I have...

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Motion to Take Note ( 2 May 2019)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I offer my congratulations to my noble friend Lord Rooker on securing this debate and on the excellent and, as usual, inquiring speech that accompanied it—and on the controversy. There is always controversy over climate change; it was certainly notable in the negotiations of the Kyoto agreement. There was great emphasis by my noble friend and the noble Lord, Lord Deben, in another...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Lord Prescott: I am sorry for my earlier intervention. I thought the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, was a Labour Member. I declare an interest: I have twice been a victim of this. I do not have the clever words of the lawyers who constantly dominate this debate but we are talking about credibility, about a promise and about a Parliament that has agreed an action but is now about to reject it. That is a very...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (14 May 2018)

Lord Prescott: My Lords—

Leveson Part 2: Sunday Times - Statement ( 7 Mar 2018)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, as an active victim of telephone hacking, I was shocked to hear a private investigator working for the Sunday Times announce that he was sent on fishing expeditions to look at what information there was about me and the whole Labour Cabinet and that in his investigations he conducted illegal acts. That is shocking and totally unacceptable and it is why Lord Justice Leveson has made...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I cannot give this House a legal opinion but I can give an opinion based on experience. I declare an interest: I attended the Leveson inquiry because I was on the end of illegal tapping of my phone. Public interest was not defined there; it was defined by the editors of the papers. They said it was not illegal, but clearly it was. I support what the noble Baroness has said tonight....

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, and the House for being a couple of minutes late. I left my speech on the table and had to run back for it. I hope it does not affect the speech. I congratulate the noble Lord on having this debate and his support for regionalism—something I have always believed in. I differed a little bit when he came to HS2. As the Secretary of State...

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 8 Sep 2017)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McColl, on his Bill, which would extend the rights and compensation for those suffering under modern slavery. It is right and proper. Indeed, I could not say anything else, since I was a Member of Parliament for Hull for 40 years, following in the footsteps of William Wilberforce, who passed anti-slavery legislation through this Parliament....

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) ( 8 Feb 2017)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I support the amendments of the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins. We have been in similar situations on previous legislation regarding the matter of Section 40. The noble Baroness said that she had an interest to declare. I declare that I gave evidence to Leveson about the phone tapping that the police and press did on my phone—so if that is an interest, I record it. The important...

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Prescott: Will the Minister explain the difference between—as pointed out in the report—a place growth strategy and the other critical northern house which tends to get debated? Is it the Humber?

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I wish to address my remarks to the northern issue, not necessarily the town or the city. I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, on securing this debate on the excellent State of the North report. She said at the beginning that basically decentralisation is what she is concerned about, not devolution, but those two things are two sides of the same coin if we are to find a...

Press Regulation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I am grateful to have four minutes in which to speak towards the end of this debate. I am speaking in the gap simply because I failed to register my name to speak. However, I want to make my views clear based on my experience. It is not a judge’s experience, a clever lawyer’s experience or an editor’s experience; it is the experience of one who has been subjected to abuse by...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Commons Reasons ( 2 Nov 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this measure is not only diversionary, it is an attempt to finish off everything that Leveson proposed after an inquiry that lasted years. Everybody agreed that the hacking which occurred was terrible, particularly me as I was one of those who were hacked. I complained to the police, who did not believe me, to the Press Complaints Commission, which did not believe me, and then to...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Commons Reasons ( 2 Nov 2016)

Lord Prescott: I am here; I am in the other part of Parliament. They did not mention the victims, who were promised justice by every one of us. What do you think those victims feel, reading in the paper now that we are preparing to consult? They were involved in the consultation following incidents in which they suffered press intrusion. I do not believe the situation has changed, and we will have to have a...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Oct 2016)

Lord Prescott: When Secretary of State Whittingdale went to the editors’ conference and told them, “We are minded not to implement this”, was that government policy or his policy—and is the Minister’s policy any different?

Investigatory Powers Bill - Report (1st Day) (11 Oct 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I intervene to support the amendment that has been moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, and supported by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Wallace. This is an issue of confidence in this place and in government. We are not seeking to change a Bill but to implement what the Government and all parties have agreed: that the Section 40 concept, which has just been discussed, should...

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, back in 1997, when I was Secretary of State in the Blair Government, we brought about the biggest amount of devolution in this country: in Scotland, in Wales and, indeed, in the London area. All those proposals were opposed by the Tory Administration, largely because they were about regional bodies having elected representatives. The appointment of mayors, as in this order, is, in...

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Prescott: Sadly, it did not happen.

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I seek to intervene in this debate with particular regard to Part 2 of the Policing and Crime Bill, which concerns itself with police complaints systems. I note that the IPCC largely takes a lot of the activities in this area, but I want to relate this to the whole process of making complaints against the police, particularly with regard to corruption or matters such as phone...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Second Reading (14 Apr 2016)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I hope my contribution will not be seen as negative. It is a different view. It is not the Government’s view or the Opposition’s view, which has been ably presented by my noble friend Lord Rosser: it is a northern view—a different perspective on what we are doing with this investment in HS2. To show that I am not hostile to Europe, in 1987, as the Opposition spokesman, I...

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