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Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 17 - Statement of information (22 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: I feel obliged to intervene under the knout of my hon. Friend. The adjective should be struck out because it is wholly otiose. It is easy to see why. The seriousness or otherwise of the risk bears no relation whatever to the scale of the injustice that might eventuate. A trivial risk of injustice might produce a great injustice and vice versa. That is why it is immaterial to the clause. I...

Public Bill Committee: Proceeds of Crime Bill: Clause 15 - Postponement (22 Nov 2001)

Boris Johnson: At the risk of trying the Minister's patience, I should like him to clarify something.. I may have misunderstood clause 15 and its timing of postponements for permitted periods. Is there any point at which the action to recover the proceeds may not go ahead? As I understand it, such proceedings could continue after the permitted period and, in exceptional circumstances, sine die. When will it...

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Hospital Inspectorate (7 Nov 2001)

Evan Harris: ...Select Committees at commencement of public business), and agreed to. Bill ordered to be brought in by Tony Baldry, Mr. David Amess, Mr. David Cameron, Sir Sydney Chapman, Mr. Robert Jackson, Mr. Boris Johnson and Mr. Andrew MacKay.

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....

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...

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.

Written Answers — Treasury: Child Trust Fund (15 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when details of the proposed Child Trust Fund and Saving Gateway will be published; and what consultation has been undertaken in respect of this.

Written Answers — Treasury: Stamp Duty (15 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional revenue he raised in 2000–01 from property and land transactions in (a) the UK and (b) the Henley constituency as a result of the increases in stamp duty in the March 2000 Budget.

Written Answers — Treasury: Lear's Macaws (15 Oct 2001)

Boris Johnson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Customs and Excise investigation into the three Lear's Macaws seized in November 1998, indicating what steps are being taken to return them to Brazil for captive breeding and release of progeny to the wild.

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.

International Terrorism (4 Oct 2001)

Baroness Rawlings: ...been mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, in his forceful speech. Perhaps I should declare an interest at this stage as a patron of the Mother/Child Clinic in the Panjshir Valley. Both Boris Johnson and Polly Toynbee have recently written that there are people who feel that their culture is under siege. They fear that American morals and values will take them over. Yet this is...


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