Boris Johnson: Will the Minister clarify why Lord Rooker, if I understood the hon. Member for Lewes correctly, was told: ''On no account read out the following paragraph''? What was the purpose of that restriction?
Boris Johnson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost was of sending out the literature from the Standards Board to all parish councils; and if he will make a statement.
John Denham: ...threshold. It does not say, for example, that the chief officer could be suspended because that may be beneficial for public confidence or because people would feel a little better about it. Mr. Boris Johnson (Henley) rose— Lady Hermon (North Down) rose—
Boris Johnson: I wonder whether the Minister could give us a taster of the circumstances in which the public might be admitted.
Division number 7 - 9 yes, 12 no Voting yes: Norman Baker, Annette Brooke, Cheryl Gillan, Nick Hawkins, Lady Hermon, Boris Johnson, Patrick Mercer, George Osborne, James Paice Voting no: Vera Baird, David Borrow, Colin Challen, John Denham, Barbara Follett, John Heppell, Ian Lucas, John MacDougall, Meg Munn, Bridget Prentice, Paul Stinchcombe, Howard Stoate
..., John Denham, Barbara Follett, John Heppell, Huw Irranca-Davies, Ian Lucas, Meg Munn, Bridget Prentice, Paul Stinchcombe Voting no: Norman Baker, Annette Brooke, Cheryl Gillan, Nick Hawkins, Boris Johnson, George Osborne, James Paice
Boris Johnson: Does the hon. Lady know whether it is possible to be detained for a non-arrestable offence?
Boris Johnson: Is Ofcom, whether in England or Scotland, expected in its competition mode to offer any hope to small educational software firms, such as one in my constituency, which are about to find their markets swamped by £150 million worth of BBC educational software? Can anything be done to allay their fears that unfair competition will be practised by the BBC?
...Denham, Barbara Follett, John Heppell, Huw Irranca-Davies, Kevan Jones, John MacDougall, Bridget Prentice, Paul Stinchcombe, Howard Stoate Voting no: Norman Baker, Annette Brooke, Nick Hawkins, Boris Johnson, Patrick Mercer, George Osborne, James Paice
Boris Johnson: I share the pleasure of my hon. Friends at serving under your chairmanship, Miss Widdecombe. The hon. Member for Wellingborough said that the clause is widely drawn in allowing community safety schemes to be set up. Under the clause, any business can be given a community safety scheme. Let us suppose that a struggling magazine, albeit with a steeply rising circulation, came under attack from...
Boris Johnson: I am slightly concerned that these measures against antisocial behaviour are very widely framed. I am unsure whether a reference to vehicles that cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the public is the right way for us to phrase this legislation. I was recently going around Hyde Park corner when I saw a bright yellow Rolls-Royce convertible in which A. A. Gill was riding, and I can well...
Division number 14 - 8 yes, 15 no Voting yes: Norman Baker, Annette Brooke, Cheryl Gillan, Nick Hawkins, Boris Johnson, Patrick Mercer, George Osborne, James Paice Voting no: Vera Baird, David Borrow, Colin Challen, John Denham, Barbara Follett, John Heppell, Huw Irranca-Davies, Kevan Jones, Ashok Kumar, Ian Lucas, John MacDougall, Meg Munn, Bridget Prentice, Paul Stinchcombe, Howard Stoate
Boris Johnson: Could the Minister clarify why the phrase ''Our Sovereign Lady the Queen'' has been removed? Is that because the phrase might stick in the craw of some foreign policeman or a republican? Is the purpose of the change to attenuate the sincerity of the oath?
Boris Johnson: On a point of order, Mr. Stevenson. Will you explain to the Committee why you and your advisers have deemed the matter to be a technicality when it seems to be of such material interest to the people of this country, who will be called on, if the provision is excised from the Bill, to pay for the intrusive measures envisaged?
Boris Johnson: May I intervene on the hon. Lady?
Boris Johnson: I just wonder how far the provisions are compatible with European law. If I were a Greek dentist who wanted to practise in London as a citizen of the European Union under single market legislation and the great treaty of Maastricht, there would be nothing to stop me. Indeed, there is a long tradition of police officers, such as Inspector Clouseau and Poirot, coming to work in this country. I...
Boris Johnson: The Prime Minister said that the Conservative party has no policies on Zimbabwe. I shall offer him one. I support Zimbabwe's exclusion from NEPAD, yet recently Mr. Mugabe was able to travel to Rome for a Food and Agriculture Organisation summit without a peep of protest from the Government. His chief of police, who is a very sinister man, was able to travel to Lyon, similarly without a peep...
Boris Johnson: I am pleased that time has been found for this debate, although I am sorry that no other Oxfordshire Members of Parliament have seen fit to attend the proceedings. Perhaps they will join us in due course. Adjournment debates tend to begin with a whinge about health care, develop into a wail and wind up with a general howl of protest. Let me vary the routine and start with an unrivalled...
Boris Johnson: I apologise to the House for being slightly late this morning. I took a gamble on public transport that did not pay off. I want to declare that although I have gambled many times, I have never won until recently, when, like the hon. Member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Rosemary McKenna), I took part in a raffle. However, I discovered that one of the difficulties of being a Member of...
Boris Johnson: If ACSOs are not going to stop the hon. Gentleman from riding on a pavement, who is?