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Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: European Policy (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: My hon. Friend can say that, but I certainly cannot comment on it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: European Policy (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: The Prime Minister made it clear at his joint conference with the Dutch Prime Minister on Monday that his concern was obviously to secure some agreement on those matters in the European Council of Ministers when it meets in June and to make it clear that we are concerned about the administrative changes and that we would be supportive of them, but not of the constitutional changes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: European Policy (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: The Prime Minister has always made it clear in regard to constitutional change that we have promised that we would hold a referendum. That is a matter of the judgment to be exercised at the next summit meeting, and that is the important decision. It has been confirmed by the Prime Minister, and no doubt, the House will have a chance to debate those issues once the summit comes to its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Expenditure (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: This Government are committed to improving the delivery of public services and ensuring maximum value for money for the taxpayer. The 2004 spending review set a target for achieving annual efficiency gains of £21 billion by 2007-08. Against that ambition, Departments and local authorities already reported annual efficiency gains worth over £15 billion by the end of 2006. That will,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Departmental Expenditure (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman uses propaganda by saying that unemployment is increasing in this country. There are now over 2 million more people in work, which is something that we are quite proud of. He talks about an increase in my Department's expenditure, but that was an auditor's requirement, not extra departmental expenditure, as I explained to the House last time I answered questions. The hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: I would like to begin by recording my thanks to you, Mr. Speaker, for allowing the House to hold a very successful full-day Adjournment debate on Tuesday 20 March to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade Act. As was agreed by all participants in the Adjournment debate, slavery is still with us in its modern forms. On 23 March, the Government were proud to sign the Council...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: I agree greatly with what my hon. Friend says. It was the unanimous opinion of hon. Members on both sides of the House that more should be done about modern-day slavery. Indeed, as I mentioned, I have held discussions with UN bodies about the matter. Hopefully, we will be able to do more. The ratification of the Council of Europe convention will be an important step forward. I welcome the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: I very much agree with every word that the hon. Gentleman says about that. When I have addressed meetings of the Association of South East Asian Nations on behalf of the Prime Minister, we have discussed Burma's membership and the terrible circumstances of child soldiers. We are doing everything that we can to do end that deplorable practice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: Again, I congratulate my hon. Friend on the work that she has done in regard to Sierra Leone, especially on effectively getting community facilities and buildings established there. I was pleased to meet her and several officials recently to encourage her to take part in the development of Equiano centres. The project gives various cities and towns in Sierra Leone that enjoy the same name as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Ministerial Meetings (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: I have held regular meetings with the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and other Cabinet colleagues on a wide range of issues. Sadly, even the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and I do not have enough time to discuss all the achievements of this Labour Government, although we do discuss the programme of future Labour Governments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Ministerial Meetings (18 Apr 2007)

John Prescott: Discussions between the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, myself and other Cabinet members are one of the responsibilities I have in my job, and I am delighted to play some part in producing a very successful record for the 10 years of this Government.

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: Today, the House commemorates the 200th anniversary of its legislation to abolish the appalling and unacceptable slave trade. This indeed is an historic moment for the United Kingdom, which led the world in legislating against the vile trade in the slavery of human beings. I welcome the participation of the right hon. Members for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) and for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) in...

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: No, and I will make that clear in my speech, as the hon. Gentleman did in the debate in Westminster Hall, which I read. The most horrific circumstances were described there, and we are grateful to the hon. Gentleman for holding that debate. William Wilberforce was the parliamentary leader of an abolitionist movement that embraced thousands of people, from all walks of life. It became a mass...

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: That is a powerful statement. My hon. Friend, and my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas), joined me in Sierra Leone, where we visited schools and saw the quality of the education and the buildings there. I would like to congratulate both my hon. Friends on making a contribution to the community by helping to develop community facilities and improving the education for the...

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: I am glad that my hon. Friend has brought that to our attention. Every Member of the House who witnesses the work of the British Council cannot but admire the efforts that it has made. I am sure that we would all like to record how much we appreciate its efforts in the twinning of schools and classrooms, such as those that I saw in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Also, it is prepared to organise the...

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: I am aware of the issues to which my hon. Friend refers. The common experience is being considered across Europe, and an action plan will be launched shortly, to which I will refer in a few minutes, that will take into account all those experiences in order to prevent that terrible traffic. I can announce today that Kofi Annan has agreed to address Parliament in the Royal Gallery on 8 May,...

Royal Assent: Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (20 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman made exactly those points in previous debates. They have some substance, to say the least, and he knows that those matters are being considered in preparation for the action plan, which the Home Secretary will publish on Friday. I must ask the hon. Gentleman to wait and see the conclusions of the review, which has gone on for almost 12 months. We are improving our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Slave Trade (7 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: The House will be aware that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister hosted an evening at No. 10 Downing street in January to launch the Government's package to mark 200 years since Parliament passed legislation—brought in by the Member of Parliament for Hull, William Wilberforce—to outlaw the slave trade in the British empire. The Government's approach to the bicentenary has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Slave Trade (7 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: I very much agree with my hon. Friend about the role of the Yorkshire conference organised by the TUC. It is most appropriate and reflects the fact that 200 years ago other people, such as workers in various Yorkshire towns and other parts of the UK, were campaigning to get rid of that terrible trade. It gives us the opportunity to remember in our commemorations many other people who played a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Slave Trade (7 Mar 2007)

John Prescott: I agree very much with what the hon. Gentleman is saying. There are a number of groups looking at various statues that could be erected to people who were involved in the campaign. I will be encouraging that. As for the writing of the article or booklet, by himself and indeed by the—I was going to say the Leader of the Opposition; I should be careful— the right hon. Member for...


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