Results 41–60 of 5169 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Prescott

Council of Europe: Local and Regional Democracy — Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2013)

Lord Prescott: We in this country have been in breach of our human rights obligations; it has been confirmed twice by the courts. Are we not doing anything about it?

Council of Europe: Local and Regional Democracy — Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2013)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Earl on securing this debate on the Council of Europe, in which we have had some activities in the past. He referred to his concern about democracy in its national context, and I, as he knows, have been actively involved in the national democracy in one particular country, Armenia. He will recall that the elections were held for the President of that...

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Lord Prescott: It was the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions chaired by Mr Whittingdale.

Defamation Bill: Report (Continued) (5 Feb 2013)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I agree with the amendments put forward by my noble friend Lord Browne. The noble Lord, Lord Phillips, has made a point about the confusion between the interpretation on the websites and in this amendment with regard to books. This is about whether the statement is known to be defamatory. I want to raise an unusual matter; I believe this House made a defamatory statement in the very...

Leveson Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2013)

Lord Prescott: Not by me.

Leveson Inquiry — Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2013)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome this debate and I especially welcome the Leveson report and analysis, and the fact that he adopted many of the recommendations I made in my evidence to him. But there have been voices that disagree with his approach, basically on the argument about whether there should be a statutory underpinning. That is what is at the heart of the argument now-not only now, but, as...

Arrangement of Business — Announcement (19 Dec 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the noble Baroness last night informed us of the cancellation of this important debate, but said it was influenced by "a forceful delegation" who approached her. Can she give me the names of this forceful delegation, since they were the eiderdown brigade who prefer bed to debate? Does she also realise that, in missing the opportunity last night, this House has missed the opportunity...

Arrangement of Business — Announcement (18 Dec 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, with regard to the new timing of this debate, I accept that a delegation had to get home instead of taking part in it and I understand the difficulties, although it was their choice rather than that of this House. However, will the Chief Whip make sure that we have the debate before any decisions are made? This is a chance for the House of Lords to give an opinion on the most...

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (29 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I speak as a victim of our free press. The failure of the PCC and the Metropolitan Police is well recorded in this excellent report by Lord Justice Leveson, who has given us solutions to that failure. I welcome the report, as it recommends change and accepts the recommendations that I made for change, including the voluntary and statutory framework, when he invited me to do so in...

China: Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament — Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I would like to follow the reason given by the noble Lord, Lord Wilson, and say that I am not going to talk a great deal about the nuclear situation. I think it is a serious matter and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Browne, on the debate. I have sat and listened to a great deal, although the absurdities of the argument on nuclear become clearer time and again. There are good...

Prisoners: Voting Rights — Statement (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome the Statement as it offers a number of options. You can accept the changes and, therefore, observe the rights of the convention; or, if you refuse, you can leave it. To reject and leave the convention would be a proper exercise of parliamentary democracy. Is the Minister aware that I am a member of the human rights committee in the Council of Europe? That committee has...

Police Service: New Governance Structure — Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I offer my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady Henig. She a said a great deal with which I agreed. They were the arguments that I used when I voted against this legislation, but, of course, the Government persevered with it, very much at the pressing of the noble Lord, Lord Wasserman-I shall come to that in a few minutes-resulting in the policy that we have today. However, I...

Police Service: New Governance Structure — Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: I presume that was to stop me in my flow. I hope that that will be taken into account when it comes to the eight minutes. On the democratic accountability and the election of the PCCs, November is the worst time to hold an election-everybody agrees on that-with a voting system that does not necessarily mean that you need 50%. You can have a very low proportion of the vote and still be a...

Police Service: New Governance Structure — Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Prescott: The noble Earl must be fair: he got up before. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Wasserman: you are advocating democracy. You are adding more accountability. I read in one of his speeches that Lords should encourage people to vote. Why did he then sign an article saying that I should not be the commissioner in Humberside? Quite frankly, who the heck is he to say that and appeal to my electorate...

Electoral Registration and Administration Bill: Second Reading (24 Jul 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, in the four minutes available to me, I should like to make one or two points about the Bill. I agree with some of it, but my main concern, as a number of noble Lords have expressed, is the turnout. After all, one hopes to get the highest turnout in democratic participation. Some things in the Bill may improve that. Clause 14 makes it clear that there will no longer be the...

Olympic Games: Security — Statement (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this is the third time in eight days that Parliament has received assurances from this Government that the security of the Olympic Games will not be compromised. The Government's desperation in drafting in not only the Armed Forces but now the police is an indication of the total failure of the private companies involved to deliver on their contractual requirements to ensure Olympic...

Olympic Games: Security — Statement (12 Jul 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, it is complete nonsense for the Government to suggest that they discovered this problem two days ago. It was two years ago that they realised the deficiencies in the security at the Olympics and transferred private contracts to LOCOG to develop the personnel for security. I have raised in the House of Lords this matter of the deficiencies in contracts and the inability to provide...

Olympic Games: Security — Statement (12 Jul 2012)

Lord Prescott: They bid for the same Olympic contracts.

Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, on providing us with this opportunity to debate issues involved in voluntary service and social enterprise. I am sure that most of us have been actively involved in them through our political lives, have enjoyed the work and continue to do so. However, the noble Baroness defined what she thinks is voluntary, and perhaps it is being...

Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise — Motion to Take Note (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Prescott: I take advice and I only take the advice of the advice.


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