Results 61–80 of 5168 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

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] — Second Reading (28 May 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I should perhaps declare my interest as standing as a candidate, if elected by my party, for police commissioner. That has caused me to look closely at what the Government are proposing. If doubts have been expressed in this debate and by the Constitution Committee about the courts and the role of the police commissioner, they reflect not uncertainty in the Government but a...

Police: Reduction in Numbers — Question (23 May 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this policy will reduce the amounts of money for the Humberside police by £30 million and hundreds of front-line police. Is the Minister aware that the number of criminal incidents and those of anti-social behaviour has been reduced considerably by the present force? In those circumstances, does he not accept the charge laid against the Home Secretary last week that a 20% cut...

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (25 Apr 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords-

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (25 Apr 2012)

Lord Prescott: Why is that?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Prescott: I certainly do not withdraw the amendment and I hope that the House will vote on it.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Third Reading (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, Amendment 25 stands in my name and in the names of my noble friend Lord Bach and the noble Baroness, Lady O'Neil of Bengarve. This is a simple but important issue. However, I do not want to delay the House, as we have had a number of debates on these matters. The amendments in this group would retain the recovery of success fees and "after the event" insurance premiums from the...

Police and Crime Commissioners — Question (22 Mar 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this is a scandalous decision to deny 7 million people, according to the Electoral Commission, the right to vote simply because they do not have access to the website. In my area, Humberside, where I may well have an interest in the future that I perhaps should declare, that will mean 170,000 people, mostly elderly, will be denied their democratic right to information about the...

Legal Aid: Social Welfare Law — Question (5 Mar 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, does the Minister accept that the massive cuts in police resources and manpower are to be replaced by privatised security companies that will do the work of constables but with private personnel? Does he accept that this is more than an operational matter to be discussed with ACPO-that it requires discussion with this House and, indeed, with the community? Does he agree that the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (6th Day) (30 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I apologise for missing the first few minutes of this debate. The debate I listened to earlier on Clause 43 showed that there is a great deal of feeling about an injustice being perpetrated here in all forms of the use of no win, no cost. I have been in an interesting situation that I would like to relate to noble Lords as an example of what can happen under these new changes. At...

Shipping: Tax Revenue — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: To ask Her Majesty's Government why, when they are able to provide estimated tax liabilities due to tonnage tax on British shipping, they are not able to supply figures for revenue received.

Shipping: Tax Revenue — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: The Minister is aware that this is a successful tax. It increased the British fleet from 4 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes and that is an important factor. But I cannot accept his reply that he knows what the liability is and knows what the profits are but we cannot afford to find out what the tax liability and payments are because that would cost more, as he said in a letter to me, than...

Shipping: Tax Revenue — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: I am concerned about the recent transfer of the Cunard steamship company, which enjoys this fiscal arrangement, to Bermuda. It has retained the tax but been removed from the statutory requirement to have a captain or crew of a certain kind on its ships. That is unacceptable.

Shipping: Tax Revenue — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: The loss of the "Concordia" reminds us of the importance of having a captain and safe crew. The "Concordia" is owned by the American company that owns these ships. There are two standards on cruise liners, which is totally unacceptable.

Phone Hacking — Question (18 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the appalling level of these arrests and prosecutions reflects badly on the British press and was made possible only by the use of no-win no-cost litigation by those who were complainants, including me. Why are this Government in their legislation on legal aid quite prepared to meet the unanimous demands of the press that we reduce their costs in such...

Green Agenda — Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2012)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on getting this debate on climate change, particularly as we did not get a Statement after the Durban negotiations. I understand the reasons and cast no blame, but it is important that we continue to debate this. Funnily enough, there may be more public consensus on this big issue than on the economy. The Government are basically carrying through...

Public Service Pensions — Statement (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, having listened to the Minister claiming the support of the noble Lord, Lord Hutton-the architect of the scheme-for his interpretation, and then having listened to my noble friend Lord Eatwell give a different interpretation, I am all the more sorry that the noble Lord, Lord Hutton, is not here to give his interpretation. I wish to ask the Minister a question, as in 2008 I...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Committee (1st Day) (20 Dec 2011)

Lord Prescott: The noble Lord would not have made that mistake if he had not been reading it out.

Climate Change: Durban Conference — Question (22 Nov 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the Minister may well be aware that I have tried to convince this Government that the negotiations for Kyoto 2 will not be completed at the end of Kyoto 1 in 2012. In those circumstances, is she prepared to support the European principle of "stop the clock" when negotiations have failed to meet the timetable and not join with the rich countries, as was almost suggested by the...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill — Second Reading (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I cannot declare an interest or experience as a barrister, a lawyer, a solicitor or, indeed, a judge, but I can declare some experience from my seafaring days when the ship owners used to call me a barrack room lawyer. I did not have legal aid, but a bit of industrial muscle helped. Perhaps I can just declare one interest. I am presently, after the comments made by the noble Lord,...

Media: Ownership — Question (14 Nov 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the noble Baroness will realise that in the debates that we have had in this House on the Murdoch press and its application to BSkyB she has constantly told us that it is an issue not of criminality but of plurality. However, those crimes have continued under Murdoch. Indeed, only four months ago the Secretary of State for Culture assured us that he had interviewed Murdoch and was...


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