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European Convention on Human Rights — Debate (19 May 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I congratulate my friend of many years, my noble and learned friend Lord Irvine, on the presentation that he has made today and on the call for these papers on human rights to be brought forward. There could not be a more appropriate time than now to raise this particular issue. The role of human rights and the protection of private interest and public interest, as embodied in the...

Energy: Fourth Carbon Report — Statement (17 May 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome the Statement. As someone who was a negotiator at Kyoto, I fully recognise the legal framework and commitment to targets. I recognise that the Government are accepting the Committee on Climate Change's recommendation of 50 per cent to 80 per cent change by 2050. That is clearly a very ambitious target. It concerns me that the Government were committed to a legal framework...

Telephone Hacking — Question (6 Apr 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, the Minister will be aware that on 3 March I asked the noble Baroness, Lady Rawlings, whether the Government would delay the decision on the acquisition of BSkyB by the Murdoch press until all these investigations and inquiries had been completed. In her supplementary reply, the noble Baroness said: "The phone-hacking allegations are very serious, but they are matters for the...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I welcome this opportunity to talk about the RDAs; I played some part in their creation a number of years ago. I must apologise to the Committee because I am not as briefed as perhaps I should have been. I was in the Council of Europe today and I realised that the debate was on this afternoon. We need to understand what was inherited when the Regional Development Agencies were...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: Garden centres, garden festivals, you can pick the word you want. I think that the one in Liverpool collapsed after its show and still nothing has been built on that ground. We have to develop in a more effective way, although to be fair to the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, I agreed with him that the development at Canary Wharf was significant. Transforming the docks into new industrial...

News Corporation/BSkyB Merger — Statement (3 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, this Statement, frankly, is largely about the price of shares and ownership of BSkyB, and little to do with democracy in our society. Is the Minister aware that the investigation into the Murdoch press on phone hacking has now been extended to the Sunday Times. The argument that it was simply one paper and one rogue reporter is no longer true-a number of papers owned by the Murdoch...

Telephone Hacking — Question (1 Mar 2011)

Lord Prescott: Does the noble Lord recognise that this phone hacking-a criminal act-has undermined the public's trust not only in the Murdoch press but in the Metropolitan Police? Senior officers and the commissioner attended private social functions given by Murdoch at the time of the investigation. Is that not unacceptable? Is he aware that the Murdoch defence of a rogue reporter was exposed by the...

Sex Offenders Register — Statement (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Prescott: There is no doubt, as has just been said, that it is Parliament's right to make the laws and the courts' to interpret them. However, what worries me most of all, as with the Statement in the other place regarding prisoners, is the difficult issue about private and personal rights and about freedoms. In our Human Rights Act, that is a balance between Article 8 and Article 10 as well as other...

Telephone Hacking — Question (27 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, now that the Government accept that this was a criminal act, do they also accept the excuse that was given that it was the work of a single rogue operator? That proposal was put forward by the Metropolitan Police, the newspaper editors, the Press Complaints Commission and the Crown Prosecution Service. After a number of inquiries, they still came to that conclusion. That is...

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: It was a shock for me as well.

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I start with an apology; I did not realise that the Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, was before the House until I came in, switched on my television and heard him speaking. I declare an interest having spent 10 years as a merchant seaman and having been a Minister for merchant shipping in the previous Government. Having heard the argument's today, I should say that ship owners...

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: I bow to the noble Baroness's knowledge, and I am sorry about that. I shall finish on this one point. User tax did not discourage the fleet-it actually encouraged it. So I am not convinced that the small amount of tax that we are talking about would be a disincentive to the British ship owner.

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I must add my name to the list of those confused after the introduction of the amendments. I approached it in a simple way: that this was an opportunity to delay while we had further discussion to find an agreement between the two sides of this House on the size of the Commons, the powers, and the Boundary Commission. All of those are legitimate arguments. If we introduce the idea...

Climate Change: Cancun — Statement (13 Dec 2010)

Lord Prescott: I attended the Kyoto conference and those at Cancun and Copenhagen. The atmosphere and organisation was fundamentally different, for which we offer our congratulations to the Mexican Government. However, the Minister may recall that in a debate in this House on climate change I put forward my concerns that the Prime Minister had said that he wanted a legal agreement at Cancun. I did not think...

Sport: Rugby League World Cup 2013 — Question (23 Nov 2010)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, what is the thinking that justifies 40 times the amount of money for a Rugby Union Cup Final as opposed to a Rugby League Cup Final and World Cup Final? The RDAs were offering £1 million, but the Government are now abolishing them. Is not the reality that the noble Baroness belongs to a department that does not have an elected northern member in it, so reflecting the...

Council of Europe — Motion to Take Note (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, I think that the House will be grateful for this opportunity to discuss the Council of Europe. Neither House of Parliament has spent a great deal of time talking about the Council of Europe. As the noble Lord pointed out, people often get confused between the European Union and the Council of Europe. I think that Ministers must get confused, because the same Ministers sit on both...

G20 — Statement (15 Nov 2010)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, given that the Statement today was about the Prime Minister's visit to China as well as to the G20, it is a little disappointing that it says so little about climate change. I welcome the Statement where it says that the Government's intention is to fight climate change and that they will, "spare no effort to reach a balanced and successful outcome in Cancun". That is precisely what...

Environment: Low-carbon Technologies — Question for Short Debate (14 Jul 2010)

Lord Prescott: My Lords, first, may I express appreciation for the very warm reception given to me by noble Lords here in this debate and in the House? It is quite different from the House of Commons, I might comment. I have no interest to declare, except to declare the political interest of pursuing social justice and, indeed, global solutions to global problems. I am therefore most pleased to have another...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (5 Jan 2010)

John Prescott: I attended the Copenhagen conference in my capacity as the Council of Europe's rapporteur on climate change. May I offer my congratulations to my right hon. Friend and the Prime Minister-as did many people at Copenhagen-on the leading role that they played in bringing about the Copenhagen accord? The Opposition clearly do not understand that, as at Kyoto, an agreement was reached in principle...

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