Results 141–160 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Climate Change (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: That is a good question. I am pleased to confirm that Britain is one of only two countries in the European Union to have achieved their Kyoto targets. Indeed, as my hon. Friend says, we will achieve about 23.6 per cent. below the base level—almost twice the level set for Kyoto. As she knows, the Prime Minister is talking to the EU President today about the G8 proposals for improving the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Climate Change (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: Our policies on climate change show that we can achieve the Kyoto targets and lead the world. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind remarks about me. He was a member of my party for a while—indeed, he has gone through more parties than Paris Hilton. Nevertheless, I am grateful for his remarks and proud to have been in a Government who, for 10 years, have realised major achievements on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Office Budget (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I hope that the hon. Members understand that the only way I can get through is by delay. I meet my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and other ministerial colleagues on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues. My Department is participating in the current comprehensive spending review in the same way as all other Departments, and my Department's annual report, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Office Budget (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I am happy to say that I contributed to achieving some of the best general election results—three times. In those 10 years, I am pleased to have been in a Government who have not only produced 2.5 million jobs, but proved that there can be economic prosperity and social justice. I am pleased to have played a key part in the Kyoto negotiations, which are a major achievement. I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Office Budget (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I am proud of what I have done in government and of what the Department has achieved. Conservative Members will see that the annual report, which will be published shortly, justifies the work in which I have been involved in the past 12 months. It is more justified than that of Tory Deputy Prime Ministers if the records are compared. We get value for money. As for the diplomatic point, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Planning Policy (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I have chaired a Cabinet Committee that takes forward the development of planning policy for an interdepartmental planning reform White Paper, which will be published soon. The White Paper examines planning as a whole, including for nationally significant infrastructure projects, responsibility for which is spread across various Departments. It will build on our planning reforms since 1997 in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Planning Policy (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: We must accept that Sweden has done well. Indeed, it is one of two countries that is on target to meet its Kyoto targets. However, we will achieve double the Kyoto targets, which is not the position in Sweden. Between 1990 and now, Sweden has reduced carbon emissions by 4 per cent, while we have reduced them by 14 per cent. If the rest of the European countries copied the example of the UK...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Planning Policy (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I would certainly like to hear what the Tory party says in those rural areas about the hon. Gentleman's wish to transfer all the urban to them. Looking across the faces on the Tory Benches, I see them shaking their heads—I suspect that they are in a bit of a difficulty with that proposal. In reality, people want to live in houses and they want to live in cities. We have designed them in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Planning Policy (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: The light transport developments of the past few years have been highly successful in encouraging people to use public transport, not their private cars. Manchester is a particular example. I know that there is a desire to see a light railway system in Liverpool, too. We have to recognise that they are expensive and different forms of financing have to be found. There have been some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Planning Policy (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: No, I will not, and I think that the House will vote against that motion this evening, too. This proposal is an effective way of bringing better justice to house purchasing. People can be cheated out of housing simply because someone broke the agreement. That cannot happen in Scotland, but unfortunately it can happen here. The consumer groups have made it clear that they want this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Animal Rights Activists (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I chair the Cabinet Committee that co-ordinates the Government's strategy to tackle animal rights extremism. The Government are committed to tackling extremists who harass or threaten those involved in vital, life-saving scientific research. Our strategy is making a difference, as 25 individuals have received custodial sentences and the number of visits by extremists to private homes is down...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Animal Rights Activists (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: The hon. Gentleman makes a sound point and I congratulate him on the courage that he has shown in tackling animal rights extremism. His views on that issue are well known in the House. In the Cabinet Committee, we have been discussing how we can do more to continue the education in schools about such extremism. We are working to provide materials for teachers to help them to approach these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: China (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: Last month I met State Councillor Tang and Premier Wen in Beijing. I put to them a proposal to strengthen co-operation between the United Kingdom and China on sustainability, which has been an important focus of the China taskforce which I have chaired since 2003. In China, Premier Wen has highlighted the need for a new model of sustainability, including greater efforts to save energy, reduce...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: China (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: It is a lovely day—I thank my hon. Friend for her kind remarks. The work that we are doing with China to develop new principles for sustainable cities is among the important developments that I hope we can all support. China will transfer about 15 million people from rural areas to urban areas every year, and that will require about 1,000 more cities, which will create a tremendous...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: I have been asked to reply. As the House will be aware, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is in Washington today for discussions with President Bush ahead of the G8 summit in June. Later today, the right hon. Member for Charnwood (Mr. Dorrell), my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Central (Mr. Sarwar) and I will meet members of the family of Madeleine McCann, at their request. I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: It was another terrible Tory mess that we inherited. I was supportive of the strategic necessity of building the Jubilee line under the previous Administration, as that was the right decision. It was also absolutely right to pay £350 million to bring back into use that poisonous bit of land in the middle of London. The target of 12 million people attending the dome was set before we came...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: It is so nice, after 37 years, to know that I will be missed—but I am not leaving the House yet, and I will still play my part. I will not be whingeing on the Back Benches, as I hear some of my colleagues do from time to time. I will support this Government, who have done a wonderful job over the past 10 years. I notice that the right hon. Gentleman did not attend the first session. Was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: Yes, the Tories. [An Hon. Member: "Wicked Tories!"] Yes, even the wicked Tories, when we look at the record. I have told the right hon. Gentleman that the Secretary of State will come to the House to deal with the matter later, and that will be the appropriate time for it to be dealt with. Indeed, I understand that she will be answering an urgent question that has been tabled. I do not know...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2007)

John Prescott: The issue of home information packs is a typical example of the hypocrisy of the Opposition. They say "Vote blue, get green"—I think that that was their slogan—but as soon as an opportunity comes to vote for an energy conservation measure, whether it is home information packs or the climate change levy, they always vote against it. That is the difference. It is rhetoric versus...


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