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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...

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

John Prescott: If the right hon. Gentleman looks back at the record on home information packs he will find that consumer groups fully supported them when I introduced them after we came to office. They made the point that they wanted the costs to be switched from buyers to sellers. Buyers already have to pay those costs, and many of them bitterly complain. They enter into arrangements to purchase a house...

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

John Prescott: I would have thought that the right hon. Gentleman would be a bit careful about calling for a general election. I remember him doing that and getting horribly beaten—it was one of the worst results of any Tory party. Given those circumstances, he should not ask for that. This Chancellor has been responsible for an awful lot of Government policy. That has resulted in a record period in...

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

John Prescott: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do not know how popular this new policy is in the right hon. Gentleman's party. Will all the Opposition Members who support it put their hands up?

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

John Prescott: Everybody agrees that Sure Start has been a very successful service. So far, about 1 million children have benefited from it and we are on course to achieve 3,000 Sure Starts within the next few years. There has been a real improvement, and we are proud of it. The next stage in the finances involves the comprehensive spending review, which is under way. We have given assurances that we are...

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

John Prescott: There are considerable advantages in such jobs and plans are under way to achieve that aim. The development of new low-carbon houses and the investment in the environment that is being made will constitute a major investment in creating jobs and will change the whole economy. The commitment to the 60 per cent. of emissions target that we have set ourselves requires many of our regions to make...

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

John Prescott: There is no doubt that the hon. Gentleman makes an important point, but it is not a question of building on the green belt. The record of this Government since 1997 shows that we have transferred a lot of house building on to brownfield sites. The figure for such building was about 50 per cent. under the Tories when they left office; it is now 72 per cent., which is a considerable change. We...

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

John Prescott: The whole House will agree with everything that the right hon. Gentleman has said. It is indeed every parent's nightmare, and like everyone in the country, we hope and pray for the safe return of Madeleine. We are doing everything that we can to support the McCanns in Portugal. The Foreign Office has been actively involved, the Leicester police are involved and we are doing everything that we...

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

John Prescott: Thank you. Anybody else want to give the answer? We have had a huge investment in our education system which nobody doubts. There are arguments sometimes about value for money, but an announcement was made in the last two days about the new schools that have been built in every one of our constituencies. No hon. Member can say that they have not had a new school. We have built more new...

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

John Prescott: A number of houses have been built to a low carbon specification and we changed the rules governing building regulations. There were nine millennium sites, starting with Greenwich and the dome, where we built houses to low carbon standards and new environmental standards. We have built a number of thousands of them already. The Chancellor was referring to the importance of building many more...

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

John Prescott: Absolutely.

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

John Prescott: I must tell the hon. Gentleman, as I have done from time to time, that in 1997 we made a decision that, as there had been £20 billion disinvestment in our public housing because the Tories had sold houses but done nothing about those lived in by millions of tenants, we would have a programme of £40 billion to bring 2 million homes up to standard in kitchens and central heating. A...

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

John Prescott: I very much agree with everything that my hon. Friend has said. I am sorry that I cannot tell him how many schools are involved in the programme, but I shall write to him with the information. The British Council has been conducting a similar programme called "Connecting Classrooms". I was in Ghana and Sierra Leone only a few weeks ago, and I saw the importance of twinning schools there with...

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

John Prescott: I did not mark Dick Cheney particularly, although I met him once or twice. I recall that we met for the first time via video screen because, after the terrible 9/11 business, he was in a cave somewhere under security control. [ Interruption.] I remarked that I did not think that bin Laden would be living under the same conditions, but perhaps we should leave that aside. My right hon. Friend...

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

John Prescott: In addition to those visits I announced to the House on 7 March on behalf of the Prime Minister, I recently visited the Czech Republic and Malta to discuss with their leaderships the issue of climate change and other European matters. I held a number of bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers and deputy Prime Ministers of both countries, and with the President of Malta. I addressed and...

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

John Prescott: The House will be aware that the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic is very sceptical about the science of climate change, but I must say that many of his Ministers—and, indeed, the deputy Prime Minister—are members of the Green party, clearly showing that the debate on climate change is well under way in the Czech Republic. My hon. Friend will know from my work as the China...

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

John Prescott: As has just been said from a sedentary position, as usual, this is another opportunity for the Liberals to do nothing about these matters except complain. The Government have fully supported the Hadley centre and everyone recognises the professional contribution that it has made to the debate on climate change. The hon. Gentleman should also bear in mind that during the 10 years of the Labour...

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

John Prescott: I regularly discuss policy relating to Europe with ministerial colleagues. For example, earlier this year and shortly after their accession to the EU, I visited Romania and Bulgaria on behalf of the Prime Minister. I met the Presidents and Prime Ministers of both countries to discuss issues of bilateral and regional importance

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

John Prescott: I have not read the comments of Mr. Barroso. [Hon. Members: "Oh!"] Oh, shock, horror—no, I have not. But all these matters are important. I have common consultations in Europe and nationally. They were involved in some of my discussions abroad. It is an important issue, and we will work to find common agreement and consensus, to the benefit of all.


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