Prescott Asked to Itemize Dome Gifts

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has been prompted to declare and itemize gifts that he received from companies that have relation to the Millennium Dome bid.

Casino tycoon Philip Anschutz of Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG, is bidding for the Millennium Dome in London to be Britain's first casino. The prodding for the disclosure of all gifts stemmed from reports that Prescott received an elaborate wild west outfit from Anschutz.

The gift - a Stetson hat, leather boots and a belt with a silver buckle with a JP monogram-were said to have been given to Prescott during his much criticized stay at the casino mogul's Colorado ranch.

Prescott has been under fire recently under allegations that he has been in violation of the ministerial codes.

Tories also wanted to know if any other presents have been declared in the Commons Register of Members' Interests and whether the DPM paid any taxes on them to the customs.

Shadow culture secretary Hugo Swire wrote to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Sir Philip Mawer asking whether he would consider "undeclared gifts or undeclared hospitality on this or other occasions".

He also urged Sir Philip to "examine whether duty should have been paid on the importation of any gifts".




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