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Category: Speeches

  • June 3, 2003

    The Global Political Landscape

    How time ebbs away. Even as I contemplate the end of an enthralling and at times momentous second year in my own parliamentary life, I am acutely aware of the sands of time passing. This might seem a curious observation for, at the age of 38, my relative youth is still often remarked upon whenever I...
  • May 21, 2003

    Ten Minute Rule Bill

    British business, like the British people, has a propensity to be fairly long-suffering and will accept most regulations as part of the burden of living in a democratic society. However, what arouses the fury of business most is the perception that under the cloak of European requirements, the Briti...
  • April 3, 2003

    Protestors In Central London

    All of us in the House would accept the democratic right of people to protest. However, a number of impromptu protests have gone through the west end every weekend. They are causing great difficulties to traders, particularly in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and the Strand, all of which a...
  • March 24, 2003

    Licensing Bill

    My constituency contains the largest number of licensed premises in the UK. Despite all the Government's rhetoric of empowerment, the Bill is fundamentally centralising. I have a great fear that we are sleepwalking into acceptance of the measures, which will have damaging effects wherever there is a...
  • March 14, 2003

    Municipal Waste Recycling Bill

    I, too, shall keep my comments brief. I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) on introducing the Bill. I confess that, like my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mr. Sayeed), who is no longer in his place, I have been unlucky in the ballot for private Members' ...
  • February 24, 2003

    Industrial Development Bill

    I never cease to be amazed at the fundamental lack of understanding that government in general has of the essential economic engine of wealth creation. I must confess that in Department of Trade and Industry-speak, I suppose I am a keen proponent of initiative underload, if such a thing exists. It i...
  • February 18, 2003

    Deutsch Britische Gesellschaft Lecture

    In speaking to you today I want to look at the prospects for the development of closer relations between England and Germany over the next twenty five years. And I recognise that my use of England rather than Britain would be regarded as controversial at home but I believe that during the next twent...
  • February 11, 2003

    Congestion Charging

    It may not surprise the Minister that, in securing this debate on congestion charging, I have elected as a central London Member to focus on the practical application rather than simply on the general principles. However, I am aware that the Chairman of the Select Committee on Transport is present, ...
  • January 29, 2003

    Gun Control

    The hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) made a marvellous speech, and I am only sorry that more people were not here to hear it. I congratulate her on drawing our attention to this very important issue, but in a moment I want to talk about gun control, rather than just gun...
  • January 27, 2003

    Electricity Bill

    It is a great pleasure to speak after the right hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron), who gave a spirited defence of his long-standing interest in the energy industry, and the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman), who suggested that, by voting against Second Reading, we would be voting t...