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Category: Speeches

  • July 3, 2002

    Finance Bill

    The Paymaster General says that the vast majority of projects will be saved by new clause 21. Can she quantify the precise proportion of projects that will be thus saved, given the representations that she has received and the statistical analysis on which she is no doubt relying in making that stat...
  • June 26, 2002

    Transport In London

    I will deal with issues relating to transport in the capital, particularly the underground. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ilford, South (Mike Gapes) on securing the debate, which is very important to Londoners and the significant number of people who live outside the confines of the M25 but wor...
  • June 25, 2002

    Education In Cities

    I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O'Brien) on securing this important debate, which is on a matter of great interest to many of us in the Conservative party. I welcome the Minister to his new post; he and I have known each for half our lives. We were together as undergrad...
  • June 11, 2002

    Integrity Of Financial Services Industry

    I congratulate the hon. Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) on securing the debate, which I greatly welcome. I suspect that it will be the first of many on the subject. I also take the opportunity in this post-Thatcherite and pre-Ferengi world to congratulate the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on...
  • May 8, 2002

    Finance Bill

    I, too, would like to speak briefly on this point. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Roger Casale) feels that the Opposition's support for this measure is somewhat tepid. In principle, we are comfortable with the measure, which is a positive step forward. The small business sector, in w...
  • April 17, 2002

    The Future Of St Bart’s

    It is nice to be here and, although there are not many hon. Members present, several interested parties are here to listen to the debate. I am honoured to lead this brief debate this afternoon. Although the debate concerns the future of St. Bartholomew's hospital, I will briefly dwell on its histo...
  • April 10, 2002

    Enterprise Bill

    One of the great joys of representing the City of London is the ready availability of a vast array of historic material about that part of our nation. As I recently ploughed my way through David Kynaston's excellent history of the City - I wonder how often any of us have the uninterrupted chance to ...
  • March 14, 2002

    Health And Safety At Work

    I confess that it is with a certain amount of trepidation that I stand to say a few words. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok (Mr. Davidson) has been a regular jousting partner of mine in the Standing Committee on the Proceeds of Crime Bill & I am not sure that it has been an equal contest. He ...
  • March 11, 2002

    Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Bill

    I broadly support new clause 1 and have received constituency representations to that effect. The Government's main argument in justifying retention of marriage value seems to be that abolition would be confiscatory. Almost all popular legislation since 1967 and perhaps even before then is confiscat...
  • February 25, 2002

    Homelessness Bill

    I, too, will speak briefly, because hon. Members have covered several of the main points. I share some of the concerns of my hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) as regards the implementation of the provisions. The issue of London, where homelessness is a massive problem, wa...