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Category: Speeches

  • February 12, 2002

    Employment Bill

    It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Members for Wolverhampton, South-West (Rob Marris) and for Weston-super-Mare (Brian Cotter). I suspect that the tent will not be big enough to keep us all happy, but I hope that our debate will continue in an easy-going manner. I want to address in particular ne...
  • January 11, 2002

    Pensions Annuities (amendment) Bill

    Parliamentary debate May I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) on raising this important issue? There is some disappointment that Labour Members are trying to talk out the Bill. Mr. Gardiner rose Mr. Field: No, the hon. Gentleman has had more than ...
  • November 15, 2001

    City Of London (ward Elections) Bill

    My right hon. Friend the Member for North-West Hampshire (Sir G. Young) has already alluded to the somewhat tortuous circumstances of this debate. I am most grateful for his support in this matter, which is hardly an everyday procedural occurrence even for a seasoned Member, let alone a new one such...
  • November 6, 2001

    Small Business (regulatory Burden)

    I agree almost four square with the philosophical outlook of my hon. Friend the Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron). He summed up the position nicely by saying that we should be moving towards the United States model rather than a European-type model in respect of small businesses. As a former small b...
  • October 30, 2001

    Proceeds Of Crime

    Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons I suppose we should be grateful that the Government have deigned to engage Parliament in its much heralded war against terrorism. After all, judging by the stream of policy announcements made by the Home Office to favoured newspapers in recent week...
  • October 17, 2001

    London Underground

    I endorse the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir S. Chapman). The subject under discussion is a Treasury-related matter, and I have some sympathy for the Minister. I am also aware that there are many bodies and individuals in place - such as the Mayor, Mr. Kiley and the...
  • July 13, 2001

    Small Firms

    To follow on from the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Flook), this is very much a debate full of maiden speeches. It is perhaps relevant that yesterday I was playing cricket and making my debut for the Lords and Commons team. We had to rush back for a couple of votes. My sartor...
  • June 27, 2001

    Maiden Speech

    It is with a great sense of honour that I rise to speak in this House for the first time today. I know that at least 658 people will disagree with my contention that the Cities of London and Westminster is the most prestigious constituency in the United Kingdom, but it is probably fair to say that i...