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Category: Speeches

  • 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...
  • 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...