Results 1–20 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Prevention and Reduction ( 9 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: What assessment he has made of the impact of the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 that place a statutory duty on local authorities to prevent and reduce crime.[156020]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Prevention and Reduction ( 9 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: May I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply and tell him how welcome the provisions in the 1998 Act for promoting local partnerships are? However, does he agree, first, that more needs to be done to make local authorities more aware of the it implications of section 17 of the Act and to encourage them to make crime and disorder a key consideration in all their areas of activity; and,...

Local Government Finance ( 3 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I have been listening closely to the hon. Gentleman. Am I to gather from what he said that he would be opposed to a safety-valve mechanism, or does he think that one could be introduced, provided that there were the right safeguards and criteria?

Local Government Finance ( 3 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Does my hon. Friend agree that although those comparisons appear to be reasonable, they tend to undermine the system of local government finance in the eyes of the electorate?

Local Government Finance ( 3 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: It is a privilege to open this important debate on modernising local government finance and on the Green Paper on the subject that was published on 19 September. The Green Paper sought views on the Government's aims and proposals for modernising local government finance and invited responses by 8 December. More than 16,000 responses were received, which must be a record--I myself responded...

Local Government Finance ( 3 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I would not say that that is the proper comparison, but it is certainly one that is widely used. First, the current system has lacked certainty. Only since the 1998 comprehensive spending review has that problem been addressed. In the past, there was uncertainty from year to year about the level of grant to expect, which hindered planning and modernisation of services. Stability and...

Local Government Finance ( 3 Apr 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. The problems that can result from using old data are one of my main themes today. The current system perpetuates existing problems but, as my hon. Friend suggests, current technology could help to ensure that grants take account of updated information. The use of ministerial discretion in safety valves could give rise to concern unless the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: School Sport (26 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: If he will make a statement on his Department's support for sport in schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: School Sport (26 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. I welcome the funding from the Government and the national lottery for the sports co-ordinator programme, which is useful in linking local schools and sports clubs. Other associations are also helping to fund the programme. Will my hon. Friend assure me that the programme will be extended as quickly as possible to benefit local areas such as Havering? I...

Orders of the Day — Election of a Speaker (22 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I rise as a member of the Select Committee on Procedure to speak in support of the motion. I have been a member of the Committee throughout the current Parliament. In my view, the report to which the motion relates is the most memorable that it has published during that time. That is not to say that the Committee has not conducted a number of other important inquiries. Indeed, It has done...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Recruitment) (12 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, and I am grateful to him for reminding the House of the raft of measures that address recruitment and retention in the Metropolitan police service. Can he assure me that he will continue to monitor closely the progress being made to increase police numbers, and will he ensure in particular that outer London police divisions, such as Havering, have...

Business of the House ( 8 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: In the light of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's response to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury, North (Mr. Chaytor) yesterday about local government finance, will the Leader of the House consider again the need for a debate on that subject? I say that in the light of the numerous responses to the Green Paper, to which the Prime Minister referred, and the short amount of time that...

Business of the House ( 1 Mar 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Now that my right hon. Friend has had an opportunity to read the Procedure Committee's report on the election of the Speaker, what progress has she made in finding time to debate its recommendations at an early date?

Business of the House (15 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the review of local government finance? Consultation on the Green Paper, which was published last year, ended at the beginning of December. We held a debate only two weeks ago on this year's review, and several hon. Members raised general anxieties about the subject. In the light of those factors, it would be useful to discuss those issues...

Orders of the Day — Capital Allowances Bill (13 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: rose—

Orders of the Day — Capital Allowances Bill (13 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Indeed, I have listened closely to what the right hon. Gentleman has been saying. Did he choose to make the same observations here when his right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) proposed the project in 1996?

LTS Railway (13 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: rose--

LTS Railway (13 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I intervene on my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Cryer) and congratulate him on introducing the debate. Does he agree that some of the problems to which he has referred lead to significant overcrowding in trains from Rainham in his constituency and from Upminster into Fenchurch Street station? Part of the problem that our constituents have in accommodating the problems that we...

Hospices ( 6 Feb 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on securing this important debate. I shall be brief, and shall echo the comments made by my hon. Friend and the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley). I want to place on the record my admiration for all who work in the hospice movement. Like other hon. Members, my experience comes from my connections with my local...

Local Government Finance (England) (31 Jan 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that in my contribution I contrasted the very low settlements received under the Government that he supported with the much higher settlements received under this Government?


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