Results 21–40 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

Local Government Finance (England) (31 Jan 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: Whoever split the debates has done the House a grave disservice. The contributions in the first debate and, to a certain extent, in this one need to be heard. The debate needs to be had in the House. I will certainly be one of those calling for the House authorities to have a further debate on the whole subject. I hope that the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) does not have a similarly...

Local Government Finance (England) (31 Jan 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I broadly accept that the floors did help. Had they not existed, we would be discussing far greater difficulties across the country. Therefore, to that extent, the system must be welcome. If there is not a fundamental review of the system in the next 12 months, we will undoubtedly be considering other devices and ways of tinkering with it, perhaps by increasing the floor, to ensure that...

Local Government Finance (England) (31 Jan 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman gave the example of flooding, but I understand that financial provision has been made for it. I cannot deal specifically with the point, but I have seen in the papers various figures on provision to deal with flooding. The hon. Gentleman is undeniably right, in the sense that those local authorities will have their ceilings reduced and will therefore have to adjust their...

Orders of the Day — Homes Bill ( 8 Jan 2001)

Mr Keith Darvill: I rise to speak in favour of the Bill. I especially welcome the provisions on homelessness in part II, but I want to concentrate my comments on part I, about which I have some reservations. Before I do so, I declare an interest, which is disclosed in the Register of Members' Interests, as a solicitor and a partner in a firm of solicitors that undertakes residential conveyancing. I have...

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: When going through the Home Office website, I found in the regulatory impact assessment a list of the organisations that were consulted.

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I shall not, save to say that the list begins with the Association of British Insurers and ends with the Welsh Development Agency.

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: The Welsh Development Agency.

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I, too, welcome the Bill. I apologise to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) for leaving the Chamber during his speech, but I had to attend a Standing Committee meeting. The Bill, combined with other measures to which I shall refer, will make a significant contribution to achieving the Government's target of a 30 per cent. reduction in vehicle crime by 2004. That target offers a...

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I have not analysed the statistics for the detection of those crimes, but clearly police numbers will have an effect. We also need to consider the effect of other measures. Reducing any type of crime will have a beneficial effect on the police force generally, and may affect the other decisions that chief constables may make. To answer the hon. Gentleman's question, one would need to...

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: My hon. Friend makes a good point. As I listened to his speech I recognised his expertise on the subject. Where voluntary measures have no impact, clearly the ability of the police will be diminished. If I read the results of the consultation aright, there is a general consensus in favour of regulation, so that attacks on such crimes can be further developed. There appears to be considerable...

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I do not share the criminal mind of someone who might want to steal vehicles, but surely the point is that we want to make the legislation work. It is a combination of crime partnerships, police resourcing and a range of other measures that will deter the criminal. We must approach the Bill in a bipartisan way, because the cost benefits for the country will be considerable. There is unlikely...

Orders of the Day — Vehicles (Crime) Bill (18 Dec 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I defend the right of anyone to do that, provided that the overall effect is not negative—but if there were an advantage to be gained in more conformity and more standardised provisions in terms of technology, enforcement and detection, and if the overall benefit of that could be proven, I would be happy to go along with it. I have no desire for personalised number plates myself, but I...

House of Commons Modernisation (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I should like to make just a few points, the first of which—in reply to the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow)—is that I was in the Chamber for the beginning of the debate. However, I apologise to my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) and to the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) for missing a part of their speeches when I slipped out of the...

House of Commons Modernisation (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Certainly.

House of Commons Modernisation (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I wish I knew the answer to that. My own feeling as a new hon. Member—more experienced Members may have a better way of dealing it—is that it is very difficult to balance the various demands made on my time. In an ideal world, we would be able to spend more time both in the Chamber and outside it serving our constituents. Again, the issue is how to strike the right balance. I do not...

House of Commons Modernisation (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am a member of European Standing Committee C and participate in all its debates. The hour or so that is allowed for questions in those debates is both penetrating and worth while. I urge the Modernisation Committee to consider using that model in the consideration of Select Committee reports. The use of such a model is particularly important because of resource accounting and budgeting,...

House of Commons Modernisation (20 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) said that I was not in the Chamber at the start of the debate. May I assure the right hon. Gentleman that I was?

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill: Mandatory Concessions Outside Greater London (15 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: My point is similar to the one raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (Mr. McDonnell). Having considered the Association of London Government brief, I took the opportunity this morning of speaking to the chief executive of the London borough of Havering. A rough estimate is that the cost of the proposals to that borough will be between £300,000 and £500,000 a year. If...

Opposition Day: Control of Fuel and Electricity (13 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I fully support the order. There are law and order issues to be addressed. The people who took it upon themselves to restrict the flow of fuel to the nation were clearly putting lives at risk. They did so with no electoral mandate. They took to themselves rights that are denied to people involved in an industrial dispute. The reserve powers were thus needed for the protection of the public....

Opposition Day: London Underground (Public-Private Partnership) (13 Nov 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: It is a pleasure to participate in the debate, and especially to listen to contributions from the hon. Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) and the right hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Brooke), who always speak in such debates. My constituency is at the beginning of the District line—its eastern terminus is Upminster. It is the only underground station, but it is...


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