Results 41–60 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

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

Mr Keith Darvill: There are several reasons for that. Last year and the year before, there was a significant deterioration in several services, involving escalators, which caused significant difficulties. The delay in the completion of the Jubilee line extension was another factor. However, the main factor is the lack of sustained investment over several years. This is not a party political point, but...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: The second world war. There was significant investment in the underground system before the war. Had that rate of investment been maintained during the latter part of the century, we would not be facing today's difficulties. The major part of the blame for the failure to maintain investment must rest with the party that was in power for most of that period. I do not deny that the Labour party...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: My hon. Friend makes a good point about a contributory factor. Other factors include the effect of congestion on our roads and pricing on the underground. Travelcards, which I know are not available to rush-hour travellers, represent good value for money and are used by many of my constituents, who can travel after 9.30 am from Upminster to the other side of London for a good price. That has...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: I am afraid that I cannot answer my hon. Friend's question. If I were responsible for commercial contracts and I wanted to get the best bid, I would want to secure commercial confidentiality. Subject to that consideration—it may be possible to extract the information from the relevant documents—my view is that information should be passed on as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the future of the Ford plant in Dagenham, flowing from the decision by the Ford motor company to end car assembly there? Despite a recent decision to improve investment in diesel engines at the plant, there is still widespread concern in the community at large about the area's future. It would be appropriate to debate other issues concerning...

Adjournment (Summer) (28 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I wish to raise several constituency issues that have more general relevance, the first of which relates to the swimming pool in Central park, Harold Hill. It is partly a good news story in that it has recently benefited from a major lottery award of £4.2 million. That grant will be used to replace and refurbish the swimming pool and extend other sporting facilities, as well as to create a...

Petition: Hunting with Dogs ( 7 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: This is the first time that I have been able to contribute to a debate on animal welfare. I shall make a few points about democracy and Parliament before turning to animal welfare. Before the general election in 1997, hunting was debated at length in my constituency. The previous Member, Sir Nicholas Bonsor, was closely attached to field sports organisations and held strong views in support...

Petition: Hunting with Dogs ( 7 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I cannot explain that. My own experience has helped me to reach my view of how Parliament should deal with the matter. I recognise that those representations were made to the Burns inquiry, but I shall outline the representations that I have received on the matter. As Parliament is making the decision, we need, as part of our deliberations, to weigh up what our constituents are saying. We...

Petition: Hunting with Dogs ( 7 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Indeed. We have the duty to understand the Burns report. It is our right and duty to debate it, as we are doing. No doubt when the Bill is introduced there will be further detailed discussion. We are under a duty to hold that debate throughout the country so as to explain the issues. Opposition Members, including the hon. Gentleman, do that well; they make their views known. The hon....

Petition: Hunting with Dogs ( 7 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I said that it is incumbent on us to consider all the animal welfare issues—which, in a very good report, Burns highlighted. To that extent, the inquiry it has performed a service. I am pleased about today's debate and I will be pleased when we debate the Bill that is introduced. If the matter is ever tested in the European Court, it will consider whether the House has appreciated the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Foundation Degrees ( 6 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: If he will make a statement on foundation degrees. [127923]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Foundation Degrees ( 6 Jul 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am grateful for that reply. Does my hon. Friend agree that foundation degrees provide an excellent opportunity to link higher education and employers more effectively so that we can meet the new high levels of skills needs? Does he agree also that it is typical of the Opposition's contempt for vocational learning that they oppose foundation degrees?

Policing (London) (23 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: It is always a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Brooke). I, too, served in Committee on the Greater London Authority Bill, and I had the pleasure of hearing many of his contributions, liberally sprinkled with historical and literary quotations which amused many of us. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on his announcement...

Policing (London) (23 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman mentioned that the police station at Collier Row had closed. I can assure him that it has not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Capital Gains Tax (22 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: What representations he has received from businesses on his decision to cut capital gains tax for long-term investments. [125835]

Oral Answers to Questions — Capital Gains Tax (22 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: It is refreshing that we have a Government who are taking measures that will increase the flow of investment and are widely supported, particularly by owners of small and medium enterprises. Will my hon. Friend tell the House about any other measures that she may be considering to increase investment in businesses which will help to create more jobs and prosperity?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Excellence in Cities ( 8 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: If he will make a statement on progress with the excellence in cities proposals for learning mentors.[123333]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Excellence in Cities ( 8 Jun 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does he agree that learning mentors, alongside on-site pupil referrals and other measures, are a vital part of the Government's programme for tackling disaffection and the problems of disruption in schools? Will he confirm that, under the Conservative Government, thousands of young people were excluded from school and were left out on the streets...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords] and Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental Orders (22 May 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: The debate has covered a number of matters. Conservative Members have displayed so-called outrage, which I consider to be synthetic. A number of right hon. and hon. Members have also spoken about the reform of the Chamber and the way in which we do our business. I do not want to speak about that in my brief contribution, but I think it relevant, when we debate a motion such as this, to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill [Lords] and Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental Orders (22 May 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: If the hon. Gentleman had let me continue a little further, he would have seen that I will soon be getting round to the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody). I will come to the point about synthetic outrage in a moment, if the hon. Gentleman will permit me. My hon. Friend the Member for Crewe and Nantwich talked about the role of Back Benchers. I am...


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