Results 61–80 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

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

Mr Keith Darvill: I agree that it is. I hope that my hon. Friend will agree that we need to look at every piece of legislation and the time that we spend on it. If the House had been debating a piece of legislation for four months and that was deemed to be too long, it must have come to a decision to cut short the debate. The Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill obtained support from all parties in the House....

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

Mr Keith Darvill: That is a fair point. In the time allocated to both pieces of legislation, there is sufficient time within the timetable motion to discuss that. It seems perfectly reasonable. I made the point earlier about the number of amendments tabled in Committee, and the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) made a specific point about it. My point was that when Back-Bench Members are considering the...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: No, of course I cannot give the hon. Gentleman an answer to that question. One would need to analyse the debates that took place over that period. The two Bills before us are uncontroversial in the view of the majority of Members of the House. All those who have contributed to the debate have signified support for them, certainly in Committee. Despite some opposition from individual Members,...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: That is absolutely right. It is a question of the time that we allocate to that process. Many Bills that pass through the House have provisions of the sort that the hon. Gentleman has described. Such issues have not been ignored during our debates. Time has been given to them. They were considered on Second Reading, they were debated in Committee and they will be debated this evening.

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

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman knows as well as I do that the amendments would be grouped and discussed on that basis. There would not have been seven and a half minutes' consideration per new clause and amendment. Such an analysis can be used to discredit any allocation of time motion. The overall time allowed would have been sufficient if we had moved on to the new clauses and amendments sooner.

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

Mr Keith Darvill: I think that I answered the point made by the hon. Member for Lichfield (Mr. Fabricant) when I responded earlier to the intervention of the hon. Member for Buckingham.

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

Mr Keith Darvill: First, we are debating guillotine motions on two Bills. Secondly, the hon. Gentleman was a member of the Committee that considered the Bill. He had the opportunity between Second Reading and consideration in Committee to table amendments that reflected his and his party's point of view. I note that there was only about one hour and 17 minutes of debate. A factor that I am taking into account...

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

Mr Keith Darvill: As ever, my hon. Friend, who has much more experience in the House than I, makes an extremely good point. It is regrettable that the number of guillotine motions introduced by Governments is increasing. That is partly because of the weight of legislation. That must be acknowledged. Increasingly, Governments have large programmes of legislation because there is a demand from society for that....

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

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman mentioned balance. However, when considering that balance, should not Back Benchers take into account, among other things, the number of amendments tabled to a Bill in Committee and the length of the Committee's consideration of that Bill? If the Committee has not examined legislation in great detail, does that not indicate how many important issues need to be addressed in...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill: Amendment of Part Xii of the Licensing Act 1964 (12 May 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Amendment No. 52 would make an important improvement to the Bill and help to make it a better balanced piece of legislation. I understand the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Mr. Truswell) and, indeed, by others, about not moving the Bill too far. However, we should try and get the balance right in the Bill, and it is useful for the House to debate such a balance. It has...

Business of the House (11 May 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the concern and anguish of the many Ford employees in my constituency who work at Dagenham and at the Ford establishments in south and west Essex. Can she find time for an urgent debate on the effects of that decision on the east London and south Essex Thames gateway area, and on any possible measures that the Government propose to mitigate its outcome?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Local Authority Funding ( 9 May 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the system of allocating local authority funds creates too many inequalities and anomalies? For that reason, it is important that the review be carried out as quickly as possible to ensure that local authorities such as the one in my area, the London borough of Havering, can resolve some of their difficulties in delivering public services.

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement. It is clearly another mess created by the Conservative party, which the Government are sorting out. May I ask one or two practical questions? Do those constituents of ours who have already written to complain need to submit a formal application? Is there a time by which those applications need to be submitted? Indeed, will there be a limitation...

Small Business ( 8 Mar 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Will my hon. Friend take the opportunity to discuss the merits of the compliance cost assessments introduced by the previous Government?

Orders of the Day — Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill ( 6 Mar 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman has quoted the House of Commons Library paper, but that paper just sets out quotes from the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe), without commenting on them in detail. It is merely quoting.

Orders of the Day — Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill ( 6 Mar 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I support the Second Reading of the Bill, which represents a significant step forward for the protection of human rights. Much expertise has been shown today—although I must own up to not having expertise in many of the fields that have been covered—and as a relatively new Member, I think that we have had a fine debate that has done the House a service. I welcome the closer regulation of...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (Procedure) ( 7 Feb 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: Is the hon. Gentleman arguing that the House has not already had sufficient time for debate on the Bill in the previous Session?

Orders of the Day — Representation of the People Bill: Notional Residence: Declarations of Local Connection (12 Jan 2000)

Mr Keith Darvill: I oppose the amendment. I understand what Conservative Members have been saying, but their proposals would upset the balance. Clause 6 is to be welcomed; it is an innovation, and will extend the franchise. However, the amendments would create hurdles that those making a declaration would find difficult to overcome. Homeless people wishing to take advantage of the extension might not have any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (River Thames) (20 Dec 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: If he will make a statement about the promotion of leisure and tourism services on the River Thames, with particular reference to the role of London River Services. [101996]

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (River Thames) (20 Dec 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my hon. Friend for that statement. She will appreciate the fact that the River Thames attracts more than 2 million sightseeing and restaurant cruise passengers every year, which generates some £30 million of revenue. However, does she agree that, when granting licences to river operators, London River Services should take account of existing contractual arrangements as well as past...


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