Results 81–100 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Community Legal Service ( 9 Nov 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: What is the role of private practice solicitors within the Community Legal Service. [R] [96376]

Oral Answers to Questions — Lord Chancellor's Department: Community Legal Service ( 9 Nov 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his well-deserved appointment to the Front Bench. Does he agree that private practice solicitors are essential to the development of the Community Legal Service, and that the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Law Society should ensure that all private practice solicitors are aware of local initiatives, such as the advice providers' forum in the London...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Membership of the Authority and the Assembly ( 4 Nov 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I shall keep my remarks brief. This debate has been similar to the debate in Committee on the same subject. Disappointingly, in their support for the amendment, Liberal Democrat and Conservative Members have concentrated on narrow party political issues rather than on the issue that we are discussing. Throughout the consideration of the Bill, the Opposition have often appeared to...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Membership of the Authority and the Assembly ( 4 Nov 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: If one supports that principle—the Conservatives have advanced it only through a recall petition—one must consider and debate the number of signatures that would be required for the recall and how one would authenticate the petition. There are massive practical difficulties. The hon. Gentleman asked whether I am in favour in principle, but the principle has to be backed up by the...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Membership of the Authority and the Assembly ( 4 Nov 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: With respect, there are ways in which the mayor could be disqualified. Many hon. Members have made no reference to those provisions in advancing their ideas. Some scurrilous attacks have been made on various people, but that is no justification. When one looks at the debit and credit columns of the argument, one has to take into account all the credits and then see whether there is a...

Civil Registration (Access to Records) (26 Oct 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the law relating to access to registers of births, marriages and deaths; and for connected purposes. The main purpose of the Bill is to provide improved public access to records of civil registration—those of births, marriages and deaths. The Bill will give clarity to sections of the Marriage Act 1949 and the Births and Deaths...

Policing (London) (16 Jul 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am pleased to contribute to this debate on policing in London. Considerable progress is being made in respect of policing and it is significant that a number of partners—the police, local authorities and the voluntary sector, including neighbourhood watch and many more—have contributed to it. Progress has been achieved not least because of the measures initiated by my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Service Investment ( 6 Jul 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: What the planned level of capital investment in the national health service is over the next three years. [88241]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Service Investment ( 6 Jul 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. The planned investment will go some way towards addressing the chronic lack of capital investment in our precious asset, the national health service. Does the investment to which he referred include the new PFI-funded hospital at Oldchurch Park, Romford, recommended in the Turnberg report? What a wonderful birthday present that would be for my...

Orders of the Day — Modernisation of the House of Commons (24 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am in favour of the motion. Since being elected to the House, I have had the privilege of sitting on the Procedure Committee, which has been very active. It is good to follow the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton), who chairs the Committee. As well as the procedural consequences of devolution, the Procedure Committee has considered resource accounting and budgeting, which has not...

Orders of the Day — Modernisation of the House of Commons (24 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: My hon. Friend raises an important point, and the procedures are evolving. If hon. Members do not want the system to work, they can stop it. If so, the trial will not have worked, and it will be for us to come back and consider the matter. I hope that Members will not take those measures to thwart the will of the House, and that the real benefits that can be obtained from this experiment will...

Orders of the Day — Modernisation of the House of Commons (24 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank the hon. Gentleman for highlighting that point, and I hope that the House supports the measures tonight.

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I support the Bill, and I can reassure the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) that the definition of the term "chamber of commerce" is clearly covered in clause 1, which says that it is contained in regulations pursuant to section 29(1)(a) of the Companies Act 1985 and section 3(1)(a) of the Business Names Act 1985.

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: The point that I was making was that the Secretary of State's ability to secure the term "chamber of commerce" is specified in regulations pursuant to those sections. The point of the Bill is to bridge the gap in existing legislation, and the need for it has been clearly demonstrated not only on Second Reading and in Committee but today on Report. I agree with the right hon. Gentleman about...

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I always listen with care to the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth). He holds principled views, for which he argues very strongly. In the Committee on the Greater London Authority Bill, on which we both had the pleasure to serve, I twice spoke up in agreement with points that he had raised. However, this time I believe that he is mistaken. In my view, there should not...

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: Surely chambers of commerce are representative in the sense that in most areas companies can apply to join them quite openly. If large employers were to be consulted, the provision would impose an additional burden on them. Surely that is not the way to reduce the burden on business.

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am not trying to avoid consultation because the companies will be consulted through the various organisations that the right hon. Gentleman has described. The consultation will be open and on-going, but if the Secretary of State were obliged to consult large employers, for example, the detail of that consultation would be an administrative burden that I suspect large numbers of employers...

Orders of the Day — Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, etc.) Bill: Approval of Certain Company Names ( 7 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: The Bill is a balanced and good measure and we should support it. I support the general thrust of the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald). It is important to get the right balance and I think that the Bill does that. The amendment would tip the balance the wrong way, because there would be excessive bureaucracy and the administrative costs would be heavy on the public purse....

London's Health Service ( 6 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I welcome the fact that the debate is being held just two years after the general election which delivered an undeniable mandate to this Government to concentrate on the priorities of education and health. Today's debate provides an opportunity to review achievements, discuss progress on the recommendations of the Turnberg report and raise the health concerns that we all have. The debate...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Interpretation of Chapter Xiv ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I oppose the amendment and support the Third Reading of the Bill. As a member of the Standing Committee and a comparatively new Member of the House, I found the experience in Committee extremely worth while. It was a good-natured Committee, by and large. More than 100 hours of work on the detail of the Bill certainly added to my knowledge of pan-London issues. The restoration of strategic...


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