Results 101–120 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: The point that I made was twofold: first, that concessionary arrangements could be made for disabled people; and, secondly, that an increased investment in public transport might benefit some disabled people. I was not making a cursory suggestion; I was saying that there are two sides to the argument that road user charging could benefit the groups that we were discussing.

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: The debate on the Labour manifesto and the manifestos of candidates for mayor will take place in the coming months. I recognise the point made by the hon. Member for Croydon, South about the balance. In answer to the question from the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow), if the clause is removed from the Bill, that debate will not take place. It is taking place now in the Chamber, but,...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I said that I had some sympathy with the argument for longer-term hypothecation. However, I support the Bill because it moves in an important direction and, with regard to hypothecation, it is unique in law making in this country. That is warmly welcomed, and the benefits will become apparent. It enables the argument about road charging to take place against the background of the resulting...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman's patience will be rewarded in due course. I am happy to give my opinion, but other colleagues may have different opinions. When we have formulated our policies, we will have the debate. I believe that there is considerable merit in road charging, provided that the revenues are used to improve public transport. The charges will be unpopular with some people,...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: A borough or a mayor introducing such a scheme would take into account, through concessionary measures, people with disabilities. Would that not answer the hon. Gentleman's point? Moreover, the groups to which he referred would benefit from improved public transport.

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I support the Government amendments and oppose the Conservative proposal to delete clause 222. The Government's proposal is not to impose road charging. As the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) rightly said in his intervention, the permissive provisions in the Bill would allow charging by the mayor and the London boroughs. The hon. Member for Croydon, South (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Road User Charging ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: Yes. Local councillors need to take a broader perspective. I would propose a sub-regional approach. Councillors and members of the GLA will have to think much more broadly. I have not read the report to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but I understand the argument. My view is that the debate must take place on a Londonwide basis, recognising local conditions and the position of Londoners as...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Abolition ( 5 May 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: Will my hon. Friend confirm that the investment figures quoted by the Opposition include investment in the Jubilee line and investment required to resolve the problems arising from the King's Cross disaster?

Orders of the Day — Access to Justice Bill [Lords] (14 Apr 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I declare an interest. I am a solicitor and a partner in a firm of solicitors. I was admitted to the roll of solicitors in January 1982 and I am a member of the Law Society. I note the figures that my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) quoted about the number of solicitors in the House. In many ways, it is a pity that not more non-solicitors and lawyers are here to take part...

Prayers: Hornchurch Fire Station (10 Mar 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Cryer) on securing this debate and I endorse and support what he has said. Hornchurch fire station serves part of my constituency, as my hon. Friend said, and in particular Emerson Park, Cranham, Upminster and part of Harold Wood. That is a large area. In terms of area covered, my constituency is one of the largest in Greater...

Prayers: London Fire Service ( 3 Feb 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable), and I associate myself with the remarks already made by my hon. Friends the Members for Poplar and Canning Town (Mr. Fitzpatrick) and for Hornchurch (Mr. Cryer). My constituency is served by Hornchurch fire station. I have studied in some detail the review of fire cover in London and have recently visited the Hornchurch station...

Prayers: London Fire Service ( 3 Feb 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I am aware of her work in that campaign. I am seriously concerned that a reduction in the number of appliances in London will mean that the LFCDA will not be able to maintain strategic cover to the acceptable standard required by my constituents. The ability to save lives is a very serious matter. It is clear that the emergency services now have the ability...

Prayers: London Fire Service ( 3 Feb 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: I do not disagree with that. I understand that the Home Office is examining those issues at the moment. Any decision implemented now may need to be reversed in a relatively short time, and there could be adverse financial implications if fire appliances are removed and subsequently returned. I acknowledge that ground calls, particularly at the Hornchurch station, have declined over the...

London Underground (27 Jan 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: Upminster is, of course, at the beginning of the District line. Many thousands of my constituents travel on the London underground each day, and many work at the Cranham depot, which supports the District line. Apart from education and health, I think that transport is the most important issue to Londoners. It is just as important to visitors to London, 90 per cent. of whom use the tube when...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Membership of the Authority and the Assembly (19 Jan 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: Once again, the Opposition are flawed in their thinking. We will frequently return to the overarching theme that the GLA will be a strategic authority. Contrary to what the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh) said, I do not consider that an amorphous concept: I think that it is relevant and needed. The hon. Member for Croydon, South (Mr. Ottaway) made two major points against the Bill's...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill: Membership of the Authority and the Assembly (19 Jan 1999)

Mr Keith Darvill: We shall of course debate the role of the deputy mayor when clause 41 is considered, but I oppose the amendment because it would affect the balance between the mayor and the assembly. The mayor will have a very powerful role, as set out in the Bill, and a ticket involving a mayor and a deputy would strengthen his powers dramatically. The assembly's role in checking those powers would...

Modernisation of the House (16 Dec 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: The hon. Gentleman may be aware that the Procedure Committee is examining the role of Select Committees, particularly in relation to financial procedures. If the Committee recommends a greater role for Select Committees, that would provide hon. Members with a further way in which to hold the Executive to account—scrutiny of the Executive would be enhanced if the Main Committee considered...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill (14 Dec 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: My credentials in this debate—apart from the fact that I represent Upminster on the edge of east London—are that I was born, brought up and educated in London and come from a family of Londoners. For the first 21 years of my working life, I was employed by the Port of London Authority and I saw the decline in the use of the River Thames and the enclosed docks. I experience, as most of us...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill (14 Dec 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I have canvassed in Hall Lane and know it well. I feel reasonably well qualified to speak in this important debate because of my background and experience. I wish to congratulate the Secretary of State and his Front-Bench colleagues on introducing the Bill so early in the second Session of this Parliament. In the 19 months since the general election, we have had the Green Paper, the White...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority Bill (14 Dec 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: One has to consider the provisions as a package. I would argue that, for the GLA, as a strategic authority, and for the European elections, it is acceptable to have a party list, bearing in mind the fact that people are not excluded from voting for candidates in local and parliamentary elections. When people vote in a closed-list system, they will know who the candidates in the party list are.


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