Results 121–140 of 141 for speaker:Mr Keith Darvill

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

Mr Keith Darvill: Some members of the electorate may take that view, but as the hon. Gentleman himself said earlier, there is no ideal system, and I believe that, on balance, we have to accept that weakness. The electorate will have a package of democratic representatives. It is important to distinguish the strategic role that the GLA will play. As with the European elections, and bearing in mind the fact...

Public Expenditure (16 Jul 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I congratulate my right hon. and hon. Friends and the Government on the comprehensive spending review, and on the emphasis on raising standards in schools, rebuilding the NHS, improving public transport and tackling crime. I am tempted to say that those are the people's priorities. They are certainly my constituents' priorities, and were the priorities on which I campaigned in the general...

Crime (London) (24 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: It is a privilege to open this important debate. I represent an outer east London constituency, which forms part of the London borough of Havering. In Metropolitan police terms, it is part of K division. These introductory remarks are not a prelude to a speech about crime and policing in my constituency, but an introduction to one of the aspects of crime in London, which I want to...

Crime (London) (24 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: Of course I agree, and there are similar examples in my borough. In recent years, the most worrying trend in crime statistics has been the increase in crimes of violence. Although the total number of notifiable offences recorded by the police fell by 5 per cent. in London as a whole, and there was the same percentage decrease in outer-London boroughs, crimes of violence increased more in...

Opposition Day: Hospital Waiting Lists (16 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime and Disorder Bill (15 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: What plans he has to pilot provisions contained in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords]. [44253]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime and Disorder Bill (15 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. I also thank him for taking the time recently to visit Harold Hill in my constituency to witness the work of the partnership that is evolving between the police, the local authority and other agencies, including London Transport Buses. Does he agree that the best way to tackle crime in our towns and cities is through genuine partnerships with local...

Prayers: Turnberg Health Proposals ( 3 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Mr. Colman) on securing this important debate. I should like to confine my remarks to two aspects of the report: chapter 11 on Harold Wood and Oldchurch hospitals, and chapter 6 on primary care. Harold Wood hospital is in my constituency, and Oldchurch hospital is in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Romford (Mrs. Gordon)....

Prayers: Turnberg Health Proposals ( 3 Jun 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am pleased to urge the Minister to consider the impact on hospitals in the surrounding areas. Health care services will be fit for the new millennium under the proposed package of measures. It will ensure the maximum use of facilities developed through limited investment over the past 10 years. Despite the scare stories that have emanated from some quarters—mainly from our political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Small and Medium-sized Companies ( 2 Apr 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: What measures her Department has taken to encourage small and medium-sized companies to expand their export business. [35979]

Oral Answers to Questions — Small and Medium-sized Companies ( 2 Apr 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: Does my hon. Friend agree that those measures show that her Department is working in partnership with business to influence competitiveness, unlike the previous Government, who constantly failed to listen to business and rode roughshod over its concerns?

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill: Referendum (11 Feb 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: There are many reasons for rejecting the amendment. Primarily, it is a delaying tactic. That is obviously the primary political reason for its having been supported and passed in the other place. It is therefore ironic that Conservative Members should use supposedly democratic grounds for supporting it in this House this evening. The argument does not hold water. The views that Labour...

Health Services (London) ( 3 Feb 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement. Does he agree that the co-operation between Barking and Havering health authority, the hospital trusts, the local authorities and Labour Members during the review process is a fine example of cross-agency co-operation, which we should support for the future of our health service?

London Underground (27 Jan 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in the debate. I represent Upminster, which is at the start of the District line. As well as being the eastern terminus of the District line, it is the easternmost point of the underground system. Upminster station serves both the underground and the London, Tilbury and Southend line. Many of my constituents who commute into London use...

London Underground (27 Jan 1998)

Mr Keith Darvill: The Government's proposals, which I shall deal with in the rest of my speech, are quite clear. We have our priorities. Indeed, we have priorities for London Transport, as will be seen. As I said, the previous Government stated: The priority for London Underground is to improve the quality of the existing network through investment. That was true in 1996, and it is true today, for investment...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

Mr Keith Darvill: On behalf of my constituents, I endorse the remarks of other hon. Members. We all benefit from the commitment of police officers to serve our areas. On partnerships, the police recognise that they cannot succeed alone. Indeed, it is my submission that we did not expect them to do so. The word "partnerships" seems to be in vogue at the moment, with people referring to them in all sorts of...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

Mr Keith Darvill: I shall—

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

Mr Keith Darvill: I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The experience of the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) is different from mine in some parts of my constituency. The police consulted and representations were made to me as the constituency Member. Representations were made also to the local authority. There are different enthusiasms, but the thrust of the argument is that local authorities and central...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

Mr Keith Darvill: I thank my hon. Friend for his remarks. I was about to make that point. There is a problem not only with funding for the Metropolitan police but with particularly bad local authority resourcing through the standard spending assessment. Local authorities find it increasingly difficult to work with the police and with retailers. If we are to encourage partnerships with local authorities, we...

Schools (White Paper) (18 Jul 1997)

Mr Keith Darvill: I welcome the White Paper, "Excellence in schools" and the fact that it has been prepared and presented so quickly. I associate myself with the points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty). I have had some experience in this area, although I am not a teacher. I have been a school governor for more than 15 years, working with both primary and secondary schools and I...


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