November is always an extremely busy month in Parliament. It is the end of one parliamentary year and the start of another marked by the Queen’s Speech which was delivered this year by the Queen on November 26.
Attending the switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights by rock star Daniel Bedingfield, I spoke to many folk there who commented on the fact that the congestion charge was bound to keep a lot of people driving their cars into central London to see the lights.
In October I visited Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the very first time as part of a four man parliamentary delegation. It made for a valuably balanced learning experience, following my parliamentary visit to Syria in the summer.
Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster): I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Thomas) on securing this important debate, and I am also grateful to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (David Winnick) for his impassioned plea.
I know that here in central London we moan about congestion and the hustle and bustle of everyday city life but until you have seen life in the middle of an Indian city it is impossible to appreciate what a teeming mass of humanity really looks like.
Mr. Field: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on securing this timely debate. As a central London Member, I am clearly going to be affected by whatever route it is finally agreed Crossrail should take.