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Licensing And The Environment

One of the oldest adages in both politics and life in general is that "what goes around comes around". Nowhere else has this been truer than in my involvement with the Licensing Bill, which has taken up so much of my time over the past three months.

Licensing Bill

I endorse the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Worthing, West (Peter Bottomley), as there is a great danger that we are rushing the provision through.

Football And The European Commission

I welcome the Minister to her new role. I am sure that she had a slightly heavy heart when she realised that she would have to discuss football in Westminster Hall today.

Trip To Syria

I spent a week over Whitsun on a parliamentary delegation abroad. When I told people that I was going to be one of a ten-strong parliamentary delegation to Syria there was much sympathy.

Regional Pay

I congratulate the hon. Member for East Carmarthen and Dinefwr (Adam Price) on introducing this wonderful, interesting and timely debate. It is certainly a live issue in London, as it is in the regions, which is evidenced by the fact that about 50 per cent.

Licensing Bill

I wish to address the issue of undertakings, if I may, as well as the amendments on transitional arrangements that stand in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Moss).

Fireworks Bill

I wish to make a very brief contribution, as, like many hon. Members who are present, I broadly support the aims of the Bill. I represent an urban seat and have been lobbied by many constituents who are very concerned about the noise nuisance.

Mr. Robathan: Including me.

Asylum Seekers And The NHS

This summer marks the anniversary of my second year in Parliament. During these two years one subject has dominated my postbag, much of my time and required an overwhelming amount of energy from my office staff at the House of Commons.

The Global Political Landscape

How time ebbs away. Even as I contemplate the end of an enthralling and at times momentous second year in my own parliamentary life, I am acutely aware of the sands of time passing.