The figures from the recent national firearms amnesty shed absolutely no light on the extent of gun crime here in London. Indeed the borough which took in the highest number of guns proved to be Bromley with 220 (twice as many as Lambeth and five times as many as Tower Hamlets).
Unemployment continues to stay at record lows but these figures are deceptive. Over the past two years the majority of employment growth has been driven by the public sector which has been on a tax-payer funded hiring spree.
During the months which preceded the Iraq war and especially in the days close to the onset of the conflict my mailbag was inundated with views on the rights and wrongs of the decision for Britain to be in a coalition with America and others in the war against Iraq.
I, too, shall keep my comments brief. I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) on introducing the Bill. I confess that, like my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Bedfordshire (Mr.
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