Gun Control

The New Year started with one of those brutal acts that still has a capacity to shock the entire nation.

British Olympics Bid 2012

I must confess that I instinctively support the enthusiasm shown in the positive comments about sport made by my hon. Friend the Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway). I am a keen sports fan and, without going too far down memory lane – I could not go as far as the hon.

Local Government Bill

I, too, want to concentrate on business improvement districts, as the hon. Members for Bedford (Mr. Hall) and for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Lepper) did. However, I should like to start with some more general comments.

Human Rights Commission

The now infamous New Year shooting of two young women in Birmingham has created a picture of anarchy in some of our inner city areas.


As this year moves towards its end it is a sad fact to have to record that the most used word in the House of Commons during 2002 has been terrorism.

Equitable Life

I congratulate the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on securing this important debate, the third that we have had on the matter. Next to me sits my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope), who introduced a debate on the subject this year.

Census 2001

The first release of the recent 2001 census data for Westminster would seem to be so far off the mark that one could easily believe it was carried out by gaslight in 1901 rather than by a state-of-the-art computer system in 2001.

The Drugs Debate

During recent months I have carried out a survey amongst my constituents for their views on the possible future decriminalisation of illegal drugs such as cannabis.