Transport in London

I will deal with issues relating to transport in the capital, particularly the underground. I congratulate the hon.

Education in Cities

I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Mr. O’Brien) on securing this important debate, which is on a matter of great interest to many of us in the Conservative party.

Integrity of Financial Services Industry

I congratulate the hon. Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) on securing the debate, which I greatly welcome. I suspect that it will be the first of many on the subject.

Women in Public Life

In a recent survey Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, was identified as the third most powerful woman in Britain.

Finance Bill

I, too, would like to speak briefly on this point. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Roger Casale) feels that the Opposition’s support for this measure is somewhat tepid. In principle, we are comfortable with the measure, which is a positive step forward.

The Importance Of Community

I cannot remember the first time I heard the phrase that London is made up of a series of villages.


At one of my recent meetings with the Corporation of London I was given a plastic ruler made from recycled vending cups.

The Future of St Bart’s

It is nice to be here and, although there are not many hon. Members present, several interested parties are here to listen to the debate.

Enterprise Bill

One of the great joys of representing the City of London is the ready availability of a vast array of historic material about that part of our nation.

Notting Hill Carnival

I have watched with interest the proposal to change the route of the Notting Hill Carnival this summer and welcome its being shelved for this year at least. Ultimately this is a decision for the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.