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Pensions Annuities (Amendment) Bill

May I also congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) on raising this important issue? There is some disappointment that Labour Members are trying to talk out the Bill.

Mr. Gardiner rose

Mr. Field

Looking Ahead to 2002

As last year came to a close I found myself being mercilessly teased by colleagues in the House of Commons over the four-part television adaptation of Trollope’s book, The Way We Live Now.

The Pressures of Modern Life

The Christmas and New Year break always brings with it a curious mix of emotions. On the one hand it provides an ideal and overdue opportunity to escape from the daily routine and to live for the day.

City of London (Ward Elections) Bill

My right hon. Friend the Member for North-West Hampshire (Sir G. Young) has already alluded to the somewhat tortuous circumstances of this debate.

Small Business (Regulatory Burden)

I agree almost four square with the philosophical outlook of my hon. Friend the Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron). He summed up the position nicely by saying that we should be moving towards the United States model rather than a European-type model in respect of small businesses.

Equitable Life

At the ripe old age of thirty-seven retirement does not feature high on my personal list of priorities. But in my early days as a Member of Parliament the subject of pensions has featured heavily in my political work.

Proceeds of Crime

Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con)

Clean Fuels

I shall open up the debate slightly to one or two general issues, as well as touching on issues that affect my own constituency in central London. So I should like to thank the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock) for broadening the debate earlier.

London Underground

I endorse the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir S. Chapman).

International Situation

One of the most attractive features of political life is its sheer uncertainty.