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.

Lord Amendments To Enterprise Bill

I, too, wish to endorse the words of my hon. Friend the Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan). We should seek to divide the role of chairman from that of chief executive as an integral part of good corporate governance.


May I take the opportunity to welcome my hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) to his Front-Bench post?

Crime And Congestion Charging

Two items on which fellow local residents write to me regularly are the increasing crime in our community and the congestion charging that we face courtesy of Mayor Livingstone.

Trade Justice

It was a relief to see the recent Johannesburg Earth Summit almost entirely free of violence. It reminded me of another non-violent day in June when 10,000 Trade Justice campaigners came to Parliament to demand a level playing field in trade for the developing world.