Fox Hunting

The fate of the fox has featured high recently in political debate. If I ever saw a fox on my way to work early in the morning or even on my journey home late at night here in the middle of Westminster I would be both shocked and in a way pleased.

Wildlife in London

March was a month where the fox featured very high in the political world again. If I ever saw a fox on my way to work early in the morning in the middle of Westminster I would be shocked but also pleased.

Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill

I broadly support new clause 1 and have received constituency representations to that effect. The Government’s main argument in justifying retention of marriage value seems to be that abolition would be confiscatory.

Rubbish And Litter In The City

When I come out of my home in Belgravia in the morning to go to the House of Commons it is very clear where much late night activity has taken place.

Homelessness Bill

I, too, will speak briefly, because hon. Members have covered several of the main points.

Employment Bill

Mr. Field

It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Members for Wolverhampton, South-West (Rob Marris) and for Weston-super-Mare (Brian Cotter). I suspect that the tent will not be big enough to keep us all happy, but I hope that our debate will continue in an easy-going manner.

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.