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Results 1–20 of 976 for speaker:Professor Ross Cranston

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Museums Week (19 May 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what steps he is taking to promote access to museums during national museums week. [368]

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: National Museums Week (19 May 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Will the Minister outline his policies on the educational role of local museums, given that many have adopted an innovative policy in that regard? Some local museums, such as the Dudley museum and the Black Country museum in my constituency, have also performed a valuable function in terms of cultural policy and even economic regeneration.

Adjournment of the House (21 May 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Madam Speaker, I congratulate you on your election. In this my maiden speech, I pay a warm tribute to my predecessor, Dr. John Gilbert, who represented the Dudley, East seat for 27 years. He represented the people of Dudley conscientiously and, when I was campaigning, he was often mentioned by people who came up to me in the street and commended him for the help that he had given them. I...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Contracts) Bill (23 Jun 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I welcome the Bill. Unfortunately, the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) drifted substantially from the subject matter, and I am afraid that some of his points were tendentious to say the least. It is a technical Bill, but it has very important practical implications. Perhaps I could sketch some of the commercial background. There is always a difficulty in commercial transactions when...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (4 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Miss Kirkbride) on her maiden speech. She spoke eloquently, and, as one of the few surviving members of her party in the west midlands, she deserves credit. I also commend my hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr. Bradshaw) for a fluent speech. He fought a difficult and principled campaign, and we welcome him. In his Budget, the Chancellor...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the warm welcome in the country, particularly in my constituency, for the extra £1 billion to be spent on the national health service? Will he give the House a commitment that the Government will continue to implement their manifesto promise to improve the NHS after the depredations of the Conservative party? [5923]

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I have only five minutes to address the House, so I shall identify only a few points. When the right hon. Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) opened the debate for the Opposition, I was unsure what their view of the windfall tax was and whether they still objected to it. Certainly, we have a mandate for it, and it is generally accepted. The other day, BG said: We are not now predisposed to...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I am sorry that I was not present at the beginning of the debate, and especially sorry that I was not present when the shadow Chancellor opened for the Opposition. My hon. Friend the Member for Dudley, South (Mr. Pearson) and I were attending on our right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. One of my hon. Friend's constituents was presenting a petition to our right hon. Friend, who, as a result,...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: The hon. Gentleman still does not appreciate that the use of moneys can sometimes justify the tax from which they are raised. I shall say more about that in a moment, but I want to concentrate on the details of the windfall tax itself rather than on the use to which the money will be put. As the Bill makes clear, this is a one-off tax on the excessive profits of privatised...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: The hon. Gentleman has missed the point. The point that I was making was about retrospective taxes, and there is an example of the Conservative party imposing such taxes.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I do not want to be diverted from my main argument by the hon. Member for Wigan.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Charge to Windfall Tax (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I apologise for misnaming the hon. Gentleman's constituency. The point is that that legislation was retrospective in effect. Conservative Members have raised various points about the unfairness of the tax. They have said that it is unfair to some utilities rather than to others. The regional electricity company in my area has put that argument to me. It has pointed out that other such...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Conservative Members have presented themselves as the home owner's friends. In 1979 and subsequent years, home ownership is supposed magically to have increased. The fact is that, since the first world war, the trend of home ownership has been up, and the trend of rental accommodation down. Some of my constituents would be surprised by the Conservatives' claim, because they suffered severely...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: The hon. Gentleman anticipates me. I was going to remind the Committee that, on Second Reading, I said that I hoped that the Government would consider the case for a targeted subsidy for home owners that would assist people on low incomes to buy their own homes. I have been influenced by the detailed work of Shelter, which has campaigned so well over the years for people who do not have...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: One can say only a limited amount in one's election address, as hon. Members well know. I told the House that I wanted the Government to consider the matter in coming years. Finally, I want to deal with the amendment. I have never seen such a pathetic attempt at an amendment. Its intention is clear—the change would not come into effect until interest rates had fallen below a certain...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Admittedly, the effect of the tax is now more progressive—but purely by accident. Hence my suggestion that ultimately a more targeted benefit ought to be considered by the Government.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I start with a digression. The hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell) referred to my contribution yesterday. When winding up last night, he quoted Shakespeare. I should have thought that a close study of Shakespeare would have given him an appreciation of the use of irony, but apparently not. The hon. Gentleman also does not seem to appreciate the impact of the defeat that his party suffered...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: The hon. Gentleman does not seem to listen, quite apart from his inability to appreciate irony. The hon. Member for Daventry made certain remarks about the aging population and the increasing demand on the health service that it would impose in coming years. There is certainly an element of truth in that. The important reason why the Government have taken this measure is that it frees up...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I should be more persuaded by the Opposition's claim that they are the pensioners' friend if my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury did not have to spend so much of her time clearing up the mess left by the previous Government because of the huge misselling of pensions. I should also be more persuaded if the Office of Fair Trading had not published a report this morning on the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (16 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: The hon. Gentleman completely misunderstands. The imputation system was designed to avoid double taxation in the sense of taxation when the moneys are in the hands of the company and then in the hands of shareholders when they receive dividends. That has nothing to do with double taxation treaties between different countries. As the American experience demonstrates, our system is not...


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