Results 841–860 of 976 for speaker:Professor Ross Cranston

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Repayment of Dividend Tax Credit to Non-Taxpayers (30 Jun 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: As the hon. Members for Sevenoaks (Mr. Fallon) and for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey) have mentioned, I raised this issue in Committee. I was especially concerned about the poorest pensioners—non-taxpaying pensioners—who might have received a small number of shares from employers or from a privatisation issue. The income from the shares gives them a small supplement to their basic...

Small Businesses (19 Jun 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Debates about small business are often bedevilled by rhetoric. I hope to avoid that in my few remarks. The small business sector is very varied, as was noted in a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report said that, if we are concerned with entrepreneurship, we ought to be focusing on small businesses that will grow, and grow quickly. I shall say...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Economic Package (17 Jun 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: What progress is being made on the economic package for Northern Ireland announced in May. [44747]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Economic Package (17 Jun 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I welcome the fact that my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State and the Chancellor will be visiting north America to encourage inward investment, but I believe that small and medium-sized businesses are the bedrock of the community, not only economically, but socially. Does my hon. Friend agree that the provisions in the Finance Bill on capital allowances are especially valuable?

Crown Prosecution Service (1 Jun 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: May I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on the appointment of Sir Iain Glidewell so soon after the election? It was a key manifesto commitment and he implemented it quickly. Knowing Sir Iain, I am sure that his is a full report, but may I raise one matter that does not seem to have been dealt with so far—excessive bureaucracy? My casual observation in court suggests that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Restorative Justice (11 May 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of restorative justice. [40270]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Restorative Justice (11 May 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. She will know that the research of the Thames Valley restorative justice scheme shows that the rate of reoffending among the young people dealt with there is 3 per cent., whereas the normal rate is more than 30 per cent. I congratulate Ministers on introducing the Crime and Disorder Bill, which provides the legal framework for restorative justice. Will...

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Is not the logic of the hon. Gentleman's position that such a person, if he retires at 65, has become an entrepreneur only at 55, because the whole thrust of the proposal is to give the full relief after 10 years?

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way, especially as I shall be a recipient of the Chartered Institute of Taxation's hospitality in the near future. 1 always hate to interrupt him in full flight and am always apprehensive about the sky falling in, because he gives so many reasons why it is about to do so. Will the hon. Gentleman return to the point about calculating the precise effect?...

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Is it not also possible that investors will move into collective investment schemes, which not only would avoid some of the problems that the hon. Gentleman mentions, but could be advantageous for other reasons? Perhaps his background and the people with whom he associates distort his view of the ordinary investor, many of whom may indeed invest in collective schemes. While I am on my feet,...

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: When the right hon. Gentleman floated his idea, the press reported that City institutions were taken aback by the fact that he had reversed his previous stance. The press also expressed surprise about where he was going on capital gains tax generally, because he also floated the idea of abolishing capital gains tax. Will he tell us his policy on that?

Clause 119: Taper Relief for CGT (29 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Has the right hon. Gentleman made any calculation of the revenue effect of his amendment?

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rates of Tobacco Products Duty (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Can the hon. Lady explain the results of a 1996 MORI survey, which showed that the preferred cigarette brand among young people was Benson and Hedges—the most expensive—and that consumption by young people was attributable more to advertising than to smuggling, which was not even considered in the survey?

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rates of Duties And REBATES (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rates of Duties And REBATES (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I thank the hon. Gentleman, perhaps reluctantly, but he took the name of my constituency in vain earlier. Before he draws his remarks to an end, will he say something about the environmental impact? He has gone on for almost 10 minutes and has not mentioned the environment once. Does he agree that transport is the fastest growing contributor to carbon dioxide emissions? Is this measure not...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rates of Duties And REBATES (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Did the hon. Gentleman also ask the Financial Secretary about the benefits that his constituency will receive from the £50 million a year for bus services for the next three years?

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rates of Duties And REBATES (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I should like to draw the Committee's attention to what the right hon. Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) said in January 1995 when this issue was being addressed: I accept that some things are more expensive in rural areas. Some things are more expensive in urban areas. That is the interplay of a market and the inheritance of the past."—[Official Report, 23 January 1995; Vol. 253, c....

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rate of Duty on Beer (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I do not follow the logic of the hon. Lady's argument. The logic seems to be that the French Government are creating the problem, by imposing a lower duty. There will always be people who break the law. That does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that we should do away with the law. Would the hon. Lady suggest that we should legalise heroin, because some people break the law in that respect?

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Rate of Duty on Beer (28 Apr 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Can the hon. Gentleman explain why the previous Government increased the rate on beer in 1995 after they lost the VAT on fuel decision? Does the logic of his argument favour a uniform European Union duty on beer?


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