Results 901–920 of 976 for speaker:Professor Ross Cranston

ISAs, TESSAs and PEPs (3 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Yes. Marks and Spencer has also been very forward looking, also in respect of the euro, unlike the Opposition. My hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North mentioned another advantage of ISAs, which is that a wider range of products could be developed. She mentioned deposits with credit unions, national savings products and shares in industrial and provident societies. They should all...

ISAs, TESSAs and PEPs (3 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Our manifesto made it clear that we intended to provide savings vehicles for a wider section of the population. That is what we are doing with our ISA proposals. It has been argued that increased flexibility will result in higher costs for providers than at present—up to 30 per cent. higher, according to one estimate. That demonstrates a misunderstanding of the nature of our financial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Rail Passenger Satisfaction Surveys (3 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: If he will make a statement on the publication of rail passenger satisfaction surveys. [30660]

Oral Answers to Questions — Rail Passenger Satisfaction Surveys (3 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that under the previous Government there was no obligation on many train operating companies to publish these surveys and, where they were obliged to do so under some of the contracts, they had a free choice as to what they could publish? Does he agree that such information is vital? I welcome what he has done in the past month or so to ensure that survey...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prison and Probation Services (2 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: What plans he has to ensure integration between the prison and probation services. [30342]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prison and Probation Services (2 Mar 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Does my hon. Friend not agree that one of the advantages of the two services working together relates to public perception, since community sentences under the supervision of the probation service are too often perceived as a soft option? Does she agree that, by working together, the two services can change that perception and make community sentences a tough option?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Crown Prosecution Service (19 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: May I ask my right hon. and learned Friend about one aspect of the Glidewell inquiry—the role of child witnesses? Is the inquiry addressing that important issue, particularly the way in which the Crown Prosecution Service handles child witnesses?

Hillsborough (18 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: May I take my right hon. Friend back to the issue of police discipline and the feeling among the relatives that no one has been brought to justice? May I ask him specifically whether Lord Justice Stuart-Smith addresses the issue of early retirement by police officers to avoid disciplinary procedures? May I press him for a speedy response to the Select Committee on Home Affairs report on...

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary on introducing the Bill. I pay tribute to the Lord Chancellor and to Lord Williams of Mostyn, who shepherded the Bill through the other place. I wish also to join the tributes paid by my right hon. Friend to the late leader of the Labour party, John Smith, and to the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Lester of Herne Hill. There are persuasive...

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill [Lords] (16 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Judges adjudicate on disputes. These matters are decided in Strasbourg, but I believe that it is more appropriate for such decisions to be made in this country. The Bill has got the balance right, because it takes our system of parliamentary sovereignty into account. There has been quite a discussion in constitutional circles about whether we should adopt the New Zealand or the Canadian...

Prayers: Employment of Children Bill (13 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesham (Mr. Pond) on introducing the Bill. I first came across his name in 1977, when he was the co-author of an important book called "To Him Who Hath". Another co-author was my right hon. Friend the Minister for Welfare Reform. The book addressed several issues that are still on the agenda, such as the relationship between taxation and...

Prayers: Employment of Children Bill (13 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I agree, it is a basis, and the European directive is consistent with it. The other international instrument that has been mentioned is the convention on the rights of the child. This country is an adherent to that convention: it came into force in the United Kingdom in 1992. It sets out important rights for children. The basic right is that we must always take the best interests of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Immigration Advisers (2 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: What plans he has to regulate immigration advisers. [24614]

Oral Answers to Questions — Immigration Advisers (2 Feb 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the consultation paper. He has acted swiftly—unlike the Conservative party—which did nothing for 18 years. In my short time in the House, I have been approached by a number of immigration advisers who are obviously incompetent. As the consultation document suggests, some are unscrupulous and even criminal. May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: New Deal Pathfinder (Black Country) (29 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: What reports he has received on the progress of the new deal pathfinder in the black country. [24195]

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: New Deal Pathfinder (Black Country) (29 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. He will know that last Friday I visited Dudley zoo, which has just taken on one of my constituents, a young man who had been unemployed for seven years. How can we further involve small and medium-sized enterprises such as Dudley zoo in the new deal?

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

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

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I would have congratulated the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean) on raising this serious subject, but unfortunately he has used the debate for an unjustified attack on my hon. Friend the Paymaster General. I shall not go into the details; I shall make just three observations. First, the right hon. Gentleman misunderstands the nature of trusts, and the position of...

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I shall speak to the hon. Gentleman later about the specific measures contemplated. Secondly, there have been changes in the administration. As the hon. Gentleman will know, the large business tax avoidance units have been centralised to target resources more effectively. In addition, the Inland Revenue has adopted a higher profile in dealing with tax avoidance. For example, there were...

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I have finished.


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