Results 921–940 of 976 for speaker:Professor Ross Cranston

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: My hon. Friend is one among a number of Ministers. These decisions are being made by the Government. The Government have made their commitment to deal with tax avoidance quite clear and have set out their proposals in a series of consultation documents. Obviously, right hon. and hon. Members on the Opposition Benches have not looked at those papers. The Government are dealing with the matter...

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I have finished.

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: Listening to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr. Davis), I felt that there was some contradiction between his commitment to the United Kingdom and his fear of a divided United Kingdom, with his espousal of an English Parliament. His notion that an English Parliament would mitigate an English sense of unfairness was undermined by his own passion. The hon. Member for...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I shall not rise to the bait. I shall simply say that abuse of the Scottish people does not, in my view, advance the argument. I wish to develop one point that the hon. Member for Billericay raises in her Bill: the idea of holding a referendum. This is not an appropriate issue on which to hold a referendum now. It is not appropriate for reasons of the constitutional conventions that operate...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I think that my hon. Friend misunderstands me. I said earlier that at the last election we went to the people with a programme of radical change. We promised, for example, to repatriate the European convention on human rights, and we are in the process of doing that. We promised freedom of information, and we are working on that. We promised devolution in Scotland and Wales, and we are...

Referendum (English Parliament) Bill (16 Jan 1998)

Professor Ross Cranston: I fully appreciate what the hon. Lady has campaigned on, but she has not been successful in that campaigning. As long as she is not successful, it is not appropriate for a referendum to be held. In reply to the hon. Lady's more general question about whether referendums are appropriate, yes, in limited circumstances they are. However, we must be careful about adopting the referendum...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Dec 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend and the Government on their agenda on constitutional change, and particularly on the White Paper on freedom of information? Does he agree that, in five years' time, the British people will say, "Yes, this is another matter on which a Labour Government have made a difference—in this case, in favour of openness and accountability"?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic and Monetary Union (27 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: What steps he proposes to take to help business prepare for economic and monetary union. [16589]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic and Monetary Union (27 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer, especially in relation to the establishment of the standing committee. He will be aware that Marks and Spencer has announced that it will install tills to take the euro. Does not that show how British business is getting on, in a practical and pragmatic way, with dealing with the single currency, while the Conservative party is in an ideological...

Home Detention Curfew (20 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement and regret the response of the right hon. Member for North-West Cambridgeshire (Sir B. Mawhinney). My right hon. Friend will know that the Select Committee on Home Affairs is shortly to begin an inquiry into making community sentences more effective. Will he explain his views on making punishment in the community a more effective method of sentencing?

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: rose—

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: I have only four minutes to make a few points. I support the Bill without deviation and without hesitation. First, it puts the constitution of the Bank of England on a firm basis. It sets out the mechanisms for accountability that my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke) described. Secondly, it sets out quite clearly the Bank's status in terms of monetary policy. Opposition...

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

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

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House what the Conservative party, if returned to government, would do about the Bill? Would it repeal it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Stability (30 Oct 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: What measures he is taking to strengthen economic stability in the United Kingdom. [12663]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Stability (30 Oct 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Does my hon. Friend agree that market expectations indicate that interest rates will go down next year and that, since May, long-term interest rates have gone down by 1 per cent.? Does that not show that the measures taken by the Government since May have directly encouraged economic stability?

Magistrates Courts (29 Oct 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: What advantages does my hon. Friend see in the redrawing of the boundaries? He said that he was not simply redrawing them for administrative tidiness. What benefits will arise by having the boundaries of the Crown Prosecution Service coincide with the magistrates courts area and police authority boundaries?

Schedule 8: Repeals (29 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Schedule 8: Repeals (29 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Does my hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford agree that, in Committee, we heard nothing about issues of growth or, specifically, of social justice? We focused on the needs of only a few people who would be affected by withdrawal of relief on private medical insurance—a measure that will affect no more than 550,000 people.

Clause 19: Pension Funds No Longer Entitled to Payment of Tax Credits (29 Jul 1997)

Professor Ross Cranston: Can the hon. Gentleman explain why the ratio of dividends to GDP is higher in this country than in the United States?


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