Results 201–220 of 2018 for speaker:Mr William Ross

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Consequential Repeal (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I want to raise a point of order, Mr. Martin.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Consequential Repeal (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) said that it was a Tory-organised filibuster. This Bench is occupied not by Tories or Conservatives, but Ulster Unionists.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Consequential Repeal (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: My hon. Friend, like the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes), is saying that two years have elapsed since passage of the 1998 Act, but that is incorrect. The Act received Royal Assent on 19 November 1998. Therefore, within 13 months Ministers had already started the process of amending the Act.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Consequential Repeal (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am not sure whether it is a point of order or a point of clarification. You told us earlier, Mr. Martin, that we were in a Committee of the whole House. However, with the best will in the world, it is impossible for the whole House to be present. Half the hon. Members are in Westminster Hall.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Consequential Repeal (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: On a point of order, Mr. Martin. We all have a problem: the Minister talked so fast that we do not know what he said. [Interruption.] I am not sure that Hansard will pick it up either, and civil servants will probably be sent to check his remarks. Even they might not know what he said. With great respect, I suggest that he repeats his speech.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I appreciate the point that you make, Mr. Lord. We have largely thrashed that horse; we have reached a clear understanding of the matter. The Bill is nonsense in the eyes of everyone in Northern Ireland, with the sole exception of Sinn Fein-IRA, who clearly want it—

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: As the right hon. Gentleman observes, we can raise those issues on Third Reading. The IRA welcomes the Bill because its members can see its possibilities. The amendments would diminish those possibilities. For that reason alone, I support the amendments and hope that the Minister will accept them. The IRA would be very much put out if the amendments were accepted; they would cause the...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: My right hon. Friend talks about Third Reading, but we should have a detailed look at my new clauses on salaries and allowances before that. We could not possibly allow them to pass us by.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: No; I was hoping to speak to the amendments. However, before I do so, I should say that I thought that my hon. Friend the Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Mr. Maginnis) said that he was speaking to clause 3.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I also believe that you, Sir, mistakenly mentioned clause 3—which we have not reached yet. This group of amendments—

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Clause 3 is a repeal clause, so is not really relevant to what my hon. Friend said about new clause 3. There are four amendments in the group. Amendment No. 33 is in my name and the names of my hon. Friend the Member for West Tyrone and the hon. Member for Macclesfield. The other amendments were tabled by the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst, and are supported by me and my hon....

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Instead of being tied up in Parliament and in Europe, I was tied up in Parliament and my local council, which had a narrow majority. I therefore gave my party and council friends an undertaking that I would be present at every critical time. I was in that position for about 18 months until the council elections took place. I always believed that it was impossible for me to give up my council...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I thought from the way in which the Minister was shaking his head that he was already beginning to resile from the undertaking on the principle of amendment No.7 He is shaking his head again. Perhaps he cannot make up his mind. Maybe he would like to explain exactly what the position is.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The right hon. Gentleman is doing very well. There is quite a lot that he could address yet. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the possibility of manuscript amendments. How on earth can anyone put down an amendment until we know the form in which the Bill ends this part of its passage? Only when we reach the end of the Committee stage shall we know whether any amendments have been made. We...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: On multiple representation, the right hon. Gentleman has mentioned single, double and treble mandates, but the quadruple element still remains for the hon. Member for North Antrim (Rev. Ian Paisley) and, indeed, for the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume). For different reasons, both are likely to get elected to both Scotland and Dublin. One is likely to be elected to Dublin because of his Irish...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Disqualification for Ministerial Office in Northern Ireland (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Mr. Lord, I beg to ask leave to withdraw amendments Nos. 7, 14, 18 and 9, but to move new clause 3 separately as it deals with an entirely different matter. The new clause deals with the Speaker, you and your colleagues in this House, and you are of far more importance than any of the subjects covered by the other amendments.


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