Results 241–260 of 2018 for speaker:Mr William Ross

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Trips down memory lane sometimes serve to refresh one's memory of happier times when the House sat all night.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: As I recall, the hon. Gentleman was not a Member of Parliament then. The amendment is designed to improve the Bill. In that context, what impinges on one part of the Bill must have an influence on the rest of it. On occasion, therefore, one has to widen the scope so that the amendment can be set in the context of the Bill as a whole. The amendment seeks to remove the capacity of Ministers...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I do not know whether the Under-Secretary has considered that, but I have. It is one of the reasons for my objections to many elements of the Belfast agreement. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Mudie) shouts from a sedentary position. If he wants to make a speech or intervene, I am more than happy to give way to him. If a comment is not worth making in a speech, it is not...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I shall use my discretion and stick closely to what I intended to say. I have almost reached the end of my remarks. [Interruption.] I could go on, but I know that hon. Members are anxious to examine the next group of amendments. When I have finished speaking on this group, I shall have 15 minutes in which to collect my thoughts and then I shall be on my feet again to explain the problems...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The right hon. Gentleman is right; we shall spend a few minutes discussing clause stand part. That will take us until dawn at least. [Interruption.] It has been a long and cheerful night, and we are now reaching the giggly stage. That used to happen at about 3 am or 4 am, but it has happened a little later today. I have expressed my views on the amendment and failed to get clear answers from...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The Under-Secretary shakes his head and thus suggests that there were other reasons. He must reply to the debate and explain the other elements that caused him anxiety. I shall press the amendment to a Division, but I am happy to allow the Under-Secretary to intervene. Does he wish to do that?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Sadly, the Minister does not have an answer. He is not prepared to make an effort to improve the Bill. In the light of that, I have no choice but to press the amendment to a Division. Question put, That the amendment be made:—

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

Mr William Ross: I beg to move amendment No. 21, page 1, line 13, after 'Minister', insert— 'Presiding Officer or Deputy Presiding Officer'.

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

Mr William Ross: I had hoped that we would have time to range back over the previous debates. A number of things need to be explored, especially as the Minister saw fit not to reply to the short debate on the previous group of amendments, but, in your wisdom, Sir Alan, you have chosen otherwise, so we have come somewhat sooner than we had expected to the group of amendments relating to clause 2. As you have...

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

Mr William Ross: What troubles me is that, although the Government are sometimes consistent, the driving force behind their consistency is so carefully concealed behind a smokescreen of words and misdemeanours. One is never able to catch up with what they are doing until the evil consequences of their actions appear one year or five years later.

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

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman may justifiably accuse me of many things, but, on this occasion, not of tabling a wrecking amendment. I am anxious to improve the Bill, which needs so much improvement that it needs to be rebuilt. However, that is a totally different matter from wrecking it completely. The Government must see some good in the proposals, or they have been grievously misled by the IRA....

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

Mr William Ross: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me to proceed for a few minutes, he will see that my proposals are logical.

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

Mr William Ross: The right hon. Gentleman will appreciate that our proposals had to be tabled in great haste, before we were able to think them through entirely. So many people are now so anxious to apply the strictures of political correctness that they might ask, "What if it is a lady?", forgetting that, in United Kingdom legislation, the legal definition of the male embraces the female—[Interruption.]...

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

Mr William Ross: It was a barrister who told me that, as banisters in the Committee will be aware, "he" embraces "she."

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

Mr William Ross: It is time to leave these highways and byways and proceed to the amendments, although a few minutes on preliminaries are always well spent. I regret the usages that so offend my hon. Friend—the Tories feel like hon. Friends again after 20 years or so. It is clear, from its long title, that the Bill is somewhat restrictive. Amendment No. 9 has been tabled to correct a drafting point by...

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

Mr William Ross: I am trying to do that, Mr. Martin, but we have gone a long time without sleep and the way hon. Members chat in the background can be distracting.

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

Mr William Ross: Yes, he is not speaking at the moment—although he is listening. The Government would say to the IRA, "Of course, whatever you want, right away." They are acting in haste and will repent at leisure. I note that although the amendments tabled by the Conservative party and ourselves are not exactly the same, we were aiming at the same targets for the same reason. The amendments are precise...

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

Mr William Ross: I was responding to a sedentary remark, and I realise that I should not have done so. I was aware that this point would arise—after all, these are my amendments. I thought about the dangers to the public purse. It is a question not only of extra salaries but of the possibility of fraud, whether inadvertent or not. We will come back to that issue later. The amendments would clean up the...

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

Mr William Ross: That is my sentiment. They would have divided loyalty, so they could not be full Members of the House; they would not be part and parcel of the whole ethos of this place. In no circumstances, would I want to see the First Commoner of England a Member of Dail Eireann, so I hope that the hon. Gentleman will appreciate what I am trying to do.

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

Mr William Ross: Although I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, nor a mind reader, I have a fair idea of what the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis) was about to say. My response is that if an earlier amendment had been accepted—despite the doubts of some hon. Members—our view on this amendment might have changed. In those circumstances, we might have found it expedient not to move...


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