Results 21–40 of 2018 for speaker:Mr William Ross

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions: Amendment of the Law (7 Mar 2001)

Mr William Ross: I have not worked that out, but later I shall give the hon. Gentleman extremely interesting figures showing the difference between the sum that people pay for a packet of fags in this country and elsewhere. It is a fact that tobacco manufacturers and trade unions predicted a good many years ago the consequences of increased taxation on cigarettes. That prediction followed their correct...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions: Amendment of the Law (7 Mar 2001)

Mr William Ross: Of course, the hon. Gentleman is correct. I understand that one can now bring in 800 cigarettes for one's own use. A man, his wife and his non-smoking grown-up children can take a day trip to France and come back with enough to do them for several months and still make a considerable profit on their visit. Rather than raising the tax, the Government would be wise to freeze it at the very...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions: Amendment of the Law (7 Mar 2001)

Mr William Ross: The House debated a Bill yesterday to help development in the poorer nations of the world, so I suppose we have done the same for a former part of the United Kingdom. However, the situation is changing rapidly. Instead of receiving money, the Republic of Ireland will start to have to pay it out. It has also, as the right hon. Gentleman knows, signed up to the euro, and is now being told to...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions: Amendment of the Law (7 Mar 2001)

Mr William Ross: The calculation does not take account of the second point at all. I am disappointed that the Government have not taken the problems on board or acted on them. Their tax policy in two of the areas chat I have mentioned has failed to deliver the benefits that we hoped for. It will also fail in the third area, as it will do great damage to the Northern Ireland economy. Heavy taxation of fuel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (24 Jan 2001)

Mr William Ross: Will the right hon. Gentleman join me in condemning the atrocious pipe-bomb attacks that have been taking place with such frequency throughout Northern Ireland? Will he confirm the degree of sophistication in the recent major bomb attacks that were launched on the security forces? Will he also confirm that the security forces were so able to deal with the situation in Claudy, that while they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Criminal Profits (20 Dec 2000)

Mr William Ross: The fact that the agencies have managed to seize 45 million cigarettes serves to highlight the scale of the problem, but is it not a fact that the smuggling of road fuel far exceeds that activity? What undertaking has the Minister received from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that effective steps will be taken to end that fuel smuggling?

Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 Dec 2000)

Mr William Ross: I listened to some hon. Members speaking at length today about whether we should go into the single currency. Those who make the excuse that the time is not right are simply refusing to take the political decision that has to be taken. That decision will not be taken on economic grounds, and every sensible body in this country knows that. It is a political decision. Some say that the...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 Dec 2000)

Mr William Ross: I can tell the hon. Gentleman that there is not one economy in Ireland. If he had tried to buy a house in Dublin over the past year or two, he might not be so accommodating about the euro. As it happens, I believe the fact that the economy in the Irish Republic is roaring ahead in this way—unsustainably in the long term, I think—is a clear indication of what can happen to any nation in...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 Dec 2000)

Mr William Ross: Will the Chancellor give way?

Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 Dec 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am not a member of the Conservative party, but I am interested in what the Chancellor said about the ratio of public debt to GDP. He did not make clear to the House what ratio he had in mind or whether that ratio was to total public sector debt or to central Government debt. Will he please elucidate?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: Given the savage but accurate complaints that the right hon. Gentleman is making about the Bill, can we safely assume that a future Conservative Government would repeal it?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: We have listened to the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Mr. Öpik) expressing yet again the pious hope that making further concessions to thugs and murderers will elicit a favourable response from them. The history of humanity's dealings with such people shows that making concessions to them does not bring a favourable response from the point of view of the civilised but, rather, encourages...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: I regret that the hon. Gentleman said that, because he may well have alerted Mr. Deputy Speaker to the fact that I was beginning to stray beyond the confines of the debate. However, the point that I was making was that the neutering of the House does grave damage to the legislative process and to democracy in the United Kingdom. That should be explained, because this Chamber is where each...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: It is clear that people in the other place had very serious objections to the clause, which is why they decided to remove it. They said to themselves that one cannot serve two masters. As the good book tells us, we either hate the one and love the other, or despise the one and cleave to the other. If the first of those two elements holds true, as I believe it does, we will tell people that...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: There is one political party with enthusiasm for it—Sinn Fein, which is inextricably linked to terrorism. I will come back to that central question. I was merely putting down a marker so that people could have time to consider it; I was going to come back to it later. We have some time yet—about another two hours. No one should be in any hurry in discussing these matters; we have the time...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman pre-empts me. I was coming to that matter. A person cannot represent two constituencies here because it would diminish the level of representation overall for the nation and the House and because there would be a conflict of interest. One can stand for election and be elected to two constituencies, but one must give one of them up immediately. One cannot represent both in...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: Well—

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: I hope that the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department is not intending to follow his namesake's attitude and seek two seats at the same time. That is beyond even his vaulting ambition.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: Yes, but that does not relate to my argument.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Nov 2000)

Mr William Ross: An objection is being raised. Even if the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) is correct, as I said, such a person would still be representing the same nation and national interest. I was turned off my course by the recent exchanges. I was pointing out that one cannot represent two constituencies because there may be a conflict of interest. The conflict becomes even stronger if one...


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