Results 101–120 of 2018 for speaker:Mr William Ross

Orders of the Day — Supplementary Vote on Account 2000–01 (14 Mar 2000)

Mr William Ross: The procedure of the House is that the estimates deal with expenditures in Northern Ireland. Hon. Members have already referred to expenditure elsewhere. I note that the document refers to expenditure in respect of the Saville inquiry—

Orders of the Day — Supplementary Vote on Account 2000–01 (14 Mar 2000)

Mr William Ross: I procured the document before me from the Vote Office; it covers the Northern Ireland Office estimates. They do not fall within the appropriation order for Northern Ireland; they are completely different. We rarely debate them in the House—

Business of the House (17 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: Given the way in which matters have developed in Northern Ireland over the past week, can we have a statement from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland so that we can at least question him on what is going on there, or else can we have a debate?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (14 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: What is the terminal date on the Irish Republic's decommissioning scheme?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (14 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in the debate. It is not often that two Northern Ireland Members are called in such a short debate. As so many others wish to speak, I shall be as brief as I can. The intention behind the order is to extend the amnesty period only until 23 May. The extension could have been for another year, which is the usual procedure. The...

Points of Order (9 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Although you are aware of the content of questions on the Order Paper, you cannot possibly be aware of the supplementary questions during Prime Minister's Question Time. You will recall that questions were asked today about events in the Welsh Assembly. You will also be aware that the Scottish Assembly—

Points of Order (9 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: The Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly have certain devolved functions that are outwith the competence of this House. Madam Speaker, when a question is bounced on you from Back Benchers, how are you to decide whether the issue raised is a matter for this House or for the devolved institutions? Were the questions put today about the Welsh Assembly devolved matters or matters...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Police Force (9 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: Is the Minister aware that, as intimidation has declined—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Police Force (9 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: Is the Minister aware that, as intimidation from terrorist organisations, principally the IRA, has declined, the number of Roman Catholics applying to join the Royal Ulster Constabulary has risen to more than 20 per cent? In the light of that welcome development, and assuming that the quality of applicants is equal, when might broad parity be reached without positive discrimination in favour...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Ending Suspension (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I have occasionally listened to the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (Mr. McDonnell) speak on Northern Ireland and Irish affairs, but I rarely find myself in agreement with him. However, I agree with all those who complain about rushed legislation. In the years that I have been in this place, I have seen that every time a new piece of legislation is rushed through, we have lived to regret...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Ending Suspension (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I have been a Member of this place for a fair number of years, Sir Alan. It is rare that a Minister stands at the Dispatch Box and asks hon. Members to accept legislation such that we know not what it will do, nor how, nor why, and we know not who is in charge of it. In the light of the Minister's inadequate response, we must press the matter to a Division.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Clause 1 (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: Does the hon. Gentleman recall what was said on Thursday during questions to the Secretary of State on his statement? The right hon. Gentleman said: We will not be suspending the Good Friday agreement; therefore, we are not going to put into reverse all those gains and all those changes that have flowed from its implementation."—[Official Report, 3 February 2000; Vol. 343, c. 1325.]. In...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Ending Suspension (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I beg to move amendment No. 15, in page 1, line 22, leave out subsection (1).

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Ending Suspension (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I promise not to go on quite as long this evening as I did a week or two ago, because, unfortunately, we have tighter time restrictions. Amendment No. 15 would delete the lines printed in italics at the bottom of page 1 of the Bill. I do not understand why they are printed in italics, but they say: "As soon as is reasonably practicable after section 1 comes into force, the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill: Ending Suspension (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: Perfectly correct, but that view seems to have vanished into the past. The SDLP, it seems, wants to forget about that. All it wants now is an ounce of Semtex left at the door—token decommissioning. We were told that at the weekend. It is not sufficient for the people of Northern Ireland and certainly not sufficient for the Unionist party. Its position is perfectly clear. After this time,...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: rose—

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Bill (8 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: I have in my hand a copy of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which I believe the right hon. Gentleman supported in the House. Section 16(7) allows for the possibility of the First Minister bringing down the whole structure. Why did the right hon. Gentleman vote for that if he does not agree with it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Working Families Tax Credit (3 Feb 2000)

Mr William Ross: How many claims for working families tax credit come from farming families? Would not that number of claims be reduced if the Chancellor and his right hon. Friends drew down the compensatory funds that are available for farming from Europe, owing to the changes in the value of the pound?

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

Mr William Ross: This has been an interesting debate so far, Sir Alan, and we are always glad of your guidance to keep us in order. Reciprocation and equality of esteem are buzz words in Northern Ireland, especially in Government circles. Parity of esteem is a phrase that we hear day after day—although not everyone believes that it exists, especially in the Government's attitude to the Unionist population...

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

Mr William Ross: I appreciate what my hon. Friend says. I had hoped that that court decision had been overthrown by events, but he is much more expert on that issue than I am, so I am prepared to go along with his word unless the Minister can clear up the matter. He is bound to have explored that possibility in depth, and to be in a position to give us a clear answer to the point made by my hon. Friend. Let...


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