Results 3041–3058 of 3058 for speaker:Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill (24 Oct 1983)

William McCrea: I am delighted to respond to that intervention, because in my concluding remarks I want to address myself to an anomaly in the Bill. Many people in Northern Ireland are totally dissatisfied with some of the Bill's provisions. I have in mind especially the one relating to exclusion orders. The effect of the exclusion order is to make Northern Ireland a dumping ground for terrorists. So far,...

Northern Ireland (Housing) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: rose—

Northern Ireland (Housing) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: This draft order is rather lengthy and technical, and I assure the House that I shall endeavour to mention only some aspects of it and allow other hon. Members to cover the rest. The draft order is to be welcomed in many respects. First, public sector tenants in Northern Ireland for the first time are to be given the statutory rights which are available to their counterparts in the rest of...

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: Will the Minister give the percentage of people who are getting benefit and are in arrears? Being in arrears has nothing to do with state benefits; some are in arrears although they are wage earners.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: The majority of the Assembly did not.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: Two votes.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: That is correct.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: I am glad to take part in this important debate. This is my first Northern Ireland debate, and at 12.38 it is sad that so many hon. Members are absent from the Chamber.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: If this is a good attendance I would not like to be here on the bad occasions, because it is deplorable that the Benches are so empty, particularly after last night. We are now debating a subject affecting benefits for those at the bottom rung of the ladder in this kingdom. Yet last night the House was alive until 4 o'clock in the morning when Members were discussing their salaries. So great...

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: The Minister must realise that in taking office he is only following the legislation brought forward by the previous Minister. I am referring to the evidence that the previous Minister in a Conservative Government gave to the Northern Ireland Assembly. I do not think that he was misleading the Assembly. Therefore, if the Minister now wants to sidestep that evidence, and realise that it is...

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: The gainers in the scheme do not point out, as they should, that they are gaining at the expense of people who, according to the Government's own criteria, are in need of help. Surely the Government should heed genuine argument and introduce a "no losers" scheme in Northern Ireland, preferably in the context of a "no losers" scheme in the whole of the United Kingdom. I was interested in the...

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: I thank the Minister for that clarification.

Northern Ireland (Housing Benefits) (20 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that information. I shall be interested to hear the Minister's response. Some people have been told that they will benefit from the scheme. They may find that they are slightly better off, but they may also find that they are disqualified for benefits which turn on the receipt of supplementary benefit. The Minister knows that supplementary benefit is a passport...

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: rose—

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: rose—

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: rose—

Death Penalty (13 Jul 1983)

William McCrea: I have come from looking at three charred bodies and the body of another of my constituents. Those four were brutally murdered today by the IRA. Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that there are many hon. Members in this debate who seem to be more concerned about the guilty than about the innocent, and that the House owes it to the nation and to the widows and orphans of the...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (28 Jun 1983)

William McCrea: I am grateful for the honour that has been given to me today to address this House. I understand that it is a tradition of the House that maiden speeches should be short and non-controversial. Given the record of many Northern Ireland Members, however, I doubt whether that tradition counts for anything any more. As the new Member for a unique constituency in the United Kingdom, I wish to...


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