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Results 1–20 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

Defence Estimates (19 Jul 1983)

Mr William Powell: During their recent deliberations, the boundary commissioners decided that the county of Northamptonshire should have an additional parliamentary constituency and created one around the town of Corby. I am the first Member of Parliament ever to be returned for the constituency of Corby. My first pleasant duty is to pay tribute to the two Members of Parliament from whose constituencies the...

Intermediate Nuclear Forces (31 Oct 1983)

Mr William Powell: I agree with much of what the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen) said. I welcome especially the emphasis that he placed upon the European dimension to the Atlantic Alliance. I am quite certain that a contemporary definition of the Alliance must include the European dimension about which he spoke. The effect of the amendment, however, is, "Yes, but not now." I am unable to...

The Royal Navy (28 Nov 1983)

Mr William Powell: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Dixon), as I am the first Conservative Member to speak after a Labour Member for some hours. His robust support for the Royal Navy aroused gladness in the hearts of all of my right hon. and hon. Friends. If I understood him rightly and he was arguing about our need to build more ships, I am sure that that argument will be widely...

The Royal Navy (28 Nov 1983)

Mr William Powell: Can my hon. Friend confirm that a reduction in the defence budget along the lines that he has just mentioned would be equivalent to more than the annual cost of running the Royal Navy?

Regional Industrial Policy (13 Dec 1983)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, as a result of decisions taken by Opposition right hon. Members, unemployment in my constituency rose to about 25 per cent. and that, as a result of the policies of the present Government, it has been steadily falling so that it now stands at 18 per cent.? May I assure my right hon. Friend that his statement will be welcomed in my constituency and among my...

European Community (Developments) (26 Jan 1984)

Mr William Powell: It is worth bearing in mind the context in which the events described in the White Paper came about. By January 1983 we had just seen the collapse of Herr Schmidt's Government in West Germany. The new West German Government faced an election in March. Thus it was not surprising that that Government were hardly in a position to make significant political decisions about the future of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farm Prices (29 Mar 1984)

Mr William Powell: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he now expects the discussion on the annual price review to be concluded.

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: Those of us who have sat through the past four hours of debate recognise that it has been of very high quality and that most of the important points have been discussed. I wish to concentrate on two matters, both of which go to the heart of our present relationship with Europe. The first concerns surpluses within the Community. With all the romantic connotations of his constituency, one...

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: Moreover, the surplus is increasing.

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: It is not so great as in some European countries, but we are in surplus.

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: No, I will not give way. We are in surplus in liquid milk.

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: Taking into account the butter that we have specially decided to import from New Zealand, we are also in surplus in butter fats. That surplus, too, is increasing. I give way to my hon. Friend.

Opposition Day: European Community (3 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: The Minister has said that our dairy produce is 108 per cent. of our requirements and rising. That suggests to me that we are in surplus, even including the New Zealand element which is also important. In any event, we are part of one common market. We cannot belong to a common market and then ignore its existence. That must be taken into account, as well as our domestic situation. The real...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development Administration: Voluntary Sector (Assistance) (9 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what help is being provided to the voluntary sector for overseas activities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development Administration: Voluntary Sector (Assistance) (9 Apr 1984)

Mr William Powell: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the excellent improvement in our contribution. What plans does he have for the future funding of voluntary agencies?

Orders of the Day — Clause 98: Reduction of Tax (3 May 1984)

Mr William Powell: I beg to move amendment No. 55, in page 87, leave out lines 3 to 26 and insert— FIRST TABLE Portion of Value Rate of Tax Lower limit Upper limit Per cent. £ £ 0 64,000 Nil 64,000 30 SECOND TABLE Portion of Value Rate of Tax Lower limit Upper limit Per cent. £ £ 0 64,000 Nil 64,000 15.'. I begin by declaring an interest, in that I act as adviser to the Unquoted...

Orders of the Day — Clause 98: Reduction of Tax (3 May 1984)

Mr William Powell: —in the value of assets subject to tax.

Orders of the Day — Clause 98: Reduction of Tax (3 May 1984)

Mr William Powell: The retail price index has increased by a factor more than 300 per cent. since 1974—

Orders of the Day — Clause 98: Reduction of Tax (3 May 1984)

Mr William Powell: The retail price index has increased by a factor of more than 300 per cent. since 1974, so in real terms the tax on death is heavier over the range of £75,000 to £2·42 million than it was in 1974. However, there is no logical reason for levying a tax on death at graduated rates. The suggested new tables in my amendment would exempt completely smaller estates up to the present ceiling...

Orders of the Day — Clause 98: Reduction of Tax (3 May 1984)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Gentleman is entitled to his opinion. I simply dispute his facts.


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