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

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eastern Europe (9 Jan 1990)

Mr William Powell: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be entirely wrong for British defence policy to be adjusted to meet considerations that may be short term? Will he ensure that any changes in the defence budget reflect long-term changes rather than purely temporary factors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eastern Europe (6 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that yesterday I attempted to cross the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg gate and that despite my possessing a British passport the East German border guards, courteously and correctly, directed me to Checkpoint Charlie, because British citizens are able to cross from West to East Berlin only under a treaty signed in 1948? Is not that completely out of date, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the East German state is close to collapse, that mutinies have been reported in its army, that 3,000 people a day—or 1 million people a year—are leaving for the West and that over half its qualified doctors have left? Is not the only way in which that massive tide can be stemmed the unification of the two Germanys as quickly as possible? Will my right...

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Mr. Hogg) and, on this occasion, reflect on his proud statement about the wonderful things that come out of Scotland. As a Member of Parliament who represents at least as many Scots as most Scottish Members, I heartily concur with his statement that wonderful things and people come out of Scotland, including my...

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: I am immensely grateful to my hon. Friend for that explanation which may have helped to show people outside why the Government did not include this among the measures outlined in the Queen's Speech as part of their legislative programme for this Session. I propose to leave that point, save to say to my hon. Friend the Minister of State that no one is a more welcome companion than a sinner who...

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. I am unable to accept the argument that the house or warehouse burglar performs a public service by breaking into premises and revealing shortcomings in the security system. The hacker who says that he is performing a public service is doing exactly the same as the burglar who advances by way of mitigation the argument that he is performing a public...

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not overlook the fact that, while greed is obviously important, so is malice.

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Are we to detect a change in Labour party policy? When the matter was discussed and voted on previously, Opposition Front-Bench Members rejected it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Germany (7 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend had the opportunity to discuss the prospective currency reform of the Ostmark with the Governments of East and West Germany? Has my right hon. Friend read the reports that there are apparently 155 billion Ostmarks in savings which will need to be converted, and that there is an international dimension to this because unless the matter is handled sensitively it may...

Business of the House (8 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the substantial public interest and concern about the revelations on funds paid to NUM sources during the strike some years ago? Is he further aware that that is a legitimate matter of concern to our constituents, upon which they expect the House to cast the maximum possible light? In those circumstances, will my right hon. and learned Friend bring...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Visitors (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that one of the minor facilities appreciated by visitors are the plaques embedded in the floor of Westminster Hall, which celebrate important parts of our national history? Will he take this opportunity to ensure that a plaque is set into the floor to commemorate the great Anglican divine, Dr. Sacheverell, whose sermon "A church in danger" led to a...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: I think that we may assume that any defendant would be on legal aid. Can my hon. Friend confirm that, to enable a legally aided defendant to make inquiries of the sort to which he is referring, it would be necessary not only to change the regulations on legal aid but almost certainly to introduce primary legislation? There is no such power at the moment.

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: One week before I was born, the then Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs made a statement to the House to the effect that it would no longer be Government policy to seek the extradition of people on British soil or in British-occupied territories for trial here or in other countries. At the time he had all-party support for that. It was decided that we should, to use Sir Winston...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend asks why. The popular press in particular has identified groups and individuals as people who were involved in war crimes. However, there is no evidence for that. Not one of those people is named in the report. However, Latvians are undoubtedly being identified as having been involved in war crimes. One of my constituents has been so identified, but I understand that his name...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: No. I want my hon. Friend to listen for just a moment. People who have made an important contribution to this country since the second world war feel that they are threatened. That may seem irrational. However, certain immigrants feel threatened by the publicity that is swirling around them. We know that is true of the Bangladeshis and the Jews——

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend must please contain himself. All being well, he will have an opportunity to make a contribution in his own way. I am surprised that he has adopted such an attitude. He was the Conservative party's parliamentary candidate for part of my constituency in the 1979 general election. He is as aware as I am of the Latvian community in the constituency. I have a duty to draw the...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend knows that that is an utterly unworthy answer. These people are of modest means and outlook. They do not have the resources to take on the giants of Fleet street who are prepared to say almost anything to sell newspapers. I have a duty on behalf of my constituents to say that some of the publicity has been offensive and wrong and without any foundation. Therefore, the...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Most interventions in the House are not very helpful, but the hon. and learned Gentleman has brought me to my next point. His intervention enables me to say that I accept that the evidence likely to be placed before the courts is unlikely to be confined to the evidence of identification. That question was addressed directly in a letter that appeared in The Times last Saturday. Below the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 May 1990)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her offical engagements for Thursday 10 May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 May 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the growing public anger, resentment and anxiety about the waste of taxpayers' money by a number of local authorities, highlighted yet again in an article in the Daily Mail today about Ealing? Has not the time come for a full inquiry into the matter and would not the best thing to do be to establish a Special Select Committee of the House with full powers to...


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