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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Feb 1997)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend make available three days of Government time next week to give the whole House the opportunity to discuss a Government motion congratulating the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) on his candour in admitting that the Opposition have ample scope for huge tax increases? Such a debate would also allow the House to discuss Opposition Members' widespread hopes and...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill (4 Nov 1996)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary has brought before the House a valuable measure which deserves discussion and which, with the exception of the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Carlile), every hon. Member who has spoken in the debate feels deserves further discussion. I certainly support that line. Before I came to the House, I practised every day for 15 years...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill (4 Nov 1996)

Mr William Powell: It is clear from what I have said that if a convicted person proposed to give the police such assistance, they would be able to advise the trial judge that that was what had happened and perhaps the 99-year sentence would be doubled as a consequence. However, we must provide some mechanism whereby those who have already been convicted of crime and who have been involved in serious crime time...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Oct 1996)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend recall his visit to the Asian economic summit some months ago, and his subsequent visit to Korea? Is it not clear that that visit was one of the most successful visits abroad, if not the most successful, by a British Prime Minister in our history, bringing with it billions of pounds' worth of investment and tens of thousands of jobs? Does not my right hon. Friend...

Orders of the Day — Noise Bill: War Crimes Tribunal (12 Jul 1996)

Mr William Powell: At the end of an intensive afternoon of legislation, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to debate the war crimes tribunal that is now sitting in The Hague and the future of an international permanent criminal court. I have raised the issue many times before, although this is the first time in the presence of my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Jun 1996)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend had time today to study the report prepared on behalf of the Federation of Veterinaries of Europe by Professor Marc Vandervelde of the university of Berne in which he demonstrates beyond any doubt that there are thousands of unreported cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy throughout the European Community and that the worst examples are found in the Netherlands,...

Prayers: Mongolia (22 May 1996)

Mr William Powell: It is a privilege and a pleasure to introduce a short debate on the United Kingdom's relations with Mongolia. It is a very long time since the House had the opportunity to discuss those relations—it is certainly a long time since they were discussed at such a reasonable hour. My noble Friend Lord Rees told me that there was much speculation about the Mongolian tax system during debates on...

Prayers: West Bromwich Building Society (24 Apr 1996)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend mentions the agreement of 11 December between the SIB and the West Bromwich building society. Several other building societies which backed home income plans—such as the Chelsea building society—are not party to that agreement, and are offering terms even less generous than those that the West Bromwich building society is offering as a result of the agreement of 11...

Prayers: West Bromwich Building Society (24 Apr 1996)

Mr William Powell: I rise to express the anger, frustration, disappointment and despair of thousands of our fellow countrymen and their families who found themselves caught up in the disgraceful scandal over the selling of failed bond-based home income plans. This is not the first time that the matter has been raised in the House or that I have spoken about it. My hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and...

Prayers: West Bromwich Building Society (24 Apr 1996)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: I am quite certain that, if thousands of depositors in the West Bromwich building society knew the truth about the way in which the managers and directors of the building society have behaved, they would shift their money out of it and hang their heads in shame that a building society could behave like that. Until recently, I had assumed that the chief...

Opposition Day: Council Tax (1 Apr 1996)

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend and neighbour for giving way. Surely the cynicism goes a step further. Each year, we have been told that there will be swingeing reductions in the number of schoolteachers; but we now know from a parliamentary answer that the number of teachers in Northamptonshire schools has risen each year since 1991. Labour says one thing in order to frighten the voters,...

Taiwan (13 Mar 1996)

Mr William Powell: This debate takes place at a particularly opportune time, in view of the unfolding drama involving mainland China—the People's Republic of China—and Taiwan. I speak as chairman of the British-Taiwan parliamentary group; my interests are fully declared in the Register of Members' Interests, but let me add for the avoidance of doubt that I have visited Taiwan twice as a guest of the...

Taiwan (13 Mar 1996)

Mr William Powell: I thank my hon. Friend for his observations. He chairs the British-Chinese parliamentary group, and has extensive experience of relations between Great Britain and China. I know that his words—along with mine and those of my right hon. Friend the Minister—will be minutely scrutinised by people in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and throughout the Asian Pacific region. The debate is taking...

Taiwan (13 Mar 1996)

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. It is important that we speak in the House with one voice on this matter because there must not be any miscalculation of where we stand in these sensitive days. Equally, the future matters. Taiwan, already the 12th largest economy in the world, will play a substantial part in that future. It is an economic powerhouse. I know that my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Feb 1996)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend noticed the remarks of the Prime Minister of Belgium, delivered at Davos at the weekend, to the effect that, if the single currency does not proceed in 1999, the single market will collapse? Is it not the case that Belgium has not the slightest chance of meeting the Maastricht criteria as its general Government gross debt is more than twice the threshold level set...

Orders of the Day — Roundgrant Ltd. (29 Jan 1996)

Mr William Powell: One of the features of social life of which one can feel most proud is the amount of money that is given by our fellow citizens to charity. There is an extraordinarily wide range of charities and large sums are raised by a variety of purposes. Nothing that I wish to say is designed to get round the fact that it is my belief that 99.9 per cent. of our charities are magnificent institutions and...

Orders of the Day — Investment (20 Nov 1995)

Mr William Powell: We always listen with interest and respect to the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) when he speaks on transport issues. I hope that he will forgive me when I say that I do not propose to follow his remarks. However, I listened carefully to his speech, and perhaps my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Sir P. Fry), who understands these issues better than I do, will have...

Orders of the Day — Investment (20 Nov 1995)

Mr William Powell: I have sufficient professional experience of these matters to know perfectly well that what the hon. Lady says is true. Equally, I know that, although that is the underlying impulse of the proposals, we live in an imperfect world, and the legislation will not always work out in the way we want. I suspect that, as a result of the changes, a significant number of people will say that they...

Orders of the Day — Investment (20 Nov 1995)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend's analysis of the changes in the British economy is not theoretical. If he comes to my constituency, he will see that every single one of the matters he is outlining is the truth and has led to a booming economy.

Orders of the Day — Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (11 Jul 1995)

Mr William Powell: Or regius professorships.

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