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Results 181–200 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Grants (18 Jan 1989)

Mr William Powell: Does my hon. Friend accept that, notwithstanding the complexity of the grants for many people, they have proved of significant benefit to the assisted area of Corby during the last eight or nine years? They have contributed to reducing the unemployment level there from being among the highest in Europe, when the Conservative Government came to office, to the situation where, in not many...

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill: The Security Service (16 Jan 1989)

Mr William Powell: In a perfect world gentlemen would not read other gentlemen's correspondence, as the former Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson said. However, we do not live in a perfect world and agents from hostile powers have attempted to penetrate this country in war and in peace in the 20th century. It is right that we should have security services to protect the interests of our people by way of...

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill: The Security Service (16 Jan 1989)

Mr William Powell: I appreciate my hon. Friend's point, which is that the oversight need not necessarily be parliamentary oversight. On the Canadian basis, it can be independent from Parliament. In an argument as to whether the scrutiny should come from inside or outside Parliament, I have a marginal preference for the former. On the other hand, I do not regard that as a decided argument for setting up a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: NATO Secretary-General (11 Jan 1989)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. and learned Friend take time with the secretary-general to consider the awesome deployment of advance battle divisions by the Soviet army in East Germany? Will he make it plain that for the British Government improving relations with the Soviet Union will depend upon progress being made in the talks on the elimination of chemical weapons and the reduction of conventional...

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: Can my hon. Friend tell me whether at any stage since 1979 any spokesman for Her Majesty's Government has given the House any cause to believe that the Government would favour a parliamentary scrutiny committee? Was that information available at the time when the right hon. Gentleman spoke?

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: When the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) said. both in the Chamber and outside, that he expected to support the Bill subject to its small print, did he have any reasonable cause to believe that the Bill would contain provision for parliamentary scrutiny?

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: A number of hon. Members have said that the Bill may be 79 or so years late, but that is not my line. I regret the fact that the Bill has become necessary. As a high Tory traditionalist, I admire prerogative powers and the use to which they have been put through many hundreds of years of our history. I regret the fact that developments in recent years with the security services have made the...

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: Is my hon. Friend saying that a judge is not independent oversight? Surely a judge is.

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Security Service Bill (15 Dec 1988)

Mr William Powell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Procedure (30 Nov 1988)

Mr William Powell: Are not filibusters which occur on the Floor of the House far more likely to occur in the middle of the night than before 10 o'clock? If there is a suspension of the 10 o'clock rule, it is likely that there will be some very long filibusters by hon. Members who are opposed to the measure that its supporters are trying to advance.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: IMF and World Bank (27 Oct 1988)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the outcome of the joint annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: IMF and World Bank (27 Oct 1988)

Mr William Powell: Was my right hon. Friend able to discuss with his colleagues the growing confidence, which so many outside Britain feel, in the resurgence of the British economy? Was he able to highlight the fact that half the inward investment into EEC countries at the moment is being made in Britain and that, as a result, there is likely to be a substantial improvement in our balance of manufacturing...

Prayers: Labour Statistics (16 Jun 1988)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is an obvious answer to all those who want to know how unemployment has fallen? They should visit the former unemployment black spot of Corby, where unemployment has been dropping sensationally and will continue to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jun 1988)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 9 June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jun 1988)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that her welcome and support for the success of the summit last week has been widely echoed throughout the country? Will she confirm that further rapid progress in the improvement of relations between East and West will be made possible if there is rapid success in the negotiations relating to the elimination of chemical weapons and to the reduction of the...

Adjournment (Spring) (25 May 1988)

Mr William Powell: The charm of these debates lies in the wide variety of issues that are canvassed. I have listened with considerable interest to many of the contributions this evening, not least to that of the hon. Member for Ross, Cromarty and Skye (Mr. Kennedy). I want to return to the remarks made by my hon. Friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale (Sir F. Montgomery) about an hour ago and deal with the...

Adjournment (Spring) (25 May 1988)

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell). In trying to find my way around this place I have from time to time found that there are opportunist advantages in my path in being able to follow the hon. Gentleman. Perhaps from time to time he feels that there is some advantage the other way. Both he and I shared some of the correspondence to the former right hon. Member for South...

Adjournment (Spring) (25 May 1988)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) raises an important point. One of the most disturbing things about this former SS officer is that not only did he serve later in the war as the commander of the guard around Hitler's bunker, but that he has achieved—though untried—a degree of quasi respectability with historians. He has become a major source of information for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 May 1988)

Mr William Powell: Now that we have seen yet another substantial fall in unemployment as a result of the Government's policies, will my right hon. Friend reflect on the fact that it was in March 1979 that the closure of Corby steel works was announced and 8,000 people lost their jobs in my constituency? Today, the number of people out of work and claiming benefit in Corby town has fallen below 2,000 for the...


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