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Results 21–40 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

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

Mr William Powell: Not for the first time, it gives me real pleasure to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Alison) on the way in which he introduced the Measure. I shall put him out of his misery: I do not propose to divide the House tonight. I wish, however, to take this opportunity to protest about the Measure and some of its provisions. I do so because I feel that it is completely...

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

Mr William Powell: Not as Speaker's Chaplain, of course. If I said that that would no longer be in order, that would not be the correct way of formulating it. The Measure says that the regius professor need no longer be an ordained clergyman of the Church of England or an ordained member of that Church. I am protesting about the signal that that sends out. I want ecclesiastical historians as clergymen and...

European Summit (Cannes) (28 Jun 1995)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the generous and handsome tribute that he paid to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary was widely applauded by Conservative Members? Further, would my right hon. Friend be prepared to accept that the task that my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has faced in the past four and a half years has been made easier because he has worked in partnership...

Church of England Pensions (11 May 1995)

Mr William Powell: The House owes a great debt to the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field) and his Committee. I am delighted that we have a full opportunity to discuss the Committee's report this evening. Time was when Parliament used to discuss matters relating to the Church of England rather more regularly and fully. It is often forgotten that when Lord Beaconsfield—Benjamin Disraeli—won his great...

Church of England Pensions (11 May 1995)

Mr William Powell: I wonder whether that can be right, because the Ecclesiastical Committee is not a Committee of Parliament. It is a statutory committee, set up by Act of Parliament in 1919, and the only things that it can do are those matters that are laid down in the statute itself. Therefore, if my right hon. Friend suggests that the Ecclesiastical Committee should proceed in a way that is not laid down in...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr William Powell: It is not surprising that there has been, this afternoon and this evening, a celebration in the House of how successful Hong Kong is as a British colony and dependent territory, but I hope that, as British people, we will not be too self-satisfied or complacent about that, because the reality is that the success of Hong Kong is above all else the success of the Chinese people who live there...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend made a point about education of quite awesome importance for the future. Is that not underpinned by the fact that in the Republic of China and in Taiwan the constitution requires at least 15 per cent. of all public expenditure to be spent on education? That is the major reason why in Taiwan, and elsewhere in the region as my right hon. Friend says, there is such an...

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr William Powell: It is not often that the House has the opportunity to listen to a speech of such unalloyed Toryism as that by the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), to whom we just had the pleasure and privilege of listening. I was unable to disagree with any word. I just wish that those profoundly Tory sentiments, which have been expressed so often in the House down the years, were expressed more...

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right that the purpose of the Church of England is to administer to souls. Whether the new management structure which the Measure introduces is most likely to deliver that care of souls is something about which I have considerable doubts. I was born and brought up in the countryside and I live in the countryside today. I have seen the way in which country...

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr William Powell: There is some truth in that. The job of looking after the diocese was left to archdeacons and to parsons and their freeholds. From time to time that arrangement was criticised, but let not my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon, South, in his enthusiasm for new managerial structures, imagine that the Measure will not lead to difficulties and unsatisfactory clergy, just as any other human...

Prayers: Tobacco Products Labelling Bill (17 Feb 1995)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Feb 1995)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend reaffirm the Government's support for British agriculture in order to assert that farmers are as entitled as any other of Her Majesty's subjects to earn their living under the law, and that includes selling their young veal calves at a proper market price if they so choose? Will he confirm that causing mayhem at British ports and airports is no way to stop practices...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (5 Dec 1994)

Mr William Powell: As I have only 10 minutes available to me, I shall have to truncate what I wanted to say. It is my strong belief that my constituents are over-taxed at present and that the sooner my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor is able to reduce the general burden of tax on my constituents the better. One detects a note of fear beginning to creep into members of the Opposition parties when...

Business of the House (20 Jan 1994)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend make time available to debate early-day motion 358, dealing with the explosion in organised professional crime involving heavy goods vehicles, trailers and cargoes?

Petition: Bank of England (Supervision) (19 Jan 1994)

Mr William Powell: The House will recall that, on 6 May 1992, the hon. Member for Stockton, North (Mr. Cook), who I am delighted to see in the House tonight and who will endeavour, with my encouragement, to catch the Chair's eye before the Minister replies, in Hansard at columns 113–16, raised the disturbing case of Mr. Joseph. At the time, I knew nothing about the matter, but was naturally interested in what...

Ways and Means: Amendment of the Law (30 Nov 1993)

Mr William Powell: One of the problems that Tory Members always face in dealing with Labour Members' speeches is that, when we ask them how on earth they would get from here to Edinburgh, they always say, "If I were going to Edinburgh, I would not start from here". The difficulty is that Labour Members are genuinely reluctant to face the main strategic problems of the Chancellor and his predecessors. Indeed, if...

Ways and Means: Amendment of the Law (30 Nov 1993)

Mr William Powell: Will my hon. Friend allow me to persist in what I have to say before he intervenes? There has been much agitation about the amount of compensation that will be allowed. I pay tribute to my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor for introducing a package of proposals for compensation which is much more generous than anybody in the House expected and certainly more generous than I...

Adjournment (Summer) (26 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: There are some who think that these debates on the Adjournment are something of an acquired taste. My right hon. Friend the Leader of the House will be of the view that not only has the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale (Sir F. Montgomery) acquired the taste, but I have as well. I should like to reflect for a moment on the observations of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Mr. Amess),...

Adjournment (Summer) (26 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Gentleman knows me better than to ask such absurd questions. As always, a fascinating collection of subjects has been raised. Those who listened to my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Mr. Ward), who raised one of the most important questions facing the world today and covered it in an immensely interesting and comprehensive way, will know that his speech deserves to be read widely....

Adjournment (Summer) (26 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: Canada is anxious to secure the position of special prosecutor for itself and is seeking allies. There is, however, a more profound reason. Does the world community really want any cases to be brought before the tribunal? Having established the tribunal, might it not be the case that, the more deeply one goes into who might be prosecuted, the more embarrassing the names might become? Lord...


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