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Results 41–60 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

Adjournment (Summer) (26 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: I associate myself with the hon. Gentleman's remarks. The mother of Robert Lock is one of my constituents. There is absolutely no doubt that what the hon. Gentleman has said is right.

Assisted Areas (26 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: As the Member for a constituency that is apparently a victim of pork barrel politics, may I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement and welcome it on behalf of the former assisted area of Corby? My right hon. Friend should be aware that assisted area status was one, but only one, of the factors that enabled such a remarkable transformation in the industrial and commercial scene of...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: This has been, to say the least, a lively debate. None of us who listened to it will forget the way in which my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) stimulated the hon. Member for Renfrew, West and Inverclyde (Mr. Graham) in his contribution. I want to make two very brief points. First, there is absolutely no doubt that the Conservative party and our leader gave an...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: I beg to move amendment No. 7, in page 24, leave out lines 3 to 26.

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: One of the fascinations of Finance Bill Committee and Report stages is the huge variety of subjects that we manage to discuss in a comparatively short time. This afternoon, we have discussed home income plans, English wine, decommissioning of fishing vessels and other matters. Amendment No. 7, however, takes us to the heart of political controversy—a matter raised in the Budget speech of...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend makes his point in his own distinctive and interesting way, but he has not taken on board the central point that I am making: that he and the then Chancellor of the Exchequer were entitled to say that taxes should be increased by £2 billion, or whatever the sum is, but that to select heating and cooking as the essential and necessary way of imposing that tax increase was a...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: I was confident that my hon. Friend would raise that point before very long. I had hoped, however, that I might be able to deal with it in such a way as to make it unnecessary for him to intervene. His impatience was such, however—I do not blame him for this, for I have been on my feet for longer than I intended—that he felt that he had to raise the point in the way that he did. The...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: Perhaps my hon. Friend will contain himself for just a moment. I want to make progress, for other right hon. and hon. Members may wish to speak in the debate. There will be a terrifying finality about this proposal, if we allow clause 42 to reach the statute book. That is why we must take this opportunity to say no to it. I am strongly opposed to the inclusion of clause 42 in the Bill on the...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend has allowed himself to get into a little rut about this matter in recent months. He has had many opportunities to make that intervention and I shall not hold against him the fact that he has chosen me as his sacrificial victim. I enjoyed what he had to say about hunting in Horse and Hound much more than his repeating the point about VAT for the 200th time. I was on the theme...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Gentleman has a point, but I do not wish to take it up in great detail because my right hon. Friend will remind the House yet again how the social security system will help the hon. Gentleman's constituents to the most generous extent possible. We can all make up our minds as to how generous "generous" will be in those circumstances. In dealing with social justice, one must also...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend has a considerable imagination. One could not imagine a constituency with more voters who were likely to be adversely affected by the proposal than Christchurch. It is a misfortune that such a by-election has to be faced, but one of my hon. Friends was heard to use a phrase, which has been adopted—and I apologise for the fact that I am not its author—to the effect that the...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: Well, they are and I can give my hon. Friend many examples, most of which are run by Conservative supporters who are simply aghast at the extra fund raising that they will have to do because of the proposal. I have said enough. The proposal should never have been put before the House. Having been made, it should be withdrawn. I hope that my right hon. Friend can yet find the courage to...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Home Income Plans (Investment Bond Schemes) (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: I warmly welcome many of the remarks made by the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling), but when he went into rhetorical flights of fancy about the Government I parted company from him. Nevertheless, his general analysis of the problems faced by those who purchased home income plans was accurate. He is right to say that the unfortunate scandal—and it has been a scandal—has...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Home Income Plans (Investment Bond Schemes) (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. All those matters are available; they have been reported, and they need to be further reported. I have not reported them to my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, but I have made others aware. They are matters for the police. There are West Bromwich borrowers—if I may refer to them as that, although the West Bromwich would always hide...

Orders of the Day — Finance (No. 2) Bill: Home Income Plans (Investment Bond Schemes) (12 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Lady raises a very important point. She has been most assiduous on behalf of her constituents who have been affected by the West Bromwich building society. Therefore, she makes her request to me from a position of personal and close knowledge of the way in which that building society has been operating. I very much agree with the sentiments behind what the hon. Lady has said. I hope...

Clause 2: Initial Drawing Up of the New Constituencies (6 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: rose—

Clause 2: Initial Drawing Up of the New Constituencies (6 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: Is the right hon. Gentleman not suffering from tunnel vision? Surely, when our constituents ask us about such things, we are much more likely to hear the comment, "That Mr. Beith is a nice man. Why on earth was he talking all that nonsense?" The fact is that the right hon. Gentleman is advancing an argument for the most corrupt bargain possible. We have been denied the opportunity of debating...

Clause 2: Initial Drawing Up of the New Constituencies (6 Jul 1993)

Mr William Powell: On a point of order, Mr. Lofthouse. Is it not the case that you put the motion that we report progress? There was a voice vote and the Ayes shouted, "Aye" and the Noes shouted, "No."

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Yugoslavia (16 Jun 1993)

Mr William Powell: I thank my right hon. Friend for the support that the British Government have given to resolution 827 and to the measures that preceded it, which have led to the establishment of the tribunal. Is he aware that the nature of the evidence that could be presented against any potential defendant is likely to be driven by witnesses rather than by a paper chase through the archives and that it is...

Adjournment (Spring) (18 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) does a great service to the House by raising the question of the impact of drugs on our culture and society today, just as the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) did in her remarks about prostitution. I strongly support the wise words that have been uttered today and on previous occasions by my namesake the hon....


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