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Results 61–80 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

Adjournment (Spring) (18 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: Does my hon. Friend recognise that the only conceivable way in which the ambition that he has identified could even be approached is if there were an increase in the old-age pension which entirely compensated all old-age pensioners for the VAT increase, which will be approximately £1 per week in the first year and £2 per week in the second year? As my right hon. Friends have ruled that out,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this year's public expenditure review is likely to be one of the toughest on record and that any restraint there must be in public expenditure must be shared to the fullest extent by local authorities as well as by Whitehall? Will my right hon. Friend confirm that local authorities would be wise to plan on the basis of no real growth in expenditure for the...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: rose—

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend understand that the issue in the debate is not whether taxes have to be raised—that is clear in the light of the PSBR requirement—but why the Government have chosen this particular tax, instead of all the other options, as the most appropriate one? Frankly, a convincing answer has not been given to that question.

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend is a most beguiling advocate. In the past, he has offered cash sums to the many farmers in Northamptonshire and he is now offering £10 notes. I assure him that if he came to eastern Northamptonshire, he would find himself a very popular man. I shall now draw together the political and social strands of the argument. All our constituencies are different. I represent few people...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: Tonight, I shall vote with the Opposition. It will be only the second time in 10 years that I have been unable to support my party in the Lobby. The previous time was when the Tory party made a preposterous proposal to extend proportional representation to elections in Northern Ireland. I am delighted to see my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) in his place, because he...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that information, of which I was otherwise unaware. I challenge the extension of VAT on social and political grounds. The people who will find the imposition of the tax to be the greatest burden are those who least deserve to be punished by this Parliament and, above all else, will be those who stand just above the threshold for social security and...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: I am not prepared to go quite as far as my hon. Friend in his style of criticising our right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary. However, I must confess that I was somewhat puzzled to hear my right hon. Friend phrase his argument in the way he did. Although it will not be enough to change my mind, I very much hope that our right hon. Friends in the Treasury will think far more deeply about the...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: I hope that economic growth is much faster that the Government currently predict, because I fear for the consequences otherwise. I believe that my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East was correct to say that once VAT was imposed, it would not be possible to think again about it. Once it is imposed, it will remain imposed. That is one of the inevitable facts of life which go with the VAT...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: I hope that my hon. Friend will allow me to make some more progress. On second thoughts, I give way.

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: I hope that my hon. Friend is right, but I fear that he is not. I fear that our present structure of social security would make it virtually impossible for the Government to be able to identify compensation for individual amounts, such as VAT on fuel and power. If they attempted to do so, they would be caught up in an administrative nightmare. There is a better way in which to deal with the...

Clause 42: Fuel and Power for Domestic or Charity Use (10 May 1993)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (14 Apr 1993)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the continuing horror caused by the evidence of alleged war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, not least that now forwarded by the International Red Cross to the special commissioners appointed under UN resolution 780? Is he aware that under resolution 808 the Secretary-General has to report by 22 April on the proposals to establish an ad hoc...

Orders of the Day — Adjournment (Easter) (1 Apr 1993)

Mr William Powell: It is a pleasure, as always, to follow the hon. Member for Tooting (Mr. Cox). He does the House a considerable service by raising this issue. These occasions often lead to debates which are more interesting than those that we have on other issues during the rest of the parliamentary year and on which we spend far more time. I very much agree with what the hon. Gentleman said. I urge my right...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Excessive Deficits (24 Mar 1993)

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to my Friend for drawing to the attention of the Committee important material that has been overlooked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is clear from my hon. Friend's remarks, if they are true, that the Government have embarked on an economic policy, underpinned in the Budget, that is massively out of line with what is required today. We need a policy for more vigorous...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 1993)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend had an opportunity to read the article by Robert Fisk in yesterday's edition of The Independent which describes systematic rape in Bosnia? Has not the time come for the establishment of a war crimes tribunal, so that those responsbile for the perpetration of such foul crimes can be brought to justice? Will my right hon. Friend do all that he can to ensure that, under...

Business of the House (21 Jan 1993)

Mr William Powell: I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to early-day motion 1129 relating to war crimes in Yugoslavia and the need to establish an international court so that those who have committed crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia can be brought to trial. [That this House notes the evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia provided by the Reports of Sir...

Business of the House (16 Dec 1992)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend will be aware that there is continuing disappointment in the House that he has failed to give his considered view on the recommendations made in the report of the Committee chaired by my right hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Mr. Jopling). When does he expect to make a statement to the House on the future of the proposals?

Adjournment (Christmas) (14 Dec 1992)

Mr William Powell: I make no apology for returning to the subject of Bosnia, about which my hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, South (Mr. Cormack) and the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston) spoke. One must agree with the hon. Gentleman's references to the terrible events in Bosnia. The subject was raised in the Christmas Adjournment debate a year ago by the hon. Member for...

Adjournment (Christmas) (14 Dec 1992)

Mr William Powell: I shall say something in due course about the trial of those responsible for war crimes, because the main burden of my remarks involves the establishment of a tribunal to deal with such matters. At the London conference it was decided to send a party of what can only be described as three wise men, although one turned out to be a lady, to investigate further the matters which were raised by...


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