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Results 101–120 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 1991)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 16 July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 1991)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend take time today to re-read the excellent speech made a few days ago by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister about the future of our education system and will he pay special attention to the passage which deals with the future of city technology colleges? Can we expect early action by the Government to ensure a great increase in the number of CTCs?

Yugoslavia (3 Jul 1991)

Mr William Powell: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his bold decision to talk on the telephone this morning to the Foreign Minister of Slovenia —a state that is not recognised, either de facto or de jure, by this country? Does he recall any precedent for Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs speaking to such an official? In the circumstances, will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (26 Jun 1991)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that there is bound to be heightened anxiety about the future of the Kurds when allied forces withdraw, because it is still not possible to rely on the benevolence of the Iraqi authorities, not least in the light of their refusal to allow United Nations officials to inspect the suspected nuclear plant in Iraq yesterday?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Urban Fund (24 Jun 1991)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that much of the funding of the church urban fund comes from parishes through the payment of quota? Does he agree that over the years heroic sums have been raised by way of quota for the fund, often from small parishes that have been asked to carry a huge burden? The decision that my right hon. Friend announced today will not prejudice the moneys that are...

Adjournment (Spring) (13 May 1991)

Mr William Powell: I thoroughly endorse the early sentences of my right hon. Friend the Member for Shropshire, North (Mr. Biffen). Although certain elements of the media may imagine that, when the House is in recess, right hon. and hon. Members do nothing but go on holiday, nothing could be further from the truth. All hon. Members must strike a balance between our attendance in the House and our presence among...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (30 Apr 1991)

Mr William Powell: I must tell that doughty lady, the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms. Abbott), that honesty in politics includes declaring where one stands on the fundamental issues of the day. It is not enough merely to analyse, perhaps mistakenly, the position as one perceives it. One must tell the House whether one is in favour of the moving train of economic and monetary union. It...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (30 Apr 1991)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Stamford and Spalding (Mr. Davies) is correct. My final point relates to employee share ownership plans. I see that my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Taylor), who has played a considerable part in ESOPs, is here. ESOPs are excellent news for quoted companies or for unquoted companies that intend to become quoted, but they hold no attraction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Feb 1991)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend will be aware, not least from his knowledge of his own constituency, of the wonderful work done by many thousands of people working for village hall committees. Is he aware that, notwithstanding the marvellous efforts of our right hon. Friend the Member for St. Albans (Mr. Lilley) two years ago to protect village hall committees from some of the worst trepidations of EEC...

The Gulf (18 Feb 1991)

Mr William Powell: Although it is encouraging to note that Iraq, a member state of the United Nations, has at last noticed the existence of Security Council resolution 660, which was passed on 2 August, does my right hon. Friend accept that events have moved on and that there have been 11 further United Nations resolutions, the most important of which is not 660 but 678, which lays down the objectives of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Gift Aid (18 Feb 1991)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Minister for the Arts what progress is being made in promoting Gift Aid; and what support the scheme is achieving.

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Gift Aid (18 Feb 1991)

Mr William Powell: May I say how welcome it is that so many people and bodies are taking advantage of this scheme? Has not the time come for it to be extended from gifts of cash to gifts in kind? Is my right hon. Friend aware that considerable success has been achieved in Australia and in the United States by allowing tax reliefs for gifts in kind? Could not such a scheme be accepted in this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Soviet Union (13 Feb 1991)

Mr William Powell: In all the representations that my hon. and learned Friend and other members of the Government have made to the Soviet authorities about the disgraceful shootings in Vilnius and Riga in recent weeks, have the Government received any satisfactory explanation from the Soviet authorities as to why they took place; and will my hon. and learned Friend continue to stress to the Soviet authorities...

The Gulf (31 Jan 1991)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend confirm and reaffirm that allied war aims have not altered at all since 15 January and are contained entirely in the United Nations resolutions, especially resolution 678, and that every single action that has been taken by allied troops has been in pursuit of—and only in pursuit of— those United Nations resolutions and that that will remain the case until the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Trade (Germany) (23 Jan 1991)

Mr William Powell: Is my hon. Friend aware that there are immense opportunities for British companies in the former Soviet sector of Germany, now eastern Germany, particularly for the infrastructural industries of transport, telecommunications energy and water? Will my hon. Friend use the full resources of his Department to draw those opportunities for trade and investment to the attention of British companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Soviet Union (16 Jan 1991)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people in this country are absolutely appalled by the murders that have taken place in Vilnius in the past few days and that they would find it very hard to understand if the British and other EEC Governments continued to provide economic support for the Soviet Union without a firm understanding that such behaviour will never be repeated?

CSCE Summit (21 Nov 1990)

Mr William Powell: Does not my right hon. Friend deserve the wholehearted congratulations of the House and the country for her massive and sustained contribution over a long period which enabled this historic treaty to be signed yesterday?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Eastern Europe (24 Oct 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that last week I had the opportunity of visiting the headquarters of the Stasi in east Berlin? Is not it perfectly clear that the Stasi hopes to return to power by establishing massive slush funds at home and abroad? Will my right hon. Friend ensure that when he talks to Community Ministers he discusses the recycling of looted Stasi funds into aid to eastern Europe?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Business Property Relief 100 per Cent. (16 Jul 1990)

Mr William Powell: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 8 concerns the relief that I claim should be given against inheritance tax in respect of shares in long-term unquoted, usually family, businesses. I act as an adviser to the Unquoted Companies Group, and the debate is essentially about the taxation of the shares in unquoted companies. [Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Business Property Relief 100 per Cent. (16 Jul 1990)

Mr William Powell: I pay tribute to the Government for the relief that they have given during the past decade to unquoted companies. There has been a significant reduction in the burden of taxation, especially as it applies to the bottom of the scale. However, when a company's assets are worth £250,000 or more, there is little reduction, if any, in its compulsory tax burden. New clause 8 concerns the taxation...


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