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Results 121–140 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

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

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary for that undertaking and for the way in which he set out the substantial improvements that have been made in the taxation of assets in the past decade. The short debate has been extremely useful. When the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East (Mr. Brown) reads the record tomorrow, he will see that from the outset I declared my...

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

Mr William Powell: I agree with the hon. Gentleman's first point: interests should always be declared. It has always been—and will continue to be—my unvarying practice to declare my interest, and the record will show that I did so in my opening remarks. As for the attitude of the Labour party, the hon. Gentleman will have to stand by what he said, which will be greeted with dismay by the owners of unquoted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Pub Bombings (9 Jul 1990)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that nothing could be more deplorable than for the Crown's principal Law Officer to go round discussing with judges cases that may appear before the courts again? Is not it essential that there should be proper separation between the judicial and Executive functions, even those that exist for my right hon. and learned Friend? Will he ensure that he...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Value Added Tax (5 Jul 1990)

Mr William Powell: When my hon. Friend is telling the nation about the effects of VAT and the tax burden will he remind our people that the Labour party has a habit of inventing new indirect taxes, such as selective employment tax, which add considerably to the burdens of our taxpayers?

USSR (Prime Minister's Visit) (12 Jun 1990)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend will be aware of how welcome is the announcement about extra lectureships in Russian and Soviet studies in our universities. That is long overdue, and we need to expand that area of learning. Was my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister able to discuss further the future of Berlin and in particular when the four powers will withdraw their military resources from Berlin and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 May 1990)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her offical engagements for Thursday 10 May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 May 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the growing public anger, resentment and anxiety about the waste of taxpayers' money by a number of local authorities, highlighted yet again in an article in the Daily Mail today about Ealing? Has not the time come for a full inquiry into the matter and would not the best thing to do be to establish a Special Select Committee of the House with full powers to...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: One week before I was born, the then Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs made a statement to the House to the effect that it would no longer be Government policy to seek the extradition of people on British soil or in British-occupied territories for trial here or in other countries. At the time he had all-party support for that. It was decided that we should, to use Sir Winston...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend asks why. The popular press in particular has identified groups and individuals as people who were involved in war crimes. However, there is no evidence for that. Not one of those people is named in the report. However, Latvians are undoubtedly being identified as having been involved in war crimes. One of my constituents has been so identified, but I understand that his name...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: No. I want my hon. Friend to listen for just a moment. People who have made an important contribution to this country since the second world war feel that they are threatened. That may seem irrational. However, certain immigrants feel threatened by the publicity that is swirling around them. We know that is true of the Bangladeshis and the Jews——

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend must please contain himself. All being well, he will have an opportunity to make a contribution in his own way. I am surprised that he has adopted such an attitude. He was the Conservative party's parliamentary candidate for part of my constituency in the 1979 general election. He is as aware as I am of the Latvian community in the constituency. I have a duty to draw the...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend knows that that is an utterly unworthy answer. These people are of modest means and outlook. They do not have the resources to take on the giants of Fleet street who are prepared to say almost anything to sell newspapers. I have a duty on behalf of my constituents to say that some of the publicity has been offensive and wrong and without any foundation. Therefore, the...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Most interventions in the House are not very helpful, but the hon. and learned Gentleman has brought me to my next point. His intervention enables me to say that I accept that the evidence likely to be placed before the courts is unlikely to be confined to the evidence of identification. That question was addressed directly in a letter that appeared in The Times last Saturday. Below the...

Orders of the Day — War Crimes Bill (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: I think that we may assume that any defendant would be on legal aid. Can my hon. Friend confirm that, to enable a legally aided defendant to make inquiries of the sort to which he is referring, it would be necessary not only to change the regulations on legal aid but almost certainly to introduce primary legislation? There is no such power at the moment.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Visitors (19 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that one of the minor facilities appreciated by visitors are the plaques embedded in the floor of Westminster Hall, which celebrate important parts of our national history? Will he take this opportunity to ensure that a plaque is set into the floor to commemorate the great Anglican divine, Dr. Sacheverell, whose sermon "A church in danger" led to a...

Business of the House (8 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the substantial public interest and concern about the revelations on funds paid to NUM sources during the strike some years ago? Is he further aware that that is a legitimate matter of concern to our constituents, upon which they expect the House to cast the maximum possible light? In those circumstances, will my right hon. and learned Friend bring...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Germany (7 Mar 1990)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend had the opportunity to discuss the prospective currency reform of the Ostmark with the Governments of East and West Germany? Has my right hon. Friend read the reports that there are apparently 155 billion Ostmarks in savings which will need to be converted, and that there is an international dimension to this because unless the matter is handled sensitively it may...

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not overlook the fact that, while greed is obviously important, so is malice.

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Are we to detect a change in Labour party policy? When the matter was discussed and voted on previously, Opposition Front-Bench Members rejected it.

Orders of the Day — Computer Misuse Bill (9 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Mr. Hogg) and, on this occasion, reflect on his proud statement about the wonderful things that come out of Scotland. As a Member of Parliament who represents at least as many Scots as most Scottish Members, I heartily concur with his statement that wonderful things and people come out of Scotland, including my...


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