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Results 141–160 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

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

Mr William Powell: I am immensely grateful to my hon. Friend for that explanation which may have helped to show people outside why the Government did not include this among the measures outlined in the Queen's Speech as part of their legislative programme for this Session. I propose to leave that point, save to say to my hon. Friend the Minister of State that no one is a more welcome companion than a sinner who...

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

Mr William Powell: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. I am unable to accept the argument that the house or warehouse burglar performs a public service by breaking into premises and revealing shortcomings in the security system. The hacker who says that he is performing a public service is doing exactly the same as the burglar who advances by way of mitigation the argument that he is performing a public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the East German state is close to collapse, that mutinies have been reported in its army, that 3,000 people a day—or 1 million people a year—are leaving for the West and that over half its qualified doctors have left? Is not the only way in which that massive tide can be stemmed the unification of the two Germanys as quickly as possible? Will my right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eastern Europe (6 Feb 1990)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that yesterday I attempted to cross the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg gate and that despite my possessing a British passport the East German border guards, courteously and correctly, directed me to Checkpoint Charlie, because British citizens are able to cross from West to East Berlin only under a treaty signed in 1948? Is not that completely out of date, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eastern Europe (9 Jan 1990)

Mr William Powell: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be entirely wrong for British defence policy to be adjusted to meet considerations that may be short term? Will he ensure that any changes in the defence budget reflect long-term changes rather than purely temporary factors?

Hong Kong (20 Dec 1989)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend accept that the true key to the future stability and prosperity of Hong Kong lies in Peking? Only if the Chinese Government are able to show enthusiastic confidence in the future of Hong Kong will proper stability be retained. Will he also accept that the scheme he announced today will go some little way to providing reassurance, pending the wider support that Peking...

European Council (Strasbourg) (12 Dec 1989)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend realise how welcome was Mr. Delors' statement that Great Britain and Denmark are making the most progress towards enacting the 1992 legislation into their domestic law? Is she aware that many people in this country are worried that equally fast progress is not being made in the other Community countries, and will she ensure that the British Government make every...

Bill Presented: Eastern Europe (1 Dec 1989)

Mr William Powell: The House has had the great benefit of listening to speeches from three distinguished hon. Members. I regret that the contribution by the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) did not do him justice. As a result of what has been said, I shall be able to abbreviate my speech and I hope that that will benefit hon. Members who follow me. Personal circumstances will make it impossible for me...

Bill Presented: Eastern Europe (1 Dec 1989)

Mr William Powell: rose—

European Community (Developments) (15 Nov 1989)

Mr William Powell: The hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Wardell) and my hon. Friend the Minister reminded us that the subject for debate is developments in the European Community until 30 June this year. However, since then we have been overwhelmed by events that have made the real topic of discussion almost irrelevant to our proceedings. Whatever the reason in the past for having twice-yearly debates reflecting...

European Community (Developments) (15 Nov 1989)

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

European Community (Developments) (15 Nov 1989)

Mr William Powell: As a member of the Select Committee on Procedure I can tell my hon. Friend that he is not likely to be disappointed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Council House Sales (8 Nov 1989)

Mr William Powell: Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that the figures that he has announced are marvellous news for the country as a whole, as well as for those who purchase their council houses? Is he aware that there are still many thousands of people with applications in the pipeline who are looking forward to purchasing their homes as soon as they can, and that the trend is accelerating in many parts of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (24 Oct 1989)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he intends altering the Trident programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (24 Oct 1989)

Mr William Powell: Has my right hon. Friend been able to identify anything so far in the changes sweeping Europe that would justify a reduction in the current Trident programme? In particular, has he been able to identify anything that would in any way justify this country abandoning the fourth Trident ship?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Health and Safety (20 Jul 1989)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if she has received recent representations regarding health and safety legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Health and Safety (20 Jul 1989)

Mr William Powell: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that according to the latest figures available, the number of fatalities in industry in Britain is the second lowest after the Netherlands of EEC countries, that our record is four times better than that of France, six times better than that of West Germany and more than seven times better than that of Italy? Does that not suggest to my right hon. Friend that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Labour Statistics (18 Jul 1989)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that unemployment in my constituency has fallen from 8,000 to 1,812 at the latest count? Is she further aware that the main cause for that is the Government's policies? Will she ensure that the good work continues so that unemployment is eliminated completely?

Orders of the Day — Clergy (Ordination) (17 Jul 1989)

Mr William Powell: As the son of a clergyman who administered to congregations for 58 years, I know that he would find the suggestion that he has not existed in the real world extremely difficult to comprehend. The Church has administered to people of England for centuries, and not just in the past year or two. It is with considerable regret that I must disagree with the conclusions reached by my hon. Friend...

Schedule 3: Value Added Tax: Buildings and Land (12 Jul 1989)

Mr William Powell: As my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary said, he was pressed on this point from both sides of the Committee, so when the hon. Members for Wrexham (Dr. Marek) and for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) said that this was an all-party matter, they were correct. As the member of the Committee who initiated discussions on these matters all those weeks ago, I was hardly aware what I was letting...


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