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Results 161–180 of 353 for speaker:Mr William Powell

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

Mr William Powell: As my hon. Friend says, I should keep out of these things, because I would have far less work to do. What my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary announced last week in answer to a parliamentary question from me was confirmed in his remarks today, and it has been received with real enthusiasm in thousands of communities. It is no exaggeration to say that. This will undoubtedly be one of the...

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

Mr William Powell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I never doubted the real determination of my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary to ensure that VAT should be zero-rated in the way in which we shall approve tonight. His determination to achieve that was quite obvious and I congratulate him on the tenacity that he has shown in this matter and on his determination to secure a result that has been so widely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Elections (14 Jun 1989)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that her answer is widely welcomed by Conservative Members and that nothing could be more absurd than trying to dive into a universal system of proportional representation throughout the European Community? Will my right hon. Friend look into the unsatisfactory system of having a separate election day in June so that in future British European elections can be...

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policy (7 Jun 1989)

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

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policy (7 Jun 1989)

Mr William Powell: The right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) is a jolly fellow and he hugely enjoyed himself this afternoon. He always exhibits some of the most engaging characteristics of his profession as a barrister. He has to the fullest degree the forensic skills and the analytical abilities that we would expect in a man of his profession, but, like me, he has spent far too much of...

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policy (7 Jun 1989)

Mr William Powell: The point made by the hon. Gentleman which will be noted most keenly was his reference to the trivia in the contribution made by the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East. The Labour party will have to answer questions. What level of inflation is acceptable? What level of interest rate would the Opposition support? What level of public borrowing do they regard as sustainable and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (10 May 1989)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met the Prime Minister of Pakistan; and what matters were discussed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Pakistan (10 May 1989)

Mr William Powell: Did my right hon. and learned Friend manage to impress upon the Prime Minister of Pakistan the undesirability of the continuation of the civil war in Afghanistan? The people who are suffering now are the population of that unfortunate and unhappy country. Did my right hon. and learned Friend agree any proposals with the Prime Minister of Pakistan involving our assistance in putting an end to...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (25 Apr 1989)

Mr William Powell: I am sorry that my right hon. Friend the Paymaster General has just left his place because I intended to begin my remarks by commenting that I suspect that for him the most important and interesting pages in today's newspapers are the cricket pages. I must confess that for me they are the racing pages—not only for their intrinsic interest but because the racing pages in both the national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisoners (13 Apr 1989)

Mr William Powell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, whether or not we have too many or too few people in prison, we simply do not have enough drug traffickers in prison? Will my right hon. Friend do all that he can to make certain that continuing high priority is given to ensuring that drug traffickers are locked up, and locked up for long periods?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Romania (Human Rights) (12 Apr 1989)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. and learned Friend's robust denunciation of the despicable regime in Bucharest will be widely welcomed in the House, in the country and across all countries of Europe. My right hon. and learned Friend has said that there is no precedent for stripping the President of the Romanian Republic of honours that have been accorded to him. Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Mar 1989)

Mr William Powell: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 16 March.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Mar 1989)

Mr William Powell: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the considerable anxiety in some parts of the country about the length of hospital waiting lists. Is my right hon. Friend aware of the restart programme's considerable success in reducing unemployment? Will she make inquiries to see whether a restart equivalent could be applied to National Health Service waiting lists?

Adjournment (Easter and Monday 1 May) (13 Mar 1989)

Mr William Powell: It is entirely right that we should seek to adjourn in order to celebrate the divine resurrection. I wish to spend a few moments reflecting on a human resurrection that has occurred in the last 10 years. It is right to pay tribute to the many thousands of people responsible for the remarkable recovery that has occurred in the former steel town of Corby—the central town in my constituency....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EC Budget (8 Mar 1989)

Mr William Powell: Can my right hon. Friend say how much fraud against the EEC has taken place within the frontiers of the United Kingdom, and how many prosecutions of United Kingdom nationals have occurred for fraud involving EEC budgets?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Mar 1989)

Mr William Powell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that tomorrow will see the 10th anniversary of British Steel's announcement that it proposed to close the Corby steelworks, in which no fewer than 73 per cent. of those living in the town were then employed? Is she aware that in the past 10 years Corby has experienced the most dramatic industrial recovery, and may I pass on to her the thanks of my constituents...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Internal Markets (15 Feb 1989)

Mr William Powell: Does not the prospect of completion of the internal market by 1992 offer a powerful incentive for inward investment into the Community from third countries? Does my hon. Friend agree that half the current inward investment in the Community is in Britain and that that is having a powerful stimulus on the economic growth of the regions of our country?

Moral Values (13 Feb 1989)

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

Moral Values (13 Feb 1989)

Mr William Powell: Is it my hon. Friend's experience that those churches where the strongest spiritual message comes from the leadership are the fullest and those where the political message is most enhanced are the emptiest?

Orders of the Day — Official Secrets Bill: Security and Intelligence (2 Feb 1989)

Mr William Powell: Supposing a jury is trying a person charged under new clause 1, which has been tabled by the right hon. :Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley), and they conclude that the disclosure was not in the public interest but that, when it was made, the man being prosecuted genuinely believed that it was in the public interest for it to be disclosed. Would that ensure that he would be...


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