Canlyniadau 1–20 o 249 ar gyfer speaker:Mr William Thompson

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: The Minister will appreciate that the police have done some good work in the past and have recommended prosecutions that have gone to the Director of Public Prosecutions, but nothing has ever happened. Perhaps he would advise the Director of Public Prosecutions to be more exercised in the matter.

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I think that it is, but that it is not mandatory. I want it to be mandatory to enter the postcode.

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I welcome the opportunity to participate in this debate on an extremely important and pertinent issue. First, I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Mr. Brooke), who has chaired the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee so well. After listening to his speech this afternoon, anything that I say will be repetition, because he covered the many issues so...

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I entirely concur with my hon. Friend. The electoral number that used to be on the electoral register will change when the election is called, though I do not understand why. A form of additional registration existed before, under which additional numbers appeared on the register. Now I gather that when the election is called, a button will be pressed and a new register with changed electoral...

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: The hon. Gentleman has had to live with that problem in the House. Mistakes have been made here and they could be made on postal vote applications. National insurance numbers could also be used on the household form. Such numbers are distinctive and could be used to avoid mistakes of identification. It is regrettable that legislation is unlikely to be implemented until 2002, and that the...

Electoral Malpractice (Northern Ireland) (29 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I am not as far travelled as the hon. Gentleman, but there is much to be said for the wisdom of the people of Malta. I cannot see why we cannot all have an identification card, as it would make things a lot easier in many ways. It is certainly worth looking into. In conclusion, we are all disappointed that it has taken the Government so long to act. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Real IRA (28 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: What information has the Minister requested or received from the Irish Government about a recent attempt by the Provisional IRA, using guns smuggled from Florida, to murder an alleged member of the Real IRA? It is argued that he stole IRA weapons. Does that event cause the Minister concern, and what impact does he expect it to have on the peace process?

Foot and Mouth (27 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: May I personally thank the right hon. Gentleman for the support that he and his Ministry offered at the meeting of the European Commission's Standing Veterinary Committee today, which agreed to give Northern Ireland regional export status? That was very good news for Northern Ireland. Given that the principle of regionalisation in the United Kingdom has now been accepted, will he consider...

Orders of the Day — Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (13 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I, too, have a number of reservations about adding 21 new organisations to the proscribed list. It is true that many of those organisations are involved in violence in other parts of the world, but the judgment that we have to make is whether they have been involved in violence in the United Kingdom. An order proscribing every organisation involved in violence around the world would be very...

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Foot and Mouth ( 8 Maw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: I appreciate the Ministry's efforts to deal with the terrible disease. The single case of foot and mouth in Northern Ireland was due to an illegal trade in sheep that were bought in Carlisle, imported to Northern Ireland and transferred to the Republic of Ireland. It has come to light that, under EU regulations, it is not possible to stop the transport of sheep at the ports; they can be...

Phillips Inquiry (15 Chw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: It is a privilege to come here this evening to say something about the Phillips report, which I welcome. It is fair and reaches the right balance. We have heard this afternoon that 86 people have died from this terrible disease. The hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Savidge) has graphically described the symptoms and the duration of the disease. It is tragic that young people with their...

Phillips Inquiry (15 Chw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: Yes. No animal that is over 30 months enters the food chain. That confirms that the food that we eat in Northern Ireland and, indeed, the United Kingdom is almost certainly free of the disease. That is welcome. Let us consider the new European regulations. Europe is discovering that BSE exists there, too. The European Union is introducing new restrictions, including one on fishmeal. That...

Phillips Inquiry (15 Chw 2001)

Mr William Thompson: According to the hon. Gentleman's argument, should not mobile phones be banned outright? The danger is likely to lie not in the mast but in the phone itself.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Pig Industry (21 Rha 2000)

Mr William Thompson: I welcome the reconstruction scheme that has now been approved, but can the Minister give us an idea of when it might commence? What will be the time scale?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: RUC Redundancy Scheme (20 Rha 2000)

Mr William Thompson: If he will list by number and rank the serving members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary who have applied for redundancy under the scheme to reduce police numbers; and if he will make a statement. [141752]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: RUC Redundancy Scheme (20 Rha 2000)

Mr William Thompson: Given the increase in dissident republican activity and capability, and the failure, as yet, of nationalists and the republican community to endorse and support the new police service, is it not of grave concern to the Minister that so many senior and experienced policemen are opting to take the early redundancy scheme? Would the Secretary of State consider it prudent to postpone the early...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Tach 2000)

Mr William Thompson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Of course, that is one of the aims of Sinn Fein. The proportional representation system of the Parliament of the Republic of Ireland means that there is always a close contest in which the small parties often control which party gets into government. Then, when they are in government with the party that takes power, they have a large say in what...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Tach 2000)

Mr William Thompson: rose—

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Tach 2000)

Mr William Thompson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Clause 1 (30 Tach 2000)

Mr William Thompson: Is it not a threat to say that, if things do not go that the way they ought to, or if they do not go the way the Government or Sinn Fein think they should go, there will be a return to violence? Is that not political blackmail?


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