Results 181–200 of 326 for speaker:Mr Bernie Grant

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Oct 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Is the Prime Minister aware that the international financial bandit Mr. Asil Nadir and his company, Polly Peck, have made their money by stealing property, orange groves and hotels from Greek Cypriots who are living in exile in my constituency? Will she do something—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Oct 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: What will the Prime Minister do to prevent this carpetbagger, Mr. Nadir, from bringing his money, his ill-gotten gains, out of the north of Cyprus into this country in order to bail out his company, Polly Peck?

Local Government Finance (19 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Does the Secretary of State agree that the fact that he has been forced to increase external financing by £3 billion next year and transitional relief by £310 million this year means that he has grossly miscalculated the revenue support grant settlement and the SSAs for local authorities in this financial year? Will he, even at this late stage, do something about the finances of...

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Gentleman said that the Hammersmith and Fulham council committees each have a budget of £1 million. That is untrue. He should retract that statement.

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: I apologise if I exceed the time limit, but the case of Haringey is serious. The unfairness of charge capping falls into three categories: first, the setting of the standard spending assessments; secondly, the way in which local authorities were selected for capping; and, thirdly, the fact that authorities were treated differently. As my hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould)...

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: My hon. Friend is right. Perhaps the Secretary of State does not have a heart. We shall certainly put a political stake in the heart of the Secretary of State and the Government at the next election. I want the Secretary of State to listen to some of these horror stories and then tell me how the people of Haringey will live with his policies. I shall outline some of the proposed reductions....

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: No. The hon. Gentleman has plenty of money. He should save his speeches for the party conference. In a year's time, when local authorities are unable to collect their poll taxes, the Government will send in commissioners because the council will be bankrupt. The Government will use the commissioners to ensure that he policies on which they cannot win at the ballot box are implemented. In my...

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Answer the question.

Community Charge: First Day's Debate (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: What services did Hillingdon cut?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Jun 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Does the Prime Minister support the right of parents to remove children from school on the basis of the racial composition of the school?

Orders of the Day — British Nationality (Hong Kong) Bill (19 Apr 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: Tonight, we have witnessed a number of attempts at sophisticated racism, especially in the speeches of Conservative Members. It is a measure of Opposition Members' hostility to the Bill that those Conservatives have been forced to try to hide their racism in sophistry. One such attempt was made by the right hon. Member for Chingford (Mr. Tebbit), who talked about the Hong Kong Chinese...

Opposition Day: South Africa (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: I have just returned from South Africa. South Africa is a beautiful country, full of resources, but it is a tragic country. One gets the feeling when one goes there that the situation is extremely tense and that unless something of substance happens reasonably quickly there could be an almighty bloodbath. I was a member of Rev. Jesse Jackson's party invited by the South African Council of...

Opposition Day: South Africa (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: I saw the oppressors at first hand. [HON. MEMBERS: "Give way."] Last Saturday at Crossroads, just outside Cape Town, we held a peaceful rally attended by some 2,000 to 3,000 people. As soon as our party got into our vehicles, vigilantes started shooting at the crowd. The police then started shooting. The Kitzkonstabel, the paramilitary police, who are given three weeks' training and then...

Opposition Day: South Africa (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: We submitted a dossier to the Justice Minister. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was the head of the delegation, tried to have a meeting with him, but he was out of town. On the day that I returned to Britain, meetings had been set up with Mr. de Klerk, Mr. Pik Botha and Mr. Viljoen, who are senior members of the Cabinet. Those meetings took place. I am here to give an account of what transpired...

Opposition Day: South Africa (14 Feb 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: My hon. Friend is correct. It was clear during those battles that the South Africans could not match the firepower of the Cubans and Angolans. It is important to understand the complexity of South African society. Few of those who have not visited the country can appreciate it. I had only a slight taste of it in a few weeks, but I know that it is an extremely complex situation. At the...

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: My hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) made a number of general points with which I agree and which I shall reiterate. The Government's proposals on total standard spending represent their assumption of what local authorities should spend to provide what they consider to be an adequate level of service. We learned today from the Secretary of State that he has not taken account...

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: The answer to the hon. Lady's question is that business people will be contributing more than the Government's major contribution towards the cost of local government services.

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Government get their money from business in a number of ways, including taxes. I suspect that business people will feel injured when they discover that the Government are extracting even more from them, when the Government should themselves be responsible for that aspect of financing local government. The Government have, in effect, conned business people into paying even more towards...

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I thought you indicated that I had two minutes.


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