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Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: What rights?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: If I had walked into the debate during the contribution from the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen) I would have thought that we were debating the Race Relations Act 1976, not the Local Government Bill. I believe that the hon. Gentleman's speech was a thorough disgrace. His was one of those speeches which tries to justify racism, and the House should thoroughly reject it....

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: It is necessary for us to set the debate within the context of the present situation. I thought that you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, were very lenient to allow the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West to stray so far from the subject under debate. However, I accept your point and I will bring my thoughts back to the Local Government Bill. It will take a virtual army of civil servants to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: No. I will not give way. All that is due to racism. What have the Government done—

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Government have done nothing since their election in 1979 to eliminate racism and the need for the fight against it. That is despite warnings in the reports by Lord Scarman and Lord Gifford, the report "Faith in The City" by the Church of England and similar reports by the Roman Catholic Church and other bodies. In the absence of any Government initiative, local authorities have been...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Race Relations Matters (14 Dec 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: It is a hypocritical position. The Government say that they are opposed to apartheid, yet a clause in the Bill is directly aimed at assisting the racists in Pretoria. It brings Pretoria in from the cold internationally by forcing local authorities and others to trade with it. I want the Secretary of State to answer that point specifically when he winds up. Section 71(b) of the Race Relations...

Orders of the Day — Immigration Bill (16 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: Does the hon. Gentleman remember the Conservative propaganda in the 1983 election campaign? Conservatives said that they intended to tighten the immigration rules to keep people out in order to look after the people already here. They talked about improving race relations. Can the hon. Gentleman name one single action that the Conservative Government have taken to improve the lot of the black...

Orders of the Day — Immigration Bill (16 Nov 1987)

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

Orders of the Day — Immigration Bill (16 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for the hon. Lady to cast aspersions on schools in Burnley in Lancashire without naming the school concerned?

Orders of the Day — Immigration Bill (16 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: The hon. Gentleman says that his party makes immigrants feel at home and that they are assimilated. Why, therefore, are there no black Conservative Members of Parliament?

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: rose——

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

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

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am indebted to the hon. Member for Orpington (Mr. Stanbrook) for bringing this good motion before the House. It is a pity that there are not more hon. Members, from both sides of the House, in the Chamber, either to take part in the debate or to listen to it. I am particularly pleased with the words in the motion stating that the House regards with sympathy and understanding the efforts of...

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: I thank my hon. Friend for his support. As a new Member, I am sometimes rather confused. The Government say that they are against sanctions. Then the Minister this morning says, in a very liberal way, that people can choose their own paths; if some countries wish to apply sanctions, so be it, we will not interfere. But the Government's record is different. Things do not seem to match. I am...

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: What steps have we taken to implement resolution 435? Is it true that the Government have used their blocking powers to veto the resolution? I give way to the Minister so that she can clarify that point. She refuses to do so.

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that clarification. Regardless of what I or Conservative Members think, the position in Namibia and South Africa must change. The forces of history will ensure that that change occurs. I want to be as positive as I can about this desperate situation. The way forward is through discussion with the ANC and other groups. I note that business people have...

The Commonwealth and South Africa (13 Nov 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: Is my hon. Friend aware of an organisation calling itself the Office of the South African Coal Industry, which established itself in London on 23 September? Apparently, it is to present a comprehensive insight into all the issues relating to the South African coal industry. It aims to counter the anti-apartheid movement's stand on importing coal. Is he further aware that the organisation is a...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Vancouver) (22 Oct 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: What about Botha's violence?

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Vancouver) (22 Oct 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Prime Minister claims to condemn violence on all sides. As she has mentioned the ANC, will she condemn here and now the violence perpetrated by the Botha Government against black men, women and children in South Africa, Angola and Mozambique?

Storm Damage (England) (21 Oct 1987)

Mr Bernie Grant: Will the Secretary of State explain to the House how local authorities could have been expected to predict the hurricane when professional weather forecasters could not do so? Is he aware that the borough of Haringey inherited a number of parks — for example, Finsbury park — from the Greater London council that his Government abolished? The result is that the borough will incur additional...


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