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International Development (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I agree 100 per cent. with what the hon. Gentleman has said about the West Indies guard ship. It does a tremendous job in terms of evacuation and in patrolling for drugs and everything else. Has the hon. Gentleman, as I did, landed on the guard ship in the middle of the Atlantic by helicopter? It was one of the most exciting things that I have done in my life.

International Development (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I was not sure whether the hon. Member for Wycombe (Sir R. Whitney) was attacking socialism or attacking Africa. If socialism, I tell him that there are many countries that have failed as a result of some policies that were called socialism—countries such as the Soviet Union, which receives aid, and other eastern European countries—but I did not hear him mention any of them. I am...

International Development (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: No, not people like me. I did not come here on any scholarship. I am pleased to say. The Government want such people to stay here because they require their skills, and can get them cheaply. In fact, the Government often do not pay anything, because the southern Governments must pay for the scholarships. The situation is so bad in some countries, such as Guyana, that Governments cannot even...

International Development (1 Jul 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: There is much talk about the size of the population in Africa, but does my right hon. Friend agree that Africa is, in fact, depopulated as a result of the removal of more than 100 million people during the period of enslavement and colonisation, and that the growth that has taken place in other continents has not been matched by the growth in Africa? So when people say that Africa must...

European Council (Amsterdam) (18 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on two counts. First, he has given us a clear and concise report, in stark contrast to the muddle and acrimony of the former Government. Secondly, he has nailed the lie that he is a poor negotiator—a lie put about by Conservatives during the election campaign. We now know that it was the previous Prime Minister, not my right hon. Friend, who was the...

Orders of the Day — Lockerbie and Libyan Sanctions (11 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: Before my hon. Friend the Minister resumes his place—

Orders of the Day — Lockerbie and Libyan Sanctions (11 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I had not intended to intervene in the debate, but I wonder whether my hon. Friend the Minister would consider having some sort of discussions with the Libyans for him to ascertain their position? He has stated that the Libyans were putting forward a number of proposals. I think that he said that the Libyans had three positions. I think that it is incumbent on my hon. Friend not to accept the...

Prayers: Cyprus (4 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new position. Is it the Government's position that they should reconvene a meeting of the guarantor powers? My hon. Friend mentioned Sir David Hannay, who would go as an ambassador to the various guarantor powers. Has my hon. Friend considered the British Government themselves calling a meeting of the guarantor powers to discuss the matter?

Prayers: Cyprus (4 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edmonton (Mr. Love), first, on being canny enough to secure the debate. He is a new Member, but he has already managed to find his way around the House of Commons. I have been trying for some time to get one of these Wednesday morning debates, but I have not yet succeeded. Secondly, my hon. Friend is to be congratulated on having the courage to...

Prayers: Cyprus (4 Jun 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I thank my hon. Friend. The difficulty is that Turkey is a member of NATO, and certain treaties need to be upheld. Britain, however, could adopt the stance that my hon. Friend has mentioned; I shall support him if he wants to push the matter further by means of a motion or some other procedural device. I want to mention Mr. Asil Nadir before I close—that infamous person who jumped...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (19 May 1997)

Mr Bernie Grant: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way and congratulate him on his appointment. Does he agree that racial harassment and racial abuse are so obnoxious that we should set up a special squad, like the vice squad, the firearms squad and so on, of dedicated officers who could track down racists and make sure that they are brought to justice?

Free Trade and Foreign Policy (11 Nov 1996)

Mr Bernie Grant: I would have been more impressed had the White Paper been about fair trade rather than free trade. What is the Government's current stance in respect of the eastern Caribbean banana-producing countries? The Foreign Secretary will know that the Americans and the dollar banana countries have taken the European Union to the World Trade Organisation for what they consider to be the...

Asylum (Designated Countries) (15 Oct 1996)

Mr Bernie Grant: I thank the Minister for giving way. Is she aware of the recent heightened tension in Cyprus, where at the weekend a Greek Cypriot was tragically shot by Turkish forces? Has she taken that into account when designating Cyprus as a safe country?

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill: Consultation (21 Feb 1996)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Minister is making allegations about my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz), who is not here, and she should know better. Will the Minister tell the House what she is alleging that my hon. Friend for Leicester, East said before she criticises him? It is not reasonable for her to do so without Members knowing what she is talking about.

Orders of the Day — Asylum Seekers (23 Jan 1996)

Mr Bernie Grant: I said that the Secretary of State's arguments were bogus.

Asylum Seekers (Benefits) (11 Jan 1996)

Mr Bernie Grant: I welcome the Minister's change of heart in relation to some of the regulations, but he has not gone far enough. Will he take this opportunity to make a public apology to those asylum seekers in my constituency who were written to by officials in his Department before Christmas to tell them, illegally, that their benefits would be withdrawn on 8 January? He has written to me about it but has...

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: Rubbish.

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Minister says fine words about how the Government want to do things about unemployment. Among black young people aged between 15 and 25 in Tottenham, unemployment is 65 per cent. What are the Government doing to get those people jobs?

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I have.

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am aware that a group representing the Asian community, and one or two people from the West Indian community, went to see the Home Secretary recently. The West Indian Standing Conference voted almost to a person in support of my scheme. My scheme has nothing to do with the Indian sub-continent, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka; it concerns the Caribbean. Which Caribbean groups...


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