Results 41–60 of 326 for speaker:Mr Bernie Grant

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am pleased that my Adjournment subject was chosen for this evening, Madam Deputy Speaker. This is a subject that has stirred quite a lot of debate among sections of the community, particularly among black and minority ethnic people. It is time that the House heard and understood what is being said. I welcome the opportunity of putting my case for resettlement of people in the Caribbean. In...

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am indebted to my hon. Friend for that intervention because I had missed that point. I am glad that she reminded me of it. She is absolutely right. Far from looking for the culprits who caused this position to occur, the mainstream press has looked for a number of scapegoats, including Rudy Narayan, who represents no one except himself and who is not a voice that people in Brixton follow....

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: Most certainly.

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: Yes, again my hon. Friend is right on the mark—absolutely correct. Only this morning the Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) and myself were all at the first sitting of the Standing Committee on the Asylum and Immigration Bill. Any independent observer, anyone who had not been nobbled by the Home Secretary and his people, would look at...

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am always willing to take guidance from you, Madam Deputy Speaker. But for some people, in order to leave the country they first have to come into it. I am concerned both with people coming in and with people going out; some people cannot do one without the other. However, I accept your general point, Madam Deputy Speaker. I mention the Bill because it has a clear bearing on black and...

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: I withdraw any such remark, Madam Deputy Speaker. Of course the Minister is not a racist. He may act as though he were one, but I know that he is not. On that basis, I withdraw the remark.

Caribbean (Voluntary Resettlement) (19 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for getting us back on the rails. We shall of course fight the Asylum and Immigration Bill thoroughly in Committee. If the Minister thinks that he is in for an easy ride he had better think again, because there will be substantial opposition both inside and outside the Committee. For the various reasons that I have outlined, there is a need for people to be...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: The contribution of the hon. Member for Broxtowe (Mr. Lester) is welcome and in the spirit in which we had hoped the debate could be conducted in the Special Standing Committee. Alas, the Government have not agreed to that. We are back once again debating asylum measures. As recently as 1993 the Government introduced substantial legislation on immigration and asylum. They have returned to...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: rose—

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

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

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: The hon. Gentleman is scared to face me.

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: You have lost the point.

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Bill (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Apr 1995)

Mr Bernie Grant: Will the Secretary of State clarify whether the Irish National Liberation Army has declared a ceasefire? If so, is the right hon. and learned Gentleman prepared to have talks with it?

National Lottery (16 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: If someone has ticked a box marked "no publicity", why should Camelot go back to the person to ask for his consent if I understand the Minister correctly that it is a part of the Act that no publicity should be given if the person does not want to give that publicity? Will the Minister do anything about that lapse by Camelot?

Policing (London) (2 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: Two weeks ago, at Marylebone magistrates court, three officers were committed for trial in that very case, so it is, indeed, sub judice. Is my hon. Friend not surprised, as I am, that the Metropolitan police Commissioner has given a version of the death of Joy Gardner when the court has not decided on the cause of death?

Policing (London) (2 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: Perhaps I may jog my hon. Friend's memory. I recall that, at the time, my hon. Friend went on television and radio in relation to the demonstration and that he started off on every occasion by stating that he was totally opposed to violence, that he was in favour of a peaceful demonstration and that he had nothing against the police, who generally did a good job. Why does the Minister not...

Policing (London) (2 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) about the time that it has taken to get a full and proper debate on policing in London. I also agree with him on the question of accountability. The current position is unsatisfactory because the Home Secretary is the sole police authority for London. The right hon. and learned Gentleman represents Folkestone and Hythe and I do...

Policing (London) (2 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that we are all here to see that the police carry out their job properly. Citizens should, of course, work in conjunction with the police. However, as I go through my figures, the hon. Gentleman will find that in a number of cases, the behaviour of the police needs to be questioned. There was an increase from a quarter of a million stops and searches in 1990...

Policing (London) (2 Dec 1994)

Mr Bernie Grant: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. If the police stop a black motorist, a check is made automatically with the immigration authorities to discover whether the person is in the country legally. That does not apply, of course, to white people and it is an area of discrimination. I hope that the Home Office will examine the matter. It concerns me that the Metropolitan police seem to have the...


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