Results 141–160 of 326 for speaker:Mr Bernie Grant

Points of Order (25 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of today's decision by the Court of Appeal to allow the appeal by Winston Silcott, may I ask whether you have received a request by the Home Secretary to make a statement on that matter? If you have not, will you use your good offices to nudge the Home Secretary in that direction so that he apologises to Winston Silcott and his family? We need also to...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: The way in which asylum seekers are treated must be changed, but the major change must be in the length of time that it takes for people to receive asylum and for their families to be reunited. The Bill is thoroughly disgraceful, racist and xenophobic. That was clear from the contribution of the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Mr. Evans). If it is not racist, why is the Commission for...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am not prepared to withdraw that remark. [Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: A number of Conservative Members have played the racist card in several immigration debates. I am prepared to say that after your advice, Madam Deputy Speaker. One of the major reasons why the Bill——

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I have substituted the words that I have—[Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am not prepared to withdraw.

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: On the basis of your advice, Madam Deputy Speaker, I will withdraw my remark.

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Bill is certainly racist. The majority of asylum seekers are people of colour. I am not aware of millions of white east Germans, Poles or Russians flocking into this country. However, I am aware that many people of colour, whether they be Turkish, Kurdish, Somalian, Eritrean or whatever, wish to come to this country. The Bill is meant to play on racism. I suspect that the issues around...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: The hon. Gentleman has given us some figures. He talks about 50,000. How many of those asylum seekers are new cases and people who would enter Britain? My understanding is that the list of 50,000 contains people who are already here and have renewed their asylum claim because they are required to do so every four years, people who have been granted exceptional leave to remain and who have...

Orders of the Day — Cambodia (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. As this is my debate. having been granted to me by Mr. Speaker, I believe that I have a right to ask the Minister to answer the debate. He is stating some obscure Government policy, but he is not answering the questions that were raised.

Orders of the Day — Cambodia (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss a contentious subject, which has not been debated in the House for a considerable period. There can be few countries in the world which have suffered as much as Cambodia in the past 20 years. The Labour party has repeatedly called for a reversal of British policy towards that country, but to no avail. It is to our great shame, 11 years after the...

Bank of Credit and Commerce: Citizens Charter (22 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: Will the Prime Minister help me with his definition of a citizen? Who will benefit from this great charter of his? Will Commonwealth citizens who are not settled in this country benefit from it? What about European Community nationals, or refugees and asylum seekers—from whom the Government removed the right to legal aid and assistance? Will they benefit from the charter? If not, what...

Points of Order (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It has been suggested that I use the emergency written question procedure to deal with an urgent matter that has arisen in my constituency. Over the past few days, new evidence has come to light that shows that Winston Silcott, of the Tottenham Three, is innocent, and that confessions were forged by police officers. Is there any means, apart from the written...

Asylum (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: It is clear that the Government are intent on using the numbers game, both in immigration matters and for refugee and asylum seekers, to create a racist backlash— [interruption.]—because that is going to happen. I accuse the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister of creating a racist backlash by using the numbers game. Is it a coincidence that, at the same time that Jacques Chirac,...

European Council (Luxembourg) (1 Jul 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: May I say to the Prime Minister that I was terribly disappointed that he allowed himself to sink to the level of Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jacques Chirac in his attacks against immigrants in Europe? What evidence does he have to sustain his contention that immigrants are responsible for increased crime, drug trafficking, terrorism and racial tension? Why was it necessary for the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mandatory Life Sentences (25 Apr 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I refer the Home Secretary to the case of the Tottenham Three—three young men currently serving a life sentence for the murder of P.C. Keith Blakelock. Could I ask the Home Secretary about the case of Mark Braithwaite, which went before the European Court last week and in which the British Government successfully argued that he had not exhausted the internal machinery of appeals? If...

Kurds (Iraq) (17 Apr 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: The Foreign Secretary praised the Turkish Government for their work in dealing with the refugees. Will he also praise the Iranian Government for their work? They have done considerably more than the Turkish Government. Will refugees on the Iran-Iraq border be able to go to the enclaves? If not, why not? If they are allowed to go to those enclaves, how will they get there? Will the Kurdish...

Business of the House (28 Feb 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: Is the Leader of the House aware of the effect of the Gulf war on the economies of countries in that region? I refer specifically to Cyprus. It has been estimated that, because of the fall-off in the tourist industry, and because of the fact that Cyprus is not able to ship its produce to the middle east, about ․1 billion could be lost to the economy of that country. Will the Leader of...

Waiting Lists (North East Thames) (8 Feb 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: If the Minister is saying that this is not a definitive list, has she instituted some sort of appeals mechanism so that if, for example a clinician says that an operation is not urgent, the patient's doctor and other evidence can be brought before some sort of appeals committee?

Waiting Lists (North East Thames) (8 Feb 1991)

Mr Bernie Grant: I have asked for this Adjournment debate following the leaking to The Guardian of a letter sent by Mr. Terry Hunt, the regional manager of North East Thames regional health authority, or NETHRA as it is fondly known, to district managers in the region. In the letter, Mr. Hunt addresses the problems of NETHRA's huge waiting list, which is the worst for its size in the country, on which no...


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