Results 1–20 of 4909 for speaker:Bernard Braine

Mr. Speaker (Retirement) (12 Mar 1992)

Bernard Braine: As the Father of the House and one who has sat in this place for 42 years under the eagle eye of seven Speakers, I wish to say a few words on behalf of Back Benchers wherever they may sit. I recall that it was Sir Winston Churchill who once said that parliamentary government was the worst form of government ever devised by mortal man. He then paused, and one can imagine the sly chuckle and...

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Bernard Braine: It is always a great pleasure to be able to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Amery). We came into politics together, and we have been on many platforms advocating the same causes. It is always stimulating to listen to the right hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Foot), and I did so with great interest. The entire House too is deeply in debt to my right hon....

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Bernard Braine: The hon. Gentleman is making such an excellent speech that there was no need for that type of intervention from the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston), bearing in mind the fact that Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great were not Bulgarians. Indeed, there is great danger of a collision coming as a result of the ill-treatment of the people of ethnic Greek origin...

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Bernard Braine: My right hon. Friend has given us the views of others, but he is reporting to the House the conclusions of a Select Committee. I hope that he will give us his unbiased view of the premature recognition by the European Community of Croatia, bearing in mind the fact that the boundaries of the various Yugoslav republics were determined by the arbitrary decision of the communist Tito. Croatia...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Feb 1992)

Bernard Braine: May I revert to the question of my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire, South-West (Sir A. Grant)? I speak as Father of the House. Is it not a matter of great rejoicing, wherever we may sit in the House, that throughout the past 40 years, which have seen such momentous changes as the peaceful transition from empire to Commonwealth, the ending of the cold war and the coming together of...

Petition: Aborted Babies (Disposal) (26 Nov 1991)

Bernard Braine: That is cowardly.

Petition: Aborted Babies (Disposal) (26 Nov 1991)

Bernard Braine: I mentioned American law on the subject. Why do the Government not have the courage to follow the example set by our American cousins—or, for that matter, by any civilised country?

Petition: Aborted Babies (Disposal) (26 Nov 1991)

Bernard Braine: The House is deeply indebted to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) for raising a matter that so far has been dealt with behind closed doors. Now that it is out in the open, it will truly shock the nation. There can be no doubt that, without the hon. Gentleman's initiative, the House would never have heard of the manner in which aborted babies were being disposed of at the...

Prayers: Southend Railway Line (15 Nov 1991)

Bernard Braine: I shall be brief because I know that my hon. Friend the Minister wishes to reply. As my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Mr. Amess) has said, my train was cancelled and Bod Reid's train out of Fenchurch Street station was jammed and accordingly was late. That is the way it goes. I support my hon. Friend the Member for Billericay (Mrs. Gorman) for raising the matter. The line is a scandal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Safety (14 Oct 1991)

Bernard Braine: Is my hon. Friend aware that it is not merely safety that concerns my constituents in Castle Point, who, in order to get to work, are obliged to use the worst—(Interruption.) Yes, the worst railway in the country? That railway is completely unreliable. Will my hon. Friend give me an assurance that the chairman of British Rail—who so far has been oblivious to all this— will be told that...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: My hon. Friend has just made an important statement. Is he saying that weight is given to what the manufacturers say? Has my hon. Friend grasped the main point—which has been made by all Conservative Members who have spoken, save one—that independent research is needed before we are committed to a method that is largely, if not wholly, unproven?

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: Did the Government inquire into why the drug is banned in the United States and Germany, two highly civilised countries with established medical professions, from whose ranks have come some of the greatest medical scientists in the world?

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: Why not come to Parliament in the first place?

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Lancashire, West (Mr. Hind) on his tenacity during the past few weeks in persistently bringing this matter before the House, and now on successfully enabling what I am sure will turn out o be a major debate o take place. I am sure that every hon. Member knows my views on abortion. Everybody also knows that, for a quarter of a century, I have...

Orders of the Day — Abortifacient Drug (Licence) (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: At least we have gained one admission right at the beginning of the debate. Since Roussel Uclaf applied for a licence to market the drug in September, stories have been leaked to the press that the Department of Health was "fast tracking"—that is the term that was used—its progress to ensure that it would reach the marketplace with such speed that one would hardly notice its arrival. On...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: National Insurance Contributions (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received about the levying of employers' NI contributions on all earnings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: National Insurance Contributions (22 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: Does my hon. Friend agree that the cost of abolishing the upper earnings limit would be severe for many middle income earners, such as doctors, teachers and the like, who are absolutely essential to the proper running of our society?

Prayers: Group of Seven (19 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: I, too, warmly congratulate my right hon. Friend on the evident skill with which he presided at this historic conference. A major problem facing the G7 leaders was the difficulty in arriving at a proper world trading pattern. I hope that my right hon. Friend will not hesitate to invite the G7 leaders—say, at the end of the year—to come back to London to resolve the problems in GATT.

Business of the House (4 Jul 1991)

Bernard Braine: In view of the current tragic events in Yugoslavia—the position may worsen, although we all hope that it will not—and the disturbing developments in the Soviet Union, notably the tragedy of the Baltic states, is not there a strong case for a debate on foreign affairs to be held before the House rises for the summer recess? Will my right hon. Friend consider that request?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Speech Therapy (25 Jun 1991)

Bernard Braine: Surely my hon. Friend is aware that there is considerable concern in many constituencies—and certainly in mine—at the lack of information about the number of children who need to be statemented. Has he made any estimates of the number of speech therapists required to meet what many of us know to be a real need?


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