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Abolition of Domestic Rates etc. (Scotland) Bill: Liability for Personal Community Charge (13 May 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I am sorry that we have only a few minutes to discuss what is obviously a subject that deserves a full debate. Hasty legislation is never good legislation, and this Lords amendment is an example of that. Our amendments highlight the practical difficulties that will face the administrators of this system. I can only guess at the reasons for the Lords amendment. Was it panic? In a mood of...

Abolition of Domestic Rates etc. (Scotland) Bill: Liability for Personal Community Charge (13 May 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I should like to ask the Minister a couple of questions. It seems to me that the amendment is no concession, although for administrative reasons it is tidier and better. I suspect that the bulk of Scottish students will continue to be out of pocket to the same extent as they were under the previous arrangements, based on the 80–20 per cent. proposals. I am not trying to be clever, as the...

Abolition of Domestic Rates etc. (Scotland) Bill: Valuation Roll Not to Include Domestic Subjects (13 May 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In case there was any misunderstanding when I intervened on a previous point of order, in no way was I challenging your ruling. We should all have known that the debate was limited to an hour. I confess that I was not aware of that, although I did know that the time taken on the guillotine motion was to come out of the time for debate. If there was any...

Abolition of Domestic Rates etc. (Scotland) Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental (13 May 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is there any reason for calling the Minister at this stage? There is nothing in the rules to suggest that the rest of us should not be called.

Civil Service Pay Dispute (5 May 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Does the Minister accept the figures quoted by the two unions involved that some 40,000 members are in receipt of social security benefits? Is that not why in some local offices—and they are not all Militant-controlled — the vote, taken on a democratic basis, was, perhaps sad to say, overwhelmingly in support of industrial action?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services>: Income Support (7 Apr 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Surely that is quite wrong. During the proceedings of the Abolition of Domestic Rates (elc.) (Scotland) Bill it was admitted that those in receipt of supplementary benefit—presumably going on to income support—would still have to pay 20 per cent. of a rate bill for which they are not now liable. When will the Government make a decision on that? It is under social security legislation.

Bill Presented: LegaBl Aid (Scotland) (6 Apr 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I have no interest to declare in this subject, other than the fact that a goodly number of my constituents keep the legal profession in fairly comfortable circumstances. Having read the Law Society brief and heard what my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) said, I agree that there seems to be concern about the 14-day rule. I confess that I have no great knowledge of...

Bill Presented: LegaBl Aid (Scotland) (6 Apr 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: My hon. Friend can speak for Sheriff David Smith. I shall not name the individual. I do not like naming people. I have had to write to the Minister and the Solicitor-General for Scotland about him. This guy should have been removed quietly behind the scenes because of the damage that he has done to the fairness of the system in Glasgow. I have in mind genuine constituents who have never been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Fine Defaulters (11 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Given the recent serious disturbances in the Scottish prisons, would the hon. Gentleman agree to some kind of inquiry— public or otherwise— to investigate the possibilities of reducing the number of fine defaulters in prison and of imposing more non-custodial sentences?

Orders of the Day — Clause 25: Replacement of Rate Support Grants by Revenue Support Grants (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I do not apologise for taking up a couple of minutes on this important amendment. It gives us an opportunity to discuss clause 25, albeit far too briefly. This is the second time that the financial basis of support from the Government to local authorities has been caught by a guillotine. I believe that we spent about 15 minutes on it in Committee. I am sure that the Minister is desperate to...

Orders of the Day — Clause 25: Replacement of Rate Support Grants by Revenue Support Grants (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: The Minister shakes his head. However, he does not have the confidence of the local authorities. That is like saying, "Yes, we are giving a special allocation to Glasgow"—or somewhere else—"for dampness." That does not mean a thing. It means only that the Minister hopes that Glasgow will spend or borrow that additional amount and that it will be used to tackle dampness. However, it still...

Orders of the Day — Clause 25: Replacement of Rate Support Grants by Revenue Support Grants (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: We had a long debate in Committee, so I shall not rehearse all the arguments that I deployed then to draw attention to how this measure will affect a constituency like mine with a high proportion of people receiving social security benefits. I have had two letters containing representations. One is from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and the other is from the Scottish...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 2: Levy, Collection, Payment and Recovery of Community Charges (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Does the Minister agree with the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) about the possible arrestment of social security benefits and the recovery of arrears through that source?

Orders of the Day — Schedule 2: Levy, Collection, Payment and Recovery of Community Charges (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I draw attention to the fact that since the Committee stage we have had what I regard as one of the best submissions on the Bill from the Rating and Valuation Association, representing the views of the Scottish branch, which includes housing authorities, local government and people in the business of valuation. I do not suppose the Minister will accept the amendment, even at this late stage...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 2: Levy, Collection, Payment and Recovery of Community Charges (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Some of the hon. Gentleman's farm cottages still have oil lamps, and I suppose that is a reflection on rural landlords. My hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Mr. Home Robertson) had better not say anything, although I suppose all his tenants have an electricity supply. Why not use the electricity boards to collect this money? The boards cover all houses. That would be an easier way of...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 2: Levy, Collection, Payment and Recovery of Community Charges (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I have an open mind on the matter. I cannot see any ideological reason—if that is what the hon. Gentleman is trying to extract from me — or practical reason why the levying and collecting authority should not use any means that it wants to use to collect the money. I am saying that it is not the responsibility of a housing authority. The Government should make a clean break with the...

Orders of the Day — Abolition of Domestic Rates etc. (Scotland) Bill: Liability for Personal Community Charge (4 Mar 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: Will the Minister clarify why it is necessary to have the principle of joint and several liability? If the register will not distinguish between a married couple and a couple living together, I do not see the need to define a couple. Surely individuals should have a distinct liability for the personal charge? Why can the Minister not give consideration to that aspect before we conclude these...

Business of the House (26 Feb 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman's assurance that he will look into the problem with regard to the business on Wednesday and Thursday next week, but is he aware that, although the Business Committee met yesterday, it is only today that we have found out through some press statement that more than 60 amendments are now being submitted by the Government? Does that not confirm my previous view...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Aid (19 Feb 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: I recognise that the Department is monitoring the scheme, but what steps have the right hon. Gentleman or the Secretary of State for Scotland taken to put Members of Parliament in the picture about what quantity of food can be expected in any geographical area, if not in any constituency? Has the right hon. Gentleman given guidelines to the voluntary bodies on that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Prison Accommodation (11 Feb 1987)

Mr Hugh Brown: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total cell accommodation in Scottish prisons; how many are currently out of use; for what reasons; and when he expects additional cells to come into use.


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