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Business of the House (11 May 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: It is generally agreed—and I concur with the view—that the Leader of the House is fundamentally an extremely decent man and that he has been an extremely good Leader of the House. As the building of the Channel Tunnel would have a profoundly bad effect on the northeast of England, will he do the decent thing by burying it and leaving it to the next Parliament to decide?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Neighbourhood Watch Schemes (2 Apr 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: Is the Minister aware that I fully support neighbourhood watch schemes, of which there are many in the Northumbria police area? Is he further aware that since 1978 burglary in that area has increased by 83 per cent.? That means that we have a burglary every 10 minutes. Is it not time that the Minister increased Northumbria's police establishment and that the police got their backsides out of...

Orders of the Day — Channel Tunnel Bill: Protective Provisions (3 Feb 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: I oppose the Third Reading of this pernicious Bill. I believe that it will spell the economic destruction and ruination of the north-east of England. Ministers have told us in Newcastle of the glorious opportunities that the Channel tunnel will provide for the north-east. We have been told about direct access into the heart of Europe for the commodities that we produce, but after seven years...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Benefits (3 Feb 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: asked the Paymaster General how many referrals have been made to adjudication officers from newly unemployed claimants, from the date when form UB671 was introduced into unemployment benefit offices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Benefits (3 Feb 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: Will the Minister tell us how many of the 12,000-odd people did not pursue their claims, how many claims were disallowed and how many people had bogus interviews on the basis of this form when interviewed for the restart programme?

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policies (20 Jan 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: rose——

Opposition Day: Government Economic Policies (20 Jan 1987)

Mr Robert Brown: rose——

Airborne Early Warning System (18 Dec 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: When the hon. Gentleman says "we", does he mean the Liberals, or the Liberals and the Social Democrats?

Airborne Early Warning Aircraft (18 Dec 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: Is the Secretary of State aware that of the many dismal statements made from the Dispatch Box in the past few years, this is the worst of all? Does he realise that in 1977 the present Lord Mulley announced the letting of contracts for an AEW system that the RAF was intended to have in service within five years? After four more years, the Secretary of State has today made this deplorable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sport (Sponsorship) (17 Dec 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: When will the Minister face up to the fact that, having banned direct tobacco advertising on television, to allow sponsorship of major contests, such as snooker championships, which many young people watch, is a direct incentive to youngsters to start smoking?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: F111 Aircraft (Low Flying) (4 Nov 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: Is the Minister aware that every time a fighter aircraft crashes killing the crew, such as the German fighter that crashed in Northumberland only last week, it instils great fear in the countryside community of this country? Could we do more of the low-flying training of our pilots, which is obviously necessary, in much more sparsely populated areas of countries overseas?

Immigration (27 Oct 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: The debate has focused on the Government's racist decision on immigration. One of my constituents, a lady living in Lemington, on the outskirts of Newcastle, is married to a Yugoslav citizen. They both worked in Yugoslavia for some time after their marriage but decided to come to Britain to settle. They both had jobs to come to, but the husband had to apply for a visa although he is married...

Social Security Benefits (Uprating) (22 Oct 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: Does the Secretary of State accept that, although the pensioners of Eastbourne fret themselves to sleep worrying about inflation, the majority of pensioners in Newcastle will fret themselves to sleep worrying that two days from pension day they do not have a penny in their purse? Does he further accept that the grotesquely unfair increase that he announced today will be further nails in the...

Frigates (15 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: I congratulate the Secretary of State on at least keeping faith with Swan Hunter with regard to the frigate order. He refers to the jobs that are being saved, but is he aware that, had it not been for the robbery with violence of the auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel from Swan Hunter a lot of men who are now walking the stones would still be in full-time employment? When can we expect an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Home Defence (15 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: As an ex-local defence volunteer, Home Guard and an ex-Regular Army man, may I ask the Minister to confirm that the defence force in its reserve capacity—the Territorial Army and the Home Defence Force—is probably the best value for money available? Would my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Leith (Mr. Brown) accept from me that he was very uncomplimentary to the many thousands of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: After arguing the case for sanctions against Libya, Afghanistan, Poland and other places, why has the Prime Minister suddenly taken such an extreme dislike to sanctions against South Africa? Surely she must realise that the British people and the British Commonwealth are crying out for moral leadeship over sanctions, the type of moral leadership which, at long last, the Church of England has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Tunnel (14 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: Will the Minister start to understand that this monstrous scheme will have a severe impact on areas other than Kent? When will he decide to take the advice of his hon. Friend the Member for Thanet, South (Mr. Aitken) and scrap the whole damned nonsense?

Orders of the Day — Defence: Second Day's Debate (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: The Minister is not normally a devious character, but he was a lot less than frank with his hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, North-West (Dr. Hampson). If privatisation proceeds, will not Barnbow have to compete in open tender against companies like Vickers at Scotswood on Tyne? That is causing more than a flutter in the dovecotes.

Orders of the Day — Defence: Second Day's Debate (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that when he plays cricket regarding such exports, he will play better cricket than the English team is doing at the moment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Baor (17 Jun 1986)

Mr Robert Brown: If BAOR's strength is to be increased, is it the Government's intention to proceed with the order for 78 new Challenger tanks? If so, will the hon. Gentleman give an unqualified assurance that Royal Ordnance factories will have to put forward tenders, as do their competitors, such as Vickers at the Scotswood works in Newcastle upon Tyne? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be...


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