Results 1–20 of 421 for speaker:Mr Ronald Brown

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Jun 1979)

Mr Ronald Brown: I congratulate the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Lloyd) on a very able speech. I am sure that we shall hear more from him in future. At the same time, I am sure that most hon. Members, having heard my name called, are rather disappointed. I am the Scottish Ron Brown. The other Ron Brown—my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Hackney, South and Shoreditch (Mr. Brown)—is rather tall, elegant...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Ronald Brown: Two weeks ago I said in this place that the Government's strategy and their policies would inevitably turn moderates into militants. I am no prophet, and I am not especially clever, yet that has happened. It has happened with a vengeance, but not in the way that I expected. It has provided us with an object lesson. There is a strange unity of Left and Right. I expected to witness on the...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was not suggesting in any way that Conservative Members contribute to the Labour Party. I was suggesting that my colleagues contribute. That is what is important.

Orders of the Day — Government Expenditure (24 Oct 1979)

Mr Ronald Brown: Like other hon. Members, I shall be equally brief, because I understand that there are many who wish to speak in this debate. Having said that, I wish to be a little parochial. In Leith—my constituency—there is a saying. It is about the local football team "The Hibs". I do not known whether the House has heard it. The saying is this: They might be bad, but at least they are consistent. ...

Police Authorities (Powers): British Shipbuilders: Limit on Borrowing etc. (14 Nov 1979)

Mr Ronald Brown: The contributions to the debate have confirmed one thing—that shipbuilding is the Aunt Sally of the United Kingdom economy. We know the reason. Basically, the industry has suffered at the hands of private owners. In the good times, they said that they did not need to invest, and when the bad times came they said that they could not afford to invest. That could be said of many other aspects...

Industry Bill: Clause 1 (6 Feb 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: Clearly, this Government believe in private enterprise. Perhaps it is better known as the capitalist system. It is an animal that bites and it has a bark, because we have heard it today. The Government have the honest philosophy that they do not have the right to plunder public assets, because those assets belong to the people of this country. We talk about democracy and owning property. I...

Olympic Games (17 Mar 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: I have the impression that if the Afghanistan matter did not exist the Government would have had to invent it. It is quite clear that the Prime Minister is using Afghanistan to divert attention from the record unemployment and rampant inflation in this country. That is obvious to some of us on the Labour Benches. I do not condone Soviet military activity in Afghanistan—far from it—but...

Orders of the Day — Ferranti Limited (18 Jun 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Many Back Benchers have not had the opportunity to participate in this debate. Does the Minister appreciate that the Secretary of State refused to be cross-examined? That is contrary to basic justice in this House.

Unemployment (25 Jun 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is there no consideration for ethnic minorities in this House? No Scottish Back Bencher has been called to speak in this most important debate. That is most disgraceful because the people from my area are most concerned about unemployment and about the Government.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Unemployment (14 Jul 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: So often hon. Members are told that they must face reality, and we have heard that phrase repeatedly tonight. Obviously we must face reality, because reality means more than 1·5 million people unemployed, but of course the true figure is much higher—probably nearer 2 million. We are told that next year the official figure will rise to perhaps 2·5 million or 3 million. Whatever the exact...

Orders of the Day — Catering Industry (Foreign Workers) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: The Minister has gone on at great length in explaining the Government's position. I respect his viewpoint, while disagreeing with it entirely. While we speak about the general case, clearly we must also respect the individual case. Many individuals have, unfortunately, been trapped by legislation, or interpretations of legislation, over the years. That is the reason for our concern tonight....

Orders of the Day — Catering Industry (Foreign Workers) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: Perhaps I may just say this.

Orders of the Day — Catering Industry (Foreign Workers) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: We have given certain hospitality to—

Orders of the Day — Catering Industry (Foreign Workers) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: Let us give hospitality to a girl coming from the Philippines.

Orders of the Day — Catering Industry (Foreign Workers) (12 Nov 1980)

Mr Ronald Brown: That is my point.

Defence Estimates 1981 (19 May 1981)

Mr Ronald Brown: Would there not have been more justice if the Prime Minister had had one or two admirals in and read the Riot Act in relation to the article that the Secretary of State has quoted than in sacking the hon. Member for Ashford (Mr. Speed)?

Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding Bill (17 Nov 1981)

Mr Ronald Brown: I assure the hon. Member for Watford (Mr. Garel-Jones) that I do not intend to join the Tory Party or the SDP—the semi-detached party.

Orders of the Day — Shipbuilding Bill (17 Nov 1981)

Mr Ronald Brown: Perhaps the hon. Member lived for too long in Franco's Spain. His ideas do not attract me in any way. All Labour Members agree that shipbuilding is important to our economy, and it is certainly important to my constituents. Therefore, I welcome the Bill, limited though it is. We must consider the history of the industry. We all know that the previous owners neglected and abused it for a...

Invergordon Smelter (18 Jan 1982)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is it not clear that the Government are presiding over the de-industrialisation of Scotland and are encouraging a new Highland clearance? Clearly, the answer to class parliamentary democracy is that a sit-in must take place and, indeed, it is taking place. Does not the Secretary of State accept that workers in Scotland and England will increasingly be forced to take such neasures to defend...

Invergordon Smelter (18 Jan 1982)

Mr Ronald Brown: Not slogans, reality.


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