Results 21–40 of 421 for speaker:Mr Ronald Brown

Education (Schools) Bill (19 Nov 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Although we all welcome the release of Terry Waite and Tom Sutherland, will the Government make a statement on why they reached a deal with terrorist groups? I understood that the Government would not enter into any deals, so will the Prime Minister or the appropriate Minister make a statement, because it is important that we hear their views?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Nurses (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many student nurses qualified in Scotland last year; and how many secured permanent employment within the national health service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Nurses (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not it clear that many qualified nurses are not getting jobs in the health service? That is disgraceful because we know that, if resources were made available to extend the Royal hospital for sick children in Edinburgh and provide the promised new hospital in Leith, many more nurses and other medics could be employed to provide the service that they are trained to provide. If the...

Business of the House (7 Nov 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is it not clear that, in terms of the health service, most people have had their chips, particularly in the Lothian region, where the local health board is trying to set up a deal with Reo Stakis in order to produce the promised new hospital, which should have been resourced under the health service? Is this not disgraceful? Is this not backdoor privatisation? Should we not have a debate next...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Poll Tax (6 Nov 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: The Government wrote off debts in excess of £15 billion when the public utilities were privatised. Is not it a bit odd, therefore, that, according to them, an amnesty cannot be granted to those who clearly cannot afford to pay this tax, which benefits the rich at the expense of the poor? If the Prime Minister can go to the third world—and the Minister must always remember that we have a...

Business of the House (17 Oct 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Since we have apparently seen the end of the cold war and the arms race, could we have an early debate to discuss the transition to peacetime working of companies such as Ferranti in my constituency, where many people are likely to lose their jobs? It is a matter of importance, and I should like the Leader of the House to consider it urgently.

Business of the House (18 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As the Leader of the House knows, the health service is important to all of us, yet it is disgraceful that the local health board for the Lothian region has repeatedly broken commitments to the community, particularly the community in Leith, which in particular means that a promised new hospital will not be built, unless it is with private money. Is that not something that we should debate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Business Rates (10 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many firms failed to pay their business rates last year; what was the total amount involved; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Business Rates (10 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As 900 firms per week are going broke, is it not clear that many of them will not have paid their business rates? Yet, to my knowledge, no one has been hounded or gaoled for that. Working people, on the other hand, are expected to pay the poll tax, and if they do not they are hounded and gaoled. Mr. Norman Laws, a pensioner, is in gaol now in the north of England for that reason. That is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Dock Labour Scheme (9 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not there something wrong with the Minister's records? To my knowledge, dockers in Leith have protested strongly about the ending of the dock labour scheme, which benefited employers and employees. What has gone wrong with the information that the hon. Gentleman collates? Not only Leith dockers but the labour movement are complaining about the ending of the dock labour scheme. Its...

Constitutional Reform: Class VI, Vote 1 (3 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Let us be clear about unemployment. It is not an act of God. It does not just happen; it is made to happen. In fact, it is a direct result of the so-called market economy—in other words, of the capitalist system.1 am not talking about Adam Smith's capitalism; I am talking about monopoly capitalism and the capitalism of big business represented by the Conservative party. The Government must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Policy (3 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he last met representatives of the European Commission to discuss regional policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Regional Policy (3 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Obviously, I am not a fan of the European Commission. Will the Minister tell us, however, when RECHAR funds will be used to help Britain's mining communities? Will those funds provide direct and immediate relief, and will they be separate from any additional grants that may be available from either the EEC or the United Kingdom Government?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Kurdish Refugees (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As Turkey wishes to join the European Community, will the Secretary of State, when he next meets his counterparts in Turkey, advise the Turkish Government that it would be helpful if the Kurds in Turkey were not persecuted, as they are at the moment?

Procedures of the House (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I speak as a member of the Amalgamated Engineering Union. Surely the so-called Select Committee is merely a delaying tactic, because we could agree almost overnight to change the hours of the House. Back home, factory workers start at 8 am, or perhaps 7 am or even earlier, so we could follow their example and perhaps finish at 7 pm so that hon. Members could attend public meetings and face...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Hygiene (20 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Food hygiene and safety are important, so why is the Minister blocking grants to fish processors and curers such as Kelly of Newhaven? Such companies want to invest in new equipment for a future which, we hope, will bring better herring stocks to this country so that people can benefit.

Unemployed People (19 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Surely the Secretary of State is weeping crocodile tears for the unemployed. In my constituency, a large fertiliser plant, SAI, is being deliberately closed down, although it is one of the most efficient plants in the United Kingdom, because the Government are opposed to its takeover by Kemira, a Finnish state-owned company. Is that not a disgrace and a kick in the teeth? It shows the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (11 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people under the age of 25 years are currently unemployed; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (11 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not it true these days that many young people leave school with no job, no hope and no future? The reasons are obvious. In my constituency, for example, Ferranti is closing Bellesk house, Ranks Hovis McDougall is closing the Caledonia mills, and SAI, under Government pressure, is closing its fertiliser plant. That is a disgrace. Would not it be more appropriate if the Government got on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Local Government Finance (6 Jun 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are currently imprisoned for non-payment of the poll tax; and if he will make a statement.


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