Results 41–60 of 421 for speaker:Mr Ronald Brown

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

Mr Ronald Brown: Whatever the numbers, clearly those people are political prisoners—[Laughter.]

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

Mr Ronald Brown: As I said, this is a political issue because yesterday at Margate, Mrs. Ruby Haddow was imprisoned, along with her husband, simply because she had not paid her poll tax. If that had happened in South Africa or eastern Europe there would have been a public outcry. It is disgraceful that there is no public outcry. More important, let us remember that that would not happen in Scotland because...

Business of the House (22 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As the right hon. Gentleman knows, SAI in my constituency is likely to close. That is a disgrace, because it is the most efficient fertiliser plant in the United Kingdom. Jobs are important in Leith and throughout the United Kingdom. Can we have a debate about that issue at the earliest possible moment?

Business of the House (16 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I know that not many of us enjoy vindaloo curry, but may we have the subject of press abuse on the menu next week because it is important to all of us?

Points of Order (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: rose——

Points of Order (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: rose——

Points of Order (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Your paraphrasing of my statement showed what all of us feel—that the press should not make up a story. We are of course open to criticism. It annoys me, however, that a certain tabloid, the Daily Record and the Edinburgh Evening News, recently made up a story that I had forged signatures on an early-day motion. That goes on all the time, even...

Business of the House (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: The Government are not even handed about certain matters. As a Scot, the right hon. Gentleman will appreciate that north of the border a different law operates on the poll tax, which is how the struggle started. Nobody can be gaoled there, although in England 16 people have been hounded and imprisoned by the Government under the laws of England. We need a debate to see whether we can be more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 9 May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As the poll tax has been a big mistake, why should people be hounded and imprisoned in England? Why should they suffer because the Government got it wrong? People outside think that something has to give—that there should be an amnesty. The Government should understand the position of the 16 individuals in England—[Laughter.] It is not funny.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Those 16 people are in prison because they did not pay the poll tax. We know that the Prime Minister claims to want a classless society—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: This is important, because people cannot be imprisoned in Scotland but they can be in England. Let us free these political prisoners. That would be an important decision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: The Gulf (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units are currently engaged in the Gulf area; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: The Gulf (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: There is a problem about the new imperialism. Why should British troops remain in that part of the world? We must remember that the Security Council has not endorsed that action and that the lives of British troops are being put at risk. Surely the Kurdish problem should be resolved by all the countries in that area, because it goes wider than Iraq. This issue should be resolved through...

Business of the House (25 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Since Gerald Ratner has made a fortune selling "total crap"—to use his words—may we have a debate next week on consumer protection?

Local Government Review (Scotland) (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: The Secretary of State has admitted little today, but he has admitted that the poll tax has been a mistake. Why should the low-paid in Scotland pay for the Government's mistake? Why should working-class people pay for their mistake? Surely there should be an amnesty. Even Charlie Gray, the leader of Strathclyde regional council, has argued for that. Mr. Gray is not a left—winger I...

Safe Havens (Iraq) (18 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: As the Kurds were betrayed after the first world war, why should they trust the British Government now? The Secretary of State speaks eloquently about humanitarian needs, and the Opposition agree with him, but the overall issue must be addressed. The Kurdish people have a right to a homeland. There should be ongoing negotiations with the Turks, Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis and perhaps the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Higher Education (17 Apr 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I am sure that the Minister knows, but is forgetting, that many rejects from the public school system in England are given certain rights to come to Scotland—and especially to Edinburgh university—at the expense of ordinary, working-class individuals. That was exposed recently. What is he doing to ensure that there is equality of opportunity in Scotland for both English and Scottish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Timeshare Advertising (20 Mar 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is the Minister aware that many people are conned by those advertisements and by literature that comes through their letter boxes suggesting that they have won special prizes? For example, I was told that I had won a special and wonderful Volkswagen limousine. As I was very interested, I went to Glasgow to pick up the vehicle. Instead, I received a watch. I protested. I said that I thought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (14 Mar 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security of civilians in Northern Ireland.


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