Results 81–100 of 421 for speaker:Mr Ronald Brown

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan (13 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about relations with Afghanistan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan (13 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: If the British Government are so chummy with Syria and Iran, for example, what is wrong with Afghanistan? To my knowledge, Dr. Najib's Government are not associated with terrorism—certainly, they are a revolutionary Government—but I wonder why there is not one British representative in Kabul. Could it just be that the Tory Government can never forget that the Afghan trade union movement...

Business of the House (7 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Will the Leader of the House arrange a debate next week to discuss councillors' allowances and expenses? I raise this because Councillor Bill Axon, a regional councillor in Midlothian, has been accused by the media of coming to London for a hymn service and misusing public funds and so on. Whatever the merits or otherwise of his argument, as I understand it he was here for a good reason. I...

Terrorist Incident (Whitehall) (7 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I met Mr. Ahmad Omar Amesh, the head of the Libyan interest section, this morning. The Libyan Government condemn the terrorist outrage. However, Libya also condemns the state terrorism applied to Iraq. It condemns the saturation bombing of innocent people who have no quarrel with US—

Terrorist Incident (Whitehall) (7 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: There is no evidence of any link with Libya. Clearly, it is easy for the media to make all sorts of snide remarks, invent stories and create the hysteria that, somehow, in some foreign country in the middle east—

Terrorist Incident (Whitehall) (7 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: There is conjecture, and stories—[Interruption.]

United States Forces (United Kingdom) (5 Feb 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: The Secretary of State should come clean. The withdrawal of American forces from Holy Loch has nothing to do with the peaceful intentions of the American ruling class. It is all to do with economics, and with the fact that America is the biggest debtor country in the world. That has been made clear by George Bush's budget. Can we help him along the way? Can we get George Bush on his nuclear...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Manufacturing Productivity (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not it the case that our manufacturing production will go down if ICI leads the fertiliser business? That is likely simply because of dogma. The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has blocked Kemira, a state-owned company, from taking over the fertiliser business owned by ICI. Is not that a disgrace when we remember that, in my constituency of Edinburgh, Leith and south of the...

Social Services (Northern Ireland) (30 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I agree with the main thrust of the hon. Gentleman's argument. It is evident that what is happening in Northern Ireland is happening elsewhere in the United Kingdom and certainly in Scotland. Does he understand that we have the same feelings about the cuts that he and his people are suffering? If we support him, it is a matter of solidarity, not necessarily political, but solidarity in saying...

Opposition Day: Recession in Industry (30 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: First, I declare an interest. I think that I am the only member of the Amalgamated Engineering Union here. My union knows about recession; it experiences recession through its membership. That has been made clear by Gavin Laird and Mr. Jordan. Things must be judged by reality. A recession, or a slump, must be judged by the factors that are known to us. It must be judged by unemployment,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Gulf War (29 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: If conscription becomes necessary, do not the young people of this country have a democratic right to refuse to accept their draft papers? Even if the Government believe to the contrary, do not they have that democratic right?

Orders of the Day — Ports Bill (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the Government are justifying a form of asset stripping by proposing the levy? That is clearly unacceptable to the Opposition, and I am sure that it is unacceptable to many Conservative Members. The Bill will be challenged and I hope that the next Labour Government will have proposals about public ownership to ensure that those assets are returned to the...

Orders of the Day — Pig Husbandry Bill (25 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's support, but I want now to concentrate on the Bill. I congratulate the Government on their response to the Bill. It is a classic example of the success that my hon. Friend the Member for Holland with Boston has achieved even before uttering the words, "I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time." My hon. Friend was successful in gaining second...

Orders of the Day — Pig Husbandry Bill (25 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: But for those two interventions, I might have resumed my seat. In an intervention earlier, I did not speak about the Select Committee on Agriculture. I spoke about the notes for guidance which were issued in 1983 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. My hon. Friend the Member for York (Mr. Gregory) may not have realised that the first time that I mentioned the Select Committee...

Orders of the Day — Pig Husbandry Bill (25 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Obviously we are concerned about cruelty to animals. However, the real cruelty is the cruelty to humans. We are all aware of the Gulf crisis. We are also aware of how some people suffer in this country and of how some live in cardboard boxes. It is right to consider pigs, but we must consider the human animal above all else. That is clearly a political issue. The Government do not think about...

Housing Support Grant (Scotland) (23 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: I am sure the hon. Gentleman is aware that Scottish Homes, a Government quango, has refused repeatedly to repair steel-framed houses in my constituency. Those houses may be regarded as substandard by Scottish Homes management, but it is utterly disgraceful that it is increasing rents by 14 per cent. in April when it is not doing the basic work required on those houses. What does the hon....

European Standing Committees (22 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Standing Committees (22 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Points of Order (22 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Can you waive formalities to ensure that a delegation from the Iraqi National Assembly may visit this place? It wants to send members here to meet us. [Interruption.] Even in this period, when we are at war, it makes sense if we speak about peace and about negotiation rather than confrontation. It makes sense to the people outside and to the people that I...

The Gulf (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Ronald Brown: Does the Prime Minister recall that, during the recess, I wrote to him to say that the Iraqi Assembly wanted to send a peace mission to this country to brief Members of all parties? I received no acknowledgement from his office apart from a curt note from his private secretary. Why the rush to war? Why can he not reply on this basic issue? Is not peace important? Is it the case that he is...


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