Results 141–160 of 421 for speaker:Mr Ronald Brown

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: German Unification (11 Jul 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Will the Minister make it clear that the Government oppose this German super-power expanding its boundaries by various political means, including through the common market? Is not it obvious that within Germany there is a claim that the boundary should be extended towards Poland, and that the Polish people have to be reassured? Will the Minister give an assurance on that today?

Points of Order (10 Jul 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Obviously hon. Members should be heard. They should also be seen. Could the lighting be increased? It is evident during supplementary questions that some hon. Members are called before others. We are all equal, but some are more equal than others. Something should be done about it. Could we have a league table showing who gets called and who does not?

Business of the House (5 Jul 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that The Sun—yes, The Sun —has reached another new low? In yesterday's edition of that newspaper, if it can be called a newspaper, a certain Mandy Smith and her husband Bill Wyman were attacked and embarrassed by an article and photograph which clearly should not have been published. It brings us back to the question of the invasion of privacy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Higher Education (4 Jul 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Despite the Minister's statement, fewer than 10 per cent. of working-class youngsters get to university in Scotland, while failures from the English public school system receive first preference at certain universities, especially Edinburgh. What does the Minister intend to do about that?

Business of the House (28 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: I am most grateful, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to speak in this place. You will recall that, last week, you said that those who were not called would be given the first opportunity to put questions to the Leader of the House today. Apparently, I am the last one on the Opposition Benches to put a question to the Leader of the House, and I accept that as some sort of compliment.

Business of the House (28 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: I may be short in stature, but I am not short in principle, I hope. Will the Leader of the House arrange for a special debate next week on GEC-Ferranti of Edinburgh? Many of the employees are worried because they are losing their jobs. Such job losses may occur repeatedly throughout Britain, but it is important that we have a debate on this issue bearing in mind the fact that the favoured...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Research (28 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is the Minister aware that on the east coast, and especially on the east coast of Scotland, sprats are caught by Scandinavian fishermen, taken to Scandinavia for canning and brought back here labelled as sardines? Surely the British consumer has the right to know what the product is and where it comes from. Will the Minister have a word with his counterparts in the Scandinavian countries to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Green Belt (27 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Will the Minister have a word with his Scottish colleagues and make it clear that Mr. Wallace Mercer, that great entrepreneur, should not be given permission to seize part of Edinburgh's green belt for his super-duper stadium? We should remember that Mr. Mercer is interested only in the fast buck and not in the Hearts or Hibs supporters who have got a squalid deal all the way through this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (21 Jun 1990)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (21 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: We all abhor that carnage, but the Minister must know that there can be no solution in Ireland, particularly to the security issue, unless there is a political solution. There must be some movement towards that end, so will he consider withdrawing—perhaps on a phased basis—troops from Northern Ireland, especially Scots troops? [Interruption.] That would be helpful. If the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (14 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on international co-operation to combat terrorism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (14 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Why has no one been prosecuted for the Lockerbie outrage, bearing in mind that the Minister's Scottish colleague, the Lord Advocate, promised some time ago that a prosecution would take place? What has gone wrong? People around the world want to know. What is happening? It seems as though the Government are turning a blind eye to an issue which is clearly important to us all.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (6 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not it a disgrace that the Government have conned people into buying so-called homes when the Minister and Scottish Homes know that in my area those properties were largely slums? A court case is being heard at the moment, and probably the Minister will argue that he cannot comment on that. Nevertheless, we still have tenants who want repairs to their homes, which they are not getting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (6 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: What is the Minister doing about the plight of tenants, as well as people who foolishly bought their slum houses?

Points of Order (5 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Lothian health board is in crisis because of financial malpractice and underfunding. There is also evidence of corruption involving the "Hibs" football club from Edinburgh. Many people are concerned about the takeover bid by the Tory spiv Wallace Mercer—[HON. MEMBERS: "Ohl—yes, a Tory spiv. Although the two cases are different, we need the Scottish Law...

Shellfish (North-East Coast) (5 Jun 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is the Minister aware that fishermen in my area believe that the dumping of sewage off the isle of May contributes to the poison that occurs in the estuary of the firth of Forth, which contaminates shellfish and other fish? Obviously that is unacceptable. It is all very well to condemn Lothian region or the city of Edinburgh, but the answer is to provide resources so that, instead of a ship...

Points of Order (23 May 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Will you explain to the lot opposite that there is a community charge, and the charge is that the poll tax is unacceptable, north and south of the border? I say that as a so-called Toy Town revolutionary. Toy Town revolutionaries will always challenge Toy Town reactionaries. The arguments and the campaign are, "Don't collect, don't co-operate—fight back."

Employment: Value Added Tax (22 May 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: Is not it the case that capitalism is poor and weak, at least at the lower levels and for smaller businesses, because nine out of 10 businesses fail in the first year due to the Tory Government's policies? We have learnt a lesson from that north of the border and that lesson has been learnt south of the border as well.

Business of the House (17 May 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: As the Leader of the House may know, Shell intends to sell a subsidiary, Mitchell Gas, based in my constituency to Calor Gas. If that is allowed to go through, it will mean that there will be a virtual monopoly in Scotland, with one firm controlling the supply of certain gases, including butane and other gases important to industry and to people in general. Will the Leader of the House...

Business of the House (10 May 1990)

Mr Ronald Brown: I assure the Leader of the House that these days the only people who crucify one are those on the Labour party's NEC, and I speak from personal experience. More important at this stage, may I voice my support for the demand that we have a special debate to discuss the middle east hostages question? Such a debate would be important for the House, for the families of those concerned and as a...


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