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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    The first televised broadcast of a British “Question Time” featured Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher being questioned by Opposition Leader Neil Kinnock and other members of Parliament. Issues…

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  • Reflections of the Retiring British Speaker
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    Reflections of the Retiring British Speaker

    Bernard Weatherill discussed his career in the British Parliament.

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  • British Politics
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    British Politics

    Lord Weatherill talked about the operations of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and British politics. He also responded to viewer telephone calls, faxes and electronic mail.

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  • British House of Lords Reform
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    British House of Lords Reform

    Participants discussed the future of the British House of Lords. They focused on the recent reforms in the House and the results of the peer election.

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  • The Lighter Side of House of Commons Debate
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    The Lighter Side of House of Commons Debate

    Excerpts from British House of Commons debate focused on the more facetious issues in British politics. For example, members of the British House of Commons discussed the conduct of members in the Member’s…

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  • History of the House of Commons
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    History of the House of Commons

    Bernard Weatherill, Speaker of the British House of Commons, discussed the history of the British House of Commons while he gave a brief tour of his rooms above the House chamber.

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Prime Minister John Major answered questions from members of the House of Commons concerning current issues in the politics of Great Britain, including questions on the rise of home loan…

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Issues brought up by members of the House of Commons in questions to Prime Minister John Major included labor unrest in Liverpool, European economic unification including a single currency,…

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  • Statement on the Council Tax
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    Statement on the Council Tax

    Mr. Heseltine spoke before the British House of Commons to announce the British government’s intention to replace the unpopular “poll tax” with a new “council tax.” Margaret Thatcher, the previous prime minister of Great Britain, instituted the…

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  • Persian Gulf War Debate
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    Persian Gulf War Debate

    The British House of Commons' January 21 session centered around a debate over a government supported resolution expressing support for British troops in the Persian Gulf, and an amendment…

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  • Deputy Prime Minister Resignation Statement
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    Deputy Prime Minister Resignation Statement

    On November 1, 1990 Sir Geoffrey Howe resigned his post as Deputy Prime Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Thatcher. In his resignation notice he expressed strong concern that Prime Minister…

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  • Special Session on Persian Gulf Situation
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    Special Session on Persian Gulf Situation

    The British House of Commons was recalled from recess by the prime minister to debate the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and other developments in the Persian Gulf. This portion of the debate…

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  • British House of Commons
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    British House of Commons

    This first televised session of the British House of Commons features debate over the governmental agenda outlined in the Queen’s speech. (See State Opening of Parliament, ID:10012) After…

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Topics in this question period include the Iraqi “supergun” controversy where customs agents seized large steel tubes bound for Iraq and believed to be destined to make the world’s largest…

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Topics include the recently implemented poll tax, or community charge, which replaces a property tax with a tax on individuals. Members also question Mrs. Thatcher on the riots at…

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher answered questions from the members of Parliament.

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  • Life  Career of Bernard Weatherill
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    Life & Career of Bernard Weatherill

    Weatherill discusses his role as speaker of the House of Commons. At the end of the interview, the colorful speaker dons his ceremonial wig and robe.

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  • Question Time and Thatcher Speech
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    Question Time and Thatcher Speech

    The first fifteen minutes features question time with the prime minister. Mrs. Thatcher is queried concerning home ownership and mortage payments, and tourism and the British economy. A…

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  • Question Time
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    Question Time

    The prime minister is questioned by Opposition Leader Kinnock, Social Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, and other members of Parliament. Mr. Kinnock focuses on the NATO summit and questions the prime…

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