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Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: It is a striking fact that all hon. Members concerned in the area of Ashdown Forest, or who are neighbours to it, support the Bill. My hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Mr. Bowden) represents the biggest county borough in the area, and he also supports it. Therefore, we must address ourselves to the points of anxiety which commoners have expressed and to the petition they have...

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: Yes, I am happy to say that they are. The arithmetic is plain. The majority of the commoners, whether by acreage or by number, support a modified rateable value basis for voting. I am happy to give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. The hon. Member for Gloucestershire, West (Mr. Loughlin) referred to compensation payable to the lord of the manor. He may, understandably, have misunderstood...

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: He is the noble Lord, Lord Buckhurst. All the provision does is to give the conservators a right to buy or sell a pocket of land for marginal adjustments in the boundary of the forest, but the chances are that Lord Buckhurst will receive no compensation whatever. It is most likely that if anything happens at all it will be a pure swapping arrangement. The hon. Member for Erith and Cray-ford...

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I am not speaking with the authority of the promoters, but I think it does, and I think the reason is that Ashdown Forest is very liable to fire. There is an enormous amount of bracken, and the like, and I imagine that it would be extremely dangerous to encourage large assemblies of people there. I say that only by way of a general observation and not on the authority of the promoters.

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: Again, I do not speak with the authority of the promoters, but I expect that for instance, the fire authorities, the police, and the sanitary authorities would be concerned. I take it that this is what that means.

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: That is a very happy conclusion. Hon. Members can look at that and not listen to me any more at all—except to hear me say that when this Bill is enacted, as I very much hope it will be, it will be to the benefit both of the local people in Ashdown Forest and of those many thousands of other people who wish to enjoy it.

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I might be able to help the hon. Gentleman by saying that the purpose of the clause basically is to see that Ashdown Forest is preserved as a place where members of the public can pursue quiet and natural enjoyment; and if there were large assemblies which would disturb the quiet and natural enjoyment on the part of members of the public, that would not be in the general interest. I believe...

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: There is an important distinction. The burden of my argument is that the best thing to do is to give the commoners the right to do what they think best, even though they would have to do it under the present voting system. I explained to the House what the majority of commoners, whether by acreage or numbers, think is the proper thing to do. In those circumstances, I believe that it is...

Private Business: ASHDOWN FOREST BILL [Lords] (4 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I referred to the majority of commoners, whether by number or by acreage. I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman in detail about each of the 17 commoners to whom he is referring.

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: Nonsense.

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. She is trying to show that there is a great ground swell of opinion, fact or statistics in favour of her case. Would she care to comment on the fact that the amendment in another place was carried by the votes of the life peers, who are very much older than we in this House are—[AN HON. MEMBER: "TOO long".]—

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: The hon. Lady will have to sit down.

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: My intervention is very reasonable in length, Mr. Speaker. I only wish to ask the hon. Lady whether she would care to comment—

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I have always understood that if an hon. Member gives way he or she will at least allow a point of challenge to be developed. Therefore, I wish to say to the hon. Lady—

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: Mr. Maddanrose—

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I will put my short and simple point—[Interruption.]—I will put my short and simple point—[Interruption.]—I will put my short and simple point—

Clause 4: Family Planning Service (2 Jul 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: If the House would allow me to make my point, it would be short and simple. I must rely on your protection, Mr. Speaker, to allow me to do that. My point is simply this: does not the hon. Lady acknowledge that her cause is years out of date, and that the amendment was carried in another place by the life peers, who are all of a different generation from that of hon. Members of this House?

Orders of the Day — Supply: European Parliament (Supporting Services) (11 Jun 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I want to address myself to some of the remarks of the hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Michael Foot), who seemed to be very upset at what he considered to be improper support for the activities of my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Mr. Kirk) by the Conservative Group for Europe within the European Movement. I thought it extraordinary, coming as it does from a member of a party about...

Orders of the Day — Supply: European Parliament (Supporting Services) (11 Jun 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I agree. I think we have said enough to expose that attitude for what it is worth. But if it was meant seriously, and if it can be taken that the hon. Member at some future time, should the Government of the day decide that the leader of the delegation should be fully and properly remunerated by the House for the responsibility he takes, will join in support of such a proposition, perhaps...

Orders of the Day — Supply: European Parliament (Supporting Services) (11 Jun 1973)

Mr Martin Maddan: I thought I had dealt with that point and I shall not repeat what I said. But I was present at the previous debate, when the hon. Gentleman did not reveal what his attitude and that of his party would be if the Government of the day brought forward such a proposition. It would be more constructive if he spent more time giving some indication about that, instead of trying to score points which...


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