Results 1–20 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

Civil Estimates, Supplementary Estimates, 1963–64: Regional Development (4 Dec 1963)

Mr Rafton Pounder: As the new boy in the ranks of the Ulster Unionist Members I noted with more than passing interest the somewhat poetic description used by the right hon. Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell) to describe my^ colleagues and myself. I also noted that at one stage in his speech the right hon. Gentleman used the words, "I will deliver my own speech". I will do just that myself. In the earlier days...

Bill Presented: Shipbuilding Credit Bill (15 Jan 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am very much indebted to have been given this opportunity to say something in this debate, and particularly to follow immediately after the hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Fernyhough), because on the last occasion I addressed this House—my maiden speech a month ago—he was kind enough to say some very complimentary things about me immediately after I sat down. Although it is probably too...

Orders of the Day — Income Tax Management Bill (12 Feb 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I, too, would like to add my own personal welcome to the Bill. Any legislation which seeks, as the Bill does, to modernise the law relating to the machinery and procedures of Income Tax is assured of a favourable reception not only inside this House, but also among the tax-paving public outside. I will go further and suggest that the Bill, which seeks to simplify the administrative...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Indictable Offences (Commonwealth and Irish Republic Citizens) (27 Feb 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the Irish Republic have been convicted of indictable offences in Great Britain since the introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act; and what were the corresponding figures relating to citizens of Commonwealth countries who are covered by the provisions of the Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Indictable Offences (Commonwealth and Irish Republic Citizens) (27 Feb 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the Irish Republic, and how many citizens from Commonwealth countries, have been recommended for deportation since the introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Indictable Offences (Commonwealth and Irish Republic Citizens) (27 Feb 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thank my right hon. Friend for those illuminating but disturbing figures. Does he consider that the time has now come, or is fast approaching, when he should study the possibility of controlling the hitherto unrestricted flow of Irish immigrants into this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation: Helicopters (Army Requirements) (4 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Aviation if he will now make a statement on the light helicopter requirements for the Army.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation: Helicopters (Army Requirements) (4 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Is my right hon. Friend aware that during last week's defence debate the Minister of Defence gave the House reason to think that this week would see a decision on the light helicopter requirement? Is he now certain that a decision will definitely be announced next week?

British Army (Light Helicopter) (18 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: To ask the Minister of Aviation if he will now make a statement on the light helicopter requirements for the Army.

British Army (Light Helicopter) (18 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I echo the sentiments of my colleagues about the disappointment that this decision will bring to Belfast. I should like my right hon. Friend to go into more detail. He said that this project would have provided only a small amount of employment. I was under the impression that it would have provided about 500 jobs, which would have been a valuable addition, especially in the light of this...

Orders of the Day — Local Unemployment (19 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Hon. Members have been talking about Scotland and Wales and it is not surprising that I should cross the sea and speak of Northern Ireland, although my remarks could, I hope, equally apply to any area of the United Kingdom where unemployment is higher than the national average. Although many tens of thousands of new jobs have been created in Northern Ireland in recent years, the great...

Orders of the Day — Local Unemployment (19 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The building industry nationally is one such case. I fully appreciate that it is a primary responsibility of any trade union to do its utmost to protect its members' interests. I should probably be one of the first to criticise any union which adopted a different yardstick. The position now in regard to the extreme shortage of skilled labour is one which would justify much more flexibility...

Orders of the Day — Local Unemployment (19 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: No. The hon. Member has, I think, deliberately or innocently taken me up completely wrongly. I said at the outset of my remarks that they could apply equally to any part of the United Kingdom. On this point I am thinking not so much of Northern Ireland, but of the whole United Kingdom, where there is a chronic shortage of skilled labour in the building industry. Since the hon. Member raised...

Orders of the Day — Local Unemployment (19 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: With respect to the hon. Member, I beg to differ on this point, because my understanding from persons connected with the building trade, with whom I have been in contact at various times, is that the trade union movement is rigid in its attitude to apprenticeship schemes. If it were not so rigid, my friends in the industry and other firms feel that that they could expand their businesses...

Orders of the Day — Local Unemployment (19 Mar 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Read it tomorrow in HANSARD. I thought that I spoke loudly enough to be heard. I come to one particular case in Northern Ireland of a shortage of skilled labour. This was not in my constituency, but in a neighbouring one. Recently, a firm gave notice that it would have to close because of shortage of skilled labour. This, under any circumstances, is a regrettable situation, but in an area...

Income Tax Management Bell: Schedule 1. — (Forms of Declarations.) (7 Apr 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I will not detain hon. Members for long. During the debate on Second Reading, and again in Committee upstairs, I put forward my views on this Bill clearly to my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary, and especially my anxieties about Clauses 14 and 15. I do not propose to repeat those views because there can be no doubt that this is essentially a piece of spring cleaning legislation, although...

Church of England Measures (7 Apr 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I find myself very much in sympathy with the remarks of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Down, South (Captain Orr). I certainly do not support either the spirit or the terms of this Measure. It has been said by my hon. and gallant Friend and by my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, East and Christchurch (Mr. Cordle) that this Measure is but one of a series likely to come before...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Diesel Exhaust Fumes (8 Apr 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Transport what research his Department is undertaking regarding the possibility of altering the construction and angle of the exhaust pipes of diesel lorries in view of the skid hazards caused by exhaust fumes settling on road surfaces; and what proposals he has to make.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Diesel Exhaust Fumes (8 Apr 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply— [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"]—may I ask him if he is aware of the findings of the United States Transport Department, whose researches have resulted in a substantial alteration in the construction and positioning of diesel exhausts on vehicles? Will he not reconsider his Answer in the light of the American experience, which has been successful?

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (20 Apr 1964)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am indebted for this opportunity to speak very briefly in this debate, on the first Budget which I have had the privilege of hearing since entering the House of Commons. Listening very attentively to the speeches of hon. Members opposite, I found one point in one speech on which I wish to focus momentary attention. I regret that the hon. Member for Gloucester (Mr. Diamond) is not present,...


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