Results 21–40 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly Bill (16 Apr 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I think the spirit of the amendment is abundantly obvious. My hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Down, South (Captain Orr) does not want a long period to elapse after the new Assembly election before the new Assembly meets and gets down to the work that will face it. His reference to "a suitable place" for such meetings struck me as being non-controversial and entirely feasible. We have a...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly Bill: Clause 2 (16 Apr 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I beg to move Amendment No. 9, in page 2, line 10, after 'who' insert: under the current electoral register as revised". I hope that as co-signatory to the amendment I am in order in standing in to move it. The amendment is as simple as its phraseology. It reverts to a point raised on Second Reading by the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) and others, including myself. It...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly Bill: Clause 2 (16 Apr 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I should like, if possible, to follow the spirit of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, but this matter arose not today but at the time of the border poll six or seven weeks ago. It is not good enough to say that there is too little time between now and the end of May to produce a supplementary list. Double that time has elapsed since this first became a serious issue. Hon. Members...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Assembly Bill (16 Apr 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Although the Bill is clearly not without some blemishes, I believe that there will be a complete welcome in principle for the concept of an early election in Northern Ireland and for the clear acknowledgement by the Government that this is the will of this House and also of the people of Northern Ireland. I am pleased that my right hon. Friend has been able to announce the actual polling day,...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Finance) (6 Feb 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I share the desire of the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) to obtain an idea of the total indebtedness—if that is the right word—of Northern Ireland to the United Kingdom Exchequer as a whole. It is an exercise I have been engaged in for some years. No two sets of figures bear the remotest resemblance to their predecessors. I do not say this unkindly, but the hon. Gentleman...

Common Agricultural Policy (29 Jan 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I wish to put two questions to my right hon. Friend in the specific context of Northern Ireland. The first concerns eggs. Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is anxiety in the industry in Northern Ireland about the possibility of the removal of the 1p per dozen subsidy, which makes the difference between solvency and bankruptcy? What is the position, following these negotiations, with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Northern Ireland (25 Jan 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: As there have been so many false dawns in Northern Ireland over the past three years and as my hon. Friend has referred to violence having fallen by over 60 per cent., presumably since Operation Motorman in July, may I ask him to tell us how that sort of figure is quantified, bearing in mind that while the number of bombs may have diminished the number of awful and hideous assassinations has...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) (23 Jan 1973)

Mr Rafton Pounder: No.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Government Proposals (White Paper) (14 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he hopes to publish the White Paper on the future of Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Government Proposals (White Paper) (14 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Early publication of the White Paper is clearly required if the damaging air of uncertainty in political circles in Northern Ireland is to be removed, but will my right hon. Friend take cognisance of the wide body of opinion in Northern Ireland—an opinion which I certainly share—that the border poll must precede publication of the White Paper? Otherwise, there is danger of the two issues...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Bus Services (Merger) (14 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Do I understand that, despite the postponement of the local government elections and other local government matters, the merger is still scheduled for 1st April and has not been put off?

Northern Ireland (Local Government) (12 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I join with my hon. Friend the Member for Antrim, South (Mr. Molyneaux) in expressing my appreciation of the hon. Member for Salford, West (Mr. Orme) and his hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) for the interest they have taken in these discussions over a long time. On the last occasion we discussed Northern Ireland orders, the hon. Member for Salford, West referred to...

Northern Ireland (Local Government) (12 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: My hon. Friend has confirmed the sort of fears and anxieties which are held and which must be rectified. There must be clear guidelines, otherwise there will be a multiplicity of situations such as my hon. Friend has cited. Article 9 deals with the Housing Executive and its funding. Housebuilding is very much a priority in Northern Ireland and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary and his...

Northern Ireland (Tourism) (5 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Like those hon. Members who have preceded me, I give a warm welcome to this order, and I should like to concentrate my remarks basically on Article 5 which deals with tourist amenities. My hon. Friend the Member for Belfast, North (Mr. Stratton Mills) rightly spoke about the charms of Lough Erne. I am convinced that fishing, golfing. sailing, mountaineering and all manner of tourist...

Northern Ireland (Tourism) (5 Dec 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I was not aware of those facts. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for providing them. When one has spoken in terms of the number of people employed in the tourist trade in Northern Ireland and the income it has brought it is clear that another point has to be borne in mind. It costs roughly £4,000 to create every job in manufacturing industry but considerably less than half that for the...

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (23 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: At this late hour I intend to be brief. I know that that is the standard opening for many speeches, but I mean what I say. I wish to take up the couple of points raised by the hon. Member for Salford, West (Mr. Orme). I share his anxiety about a boycott. Everyone agrees that we want the highest possible turn-out for the plebiscite. We are deceiving ourselves if we imagine that by altering...

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (23 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I, too, propose to concentrate the bulk of my remarks on the RUC, but before doing so I should like to join in the tributes paid by the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) to the fire and ambulance services in Northern Ireland. Having had some experience during the emergency of the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of those two institutions, I cannot praise them too highly....

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (23 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Certainly. Either way, we agree that some financial assistance should be given.

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (23 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I come now to the problem of house property. I am sorry to seem always to be harking back to house property, but I know from experience—I should declare my interest in a building society—that where we have made loans to policemen and for one reason or another they have wished to move house, the disposal of the property at a reasonable price has presented a great problem. Here again,...

Schedule: Form of Ballot Paper (23 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: With respect, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I thought that I was in order, because I was about to plead for assistance from the Appropriation Fund for the extra short-fall in the sale of a policeman's property over and above that experienced in the generally depressed state of the market. The policeman suffers, one might say, a secondary loss by virtue of his occupation. I come now to the state of the...


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