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Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) Bill (21 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I should have been astonished if the speech of the hon. Member for Mid-Ulster (Miss Devlin) had contained a single new and constructive idea. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Nor, I am certain, will the House or anyone who knows me expect me to follow her particularly destructive train of thought.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) Bill (21 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: That field is one with which the hon. Gentleman is more acquainted and familiar, perhaps, than I am. One of the most depressing things which has run through this debate is the appalling air of fatalism which seems to have permeated the speeches from both sides, but particularly those of hon. Members opposite. The idea that the poll will promote further sectarian divisions, the gloom about...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) Bill (21 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: For the first time I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady. That is an entirely valid argument, which I accept. I should like to see a general election in Northern Ireland held as soon as possible. I am not speaking disrespectfully of those who were elected in the Stormont election of February, 1969, but so much has changed, even since the hon. Lady and I were elected in June, 1970, that one...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) Bill (21 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I think the hon. Member has misunderstood me. The border in Northern Ireland was not created by the people of Northern Ireland or by any political party there. It was created by a Westminster decision and because of that it became a political issue at election after election because there was no other machinery for determining the border situation. The Northern Ireland Labour Party was...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Financial Provisions) Bill (17 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Like everyone who has spoken in the debate thus far, I warmly welcome the Bill. I was particularly glad to hear my hon. Friend the Minister of State pay such a fair tribute to the state of Ulster industry at present and the fact that it is still, despite all the adversity, very much in business. One of the things that inevitably, by virtue of television cameras and reports, has had an effect...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Financial Provisions) Bill (17 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The hon. Member has quoted an interesting figure of new house costs in Northern Ireland. Is this private or public sector, or both? It is a shatteringly high figure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: House Purchase (Loans) (16 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thank my hon. Friend for a very helpful answer. Where the mortgagors have left because they have been intimidated, or whatever, there is no point in repossessing the property and trying to sell it. One is faced with the problem of getting rid of the property. Can the scheme be extended so that the building societies can be assisted by the Housing Executive in taking up these properties?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Ulster Defence Regiment (16 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Yesterday my hon. Friend was kind enough to give me some statistics of recent recruitment to the UDR. Does he not agree that there has been a marked falling off in applications to join this regiment from both communities in the last few months and an increase in the number of resignations? Will he do his best to accelerate recruitment?

Northern Ireland (Loans) (13 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I realise, as we all do, that there is, as the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees) said, a close similarity between the subject of the order and the Northern Ireland (Financial Provisions) Bill, which is to have its Second Reading on Friday. The hon. Gentleman's speeches on such orders nearly always contain a vast catalogue of questions. My role tonight is to ask such questions,...

Business of the House (9 Nov 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Will my right hon. Friend be prepared to reconsider the business that he has announced for either Monday or Friday of next week? While I realise that the Counter-Inflation (Temporary Provisions) Bill is of great importance to the Government and the country, nevertheless to the people of Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Border Poll Bill is also of importance. The Second Reading of that...

Northern Ireland (Rates) (19 Oct 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The House is indebted to the Government for the explanatory document to the order, which is essential if anyone but the rare group of rating experts is to have any comprehension of the order. One main theme I detect in the document is the manner in which it is seeking constantly to refer to ways in which the changes in the existing system in Northern Ireland are largely being made to bring...

Northern Ireland (Finance) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: First of all I apologise to you, Mr. Speaker, and to the House and the Minister for having been a few minutes late this morning, and I apologise in advance should anything I shall say have already been covered by what has already been said. At the outset let me welcome the contents of this order. Indeed, I go further and take this opportunity of expressing appreciation and gratitude for...

Northern Ireland (Electoral Law) (4 Aug 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I wish to thank my hon. Friend the Minister of State for saying that he will reconsider the by-election procedures. As they stood, and as they came to light last Monday, they were the height of nonsense. I am glad that they are to be re-examined. I echo the sentiment of the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) that the elected representatives should work out among themselves which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Royal Ulster Constabulary (3 Aug 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Will my hon. Friend give sympathetic consideration to the position of members of the RUC Reserve and, indeed, of any members of the part-time security forces who have been called up on mobilisation, to ensure that their employment will not be prejudiced whey the period of emergency is over? Will their jobs be kept for them?

Northern Ireland (Electoral Law) (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I very much agree with the concluding sentiments expressed by the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees). The spirit of his speech, which certainly asked many questions, ended on a note with which everyone in Northern Ireland, of whichever community in that Province, would agree. We want only those who are prepared to work for peace. I am not enthusiastic about the draft order,...

Northern Ireland (Electoral Law) (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman was present when I began my speech but I said that at last we have got the practices standardised vis-à-vis elections at local government and national level in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. I hold no brief whatsoever for the activities of the former Corporation of Londonderry and I never have done so. The hon. Gentleman will...

Business of the House (27 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: May I ask my right hon. Friend when the Bill to enable a plebiscite to be conducted in Northern Ireland can be expected to be presented to the House? If this widely sought plebiscite is to be held in the autumn, as has been promised, surely the legislation has to go through before we rise for the Summer Recess?

Northern Ireland (14 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Did I hear my right hon. Friend aright? Did he say that he authorised the Army to go into Lenadoon last night in the strength that it did? If so, it raises the question of where the line should be drawn between the rôle of the Army commander on the spot and the point at which perhaps higher authority is required. Will my right hon. Friend clarify that point? Revertingto the point made by...

Northern Ireland (Education and Libraries) (14 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Under the procedure employed to discuss this draft order it would have been possible, because of the take-it-or-leave-it principle which we have to follow, for the Minister to introduce fairly radical and sweeping changes. It is a tribute to his tremendous dedication, following his many discussions, that the order is a genuine account-taking of the views expressed to him. I am deeply...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Property Insurance (6 Jul 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters he has received from people in Northern Ireland who have been refused renewal of their property insurance by insurance companies; and whether he will take steps to help those who are unable to obtain renewal of property insurance.

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