Results 61–80 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

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

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but, bearing in mind that firms have been refused renewal of their property insurance, and that there may be other cases that have not come to his notice, will he consider the creation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, of some form of emergency insurance scheme to help those who have suffered sorely through terrorism to stay in business...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: General Provision for Repeal and Amendment (27 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I do not propose to detain the Committee for more than a few moments. It is not my intention to duplicate the points which have already been well expressed by my hon. Friends the Members for Belfast, East (Mr. McMaster) and Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder). From my experience in Belfast, talking to people in various walks of the commercial life of the community, one of the points which I have...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation Order) (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am very glad that my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, in referring to the financial arrangements embodied in Cmnd. 4998, paid tribute to the infrastructural developments which have taken place in Northern Ireland and highlighted the considerable generosity which the Government have shown towards Northern Ireland both before and after direct rule. There cannot be too much emphasis...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation Order) (12 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: It is not often I agree with the hon. Gentleman, but I wholeheartedly agree with him on this occasion. That is the very point I was leading on to. I have been interested in my years in the House in trying to unravel the financial arrangements that existed between Stormont and this House. I regret to say that even the White Paper offers little guidance on the exact make-up of the figures. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Released Internees (8 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the latest figure of persons who have been released from internment who have, since their release, engaged in terrorist activity necessitating their their rearrest or redetention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Released Internees (8 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Has my right hon. Friend seen the recent reports in some of the national newspapers suggesting that between one-quarter and one-third of released internees have in one way or another returned to their former haunts and, perhaps, in some cases to their former habits? Is he aware of the acute anxiety and, indeed, anger which the policy of rapid disinternment is causing among the security forces...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Finance Corporation (5 Jun 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: My right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) would not expect me to agree with him for I welcome most wholeheartedly the establishment of the Northern Ireland Finance Corporation in the circumstances prevailing in that part of the United Kingdom. It is particularly sad that when the axe of direct rule fell, the Bill in its Stormont form was literally only hours...

Northern Ireland (25 May 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: With regard to my right hon. Friend's statement about the demolition of houses in Roden Street, may I, on behalf of the Stormont Member for that area, Mr. John Laird, and everybody else there, thank my right hon. Friend for the speed with which he has taken action? Am I right in assuming that the compensation which he will grant to the owners of the property will be more generous than would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Northern Ireland (18 May 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Since my right hon. Friend is a regular visitor to the Army in Northern Ireland, may I ask him how his mood and assessment of the visit he made a few days ago compared with a visit he made on a previous occasion?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Released Internees (Rearrest) (4 May 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons, whom he authorised to be released from internment, have engaged in any known form of terrorist activity sincé their release, necessitating their rearrest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Released Internees (Rearrest) (4 May 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Will my hon. Friend have that information rechecked, because it is at variance with reliable information which I have obtained from Northern Ireland—namely, that two persons who have been released from internment have subsequently been rearrested for terrorist activities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Harland and Wolff (4 May 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thank my right hon. Friend for his very generous announcement, which will be particularly welcomed by everyone who works in or is associated with Harland and Wolff in Belfast. I have two questions arising out of my right hon. Friend's remarks. First, do I understand that all of this £14 million is in the sense of capital to write off existing and anticipated losses and, secondly, that a...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Did I understand my right hon. Friend to say earlier that Questions which would normally have been accepted and dealt with at Stormont could be taken here? If that is so, bearing in mind that local government was being taken over by Stormont, does this mean that a new procedure will be set up here whereby local government matters, which formerly were out of order, might be discussed here?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I shall not detain the Committee for more than the very fewest of moments. Having listened intently to my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, what I found a difficult subsection to understand when reading the Bill I now find considerably more difficult. I say that with absolute sincerity. The fact that I dislike the Bill from the first line to the last is neither here nor there. Last night the...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: No discourtesy is meant to the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley). I did not mean to include him in that reference.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill: Northern Ireland (Temporary Provisions) Bill (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I accept the right hon. and learned Gentleman's point. I was being somewhat flippant. The Under-Secretary of State said he would regard it, as I would regard it, as a grave step to renew the provision year after year. I accept this, but how can it be reconciled with the possibility of the situation rolling on and on? Perhaps it is the lateness of the hour, but I feel there is a contradiction...

Orders of the Day — Schedule: Consequential, Supplementary and Transitional Provisions (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: First, I would like to clarify a point made by the hon. Member for Belfast, West (Mr. Fitt). who is the master of the misleading. He spoke of the Londonderry Commission, which is an executive body having assumed all the authority of the civic authority which it succeeded, and tried to dress up the abomination of the Commission in the Schedule as if it were a kindred spirit. He cannot get away...

Orders of the Day — Schedule: Consequential, Supplementary and Transitional Provisions (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I was not aware of the statistics, and I am grateful to the hon. Member for that. On the first point, I entirely agree with him. When the Commission was announced, so were the names of the members. Here we have neither their names nor even a remote idea of the salary scales envisaged. This information would give us some idea of the calibre of persons being sought and the time for which...

Orders of the Day — Schedule: Consequential, Supplementary and Transitional Provisions (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I shall take your guidance, Sir Stephen, and come to the two Amendments to which I wish to refer, Amendments Nos. 22 and 23. They are in no way contradictory one with the other. Yesterday the Secretary of State designate said that he was looking for men with experience, responsibility and knowledge to serve on the Commission. I take the same view as my hon. Friends, that it is an unworkable...

Orders of the Day — Schedule: Consequential, Supplementary and Transitional Provisions (29 Mar 1972)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The object of Amendment No. 62 is to delete the permanency which could emanate from an Order in Council made during the period of the validity of the Bill and yet could still be effective on or after its expiry. The Amendment seeks to secure that anything which is passed by virtue of the Bill shall expire at the end of the period of validity of the Bill. During the course of the night...


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