Results 101–120 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Pentland). We are tending to go round the geographical clock as this debate wears on. I must confess that I do not wholly accept the oft-used argument that what is good for the national economy as a whole is also good for the regional economies. The regions have their own special problem. The majority of branch factories...

Unemployment (23 Nov 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thought I said "automatically" rather than "necessarily".

Northern Ireland (25 Oct 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Can the Minister tell the House what period of time elapsed between the car's striking the wall and the Army being able to gather round and disperse the crowd?

Northern Ireland (22 Sep 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: When I came here this morning from Belfast, my mood was one of dejection and depression—and little wonder, after the agonising events we have witnessed in recent weeks. Although there is a national newspaper strike here, which, as far as I know, is still on, there is no such strike in Northern Ireland, and the people of Northern Ireland are hoping desperately—I use that word in its...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (8 Jun 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I had no intention of participating in the debate until about two hours ago, when I heard the speech of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley). With great respect to him, he was not and could not be regarded as speaking as an ordinary back bencher but as a former senior Minister in the last Administration, in the Ministry of Defence. It was with considerable anxiety that...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (8 Jun 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I do not wish to go back upon that. This was and still is the idea, but we have at some stage to say: even if the balance is not practicable, do we hold back the formation and utilisation of the force? In the 18 months which have elapsed since we last discussed the matter in detail, the situation has changed. Many people were envisaging a three-year Army commitment. That period is now...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (8 Jun 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. I did use the word, in the context of statements made after actions. It was perhaps not the happiest choice of words, and I accept the correction.

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (25 May 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am particularly pleased to follow the hon. and learned Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget), because in his concluding remarks he referred to a case parallel to one which was brought to my notice at lunchtime today. I have not had an opportunity to check the facts, but I accept without question the integrity and accuracy of my informant. The hon. and learned Gentleman referred to those...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (25 May 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I was coming on to this point, that those who receive a pension as a result of contributions during their working life are in a somewhat different category from those whose pension is a form of deferred salary, as in non-contributory schemes and Civil Service schemes. That is why I fall back on the parity concept, because in a sense we have not overpaid our civil servants, but we expect them...

Northern Ireland (6 Apr 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: A moment ago the hon. Gentleman referred to the change from proportional representation to single-member constituencies to solidify the caucus of the Unionist Party. He should look at history, because in 1929, when that took place, the results of the last election under the proportional representation system for the Unionist representation at Stormont were identical to those in the first...

Northern Ireland (6 Apr 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: To bring the system into line with the system over here.

Northern Ireland (6 Apr 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Does the hon. Gentleman seriously believe that a withdrawal of gun licences will have the corresponding effect of bringing in the illegal arms? Goodness knows how many there are. If he does believe this, how does he propose to accomplish the feat?

Northern Ireland (Loans) (6 Apr 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I shall follow the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) in putting one or two questions, not making a speech. I shall omit one of my questions, for the hon. Gentleman has raised it already, that is, to ask whether this money earmarked for something special or provided in a general sense. My recollection is that, shortly before the election, the then Home Secretary agreed...

Northern Ireland (Loans) (6 Apr 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I realise that, but although it is being looked at again, I presume that that is on the periphery of the examination which is taking place rather than in the nature of a fundamental reappraisal of the whole programme which had been agreed prior to June and endorsed subsequently. Perhaps my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary will clear up that apparent misunderstanding between the hon....

Northern Ireland (22 Mar 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. Earlier I gave you notice that I would seek to secure a debate on Northern Ireland under Standing Order No. 9, but in view of what has been said by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and what I took to be his categorical assurance that there would be an early debate, with your permission, I shall not pursue the matter.

Orders of the Day — 7.33 p.m. (15 Feb 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: This debate was described in the local papers in Northern Ireland as the debate that nobody wants. That was the Press comment in newspapers on both sides of the political spectrum, so I suppose that it was inevitable that quite a number of us should have approached the debate in that same mood. But for once I have been utterly confounded by a Northern Ireland debate in this House, because...

Orders of the Day — 7.33 p.m. (15 Feb 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am indebted to the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) for answering the question for me. That was a perfectly fair comment. I am not aware that the party winning power goes round sharing the offices among many other people. The hon. Member for Belfast, West, the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) and others mentioned the proportional representation...

Orders of the Day — 7.33 p.m. (15 Feb 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Before coming to matters of economics, will my right hon. Friend say what evidence he has of arms coming into an area, being suddenly used, and then being taken out again very quickly? The road block is a fairly effective weapon against this sort of thing, but is there much evidence that arms are coming in, being used, and then being taken out in that way?

Northern Ireland (Soldier's Death) (8 Feb 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Like all those who have spoken, may I also offer my expression of sympathy, not only to the relatives of Gunner Curtis but to those soldiers injured in recent days? The Army conduct in Belfast in very difficult circumstances has been one of great fortitude. On the point which the Minister made in answer to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Down, South (Captain Orr), if the security...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (18 Jan 1971)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I had not intended to intervene in the debate, and I do so now very briefly. I have some anxiety about the desirability of raking over events that took place six months ago—certainly of raking them over as the hon. Member for Manchester, Ardwick (Mr. Kaufman) has done, in an intensely political way. I can only say that I utterly deplore it. I happened to be in the constituency of West...

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