Results 121–140 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

Orders of the Day — British Standard Time (2 Dec 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Like so many hon. Members who have preceded me in this debate, I do not intend to detain the House for more than a few moments. I was glad that my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. J. H. Osborn) was the first in this debate to mention Northern Ireland, because we are covered by this Order in the same way as Scotland, Wales and England are. A few weeks ago I appealed in the...

Adjournment (Summer) (23 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I want to follow the line taken by my hon. Friend the Member for Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder), who stressed the great importance of agriculture to the economy of Northern Ireland and the serious consequences for agriculture should the dock strike continue for very much longer. The House will recall the statistics which my hon. Friend quoted to support his argument. While my hon. Friend's...

Gas (Borrowing Powers) Order (23 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Although the hour is late, I would not have missed the speech of the hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Alan Williams) for anything, bearing in mind the trials and tribulations of former weeks and months. Instead of 25 sittings on one Bill, I formed the impression that he wanted 25 separate Bills. When he talked about not wanting an industry that was doctrinally motivated, I reckoned that...

Orders of the Day — Privileges (Detained Members) (23 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The hon. Gentleman is not the first person in the debate to attack bitterly the foundation of the Northern Ireland judicial system. Is he not aware that the Court of Appeal judge who heard this case is the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, who was a Law Lord of this Parliament before becoming Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland? The hon. Member is therefore criticising the legal...

Orders of the Day — Privileges (Detained Members) (23 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: When I first saw this Motion on the Order Paper I had some grave doubts about its real value, and I confess that as this debate has proceeded nothing has happened to make me feel any more relaxed about the wisdom of discussing this subject at this time, because I really do wonder what is the merit of drawing ground rules, which is what we are seeking to do, for circumstances which might arise...

Orders of the Day — Privileges (Detained Members) (23 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I do not accept the point made by the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Rose). Nevertheless, there is another point in his argument. If at some future date any Member of Parliament gets into certain difficulties—and this is the basis of my criticism of the Motion—there is great danger in working out an answer on the basis of hypothetical situations. The chances of a similar case...

Northern Ireland (6 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Is my hon. Friend aware that the prompt and courageous action of the Army in the Falls Road area last Friday night did much to defuse a potentially dangerous situation in other parts of Belfast, that there have been grave anxieties for a long time about substantial arms caches in the Falls Road area and that the Army was fully justified in its courageous action?

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (2 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: In this debate thus far, one sentence which I have heard in every similar debate in the past five or six years has been absent. It is so often said, "There is not much in the legislative programme for the coming Session", but that could not fairly be said on this occasion, and no one has said it. Even though the phraseology of the Gracious Speech is largely in general terms, there is every...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (2 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: That is only partly the case. One of the big things that has now been realised by both sides is that these areas of the Kingdom are no longer liabilities. They have good quality labour and normally have good communications. They can be developed and expanded without overheating the economy as a whole. That is the great value of the regions, and with a proper regional policy that can be...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (2 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I will give way in a minute. Second, the Army, to whom great tribute is due, is going through an extremely difficult and unenviable time in a rôle for which it was not trained and for which it could not have been expected to be trained. They have endured with a great deal of fortitude, and the regiment from the constituency of the hon. Member for Rutherglen (Mr. Gregor Mackenzie) has given...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (2 Jul 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am indebted to the hon. Gentleman. I was not glossing over anything. I understand that there will be a considerable period tomorrow to debate Northern Ireland, and I do not wish to poach. That was the sole reason for my only saying what I did. If the hon. Gentleman would like me to try to elaborate in one sentence on what I was getting at, I will tell him that where street violence breaks...

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: National Coal Board (Price Increases) (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Technology what further applications he has received for price increases from the National Coal Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: National Coal Board (Price Increases) (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Does the Minister realise that the pricing structure of the N.C.B. is complex and unrealistic? The Prices and Incomes Board is looking at this. When is its report due, and why has it been delayed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: National Coal Board (Financial Target) (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Technology if he is satisfied that the increases in productivity achieved by the National Coal Board for the current financial year are making the predicted contribution to the National Coal Board's financial target; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: National Coal Board (Financial Target) (20 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Bearing in mind that last year the target achieved by the N.C.B. was only about a quarter of what it forecast, are there not grounds for very grave concern, even at this early stage in the year?

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: rose——

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I beg to move, That this House do now adjourn. While there may be occasions when emotional oratory and histrionics may be appropriate, the subject that we are discussing today—the current situation in Northern Ireland—is not the occasion, in my view, for such dangerous exercises. The views involved are much too grave. Indeed, since this emergency debate was granted by you, Mr. Speaker,...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I shall certainly quote from page 10, c. 5, of The Times, which states: Mr. Edward McAteer, the veteran Nationalist leader, told us that the civil rights movement had been eclipsed by rekindled republicanism. That, in the context of the whole tone of the article of the rejuvenated I.R.A., leads one only to the conclusion of the analogy I have sought to show. I have done so in good faith...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Of course I would. I think that the hon. Member for Bootle (Mr. Simon Mahon) has misunderstood me. I am referring to the kid-glove approach only in the context of the Army. If I did not make that clear, I hope that I have made it clear now. I was referring to the attitude reflected in the statement last night by the G.O.C. that the Army may not stay long enough, or be allowed to stay long...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: No.


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