Results 141–160 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am indebted to the Home Secretary for his assurance. I was on the interview floor, writing that passage of my speech at about ten minutes to three. I am indebted to him for clarifying the point in clear and unmistakable language. Quite apart from the violence, the effect on the economy of Northern Ireland of recent events is bound to be adverse and the full impact will not be felt for...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I take the hon. Gentleman's point slightly differently and use percentages which may work out at the same figure, which is 20 per cent. Wage levels are about 20 per cent. lower in Ulster than on this side of the water, but so is the cost of living, broadly speaking, bearing in mind the very high number of low-rent tenancies. It is generally accepted that, while wage levels are lower by 20...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I do not think that that is a relevant point, because if the right hon. Member for Devon, North (Mr. Thorpe) had allowed me to go on he would have learnt something from the next sentence of my speech. The legislative programme of the Northern Ireland Government in the winter of 1968–69, which was in the time of Captain O'Neill, is now all on the Statute Book at Stormont. The policies of...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: As far as I know there is no rule which determines on which day a flag shall or shall not be flown on public buildings in the United Kingdom. There really can be no halfway house. Either there are British standards right across the board, with everything that that means, or else the talk of British standards is meaningless. At this critical moment in Ulster's history some appear to be...

Northern Ireland (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Motion.

Northern Ireland (6 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the current serious situation in Northern Ireland as instanced by the violent incidents which have occurred during the past week, particularly in Belfast. I believe that I can, in a very few sentences,...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill (6 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: In the few remarks which I wish to make in this debate I say clearly at the outset that I am a layman, purely and simply a consumer of electricity, a person who dislikes intensely his quarterly bill. My knowledge of what makes what and how is of a severely limited nature. It was, threfore, with a layman's approach that I read the Bill. However, I soon became more than a little concerned by...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill (6 Apr 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am indebted to the hon. Member for this information, and I trust that the findings of the Sub-Committee will be available when the Bill goes into Committee, because they will obviously be of great help in consideration of the Bill. There appears to be too great a distinction between the generating and distribution sides of the industry. They need to work more closely together than they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: Irish Sea (Natural Gas) (23 Mar 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Technology what proportion of applications at present under consideration for exploration licences in the Irish Sea involves partnership with the Coal Board and the Gas Council, respectively; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: Irish Sea (Natural Gas) (23 Mar 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thank the hon. Member for correcting my Question. Can he give the House any idea when we may expect an announcement. Will it be in one month, two months, or what?

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology: Gas Conversion Programme (23 Feb 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Technology what is the latest estimate of the total cost of the Gas Council's programme of conversion to natural gas; what proportion of this programme has been completed; and at what cost.

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications: Mail Services (Northern Ireland) (16 Feb 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office Board to improve the delivery of first-and second-class mail between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications: Mail Services (Northern Ireland) (16 Feb 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Will the Parliamentary Secretary reconsider this and use his good offices to see if some improvement can be made in the postal service across the Irish Sea, which has been deteriorating to the point where second-class mail takes three or four days and first-class mail two or more days?

Steel Industry (16 Feb 1970)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Most hon. Members who have taken part in the debate come from areas in which there is an important steel manufacturing unit. I come from an area which has no steel production whatever, a matter of constant regret to us, but we in Northern Ireland are substantial users of steel, and my interest in the industry stems more, perhaps, from the consumer's standpoint. Time is too short to rehash or...

Gas Bill (11 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: While there are numerous points in the Bill on which clarification will no doubt be sought in Committee, there are three particular aspects which cause me varying degrees of concern. First, the Bill follows the all too familiar and regrettable trend of giving the Minister very wide but not clearly specified powers. The Bill is laced with phrases such as, "The Minister shall decree", "The...

Gas Bill (11 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I thought of that, but decided that it might not be the case; however, I would not dissent from that view. With the emphasis on natural gas conversion and the problems which are allied to it and which must inevitably be in the forefront of the Gas Council's current activities, this is the worst possible moment for it to consider diversification. Its financial resources are fully stretched in...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: May I follow directly on the observations made by the hon. and learned Member for Brigg (Mr. E. L. Mallalieu) and take up two points, beginning with the one with which he concluded when he implied that those of us on this side of the Committee who have a genuine affection for the use of the word "Ulster" are being arrogant? This is extremely unfair. I happen to like the word on the ground of...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: With respect to the hon. Lady, we are at cross purposes. I was referring to the Ireland Act.

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I recall that the purpose of the Act was to codify the situation in the Republic of Ireland rather than in Ireland as a whole. Do not let the Committee get tied down on that small point. Let us move on. The argument so often advanced by hon. Members opposite that recruitment will be affected because of the name, cannot be relevant. It is conjecture at this stage. Nobody can say whether...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill: Establishment and Status of Ulster Defence Regiment (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Time alone will tell whether it is a significant body of opinion. There have been vociferous objections, but vociferous objections do not necessarily reflect the views of the majority. It tends to be the minority that is most vociferous. It is easy to conjecture one way or the other. I am not prepared to make an assessment on the effects. I am simply expressing my own personal view. I do not...


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