Results 161–180 of 324 for speaker:Mr Rafton Pounder

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

Mr Rafton Pounder: I have received no letters for or against the name. It can, therefore, be assumed that the majority of my constituents are happy with the name. If they were not, they would have let their views be known. The hon. and learned Member for Derby, North (Mr. MacDermot) tended to make the point that Ulster was a negotiated title. I would be the last to dissent from the view of the hon. Member for...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: One of the notable features of this evening's discussions has been that as the hour has drawn later, so emotion has tended to lessen and logic and reasoned argument have increased. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] I do not mean that offensively. I think that the debate on this Amendment has been, without doubt, the most cogently argued case yet presented in this Committee stage. That is a personal...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I beg the hon. Member's pardon. I had assumed that one would have talked roughly of a two-thirds-one-third breakdown. I would find it somewhat disturbing if the following eventuality were to develop. Earlier this evening, the Government spokesman told us that they were prepared, to secure a balance, to have a slower rate of recruitment than might otherwise happen to meet, say, a deadline of...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am not necessarily following any argument which may have been advanced earlier. I accept, of course, that the new regiment will be an arm of the British Army, but it will have a slight difference because it will be a predominantly home force. Unlike the T.A., it will not have a N.A.T.O. commitment. There are differences—administrative differences. It is important that we have not to...

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: The hon. Member is confusing two issues. There is a group of people—its numbers are perhaps uncertain—which still have territorial interests there and this cannot be overlooked. This is the purpose of the regiment. I think the hon. Member is being a little disingenuous in following that line.

Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (1 Dec 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: It is clear that I have allowed myself to fall victim to the hour. If I did not make myself clear, I will be more precise. As I understand the function of the regiment, it will be guarding, for example, communications. That will be one of its internal rôles. It will also be guarding, for example, the border, and that will be one of its external rôles. If I have overemphasised the external...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill: Aid by Home Police Forces of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Vice Versa. (25 Nov 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: In addressing myself directly to Amendment No. 2, moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Eldon Griffiths), I wish to say at the outset that I welcome without reservation not only the Clause but the Amendment, too. However, I have had a little difficulty in understanding precisely what is meant by paragraph (b) of the Amendment, and, in particular, the words will not...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill: Aid by Home Police Forces of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Vice Versa. (25 Nov 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Tonight, and particularly in discussing this Amendment, we have had what one can only describe as a peculiarly Irish situation: two almost identical Amendments being approved or disapproved for reasons which are not immediately clear from the wording of the Amendments. I support the Amendment in the name of my hon. Friend for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Eldon Griffiths) and disagree with the...

Orders of the Day — Ulster Defence Regiment Bill (19 Nov 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Will there be training links between the U.D.R. and the TAVR in Northern Ireland so that they will work in some sort of joint operation together?

Orders of the Day — Ulster Defence Regiment [Money] (19 Nov 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I shall not detain the House for more than a few minutes, and not to make a speech but to ask direct and specific questions. I notice in the part of the Explanatory and Financial Memorandum to the Bill relating to the financial effects thereof a certain sum allocated for uniform and equipment, and this is fair enough, but then there is the sentence further minor expenditure may be needed to...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill (17 Nov 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: My hon. Friend will doubtless recall that the Prime Minister said at Question Time on, I think. 26th May that the Northern Ireland Government could not then be expected to repeal the Special Powers Act. How much more explosive the situation is now than it was in May!

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address [First Day] (28 Oct 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: It is a great honour to be the first Opposition backbencher to be called to speak in this debate after the mover and seconder of the Loyal Address. Having studied the Gracious Speech with care, I admit that there is a great deal in it with which I would find it extremely difficult to disagree, not that I would wish to do so. For example, there is the need to assist the advancement of the...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address [First Day] (28 Oct 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I was about to point out that at present there is an age entitlement. I want to see that scrapped and my proposal is as simple as that. There are just over 100,000—I believe that the liberal figure is almost 110,000—widows in the category to which I have been referring and I should like to see the age qualification eliminated. Thus, my proposals cover all widows, although widows with...

New Clause 1: Information to Be Published in the Accounts (9 Jul 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Like my hon. Friends on this side of the House who have spoken in support of the new Clause I join in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Sudbury and Woodbridge (Mr. Stainton) on the clarity with which he stated his case. I am sure that every hon. Member on this side approaches the new Clause in no sense of seeking to hamstring the British Steel Corporation. In Committee, the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Amendments to Part I of Schedule 1 to Purchase Tax Act 1963 (21 May 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I intervene only briefly, more to ask questions than to seek to make observations or comments. Indeed, there is very little that one can add to the extremely cogent argument presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins). It is no discourtesy to the other and numerous items which are the subject matter of the Amendment if I concentrate my few remarks under two headings...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Amendments to Part I of Schedule 1 to Purchase Tax Act 1963 (21 May 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: Together with Amendment 45, several other Amendments have been bracketed, one of which is No. 46 which seeks to exempt linen from the proposed imposition of purchase tax at the rate of 13¾ per cent. I shall be very brief, since many other hon. Members wish to speak. The Amendment refers to linen, although, as a Member for a Northern Irish constituency, I have Northern Irish linen...

Home Ownership (19 Mar 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: In accordance with Parliamentary custom, I wish at the outset to declare my interest in that I am a director of a building society. I am, therefore, glad to speak following the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Dickens) because he made some interesting points. It has not so far been mentioned in the discussion of building societies and their activities that the building society movement is...

Home Ownership (19 Mar 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: I am glad to agree with the hon. Gentleman. We often forget the small margin of surplus out of which a building society must provide for its management expenses, pay Corporation Tax and other taxation, and also accumulate its reserves. In fact, the margin is only about 1 per cent. and there can be no other category of undertaking which works on such a miniscule margin. Operating expenses...

Orders of the Day — Pensions (Increase) Bill (28 Jan 1969)

Mr Rafton Pounder: At the outset of the very few remarks which I intend to make I wish to say how much I, too, like my colleagues on this side of the House, welcome the Bill, although, of course, as has already been said, there are quite a number of shortcomings in it. The hon. Gentleman the Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Palmer) raised a very significant issue in his last remark. Not only are we not having...

Oral Answers to Questions — Iceland (European Free Trade Association) (16 Dec 1968)

Mr Rafton Pounder: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he supports Iceland's recent application to join the European Free Trade Association.


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