Results 141–160 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Orders of the Day — Penalties for Murder Bill (26 Jan 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: If it is considered that more time should be given for thought, surely the best way for that to be done would be to let the Bill go through to Committee.

Orders of the Day — Secondary Education (1 Feb 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Section 68 has been criticised by hon. Members on the Opposition side and I should like to explain briefly the situation which arose in my constituency when my right hon. Friend made use of the section. I refer to Rydens school, which was a bilateral school and was to become comprehensive. There was no question of stopping the school becoming a comprehensive school. The only thing that was...

Orders of the Day — Maplin Development Bill (8 Feb 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I hope that, when the expediency of the Bill is under consideration, attention will be given to the urgency of giving some relief to the people living around London Airport, as my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor (Dr. Glyn) has pointed out. It was mentioned by the Secretary of State and the Minister for Aerospace in the debate, but it was not possible for hon. Members who live in that area...

Orders of the Day — Concorde Aircraft Bill: Select Committee of the House of Commons (15 Feb 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Palmer) and I share a joint interest, albeit at opposite ends, in the production line of the Concorde. He referred to lack of information, but the information is there if one looks for it. Particularly if one represents a constituency where the Concorde is produced, there is every opportunity to obtain the information one needs as a Member of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Air Piracy and Sabotage (26 Mar 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made towards an international agreement on the control of air piracy and sabotage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Air Piracy and Sabotage (26 Mar 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is my hon. Friend aware that the ICAO meeting in Montreal on 4th February failed to reach agreement on an international treaty on the control of air piracy and hijacking? Is he further aware of the danger that the International Federation of Airline Pilots has threatened to take unilateral action? Will he study carefully the proposal put forward recently by President Nixon that certain...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill (17 Apr 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The Explanatory Memorandum draws attention to the fact that the Bill results from the Diplock Report. I add my congratulations to the analysis made by that commission. This is the first opportunity we have had to discuss the report. It throws an arc light on the confrontation between a democratic government and a terrorist regime and is an object lesson for other governments who have not yet...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill (17 Apr 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I thank my right hon. Friend for the intervention. I have nothing more to go upon than what my right hon. Friend announced in the House. I hope that he will read the earlier part of my speech on this point.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill (17 Apr 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: That was the exercise of the prerogative by my right hon. Friend. I do not believe that it is for individual hon. Members to interfere in that process. We may feel that it was not right; we may feel that it was correct. The point is that the prisoner did not know until the last minute whether or not he would suffer the death penalty. That is the deterrent. To continue with my original train...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill (17 Apr 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Surely the hon. Gentleman is aware that the jury system in Northern Ireland is being continued for offences other than scheduled offences?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Bill (17 Apr 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I cannot understand this fuss about searches. We do not have identity cards and we have to be searched when we come to this House. There is no indignity in this House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (10 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my right hon. Friend make a statement about the member of the UDR just reported shot and killed?

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Punishment for Murder (14 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Gentleman says that these people would not be deterred, but does not he agree that self-preservation is one of the strongest of human motives?

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Punishment for Murder (14 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for York (Mr. Alexander W. Lyon) raised the interesting question whether a war situation exists in Northern Ireland. My right hon. Friend the Member for Barnet (Mr. Maudling), when Home Secretary, used to say that a war situation did exist. In these circumstances the Government have to decide whether to treat it as a war situation—and to use all the powers, the rigours and...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Punishment for Murder (14 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. I shall be returning to the point shortly. Since this new clause was published, three weeks ago, nine soldiers have been murdered in Northern Ireland. We use the word "murdered" advisedly. We do not say they were "killed", we say they were murdered. The reason why we do this is partly to emphasise the fact that it is a terrorist situation—a...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Punishment for Murder (14 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I understand that my hon. Friend supported the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Edward Taylor). That was a United Kingdom Bill to deal specifically with similar types of case involving the use of firearms and explosives and the murder of a policeman or a prison officer. How was my hon. Friend able to vote for that Bill if he is unable to vote against...

Orders of the Day — New Clause 1: Punishment for Murder (14 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: If that is wrong, is it right that a single judge should be able to deprive a man of his liberty for life"

Icelandic Fisheries (21 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: While I welcome this move, could my right hon. Friend confirm that it is only through great good luck that British trawlermen have escaped serious injury or loss of life in the last few months? On how many occasions have trawls been cut, and how many shots have been fired by Icelandic gunboats?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Constitution Bill (24 May 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Maplin Development Bill: Duty to Consult with Statutory Bodies (13 Jun 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is my lion. Friend aware that many of those who live in constituencies that he refers to rather unkindly as being in the stockbroker belt work in London? We represent our constituents. Is he aware that noise in those areas has already reached an intolerable level? That was the trouble we had last summer when we made all the representations to the Minister.


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