Results 161–180 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Hon. Members with Maplin interests have become rather frightened about stories of noise which is heard around London Airport, Luton and Gatwick. I do not blame them. It is only right that these stories should be told if they are true. It is not as if the whole problem of noise is to be transferred lock, stock and barrel from these airports in the centre of the country to Maplin. Only a small...

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Perhaps if my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Wilkinson) waits to hear what the Minister has to say he will be slightly more enlightened. The noise element, although an important reason, is not the only reason for going ahead with the Maplin project. It is a fact that it will be impossible to expand at Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton to the degree which we are told will be...

New Clause 1: Application of Part I (5 Jul 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has it occurred to the hon. and learned Gentleman that it is remarkable that under the very difficult conditions in which the soldiers operate in Northern Ireland, the morale is so high that they like being on operations in Ireland rather more than being on exercise in Germany?

New Clause 2: Right of Challenge of Jurors (5 Jul 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The right hon. and learned Member for West Ham, South (Sir Elwyn Jones) is not unaware of the situation. When he and I were driving round last week during the Assembly election, our car passed the house of a magistrate which had been burned down as a result of this kind of intimidation.

Orders of the Day — Middle East (18 Oct 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this ammunition is available from other countries?

Foreign Affairs (31 Oct 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I do not intend to comment on the speech of the hon. Member for Hackney, Central (Mr. Clinton Davis) in detail, but I will say that one cannot have a proper understanding of the situation in the Middle East if one takes a violently partisan line. The hon. Gentleman's speech today was somewhat more moderate than his speech last week, but I ask him to read the speech made by his hon. Friend...

Foreign Affairs (31 Oct 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am glad to see the hon. Gentleman here, and I hope that he will be able to contribute to the debate. For a proper understanding of the present situation we need to go back to the time of the mandate. Many of us who were in Palestine then would have been amazed to know—I do not know whether this applies to the hon. Gentleman—that it would be 25 years before the Arabs would make a major...

Orders of the Day — Defence Estimates (12 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On the question of the Persian Gulf, it has probably occurred to my hon. Friend that we were responsible for the foreign policy of the Gulf States. If we had continued to be so responsible it might have made a big difference to the present situation.

Orders of the Day — Defence Estimates (12 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: In the few minutes at my disposal I should like to say a few words about the security situation in Northern Ireland following a visit early this week. As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Defence said in opening the debate, the campaign has shifted away from the cities to the border areas. The IRA is concentrating on those areas, hoping to pin down our forces away from the...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Constitution (Amendment) Bill (13 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It was stated in the communiqué that responsibility for control of the police would be returned as soon as the security problems were resolved.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Constitution (Amendment) Bill (13 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Mr. McManus) said that it was a long way from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Wight. The people who are now on the Isle of Wight need not have come here in the first place. As for his inability to answer the specific question posed by the hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Merlyn Rees), I do not think that any comment is necessary about that. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Minister of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the force levels currently deployed in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Northern Ireland (18 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that there is enough manpower available for operations on the border which take place over wide areas? Is he getting co-operation from his opposite number in the Republic on this matter? To make the best use of manpower, will he consider the formation of a Regular company for each Ulster Defence Regiment battalion, as this would be widely welcomed?

Bomb Incidents (London) (18 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my right hon. Friend consider whether the restrictions should apply to unattended parked cars near Government buildings? Will he also reconsider the proposal, put to him last summer, that the IRA should be declared an illegal organisation in Great Britain, as it is in the countries of the two other members of the Council of Ireland? Will my right hon. Friend also institute travel...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (19 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the present Middle East situation, so far as British interests are concerned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (19 Dec 1973)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has my right hon. Friend received any communication from the Israeli Government that guaranteed demilitarised zones are now looked upon with more favour? Is it the Government's intention to take part in a peacekeeping force, if so invited?

Middle East (Disengagement Agreement) (21 Jan 1974)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has my right hon. Friend any knowledge of the size of the peacekeeping force that is involved, in particular the size of the Soviet contingent?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (24 Jan 1974)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on measures to control terrorist attacks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (24 Jan 1974)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. May I take this opportunity to congratulate him on his speed of reaction to the recent threat at Heathrow Airport? Would it not be for the public good to make more information available about the exact nature of that threat and, indeed, about other terrorist threats to this country? As the surveillance task is likely to be very great in relation to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EEC and Greece (27 Mar 1974)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Nevertheless, is not the hon. Gentleman aware that many people believe this to be a petty and spiteful attitude that may have an effect on our shipyards, which are to construct naval vessels for Greece?


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