Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Minister of State for Defence if the Army has examined the feasibility of stricter military security measures on the border between Ulster and the Republic of Ireland.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Would my noble Friend not agree that it is desirable now to introduce normal international forms on the border, to include passports and vehicle documents, pending military measures to seal this enemy line of communication?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Minister of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the security of military installations in England, Wales and Scotland.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my right hon. Friend say whether it is possible for the Territorial Army to assist in guard duties, thereby relieving Regular troops? Secondly, will my right hon. Friend take an early opportunity to congratulate the Home Secretary on the prompt action taken by the police to search the homes of 60 suspects yesterday in connection with the Aldershot outrage?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of illegal entry by Commonwealth immigrants have been detected in the last 12 months.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has my right hon. Friend any information about the number of illegal flights carrying immigrants into this country over the same period.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has it occurred to the hon. Member that some special powers might soon be necessary in this country to deal with the I.R.A. here and to make it an illegal organisation?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: For 15 years before I came to Westminster I was involved in counter-insurgency operations in the Army. Over the years I have seen these dangers getting closer. Now they are on our doorstep, and that is one reason why I entered politics. The decision on the political initiative was a crunch for me and that is why I abstained from voting last night. This policy is not a weakening of the...
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Can you tell me whether the debate continues until half-past Four, or whether it will continue for half an hour from now?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The matter that I wish to raise this afternoon is that of multiple crashes on motorways. I want to consider how they have occurred, and what we can do about them, because the number of crashes has escalated considerably during the last few months. In all questions of this kind there are two ways in which one can tackle the problem. There is, first, the short-term, immediate action that one...
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We are talking about preventing accidents and death, but I hope that my hon. Friend will take very seriously the question of the environment and the effect of lights, in particular, on it. I was surprised to hear what my hon. Friend said about the Pennine route.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has my right hon. Friend any information about the release of Pakistani prisoners of war by Bangladesh?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many houses in Northern Ireland are known to be occupied by persons who are not the lawful tenants.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Can my hon. Friend confirm whether there are still 200 houses in the New Barnsley Estate which are still illegally occupied? Will he tell us what can be done to restore these houses to their rightful occupants?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the great majority of people in the Seychelles are in favour of closer ties with Britain, and will he consider ways and means of sustaining their wish in this matter?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has received for the redevelopment of Leadenhall Market.
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my right hon. Friend consider, if he should receive such prosals, the preservation of these unique buildings of Leadenhall Market? Would he bear in mind that the site of the Roman Basilica lies to the north of these buildings and in any redevelopment that takes place will he see that proper facilities are afforded for excavation and preservation of this unique Roman site in London?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I add my voice to those who have welcomed the Measure. One of the difficulties is that these materials will be able to move across from the Republic as freely as one of my hon. Friends has said that explosives move at the moment. The difficulty, which I am sure my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary appreciates, is one of controlling the movement of any substance coming across from south of the...
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: How much has been collected under this Measure and how much remains to be collected?
Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Have you been down a mine in Rhodesia?