Results 121–140 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Northern Ireland (Appropriation Order) (12 Jun 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We have a confusing array of documents to deal with—the Appropriation Order, the Estimates for 1972–73, the Financial Statement for 1972–73, and the White Paper "Financial Arrangements and Legislation", quite apart from the Economic Report for Northern Ireland which gives an encouraging picture for 1971. That document shows that the index of industrial production was up, more cars were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prime Minister of the Irish Republic (6 Jul 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will my right hon. Friend raise with Mr. Lynch reports that a joint IRA-Palestine Liberation Army office has been established in Dublin and is responsible for the printing and dissemination of propaganda and the procurement and storage of arms? Will my right hon. Friend confirm that a similar office is to be established in London?

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England (6 Jul 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dorking (Sir G. Sinclair) on his able exposition of the Surrey case. My constituency is not primarily concerned in this reorganisation, but I am a Surrey Member and I know from personal experience that people in Surrey feel strongly about what is to happen, and I hope to reflect some of those feelings this morning. There are three aspects of the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 101 (17 Jul 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I welcome the proposals of my right hon. Friend the Minister for the agency agreements, and the persuasive way in which my hon. Friend the Member for Kidderminster (Sir T. Brinton) moved the Amendment. District councils in my constituency have felt a great deal of concern about the functions they would lose. They were also worried because the words in the White Paper were somewhat at...

Northern Ireland (Electoral Law) (31 Jul 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I followed the remarks of the hon. Member for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire (Mr. Douglas) with great interest, and I agree particularly with his view that law and order must be restored. This is the essential climate in which any elections or other constitutional arrangements have to take place. I hope that it will not be out of place in what has been called a wide-ranging debate to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Ulster Defence Association (3 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what talks he has recently held with representatives of the Ulster Defence Association.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Ulster Defence Association (3 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Would not it be possible for the energies and activities of local defence organisations of whichever community to be recruited to the service of the Crown by the formation of a nonsectarian home guard to relieve the security forces of some of their burdens?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: No-Go Areas (3 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what instructions he is giving to the security forces in Northern Ireland to neutralise those districts from which terrorist attacks are launched.

Expenditure Committee (7 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I hope that the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) will forgive me if I do not take up his remarks. I wish to make some observations about our deployment in Northern Ireland, and I make no apology for doing so. Northern Ireland is frequently discussed in the House, but it is central to this report. Also, it is a place where the battle is going on. It is not going on in BAOR or the Far...

Expenditure Committee (7 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I was giving an example of the sort of situation which had to be faced in Northern Ireland, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and I was going on to suggest ways in which we could economise on the overall expenditure on our troops in Northern Ireland. The question of Northern Ireland is mentioned in the report and I think it is relevant to the debate. I do not want to take up more time—

Expenditure Committee (7 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I was simply giving an example, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I wanted to move on to two problems which we face in Northern Ireland. One is the defence of the local population—and the vital point is not a certain bridge or installation but the people living in the area. The second is the control of movement in the border area. Our forces are necessarily very thin on the ground in these areas and the...

Expenditure Committee (7 Aug 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: My next point was to raise the question of the Ulster Defence Regiment. This is specifically mentioned in paragraph 395 of the Expenditure Committee's Report. I thank you for allowing me to continue, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was just saying that I thought we needed some kind of territorial Home Guard defence force and this is an increasing need. Secondly I would like to make one or two points...

Southern Rhodesia (9 Nov 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Ogden) has made a frank and very refreshing speech about his visit to Rhodesia. I, too, recently made a brief and fleeting visit there and can bear out much of what the hon. Member has reported to the House. My impression was that on the whole sanctions have been counter-productive over the years because they have had the effect of hardening...

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Prices: Dutch Elm Disease (21 Nov 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is yet in a position to make a statement about Dutch elm disease following the Forestry Commission annual survey.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Border Poll) Bill (21 Nov 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) sees the situation with different eyes from mine. As an outsider, although one may not see the situation more clearly, one sees it in a slightly more detached manner. It is essential to have the poll before the White Paper because the issue of a White Paper would unnecessarily complicate the situation. The questions asked must be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Terrorism (Defence Forces) (14 Dec 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does my hon. Friend consider that there is any future in a home guard or local volunteer force for the border areas to increase security and to bring local people into their own defence?

Foreign Affairs (14 Dec 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I was interested in my hon. Friend's remarks about the Greek Army. He has described a different Greek Army from that which I knew between 1953 and 1956 when I spent about three and a half years with it and gained an extremely favourable impression of it as a military fighting force. Is there any particular way in which my hon. Friend suggests it has changed since then?

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is extremely difficult in the short time available to get in all I need to say on behalf of three local authorities—Esher, Walton and Weybridge, and Sunbury, which is a local district within the area of my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Humphrey Atkins) which is involved in this same matter. Briefly, these are three independent local authorities which now stand on their own....

Orders of the Day — Pensioners' Payments and National Insurance Contributions Bill: Non-Metropolitan Districts (20 Dec 1972)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am grateful for my right hon. Friend's reply, but I read out exactly what was said, that this was a guideline. I am glad to know that it is important for authorities around London to stand firm; this will prove a useful hostage to fortune in future. Therefore, in the final report of the Boundary Commission no reference at all was made to the public response in the Esher area, although...

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: May we not take the point a little further'? If the recommendation is something against which one can appeal, it must be part of the sentence; otherwise the person would not have the right of appeal.


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