Results 181–200 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member is well known for these activities, and this has to be said. [An HON. MEMBER: "What are you well known for?"] One of the hon. Member's right hon. Friends has alluded to these pickets as the "iron bar squad". These are the people the hon. Member extols. On grounds of motive alone, this Bill should go no further. I do not believe that the hon. Gentleman's motives are strictly...

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: If I inadvertently did so, I withdraw. This is a question which should be decided by the Government. It

Cyprus (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: How many British nationals are there still in Turkish Cyprus? Does the right hon. Gentleman intend to take special measures to protect their position in present circumstances?

Orders of the Day — Dogs Bill (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I begin by declaring my credentials. I have had a lot of field experience in the last few weeks. Last Friday week I was dealing with the Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Bill. Last Wednesday I was dealing with mad dogs under the Rabies Order, in Committee. Today we seem to be dealing with bad dogs, or at any rate bad guard dogs. The hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Doig) seems to have...

Orders of the Day — Dogs Bill (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: When the hon. Member for Dundee, West next goes out canvassing and tries to push his message through a letterbox he should not be too deterred by muffled snarling noises, because it might not be a dog the other side of the door. One of the difficulties which arise about any requirement to display such notices is that the occupier of premises may not be the owner of the premises. The owner...

Orders of the Day — Dogs Bill (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does that mean that the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Doig) will be withdrawing his Bill, or will it be taken over by Government legislation?

Orders of the Day — Dogs Bill (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Gentleman is not correct. The number of people bitten by guard dogs was just over 200. Those bitten by ordinary dogs numbered 3,314.

Orders of the Day — Dogs Bill (14 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think the hon. Gentleman will find that the figures I quoted are issued by the Home Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Royal Ulster Constabulary (Complaints) (13 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the RUC is doing a magnificent job in extremely difficult circumstances and that very few other police forces about the world could deal with the situation which it faces in a similar manner?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Bomb Damage Compensation (13 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he is satisfied that Government compensation for bomb damage to property is being used for purposes for which it is intended.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Bomb Damage Compensation (13 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will the Minister confirm or deny recent reports in the Press that under present compensation arrangements for bomb damage the British taxpayer has subsidised the IRA to the tune of £5 million through protection rackets from property owners or through property owners absconding south of the border? If that is true, will he amend the Criminal Injuries to Property (Compensation) Act to stop...

Orders of the Day — Abortion (Amendment) Bill (7 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that the hon. Gentleman gave the figures for this country and for Finland and other countries as well and also for New York. I do not think he gave the figure for London. Can he give the figure for London?

Business of the House (30 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is the Leader of the House aware that his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Petersfield (Mr. Mates) is most disappointing? Far from being a prescriptive right for back-bench Members, the situation came about as a result of a mean strategem by the Govment. Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that back benchers on both sides of the House are not prepared to be ridden over roughshod?

Orders of the Day — Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Protection Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) on his place in the Ballot and on the Bill. I also congratulate the other sponsors. I think that the House greatly appreciated the way in which the hon. Member introduced the Bill. When the hon. Gentleman spoke the other night on the Finance Bill in favour of forestry and of planting more trees, I wondered how that would...

Orders of the Day — Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Protection Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: But spraying is yet another danger to wild plants. What about children collecting bull-rushes, which come up by their roots? What is the position over crofters, some of whom still, by traditional means, collect not only lichen but ragwort for the yellow dye, and knapweed for the blue dye in the outer isles. Will they have to have a licence?

Orders of the Day — Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Protection Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that the hon. Member for Rother Valley knows the answer.

Orders of the Day — Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Protection Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I understand that the clause does not affect private owners on their own property, but I think that the Nature Conservancy Council liaises with them if they have any sites of special interest, and advises them on the best method of protection. I understand that byelaws have existed since 1928 dealing with public open places, but that some counties still have not introduced them. However, I...

Orders of the Day — Mental Health (Amendment) Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I congratulate the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Whitlock) on the way he has brought this matter to the attention of the House after discovering this loophole in the law. Questions of mental health cause a great deal of concern to those who are asked to judge upon them, whether doctors, family or anyone else. They are extremely delicate matters. We all have experience of constituents...

Orders of the Day — Farriers (Registration) Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is grossly unfair that this objection should be raised at the very last minute, and that my hon. Friend was warned only last night. A similar Bill went through the House of Lords last May. There has been all this time for these decisions to be made.

Orders of the Day — Farriers (Registration) Bill (24 Jan 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I cannot understand the Minister's point. She is arguing against herself. She is saying that these unqualified men should not practice because they cause cruelty to animals. I cannot understand what she is driving at.


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