Results 21–40 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

MR. and MRS. James Todd (25 May 1977)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I had not quite finished speaking, Mr. Deputy Speaker, when my hon. Friend interrupted me. If I may, I will conclude my speech. I see that the Under-Secretary is present and I know she has heard of the case of Mr. and Mrs. James Todd. I am sorry that I was not able to give her more adequate notice. I hope that she is aware of the facts of the case. It would please me very much if she were...

MR. and MRS. James Todd (25 May 1977)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is the hon. Lady aware that under EEC rules if Mrs. Todd is able to reclaim her German passport the Todds would actually be allowed to stay in this country, but they cannot do so under British nationality rules even though the children have British passports? The parents have New Zealand passports and therefore the family is divided. The children have a perfect right to stay here and they are...

Manor Hospital, Epsom (Dispute) (30 Mar 1977)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is the Minister aware that hospital authorities at Schiff Hospital in my constituency were given 24 hours' notice by unofficial strikers to evacuate patients? Does he realise that the patients include geriatric and serious post- operative cases? The strike has subsequently been made official. Does the Minister condemn such action? Can he say whether the normal procedures for appeal against...

Orders of the Day — Directorate of Overseas Surveys (17 Nov 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: This debate for which I have asked concerns the move to Glasgow of 360 trained cartographers and other experts from their purpose-built headquarters at Tolworth in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Surbiton (Sir N. Fisher). I should say at the outset that a good many of my hon. Friends have said that they would have wished to take part in the debate if there had been time,...

Orders of the Day — Maplin Development Authority (Dissolution) Bill [Lords] (14 Oct 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: As many of us on the Conservative benches have made clear, it is not what is in this short Bill that counts but its consequences and implications. My hon. Friend the Member for Dorking (Sir G. Sinclair) put the point very skilfully in describing exactly what flowed from the Bill. I should like to ask the Minister three questions. First, when the decision was taken to abandon Maplin and...

Orders of the Day — Maplin Development Authority (Dissolution) Bill [Lords] (14 Oct 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I shall touch on that point later. My third question concerns an alternative strategy. We have a number of documents on airport strategy, but before this project and the strategy that went with it were abandoned one would have expected the Government to give some thought to an alternative strategy and not to start from scratch, which will mean taking years. My constituents and I have a...

Orders of the Day — Land Development (Compensation) (23 Jul 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I do not. wish to detain the House unnecessarily at this late hour, but the matter that I wish to raise is important to individual rights and personal freedom. I wish to, speak about the procedure relating to compensation for development land and the unfair and unsatisfactory way in which it is administered. It concerns particularly the Land Compensation Act 1973, the White Paper...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: First Regulations Under Section 33a to Be Laid in Draft and Approved by Parliament. (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The matter which divided us in Committee was not whether we were in favour of the Bill, but whether we thought it was an adequate or a thoroughly inadequate Bill. We spent some time scrutinising the Bill, which, effectively, has only one clause, which says that seat belts will be worn. If we had not pressed the Minister to produce a little more information, we should never have had a sight...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: First Regulations Under Section 33a to Be Laid in Draft and Approved by Parliament. (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I checked this point with the Clerk before the debate began and I was told that the Opposition Front Bench could speak a second time without the leave of the House. I advised my hon. Friend accordingly.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Bell) is right to distinguish between New Clause 2 and Amendments Nos. 10 and 11. New Clause 2 makes the Act renewable annually, but the amendments would allow a period of grace before the Bill comes into effect. I should therefore like to move Amendment No. 11.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am grateful for my hon. and learned Friend's ever-ready advice. I am pleased that he is here to correct me from time to time.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield is the best person to answer that. I am primarily concerned not with New Clause 2 but with Amendment No. 11, which seeks to delay implementation of the Bill following Royal Assent by two months. This is supposed to be a helpful amendment to enable the Government to introduce the measure in an orderly and acceptable way. The...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I have also noticed that statement in the document but I think that the unfortunate motorist in that position will be caught under some other provision. One cannot therefore advise the use of defective seat belts. A seat belt in my car is in a grotty state, having been trapped in the door several times. This raises the whole question of what is an effective seat belt. Many motorists will...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Perhaps it would be in order, Mr. Deputy Speaker, if I did not actually mention New Clause 3 but touched on the problem of how my hon. and learned Friend's new clause could operate if we did not have some information to go on.

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill: Duration (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: There was indeed. I look it up before today's proceedings began. If I remember rightly, the Minister said that he did not think it necessary to produce an annual report but that he would consider a report of some kind. I think at the end of two years. It was not an undertaking to give an annual report. It is necessary to have an assessment of how the introduction of the law is going and how...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Perhaps I may make a few brief observations on these amendments. As many of my hon. Friends have said, this is a very late hour on a Friday evening. Many hon. Members who would wish to be here to debate this matter are naturally not able to be here because it was possible for them to get away to their constituencies, for reasons we well know. It is rare for the rule to be suspended on a...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I should like to pick up one comment by the Under-Secretary on these amendments. His words were to the effect that the amendments would narrow the scope for consultations. What the hon. Gentleman must mean is that we are not to legislate here in this House and that the field must be left open for others to decide these matters, that we must leave a clean slate so that consultations can take...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: There are two ways of doing this. There have been a number of criticisms on the detail of the regulations that the Minister has in mind. It is necessary for the House to be able to act on something specific. What is proposed is unspecific, because it is subject to changes following consultations outside the House. We were extremely lucky in Committee to be able to debate the draft regulations...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill (25 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I do not want to quibble over this. They were ideas on the form that the regulations might take, but we were advised officially that it was technically out of order to discuss anything that was not in the Bill. We were therefore fortunate to be able to discuss those ideas at all. Now we hear that changes are likely following discussions with outside bodies, and we may therefore be discussing...


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