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Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Security) (14 Jun 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: To do the Secretary of State justice, I should say that he has not been part of the operation to block the Bill, but the Home Secretary wrote to me saying that it was not acceptable. However, the security forces in Northern Ireland have been pushing for it or a similar measure for many years. Perhaps the Secretary of State will say—

Orders of the Day — SEYCHELLES BILL [Lords] (24 May 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I was also one of the fortunate members of the parliamentary delegation to Seychelles in 1971. We were received most hospitably and we were overcome by the beauty of the islands. At that time arguments raged between the political party led by Mr. Mancham, who wanted even closer ties with the United Kingdom, and the other party, led by Mr. Rena, who wanted independence. The party for...

Clause 2: Detonators Bill (30 Apr 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I commend the Bill to the House.

Orders of the Day — English Development Agencies Bill (5 Mar 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has not the hon. Member for St. Helens (Mr. Spriggs) already explained the absence of Labour Members? He gave what we would accept as a reasonable explanation—that many hon. Members have urgent duties in their constituencies, many of them in the North-West?

Detonators Bill (5 Mar 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Any private Member who is fortunate enough to draw a place in the Ballot faces something of a dilemma in deciding what kind of measure to bring forward—whether it should be entirely non-controversial and accepted by the Government, or whether he wants simply a public relations exercise. In this case I have chosen a measure that is...

Detonators Bill (5 Mar 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: My hon. Friend is right. It is not mandatory to report a loss. The figures that we see reported in Hansard relating to how many detonators have been lost during the last year, the year before, or whatever it is, do not cover losses that have not been reported, they relate only to reported losses. We should look ahead at the likely course of events. This is a widespread problem. There have...

Representation of the People (Armed Forces) Bill (6 Feb 1976)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is there no way in which you are able to facilitate the business of the House? We have a squalid manoeuvre going on at present to exclude my Bill, which is an important and urgent Bill which will save lives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing (5 Nov 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on which areas of housing expenditure the cuts of £50 million in subsidies and £65 million in capital expenditure will fall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing (5 Nov 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: How does the Minister explain the increase of subsidies of some £80 million under the Remuneration, Charges and Grants Act to hold down housing rents? Does not that mean that, far from there being a cut, there is an increase of £30 million? How will the hon. Gentleman explain that to those who are expecting home loans and who are now suffering from a cut of £100 million and half of whom...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: As we are discussing Northern Ireland it would be appropriate for a Northern Ireland Minister to be present to answer the questions raised. My hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Mr. Farr) argued that the measure should apply to Northern Ireland. My hon. Friend is a countryman, a farmer, who has close connections with the North and the South. I question the wisdom of this amendment and...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: My hon. Friend is right. Park coursing is illegal under the 1911 legislation. The hunting of captive animals is now taboo. However, more hares survive in park coursing. With park coursing 85 per cent. to 90 per cent. of hares survive, but with open coursing about 75 per cent. of hares survive. That point should be borne in mind. Moreover, I understand that the Irish Coursing Club pays a bonus...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I take your point, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I shall try to keep to the issue. I draw the attention of the House to the extraordinary fact that the Minister responsible for sport, the hon. Member for Birmingham, Small Heath (Mr. Howell), confessed to me in this Chamber during the Report stage of the Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Protection Bill his support for this miserable Hare Coursing Bill,...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I take it that the hon. Lady has said her piece on this amendment and will not wish to speak further. I am grateful for what she said about giving the matter further consideration. That is really the point of the amendment and of the remarks that I am making on it. We do not want to defend park coursing as practised in Northern Ireland. We are defending the coursing of wild hares in their...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Mr. Mather rose—

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Short Title, Extent and Commencement (27 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is very much to be regretted that my hon. Friends have not had the chance to intervene briefly, and I hope, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that you will use your discretion to ensure that they have an opportunity to make their contributions. In this Chamber today, on both sides, we are acting out a charade. It is widely reported in the Press that this Bill will get no further. I do not know the...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Duration of Act (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Before winding up on this group of amendments, I must say that we deplore the absence of the Home Secretary today. If the Government believe this is an important enough Bill to announce in advance that the rule will be suspended at four o'clock, the Home Secretary should be here, at least for the start of our proceedings. If he and the Home Office are right behind the Bill, he ought to be here.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Duration of Act (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend. He is absolutely right. The House has been put to considerable inconvenience over this Bill. A lot of time and effort have been spent on it at a time when the House had better things to consider than a Bill of this nature.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Duration of Act (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member might be more specific about those meetings. He seems to speak with some authority. It is certainly the right and privilege of any Privy Councillor on the Opposition benches to criticise the Home Secretary. This is perhaps the most important group of clauses and amendments that we shall be discussing today. We have put them down because we believe that this is bad legislation...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Duration of Act (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I tend to agree with my hon. Friend that new Clause 7 is a more satisfactory method and should be regarded as the main clause of the group. Apart from local government polls, there are other examples. There was the Northern Ireland border poll which dealt with a somewhat different situation, but it was nevertheless an adventure into local democracy. It set a precedent. Although there were...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Duration of Act (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I had intended to touch on that aspect during Third Reading, because after what we have been through this week we should bear in mind why we are in this place. We have to decide which are the real issues of the day, whether they are terrorism, the economic crisis, unemployment or anything else. In a way it is somewhat embarrassing for us to have to be here on a Friday discussing matters of...


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