Results 61–80 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: May I try to clarify the matter? Originally we tabled an amendment to amend the Long Title. We were led to believe that it would be ineffective. Therefore, we changed the amendment and tabled a fresh amendment dealing with the point about "matches".

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am in difficulty, Mr. Speaker. I have been unable to speak to my amendment and I do not know whether it is usual practice for the closure to be moved so suddenly without warning the Opposition Front Bench so that we may adust our timing and arrange for a proper conclusion to the debate.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Before moving Amendment No. 4, in view of what went on in Committee perhaps it would be appropriate for me to establish the basis of the debate by means of a point of order. I speak on a point of order to explain to all hon. Members what happened in Committee on this amendment and why we are discussing it again. We had a full discussion on the amendment in Committee but we are now having a...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I was going to ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether my understanding of the position in which we find ourselves was correct, because we have already debated the words "assists at" upstairs, and are now debating them again. Perhaps I should continue with my point of order, or as part of my speech establish what happened in Committee.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I accept your ruling, Mr. Speaker. I just wanted to ask as an introduction, on the point of order, the basis on which we were discussing the amendment. But I shall continue with my speech in the normal way.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I beg to move Amendment No. 4, in page 1, line 5 leave out 'or assists at'. Perhaps I should begin by saying that there was some confusion in Committee when we discussed the same amendment. It arose because at the opening of our debate there the Minister said that she was willing to accept the amendment and the one before, which was to leave out "procures". The hon. Lady said: I was going to...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We obviously do not want to go over ground that we went over in Committee. Although my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. More) had to curtail his classic speech in Committee, and would perhaps welcome an opportunity to expand it at some length, it might be unfair to the House if we went through the whole debate again. We had a reasonably full debate in Committee. Although it may seem...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Both this debate and the debate which has recently been the subject of a closure motion deal with very much the same topic. We were talking about words, definitions and interpretations and how important it was that the courts should know exactly what the words in the Bill mean. We have had the benefit of most expert advice dealing with the interpretation of words from my right hon. and...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I apologise to my hon. Friend. I have gone into the previous debate in some detail. While I had taken due note of the fact that his words had carried great weight, I am afraid that in the confusion of the moment today I omitted to mention this. A strong speech was made by my hon. Friend. Perhaps when the hon. Lady replies we shall learn whether it was my hon. Friend's words which made her...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is not in our gift to filibuster. We were told that the debate would proceed until four o'clock and that the Government intended that the rule should be suspended. This was announced several days ago.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Can I remind—

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: This part of the debate is of an important technical nature. In Committee the hon. Lady said this about these words: In the light of the precedent of the 1911 Act it is difficult to believe that the inclusion of 'or assists at' in the Bill would create any difficulties of interpretation for the courts, but the amendment brings out the fact that the inclusion of 'or assists at' adds nothing to...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is because of the lack of understanding by the Minister of these words in Committee that we are brought to this pretty pass. We have to spend a late afternoon on Friday debating these matters when, if she had made clear in the first place the meaning of these words, we would not have to go through this palaver.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill: Hare Coursing Matches to Be Illegal (24 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It should be added that it has been monstrous that the Secretary of State for the Home Department has not been present during any of today's proceedings. If the Bill has his support at least he should have shown his face during today's debate. The Bill has been mismanaged. It is a bad Bill. It has been ill-handled and we wish it no luck from now on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (23 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the security situation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (23 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the figures he has given us, and those published yesterday, are encouraging and show that our security forces deserve congratulations, as does the right hon. Gentleman? Is he also aware that the situation on the ground is sometimes rather different from the picture one gets from mere figures? Does he agree that, since the ceasefire began in February,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Strategy (21 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken by Her Majesty's Government in pursuit of their policy to preserve the credibility of NATO strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Strategy (21 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: In view of the right hon. Gentleman's recent answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Ayr (Mr. Younger) that there was no guarantee that further defence cuts would not take place, how does he intend to preserve the credibility of NATO strategy? Is he aware of the remarks by Doctor Joseph Luns in Copenhagen on 25th September when he deplored the unilateral cuts of individual NATO countries? Is...

Business of the House (16 Oct 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Can the right hon. Gentleman give time in the near future for a debate on the noise levels of Concorde and, in particular, on the report which the Government have just issued, so as to allay public anxiety, particularly among those who live in the neighbourhood of London Airport? Would not this be a much better use of the business for Friday next week?

New Clause A: Repayment and Disqualification (4 Aug 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?


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