Results 81–100 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Illegal Immigration (17 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the operation of the controls on illegal immigration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Illegal Immigration (17 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Can the hon. Gentleman confirm recent Press reports that during the first quarter of this year, 1,500 immigrants were smuggled into this country? Is he aware that this figure, which represents about one-quarter of the total number of immigrants and dependants admitted each year, is far higher than the public have been led to believe? Does he agree that this is a scandalous situation at a time...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Crime Prevention (17 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does the Home Secretary deny recent Press reports that he is considering a national force of detectives?

United States of America (Bicentenary) (17 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I support the motion of the Leader of the House and the continuing link between our two countries. Can the right hon. Gentleman say wheher the copy of Magna Carta which is to go to the United States will be a properly amended copy, and, if that is not so, whether the amendments will be shown?

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (Amendment) Bill (14 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I wished to take part in the debate but, unfortunately, I was detained. I wished to raise the point concerning the RUC. There is strong feeling amongst the RUC on this issue, as members of the Armed Forces are dealt with differently. The hon. Gentleman must do something about this if he is to maintain the confidence and the high standard of morale of the RUC.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Restriction on Sale of Protected Wild Creatures (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that this is a useful amendment. It is a little surprising that when the Bill was originally before the House this possible loop- hole was not spotted, because it is, as the hon. Gentleman has said, included in the Protecton of Birds Act 1954. In days gone by, taxidermists were continually seeking the skins of wild animals for rather a different purpose from what we now consider to...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Variation of Schedules (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I agree that this is a helpful amendment. We have already seen the need for flexibility in terms of the need to leave out some creatures and to add other creatures which were originally in the Bill as it was drafted. There are differences of opinion amongst experts, and conditions change fairly rapidly in any consideration of the protection or conservation of these wild creatures.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Penalties (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Penalties (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I believe that it is a time-honoured custom to use these words, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I hope you will not object if on occasion I stray into the old English and find myself using it as an alternative.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I do not know whether this would be an appropriate moment to say to the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) that he has done a very good job on this Bill. I have been with him through all its stages. I have conservation, or protection—whatever one calls it—very much at heart, and the hon. Gentleman has been extremely skilful in bringing together into the Bill all the creatures and...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: At a time when the proceedings on this Bill draw to a close, it is appropriate that we should look at this subject in a slightly wider manner. I do not entirely agree with what the hon. Gentleman said. The Ground Game Act 1880 came into effect as a result of the bad harvests of the two preceding years. That Act resulted in a massive slaughter of hares. Some years afterwards, it was thought...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I have become so involved in the question of the preservation of the hare that it may be appropriate for me to say one or two words about it. This fascinating creature does not make burrows. It has its home above ground in forms, which are fairly shallow excavations in the ground. In winter the forms are found to be about 6 ins. deep, while in summer they are about 1½ ins. deep, for obvious...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I mentioned the blue hare, or mountain hare, lepus timidus, lepus Scoticus. As I was saying, the doe moves the leverets to widely separated areas for their own protection by carrying them in her mouth by the scruff of the neck, as a cat carries a kitten. I thought that the House would be interested in that. However, I am referring to a separate Bill, which arouses strong emotions. We believe...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Gentleman may be aware that I was trying to help the House in a difficulty which it was approaching. I had not originally intended to introduce that somewhat extraneous matter. I was trying to make the point that the Hare Coursing Bill was based on ignorance, prejudice and emotion and that the end result might be a drop in the hare population by means which not all of us would accept.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We have found that when these stories of hares being torn to pieces have been examined and the evidence has been made available they have in almost every case been found to be groundless. If the hon. Gentleman would give me the details of this particular case I will certainly ensure that it is investigated and produce the true facts. However, I have no wish to spoil the Bill of the hon....

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Gentleman must be sure of his facts. It is absolutely untrue that hares are bred specially for coursing purposes. They are there entirely in the natural state. Hares are bred for coursing purposes in Ireland for enclosed coursing, but this does not happen in this country.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: That is entirely untrue The hon. Gentleman must get his facts right.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Gentleman really must understand what his own Government's Bill does and the facts about this. Hares are not captured. It is stories of this kind that are being put round the country that have got hare coursing its bad name. Hares are on the ground in their natural state. It is in the Republic of Ireland and some parts of Northern Ireland that they are captured. There they have an...

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Short Title and Extent (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is driven.


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