Results 101–120 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. King) on his Bill. I did not know very much about it before this morning, but I have listened with great interest to the discussions. I am pleased to have played a small, but important, part in the progress of the Bill through the House.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Control of Guard Dogs (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Although I missed one of the important stages of this Bill, I was here when it started its passage through Parliament. It is now a very different and better Bill. I support the amendment because there was the danger of ill treatment of dogs and the fact that they had to be chained up.

Litigants in Person (Costs and Expenses) Bill: Battered Wives (Rights to Possession of Matrimonial Home) Bill (11 Jul 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The House finds itself in a difficult, but not untypical, situation. We have found in the past that a problem arises in society and gets a great deal of publicity, there are demands for action, we set up a Select Committee to study the problem and an hon. Member introduces a Bill which arrives here in advance of the Committee's report. We have seen that the House is divided on the Bill. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Roads (Expenditure) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Are these cuts in the work programme directly related to Government subsidies being made available to Harland and Wolff?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Convention (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the progress of discussions in the Convention.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Convention (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am grateful for that reply. Is the Secretary of State aware that we welcome the conciliatory spirit in which the discussions have so far taken place? Is it intended that at some stage during these discussions the Government should make known their views, the devolution guidelines and the powers which go with devolution? Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether those powers will be no less...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In view of the fact that the Government have lost the Woolwich, West by-election and thereby——

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I realise that I have few moments left to cover the points I had previously prepared. I want to refer to the Gardiner Report and matters arising from that. As the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Mr. Bradford) said, everything returns to the security situation. I have just seen the Secretary of State gesticulating towards me. I am not sure what his signals mean, but I think I get the gist.

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: That was the answer I was hoping for. The Gardiner Report is one of the most important reports we have had out of Northern Ireland. I very much regret to say that its history is a very sorry affair. The report was in the hands of the Government before Christmas. It was published in January. Over a long period we pressed the Government to publish the report, but there was delay after delay....

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The right hon. Gentleman indicates that it is covered. It is absolutely right that those who go about hooded or masked should now be dealt with. It has been an affront. With parades of paramilitary people flaunting the law, it is high time that this matter was dealt with. Another very interesting point which is mentioned in the Gardiner Report is the question of the news media. I think that...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Extension) (26 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: No, but I checked with Mr. Speaker that I should be in order in raising the Gardiner Report in this debate. The section on prisons is the most important part of the report. It reveals a highly unsatisfactory situation. I realise that that is not entirely the fault of the present Government. They partly inherited it. The report calls for urgent, emergency action on prison buildings, and I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Suez Canal (24 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the strategic significance for Great Britain and NATO of the reopening of the Suez Canal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Suez Canal (24 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: In view of the massive increase in the strength of the Soviet Navy in recent years and in view of the fact that, as the White Paper points out, this is out of all proportion to the needs of Soviet trade, can the right hon. Gentleman say what consequences flow from the reopening of the Suez Canal and whether this is the right time simultaneously to withdraw our forces from NATO ports in the...

Business of the House (19 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Would the right hon. Gentleman not agree that the Public Service Vehicles (Arrest of Offenders) Bill [Lords], in view of its urgency, should be given precedence over the Hare Coursing Bill in Standing Committee B?

CRIMINAL JURISDICTION BILL [Lords] (19 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I believe that the equivalent legislation in the Republic did not include actually causing an explosion but only conspiring to cause an explosion. It was said in the other place that a change would be made. Has that been done? Clause 7 is a bit of an anomaly, in that it applies to the United Kingdom as a whole, whereas the other part applies only to Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. The...

Orders of the Day — Sex Discrimination Bill: Trade Unions etc. (18 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Would not the name have to be changed? It could not call itself a union of school mistresses any longer, could it? Surely the name would have to be changed, otherwise it would be discriminatory.

Orders of the Day — Army (17 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The Minister has said that the Government have made no assessment of cash savings as a result of these economies but that they meant a saving of 15,000 men. What is the object of the exercise if there is no idea of what economies this will mean? The whole idea of these cuts was presumably to make economic savings.

Orders of the Day — Army (17 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I, too, must apologise for not being present in the Chamber throughout the whole of the debate. I have attended the larger part of it. The hon. Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Williams) raised some most interesting points upon which I will touch later. I have been sitting for some time in the Public Gallery listening to the debate. The thing that strikes me is the extraordinarily open way in which...

Orders of the Day — PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES (ARREST OF OFFENDERS) BILL [Lords] (17 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I hope that my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, West (Mr. Page) will have an opportunity to intervene a little later in the debate. The Opposition give an unqualified welcome to the Bill. We believe that it is a Bill on an important subject, and for that reason we asked that it should be taken on the Floor of the House as opposed to being taken upstairs. The Bill also deals with the power...

Orders of the Day — EXPORT GUARANTEE BILL [Lords] (17 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We on the Opposition benches have no desire to delay the Bill. As the hon. Gentleman says, it is a consolidation Bill, and we have no comment to make upon it.


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