Results 121–140 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Orders of the Day — NURSING HOMES BILL [Lords] (17 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I accept the hon. Member's assurance that these minor amendments have been made. This, again, is a consolidation measure which we have no wish to delay further.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill (13 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: My hon. Friend will be interested to hear of the experience of Dr. Livingstone, who was set upon and mauled by a lion. There is an interesting account of this in the Stable report. To his absolute amazement, he felt absolutely no fear and no sensation of pain. Perhaps that might be the end result if my hon. Friend were chased and caught by a lion.

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill (13 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Dr. Phipps) seems to be certain about public opinion on hare coursing. I think that it is a minority on either side which takes a keen interest in the matter. Most people in the country adopt a neutral attitude. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman considers this a suitable subject for a referendum on a suitable future date. The debate has been shot through with...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill (13 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: No, I shall not give way. The other effect of the Bill will be that coursing will continue to take place but not as it operates at present—namely, to test dogs without a kill necessarily taking place. We should bear that in mind when we consider the effects of the Bill. It is right that people who enjoy country sports should fear the Bill as the thin end of a wedge. We have heard from the...

Orders of the Day — Hare Coursing Bill (13 Jun 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The reason is that the shock nullifies the pain. This is Nature's anaesthetic. The same thing applies to the hare. The death of a hare in coursing is instantaneous. The essential nervous system is severed. In nine cases out of 10 I do not believe that the hare feels any pain. It is all very well saying that if we do away with the sport the animal will be able to lead a natural life in peace...

Prevention of Terrorism (19 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Several hon. Members on the Government side of the House have rightly raised the problems of constituents who have been caught by the Act. Some have spoken as though we were living in normal times. Unfortunately, we are not. To experience terrible terrorist attacks, as we have done in this country in the past two or three years, cannot by the wildest stretch of the imagination be called...

Prevention of Terrorism (19 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does it not occur to the hon. Gentleman that people outside the House may find his remarks rather curious, because this was a brutal, callous and indiscriminate murder of a police officer? When that sort of action occurs people are bound to suffer inconvenience.

Prevention of Terrorism (19 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has the hon. Gentleman held any consultation with the Police Federation about this complaints procedure? I understand that it is very unhappy about it and it will be very difficult to bring it into effect if that is the situation. It feels that it is continually under pressure and that this is yet another pressure being exerted upon it.

Prevention of Terrorism (19 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I put it in the mildest possible terms. There are members of the Police Federation who are unhappy about this proposal. I do not think that I could put it more mildly than that. That is hardly exaggeration.

Petitions: Windsor Great Park (Pop Festival) (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I support my hon. Friend—

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill) (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I seek your advice before we commence our proceedings on the Bill? I draw the attention of yourself and the House to the fact that the Bill is so heavily amended that I think the House will have considerable difficulty in clearly understanding its objectives. I am not in disagreement with its objectives, but the Bill is in a confused state I suggest that...

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Restriction on Keeping Guard Dogs without a Licence (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. We are always being told that we raise bogus points of order. I think you ought to give the House some protection against Members who are normally on the Government Benches but who seem today to be on this side of the House rising on such points of order, so that we know exactly where we stand.

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Restriction on Keeping Guard Dogs without a Licence (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I should like to intervene briefly before we finish our discussion on this group of amendments. I do not wish to delay the House or the hon. Member for Northampton, North (Mrs. Colquhoun), who is waiting patiently on the Labour Benches for the Second Reading of her Balance of Sexes Bill. I do not know whether it has occurred to the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Doig) that in his Bill he...

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Control of Guard Dogs (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that the hon. Gentleman was very wise to withdraw the original Clause 1 as it stood when we debated it on Second Reading. I am sure that as a result he has a more satisfactory Bill. I suggested to him on Second Reading that he should make this alteration, and as a result I believe that the Bill is far more acceptable. With the reservations that I made at an earlier stage regarding the...

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Registration and Licensing of Owners of Guard Dogs (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The amendment will put a burden on someone. Originally there was a burden on the police, and now that burden will be on the local authority. Before we determine the rights or wrongs of the change, perhaps the Under-Secretary of State will give us the benefit of her advice. Has she had consultations with the police and local authorities and ascertained their views? I think that we should all...

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Registration and Licensing of Owners of Guard Dogs (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I have not had a reply to my question about the cost of administering the scheme.

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Short Title and Commencement (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: We have had a good deal of discussion on the Bill, but I fear that some of our debates will not make particularly edifying reading, and anyone seeking guidance on the thinking behind some of the clauses and changes in the Bill will not get much help from reading the account of what we have said. However, the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Doig) has made a sincere and honest attempt to...

Orders of the Day — GUARD DOGS BILL (changed from Dogs Bill): Short Title and Commencement (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Clause 1—yes. I was referring to the Bill as a whole. I was about to sit down, but I am grateful for that intervention by the hon. Lady, and I have taken due note of it.

Orders of the Day — Balance of Sexes Bill (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The reason why so many of our colleagues—

Orders of the Day — Balance of Sexes Bill (16 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: —practically everyone is absent today is that Members were under the impression that the debate on guard dogs would be a filibuster, the unfortunate intention, it was thought, being to prevent the hon. Lady's Bill coming before the House. I think that that is the reason why the benches on this side are empty.


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