Results 141–160 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I should like to congratulate the hon. Lady the Member for Northampton, North (Mrs. Colquhoun) on the modest and sincere way in which she has put forward her Bill. The House listened to her with close attention. However, one has only to look round the Chamber to see that hon. Ladies have made a considerable impression and impact on the House. The hon. Lady the Member for Halifax (Dr....

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Merit certainly does not come into the Bill. The hon. Lady the Member for Northampton, North mentioned women's institutes and townswomen's guilds. I wonder what their attitude would be to the Bill. Although they support the objectives of the Sex Discrimination Bill in general terms, perhaps their attitude to this Bill might be ambivalent. Is it the right way? The hon. Lady said that what was...

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

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I agree with the hon. Lady in what she says about a quota system, but she might consider as an alternative whether it might be better for the next leader of the Labour Party to be a woman. Has that idea occurred to her?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Outstanding Debts (15 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sums are outstanding for the non-payment of rents, rates, car and television licences; and for what other categories sums are outstanding.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Outstanding Debts (15 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I deplore the continuation of this situation. Will the Minister say how many of these cases are not covered by the payment of debts legislation, and what is the position concerning prosecutions? Are they taking place for non-payment of rents, rates and licences?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Shipbuilding) (8 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am sure the right hon. Gentleman will agree that hon. Members have been put in considerable difficulty tonight because of the lack of information. This complaint has been made from both sides of the House. The right hon. Gentleman says that the departmental report has been compiled and is in the Government's hands. Could not that be the basis of a White Paper to be published before the next...

Orders of the Day — Defence (7 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Orders of the Day — Defence (7 May 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: In his earlier remarks was the hon. Gentleman saying that the Government had no policy of their own and that they were being forced first in one direction by the Left wing of the Labour Party and then in another direction by the Tories? Is it not the duty of the Government to make up their own mind about their responsibilities towards the defence of our citizens?

Clause 2: Restriction on Sale of Protected Wild Creatures (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will this amendment cover breeding in captivity and the possible sale of creatures bred in captivity? What will be the position of those creatures already in captivity and which are being bred for commercial purposes?

Clause 3: Restriction on Marking or Ringing (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I have no objection to this amendment. It considerably extends the cover given to the greater horse-shoe bat to all bats. The hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) is obviously of the view that, unless one is an expert, it is difficult to identify bats. If people in an amateur way wish to ring bats they will have difficulty in identifying the greater horse-shoe bat. If a bat got into the...

Clause 8: Power to Grant Licences (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is extremely difficult when we read the amendment to interpret it in relation to the Bill as it stands. There seems to be minor changes of words which mean much the same thing. I am certainly prepared to take the hon. Gentleman's word that the amendment improves the phraseology of the Bill, but it will need an expert on drafting to interpret what has been done in this case. The hon....

Clause 12: Duty of Nature Conservancy Council (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross) has an important point. There are certain localities which harbour the kind of creatures with which we are concerned. I have in mind a rather scruffy little marsh near where I live which has recently been discovered to be one of the few places where the Scandinavian pipit comes. This may have happened only because of a particularly...

Clause 14: Orders (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I think that the difference between the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross), on the one hand, and the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) and the Government, on the other hand, lies in the wording which in the Bill as it stands says that the Secretary of State "shall consult" whereas the Government's amendment says "as he thinks fit". Perhaps the Minister will try to narrow the...

Clause 15: Interpretation (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: When I heard the Minister say that the growth rate was slow, I thought for a moment that perhaps I was in another debate and that he was talking about the present Government's industrial record. But he was talking about lichens—prefer to pronounce the word as though it were spelt "litchens"—hich are important to some parts of the United Kingdom, especially the west coast of Scotland,...

Schedule 1: Wild Creatures Protected by This Act (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I commend the hon. Member for South Shields (Mr. Blenkinsop) on introducing the amendment and raising a subject which needs to be discussed in the House. I recently put down three or four Parliamentary Questions on the protection of whales and I am interested in the amendment. If it is any comfort to the hon. Gentleman, I can draw a precedent for his attempt to extend the Bill to include...

Schedule 1: Wild Creatures Protected by This Act (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will the Minister take this opportunity to report any progress that has been made at the current international conference on whaling?

Schedule 2: Species of Protected Plants (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I have considerable sympathy with this amendment. It does not cover the Isle of Wight specifically. It covers other parts of the country where the plant grows. I have before me a picture of it which appears in Keble-Martin's "Concise British Flora". The difficulty is that the plant happens to grow in cornfields. As the Minister said, there is a clause devoted to the continuance of good...

Schedule 2: Species of Protected Plants (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The Third Reading debate has so far been mainly about badgers. It is rather unfortunate that the hon. Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) has had added to his Bill, which seeks to protect wild plants and creatures, this element of destruction, but, as my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucestershire, South (Mr. Cope) said, it is important that tuberculosis is eradicated from badgers because it...

Schedule 2: Species of Protected Plants (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Finally, I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on the Bill, which he has introduced and steered successfully through all its stages in this House. I wish him well in the future. I wish that some of the Government's other legislation could be as non-controversial and as constructive as the Bill. I see that the Minister is consulting his hon. Friend. He might wish to consult him again outside the...

Schedule 3: The Disciplinary Committee (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: The Minister referred to the somewhat stormy passage the Bill received during its Second Reading. I am glad that since then we seem to have reached some kind of agreement about the necessity for the Bill, although the Minister said just now that she had some lingering doubts. She qualified this by saying that she was quite satisfied that most of the doubts were removed by various amendments...


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