Results 161–180 of 463 for speaker:Lieut-Colonel David Mather

Schedule 3: Local Government (Rate Relief for Small Businesses) Bill (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I wholeheartedly support the Bill. I believe that my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk South (Mr. MacGregor) has introduced this measure at a crucial time in the economic life of the people whom he is seeking to protect—small shopkeepers and small business men. I have a vivid experience of the difficulties which these people are suffering. I gained this from a recent visit to one of the...

Schedule 3: Town and Country Planning (Enforcement Orders) Bill (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Schedule 3: Town and Country Planning (Enforcement Orders) Bill (18 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Minister attempted to explain the Government position. Perhaps it would be for the convenience of the House if—

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prevention of Terrorism Act (10 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Act has been of considerable assistance to the Metropolitan Police and to police forces generally in arresting and detecting those who are wanted for terrorist offences? Does he agree that it has also had a considerable deterrent effect on potential terrorists?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Demonstration Casualties) (10 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a special fund for those members of the Metropolitan Police Force injured in violent demonstrations; and if he will make this retrospective.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Metropolitan Police (Demonstration Casualties) (10 Apr 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Is the hon. Lady aware that that answer does not get to the root of the problem, and that violent demonstrations place a heavy burden on the police? Is she aware of Sir Robert Mark's recent speech in which he said that sentences were so lenient in the London area that prosecutions were hardly worth bringing? Will she comment on those remarks?

Orders of the Day — Sex Discrimination Bill (26 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will not yet another chaperone be necessary, because the patient will want one too?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: South Africa (British Firms) (24 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: May I ask the right hon. Gentleman how he reconciles the code of practice in the White Paper with the change of law in South Africa—the second General Amendment Act 1974—which makes it illegal to declare information outside the Republic? I gather that this includes labour relations. Does not this make a nonsense of the policy in my right hon. Friend's White Paper?

Questions to Ministers (19 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: On a point of order. Have you any information, Mr. Speaker, whether the Home Secretary intends to make a statement tomorrow on the transfer of the Price sisters to Northern Ireland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Gardiner Report (13 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Has the Minister held any consultations with the Government of the Republic on the Gardiner Report in connection with measures to deal with terrorism, that being one of the subjects of the Gardiner Report? Does he consider that the Criminal Jurisdiction Bill now going through Parliament will be a satisfactory alternative to extradition?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (13 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: It is rather disappointing, though perhaps understandable, that the Chamber is so empty tonight. Perhaps the heavy week that we have been through is the reason for this state of affairs. As we have taken on the responsibility of legislating for Northern Ireland, it is disappointing that the Chamber is so empty. It is a somewhat sobering fact that we have to legislate for Northern Ireland,...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (13 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I know he feels that if things go too far this may be the ultimate solution for continuing the life and government of the Province, but we hope that that situation will not arise. I cannot possibly have knowledge of the details of life in the Province, but I do hear about the important things going on there and perhaps I may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Diego Garcia (11 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Will the right hon. Gentleman give recent figures concerning the number of Soviet ships visiting the Indian Ocean area?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Departmental Staff (Equality of Opportunity) (6 Mar 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: As regards equality of opportunity, does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that in recent days the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) has had more than his fair share of equality of opportunity?

Orders of the Day — Civil List (26 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: Should not we bear in mind one small but important factor? Is not the cost of the upkeep of the Queen and the Monarchy smaller than the cost of the upkeep of our embassy in Paris?

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: rose—

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I do, Mr. Speaker. The hon. Member for Preston, South (Mr. Thorne) has attempted to blind us with legal points. He is not a lawyer, any more than I am. He was simply reading from a brief. However, I wish to put my opposing arguments in my own way. The object of the Bill is to nullify the common law offence of conspiracy. As the hon. Gentleman said, it arises from the case of the Shrewsbury...

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: I confirm that what I was saying was absolutely on the topic of the discussion. The hon. Member for Preston, South referred specifically to the Shrewsbury pickets. I deal with the Bill on three grounds—the ground of fact, the ground of law and the ground of motive. On the matter of fact, the offences of September 1972 are well known and hardly bear repeating. A brief repetition should be...

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: —a compressor was launched downhill, narrowly missing a man.

Conspiracy (Amendment) (25 Feb 1975)

Lieut-Colonel David Mather: This matter needs to be put in absolutely clear and unmistakeable terms. We have the story put over by the opposite side of the House. It is time for the true facts to be given. Never in the history of picketing have such violent scenes taken place in this country. On the matter of law, six men were tried on three counts of conspiracy to intimidate, unlawful assembly and affray. Tomlinson...


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