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Pensions Bill (10 Jul 2008)

Lord Joffe: I shall pick up a point made by the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, to underline the point made by my noble friend Lady Whitaker that the purpose of the amendments is to avoid litigation in the future. By clarifying the law, you automatically ensure that there can be no further legislation.

Pensions Bill (10 Jul 2008)

Lord Joffe: In supporting both amendments tabled by my noble friend Lord Judd, I shall be brief because my noble friend has dealt comprehensively with all the issues. I will touch on only three matters. First, I draw attention to British companies that are operating in Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma, which have recently been criticised by the Government and across all parties. Despite that, if a pension fund...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (8 Jul 2008)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I will focus only on the proposed extension of the maximum period of detention by a further 14 days. I naturally do not question the seriousness of the threat of terrorism or the view that, consistent with their duty to protect their citizens, the Government must take all necessary powers to protect people from death or injury by terrorism. However, in so doing, the Government also...

Millennium Development Goals (1 May 2008)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Earl on introducing this important debate and his fine speech. Our Government deserve credit for their continuing commitment to reach the 0.7 per cent target of national income as aid by 2015. In September last year, in the Comprehensive Spending Review, DfID got the steepest increase of any department in order to keep the UK on track. We have much to...

Finance: Inherited Estates (22 Apr 2008)

Lord Joffe: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure a fair result for policyholders in the current negotiations over the reattribution of the inherited estates of with-profits funds.

Finance: Inherited Estates (22 Apr 2008)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, but the problem rests with the Financial Services Authority rules. My noble friend may not be aware that in the current negotiations relating to the reattribution of the inherited estate of the Norwich Union, amounting to £3.2 billion, both the policyholders' advocate and Which? have expressed concern about whether policyholders will get a fair...

Finance: Inherited Estates (22 Apr 2008)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, are not the Government concerned that the effect of these rules will be that much of the 90 per cent of the inherited estate due to policyholders, as set out in the Government's published policy on inherited estates, will go to shareholders rather than policyholders? Will they put pressure on the FSA to ensure that the government policy of 90 per cent of the inherited estate to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Zimbabwe: Finance (1 Oct 2007)

Lord Joffe: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that loans to agencies of the Government of Zimbabwe and the purchase of Zimbabwean treasury bills and government bonds by British banks do not breach the European Union common position prohibition on making funds and economic resources available to individuals closely associated with the Government of Zimbabwe.

Commonwealth (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, noble Lords will see that I am speaking from the Labour Benches for the first time. I take this opportunity to thank the Convenors of the Cross Benches, first the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig of Radley, and now the noble Lord, Lord Williamson of Horton, and their colleagues for their kindness and support while I sat on their Benches. I welcome the Minister, my noble friend...

Religion: Non-believers (19 Apr 2007)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for introducing this debate. I come to this debate with some hesitation because, although I am an atheist, I have always respected the Church of England for the courageous conduct of some of its clergy in South Africa during the apartheid regime, for its social and community work in the UK and for its stand on many human rights...

Health: Palliative Care (31 Jan 2007)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, for introducing the debate. I speak as a committed supporter of good and appropriate palliative care and as an admirer of the hospice movement. Such palliative care should be available to all terminally ill patients who want it. I also speak as a layman and rely more than other speakers on the views of experts and researchers. There is...

Companies Bill [HL] (2 Nov 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I must apologise for not having been in the House when the debate began. I was so busy struggling with the Bill and its surrounding papers that I lost track of the time. Because of that, I will not speak at such length as I originally planned. I speak in support of Amendments Nos. 245A, B and D and welcome the Government's introduction of the amendment. The amendments must be read...

Churches and Cities (19 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Haskel, I, as a Jew—and an atheist to boot—was rather surprised, but pleasantly so, to receive an invitation from the most reverend Primate to talk in this debate. When I arrived in England from South Africa, I already had a positive view of the Church of England because of its support for the struggle against the apartheid regime and, in particular,...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am grateful to those of your Lordships who have spoken in what I believe to have been a truly remarkable debate. I thank those who came to listen to it and those who have travelled from different parts of Europe to vote, if there is a vote, in support of the Bill. I also thank the Minister for his thoughtful analysis and approach, which dealt with both sides of a very difficult...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble and learned Lord for that intervention. I notice that the noble Lord, Lord McColl, made a number of announcements. I could make an announcement that the noble Lord, Lord Patel, who was a member of the Select Committee, also supports this Bill, and is sorry that he is unable, because of his international commitments, to come to talk to us. He was part of...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: We have brought before this House overwhelming evidence on the position in Oregon after eight years of practice. There arose there all the same fears and surmises about what might happen when the legislation was passed, but in practice there has been no abuse. Society as a whole in Oregon is operating normally. People there accept the measure as part of the normal law of the land. Medical...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: I should explain what I mean by tradition—something that has happened consistently since 1998. When 105 Private Member's Bills have gone through the House without a Division being called, that seems to me to be a sort of tradition. I have a letter from the Clerk of the Parliaments, which I have temporarily mislaid, which states that it is very uncommon for it to happen. If it did not happen...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, noble Lords will be very interested in one of them. We were told by the noble Lord, Lord Alton, at one of the earlier formal hearings that the discussion that he wanted on the Bill should not be abused by parliamentary tactics but should be a robust discussion. It seems to me that what we have here is designed to prevent robust debate on a number of issues that can be looked at in...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I think that noble Lords will be very interested in my final point. The purpose of the Bill is to bring an end to the debate. I am afraid that, should the amendment succeed, it will actually sustain the debate because, in the next Session, I will reintroduce the Bill, and I will continue to do so until a full debate through all the usual stages has been held, in accordance with the...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I can explain the delay in asking for a Second Reading. I was given very few Fridays. My problem was that the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, was not available on the days that I wished in March and earlier. In the end we chose 12 May—which, being my birthday, was hardly the date I would have wished to select—in order to meet the needs of the noble and learned Lord, Lord...


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