Results 41–60 of 146 for speaker:Lord Joffe

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

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The Bill follows previous Bills of the same nature brought forward in 2003, 2004 and 2005. None was proceeded with in order to allow a Select Committee, chaired by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, to consider the issues. The committee took evidence over nine months in the United Kingdom, the state of Oregon...

National Lottery Bill (24 Apr 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I was going to oppose this amendment, but as I am absolutely sure that the Minister will be able to give a suitable reassurance about the information, which I have found is already there, I have nothing further to say.

National Lottery Bill (24 Apr 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, this a rather gentle compromise amendment, imposing nothing on the Government, other than what they have already agreed to. It is just a question of reporting. This additional reporting would, I submit, bring transparency and clarity to the Bill, and has the potential to prevent misuse. For the reasons outlined by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and the noble Viscount, Lord...

National Lottery Bill (21 Mar 2006)

Lord Joffe: I declare an interest as the trustee of a number of UK charities operating outside the UK and as a former chair of Oxfam. I support what the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, said about the importance of additionality, and of transparency and accountability. However, I am afraid that I do not understand the reasoning behind this amendment. If the amendment had provided that the report should set...

Terrorism Bill (25 Jan 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I want to make it absolutely clear that never for a moment did I compare the UK Government with the South African Government. I compared the similarity in the legislation that they have both passed. There is no comparison whatever between the South African Government, who were evil, and the British Government, who are a fine government.

Terrorism Bill (25 Jan 2006)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, in Committee, the debate on the corresponding section for 90 days was curtailed. I did not therefore have an opportunity to speak. Because of that, and because I think that I can add some new facts for your Lordships' consideration, I ask for your forbearance in talking, perhaps, a few minutes longer than I would normally expect to do on Report. There were many different, passionate...

Terrorism Bill (25 Jan 2006)

Lord Joffe: But, my Lords, it is chilling to note how closely our terrorism laws follow the pattern of the South African ones. In 2000, there was detention for seven days; in 2002—only two years later—seven days was extended to 14 days detention. In 2005—only three years later—detention for 90 days was proposed but was reduced in another place to 28 days. But for the reduction from 90 to 28 days,...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to enable an adult who has capacity and who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal illness to receive medical assistance to die at his own considered and persistent request; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time.—(Lord Joffe.) On Question, Bill read a...

Education and Aid Programme (14 Oct 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Thomson of Monifieth, for initiating this debate on a subject that is so important to the future of the developing world. I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Stevens, on his impressive maiden speech. I am glad that he did not delay it too long. I declare an interest as a trustee or adviser to a number of charities involved in education in the...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill: Select Committee Report (10 Oct 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, it was a privilege, and, indeed, an education, to be a member of the Select Committee, chaired by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who has so meticulously summarised the report. I should like to express my appreciation to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, and the other members of the Select Committee, all of whom gave up so much of their valuable time to...

Palliative Care (7 Jul 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, on securing the debate on this important subject. In Swindon, where I live, I first chaired a private hospital, then the Swindon Health Authority, and then the Swindon Acute Care Trust. Never once in all the countless meetings that I attended over 13 years did I ever hear palliative care mentioned, let alone discussed. It was...

Slavery (7 Jul 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Sandwich on securing a debate on this most disturbing issue. I understand the distinction made by the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, about the use of the word "slavery". However, for the purposes of this debate, we can use the label of slavery to apply to different types of injustice with common characteristics which have specific names,...

Charities Bill [HL] (28 Jun 2005)

Lord Joffe: I support the amendment. The very essence of the charitable sector is innovation and creativity—doing things that governments cannot do. The normal tendency for regulatory authorities is to become very risk-averse, as the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson, pointed out. It is important that in this case the regulatory authorities should take the view that innovation in charity should be encouraged.

Charities Bill [HL] (28 Jun 2005)

Lord Joffe: The noble Lord, Lord Borrie, referred to administration, which is almost the direct opposite of innovation. I do not think that administration covers innovation in any way whatever.

Charities Bill [HL] (28 Jun 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, my name appears in support of this amendment. Although its substance is only the single word "increase", it is a very important amendment for the charities sector as a whole. I declare an interest as the former chair of the three-year Giving Campaign which had the objective of further developing the culture of giving in the UK and ended last year. That campaign was jointly funded by...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (5 Apr 2005)

Lord Joffe: The OECD evaluation of the implementation by the United Kingdom of the Convention on Combating Bribery signed in 1999 found that not a single prosecution had been brought against any company or person for bribery of a public official. If the Government are serious about the implementation of the convention, it must be desirable that the investigating authority has power to investigate...

(Lords Amendments Nos. 38, 39, 40) (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords—

(Lords Amendments Nos. 38, 39, 40) (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am a relatively inexperienced Cross-Bencher who is bemused by what is happening in this House and wants to make the right decision on which way to vote. Is the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor willing to summarise the precise reasons why the Government oppose the sunset clause?

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, having practised as a human rights lawyer in South Africa at a time when house arrest and a range of other oppressive laws had been passed allowing the authorities arbitrarily to deprive citizens of the protection of the courts, I would like to speak briefly. I will make only one significant point on the sunset clause. Those laws in South Africa were used indiscriminately: both...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (29 Nov 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a second time.—(Lord Joffe.) On Question, Bill read a second time, and committed to a Select Committee.


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