Results 81–100 of 146 for speaker:Lord Joffe

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am immensely grateful to those of your Lordships who have spoken in this debate and to those who have come to listen. I also thank the Minister for her careful and balanced analysis of the case for and the case against patient-assisted dying. It was encouraging to hear of the commitment of the Government to palliative care. That is something which we all totally support. The...

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, if that is so, to what was the noble Lord referring?

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, the time is late and I am grateful that noble Lords have stayed so long. Accordingly, I shall try to be very brief and certainly not more than five minutes. I shall not seek to reply to the individual points made by so many of your Lordships. The views expressed against the Bill have been countered by those in favour of the Bill, and conversely. There is nothing at this stage that I...

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. As the debate is expected to last for somewhere between seven and nine hours, I may have to slip out of the Chamber for a few minutes from time to time, but the noble Viscount, Lord Craigavon, has agreed to hold the brief in my absence. I must also apologise in advance for not setting a good example on time-keeping, in that I...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (20 May 2003)

Lord Joffe: If one records something in legislation, it is true that it will reinforce what the guidelines and general medical practice lay down. However, it is very dangerous to get into a mode of over-legislation. The guidelines run to 22 pages. It could be argued that most of those guidelines should be part of legislation. It is now normal practice for doctors to record their reasons. Once there is...

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (20 Feb 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to enable a competent adult who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal or a serious and progressive physical illness to receive medical help to die at his own considered and persistent request; and to make provision for a person suffering from such a condition to receive pain relief medication. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first...

Voluntary and Community Sector (6 Feb 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Plant, for creating the opportunity to comment upon the two excellent reviews which form the subject of this debate. The commitment of the Government to the work of the voluntary sector is, indeed, quite exceptional, and both reviews mirror that commitment. Having been involved in the voluntary sector in this country for more than 30 years...

Angola (11 Dec 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, would like to express my appreciation to my noble friend Lord Listowel for initiating this debate on Angola. It comes at a particularly appropriate time when there is the potential to transform the lives of all Angolans. Angola is one of the poorest countries in Africa and its people have suffered tremendously because of the brutal civil war that has ravaged the country for...

Lords Amendment (6 Nov 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I shall ask the Minister four brief questions about flexibility. First, who will decide whether exceptional circumstances exist? Secondly, will the views of parents and children be taken into account? Thirdly, will there be any safeguards, such as a right of appeal? Fourthly, does the Minister think, on the basis of the Home Office's immense experience, that a significant number of...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendment No. 99, but also to Amendments Nos. 98, 100 and 101. The purpose of Amendments Nos. 99 and 100 is to retain the right to oral hearings before the High Court judge reviewing the refusal of leave to appeal. I do not propose to rehearse the case for retaining that right so compellingly made by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer of Sandwell, on Report or...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: had given notice of his intention to move Amendment No. 99: Page 55, line 37, leave out "only"

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I shall support Amendment No. 101, if it is moved. I shall not move Amendment No. 99.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I was surprised by the muted response of Ministers on Report to the case studies presented by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer of Sandwell, which were similar to those just mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Hylton. Those case studies showed that Home Office officials have made the most appalling findings in certifying cases as manifestly unfounded when in practice they were...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am not sure that the Minister replied to my last question; she may have done but I misunderstood. The question was whether she envisages that the test which judges apply in statutory reviews will be the same as that which the tribunal currently applies in determining whether to grant leave to appeal.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her usual courteous response to the issues that I raised. She has assured us that she has great confidence in the adjudicators but that confidence is not shared in the respective reports of Sir Andrew Leggatt and Sir Jeffery Bowman. Sir Andrew Leggatt drew attention to the fact that it was totally illogical for the lay members to determine points of...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: moved Amendment No. 51: Page 55, line 31, leave out "on a point of law"

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, in moving the amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 52 to 54, 57 and 59. I support Amendment No. 52 in the names of the noble Lords, Lord Dholakia and Lord Avebury, although, if it were accepted, Amendments Nos. 53, 54, 57 and 59 would fall. As my amendments have correctly been grouped together, and as one of them concerns an issue that has not been raised before, I fear...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (17 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: This clause is based on the premise that refugees know that they need to apply for asylum. It would astonish the noble Lord, Lord Corbett, and, I think, many other Lords to learn that many refugees do not know that they need to apply for asylum. When people are in great danger, working and opposing a government in a country with very few laws, England seems like a beacon of light where they...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (10 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, the provisions in the Bill relating to presumptions arising out of sentences imposed by governments in countries overseas are particularly dangerous. Almost by definition, people seeking political asylum in this country have been opposed to the regimes of the countries from which they come and have in the process subjected themselves to the draconian laws that are often prevalent in...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (10 Oct 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, support the amendments spoken to by the right reverend Prelate. I shall try to avoid rehearsing the arguments made in Committee. To some of us it seems self-evident that if we treat children seeking asylum as children above all else, we should not detain them. Detention centres cannot afford any child the care and protection that he needs. They are never the best environment...


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