Results 121–140 of 146 for speaker:Lord Joffe

Export Control Bill (18 Apr 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I too support Amendment No. 24. The words "if any" add very little. They create flexibility which is not really required. The flexibility could easily be gained in the phrasing of the guidance given by the Minister. As the noble Lord, Lord Judd, has said, they open up a loophole for future Secretaries of State to take advantage of a wording that really should not be there.

Export Control Bill (7 Feb 2002)

Lord Joffe: The amendment must be considered in the context of the draft secondary legislation currently available in the form of dummy orders, and of the Government's general election manifesto, in which they undertook to control the activities of arms brokers and traffickers wherever they are located. That might have been the intention but the proposed legislation falls far short. If an arms broker who...

Sub-Saharan Africa (30 Jan 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former chair of Oxfam and a trustee of a number of other development and human rights non-governmental organisations. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, for introducing this debate and giving us the opportunity to discuss issues that are of critical importance not only to the people of sub-Saharan Africa but also to those fortunate enough to...

Export Control Bill (8 Jan 2002)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I warmly welcome this Bill, even though I believe that there is one glaring omission and several areas where the legislation could be improved. It is a privilege for me, although a somewhat intimidating one, to speak after the noble and learned Lord, Lord Scott. I declare an interest as a former chair of Oxfam and also a trustee of International Alert, both of which organisations...

Afghanistan (5 Nov 2001)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I do not have the expertise to form a judgment on the military and political strategies being followed in Afghanistan. However, as Chair of Oxfam, which has 120 staff based in Afghanistan, skilled in the distribution of food, I am able to bring to your Lordships' attention our assessment of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in that country and the appalling consequences...

Immigration Policy: EUC Report (23 Jul 2001)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I wish to add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Bhatia, on his powerful maiden speech. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Prashar, I have for many years had the privilege of working with the noble Lord in the voluntary sector. The range and breadth of his interests and involvement in that sector are truly remarkable. I am sure that he will make a valuable contribution to this...

International Development Bill [H.L.] (16 Jul 2001)

Lord Joffe: I declare an interest as the chair of Oxfam and a number of other development agencies. My purpose in supporting all the amendments in this first group, other than Amendment No. 1, is to improve what is already a very good Bill which includes a principle of fundamental importance to development. My concern with Amendment No. 1, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Rawlings, is that by adding the...

International Development Bill [H.L.] (2 Jul 2001)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, perhaps I may first declare an interest as chair of Oxfam. It is a privilege to have listened to the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, who during his term at the United Nations was a good friend to Oxfam and the development agencies. I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Amos, on her new appointment. I welcome the Bill and congratulate the Secretary of State on...

Asylum Seekers (14 Feb 2001)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, when I arrived in England as an asylum seeker about 35 years ago it was with an overwhelming sense of relief and gratitude to be in a free and tolerant country where human rights were respected and those fleeing from persecution were welcomed. When I was granted British citizenship five years' later I felt immeasurable pride to be a citizen of such a country. But today, when I read...

Elderly and Disabled People (17 Jan 2001)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, should like to express my appreciation to the noble Lord, Lord Ashley, for raising this important issue, which is of such concern to many elderly people and their families. It is with regret that I do not support the noble Lord's Question, as it is clear that much pain is being caused to many elderly and disabled residents by the present arrangements. The noble Lord, Lord...

Mutual Companies (22 Jun 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, am grateful that the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, has raised this important issue, and I support the powerful case that he has made for the Government to take action. At the outset, I declare an interest as a policyholder of Standard Life. The issue has two dimensions: first, a moral dimension; and, secondly, one of competition. It is unusual to concern oneself with morality...

Tobin Tax (8 Jun 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Judd, for raising this important matter. In his eloquent speech, the noble Lord made a powerful case for an official inquiry into the practicability of an international currency tax and I support that case, declaring at the same time an interest as chair of Oxfam. Oxfam, whose objective is to eliminate poverty, is acutely aware of the adverse...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (9 May 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his careful consideration of the amendment. As regards the distinction between mutual and with-profits companies, I fear that the mutuals are fast disappearing and that choice will soon be very limited. But that is not the main thrust of my case. I am encouraged by the Minister's comments on the company law review and his clear acceptance that there...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (9 May 2000)

Lord Joffe: moved Amendment No. 151A: After Clause 135, insert the following new clause-- :TITLE3:LONG-TERM INSURANCE BUSINESS RULES: REPRESENTATION OF POLICYHOLDERS (" . The Authority shall make rules requiring an authorised person who is a body corporate who has permission to carry on regulated long-term insurance business to secure that the composition of the body's Board of Directors is such as to...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (9 May 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, in moving this amendment I have to declare an interest in that my family and I are with-profit policyholders in proprietary life assurance companies. The purpose of the amendment is the protection of with-profit policyholders, who currently have no representation on the boards of life assurance companies. I raised this issue at Committee stage and the noble Lord the Minister has...

Asylum Support Regulations 2000 (20 Apr 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, and other speakers have said everything that I intended to say in relation to these regulations. As chair of Oxfam, I wish to make only one point. On the one side we have the hysteria being created by the media and by certain right-wing groupings; on the other side there is a large body of caring people who are disillusioned and despondent that this...

Central Africa (5 Apr 2000)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Sandwich for introducing this debate. At the outset, I express the hope that the Government's current and welcome focus on the disturbing events in Zimbabwe will not distract attention from the conflicts in central Africa in which, of course, Zimbabwe is also involved. Likewise, international pressure for progress on implementing the Lusaka Agreement...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Joffe: I thank the noble Lord. I believe that for an ombudsman to have certain rights is a help but is not the answer because the ombudsman's powers are restricted. I am not sure whether an ombudsman would have the right to look into the position of with-profits policyholders, but I think that the awards that the ombudsman can grant are limited. I see that as a useful addition but not as a...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Joffe: Perhaps I may comment briefly on some of the points made in the debate. I entirely agree with the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, that policyholders often act irrationally and seldom take account of their best long-term interests. However, the distinction between a mutual and a proprietary company is that in a mutual company there is a mechanism for policyholders to object because they are the...

Financial Services and Markets Bill (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Joffe: The intention is that policyholders would be consulted. But if the impasse suggested arose between the shareholders and the policyholders, at that stage the policyholders would have the right to apply to the court to protect their interests.

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