Results 1–20 of 168 for speaker:Lord Chalfont

London (28 Apr 2004)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, in the course of my long life I have lived in most of the great capital cities of the world: Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Beijing and, of course, New York, which is a capital city in all but name. But for the past 40 years I have lived in the centre of London and I have a strong impression—this is entirely anecdotal, because I have not studied the matter closely in any of the other...

Iraq War: Strategic Communications Networks (19 Jan 2004)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether strategic communications networks functioned satisfactorily during the Iraq war.

Iraq War: Strategic Communications Networks (19 Jan 2004)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Does he not agree that if the strategic tasks set out in Essay 2 of the last Defence White Paper are to be discharged, effective—indeed, perfect—strategic communications are essential? Can he now give an answer to the question posed by the noble Lord, Lord Clark of Windermere, in the recent defence debate? Will there be someone in the...

Speakership of the House (12 Jan 2004)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, it is a great privilege and pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Steel of Aikwood. As a Welshman, I have often wondered what goes on in that other outpost of what used to be the United Kingdom. He has given us a great insight into that. I welcome, as other noble Lords have, the report from the committee under the chairmanship of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick,...

European Union Constitution (10 Dec 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, for initiating this important debate. It is a great pleasure and privilege to follow the noble and learned Lord, Lord Howe of Aberavon, although he might not agree with everything that I shall have to say. The first thing I shall say about the European Union draft constitutional treaty is that, as the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth,...

Istanbul: Terrorist Attack (20 Nov 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the Minister agree that although it is right that we should condemn these atrocities and express horror at them, that will not have much effect on those who carry them out? As a famous Russian once said, the object of terrorism is to terrorise. That is what these people are trying to do. The fact that we deplore what they do and express horror at it may to some extent salve our...

Hunting Bill (28 Oct 2003)

Lord Chalfont: I support the Motion proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Roper. I understand all the arguments about the sense of priorities and everything else, but the House did agree some time in 2002 that on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we should stop work at 10 o'clock in the evening. It is now well past that time. We have reached Amendment No. 28 on a list that approaches 100 amendments. I believe...

Interpal: Charitable Status (6 Oct 2003)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the activities of the Palestine Relief and Development Fund—Interpal—are consistent with its charitable status.

Interpal: Charitable Status (6 Oct 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that reply. Is it not a shame that the legitimate activities of this organisation should have been disrupted by what appear to have been false allegations? On the other hand, will she confirm that the European Union has now prescribed or blacklisted both the political wing of Hamas and its military wing? In the light of that, can we be assured that no...

Iraq: Incidents Involving British Forces (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I preface my question by saying that there may be more than one reason why the Minister cannot or will not answer it. If so, I shall quite understand. Can he say how the soldiers of the Royal Military Police died?

Speaker of the House of Lords (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, in order to inform further consideration of the problem, can the noble and learned Lord the Lord President say whether there is any reason—constitutional, legal, conventional or other—why the future occupant of the Woolsack should not be called Lord Chancellor?

Defence Policy (18 Jun 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, the Motion so thoughtfully and authoritatively introduced by the noble Lord, Lord King of Bridgwater, refers to defence policy and the future of the Armed Forces. I am not going to follow the noble Lord, Lord King, and other noble Lords on the subjects of over-stretch and recruitment problems. My contribution is of a more technical military kind. I should like to ask the Minister...

European Defence Union (9 Jun 2003)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the proposal for a European defence union now being floated by France and other member countries of the European Union.

European Defence Union (9 Jun 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I am grateful for that unequivocal Answer. Will the Minister confirm that the idea involves a proposal to set up a planning centre in Brussels by 2004? Does she agree that that planning centre would duplicate or be in direct competition with SHAPE and NATO? When the idea is put forward at the ministerial Council meeting in Greece, will Her Majesty's Government make it clear that...

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

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Ahmed, mentioned one of the phenomena which always accompany a Bill as controversial as this—namely, the emergence of a highly organised postal protest lobby. It has happened again in this case. I have received, as many of your Lordships will have received, a great volume of mail inviting me—in many cases almost instructing me—to oppose the Bill. Those...

International Order (14 May 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, it is my first and most pleasant duty to congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle on his distinguished and moving maiden speech. Many years ago, when I visited the United Nations on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, my colleague, Lord Caradon, used to remind us constantly that all policy—international and national—should have a moral centre. It is good...

Security and Liberty (26 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, the debate is due to end at 6.25 p.m. and so I have time only to thank the noble Lord, Lord Wilson of Dinton, for choosing this debate in which to make his perceptive and thoughtful maiden speech and to thank all noble Lords who have taken part. I beg leave to withdraw the Motion for Papers.

Security and Liberty (26 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: rose to call attention to the balance between national security and individual liberty in a democratic society; and to move for Papers. My Lords, perhaps I may say how much I look forward to this brief debate—although perhaps I am alone in that. I should also say how much I shall appreciate the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Wilson of Dinton. His experience gives him a special...

Iraq (20 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I turn to another aspect of what the Minister said in terms of deployment of our forces. Does it not make it absolutely clear that British forces are now a substantial part of a coalition and not, as some people have said, just an add-on to the Americans?

Iraq (18 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I start, as did my noble friend Lord Rees-Mogg, with an unequivocal statement of support for the approach of the Government to this crisis. There is not much else I can say about the policy of the Government on Iraq which has not already been said. I offer a few brief comments. Despite all that has been said about the United Nations, I wish first to advance the proposition that this...


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