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Results 21–40 of 168 for speaker:Lord Chalfont

Iraq and Israel/Palestine (10 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords—

Iraq and Israel/Palestine (10 Mar 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the Minister agree that in some of the comments made about the problem, far too much emphasis is placed on the present, dangerous and real as those dangers may be, and not enough emphasis is placed on the future? As the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, said, surely we shall be faced with a grave danger in the future if weapons of mass destruction, which we now know to be...

Iraq (26 Feb 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I did not accuse anyone of anything. I said that there was a degree of anti-Americanism in the debate, which there was.

Iraq (26 Feb 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I shall resist the temptation to take issue with some of the wilder flights of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism which seem to have crept into our debate. I want to concentrate on two basic issues which are less controversial but which have come very much alive as a result of the Iraq crisis. The first is the role of armed force as an instrument of foreign policy; and the second is...

Iraq (3 Feb 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord agree that it is now important that the Prime Minister should continue upon the courageous and clear-sighted course that he has taken up to now in trying, as best he can, to ensure that the problem is solved through the United Nations, while making it clear that, if it cannot be solved in that way, force may have to be used? I hope that the Prime...

Business: Statement in the Commons (30 Jan 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the noble and learned Lord agree that the prime contractorship for the building of these two new aircraft carriers is one of the most important procurement decisions for the Armed Forces and for employment in this country that has been taken for many, many years? Is it not strange that Members of your Lordships' House should have to read in the newspapers what Members of...

University Admissions Policy (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance is given to universities on the criteria to be applied in selecting candidates for admission.

University Admissions Policy (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is she aware that someone whose son was recently rejected by a Cambridge college was told that the Education Secretary was advising the university that it should favour not only candidates who went to schools with poor academic records but also those whose parents are badly off and uneducated? Can the Minister say whether that reflects Her...

Transport for London (9 Jan 2003)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is bizarre that a great city such as London, which has a gross domestic product equal to that of many sovereign states, should be in the hands of an inexperienced local authority? Does he also agree that, as far as London is concerned, at any rate, the experiment of devolution has not been an unqualified success?

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, there has been a certain amount of talk about the wisdom or rectitude of a House of Lords Select Committee considering this problem. I find that an extraordinary argument. This is part of the Parliament of this country. If Parliament is not able to scrutinise the activities of the executive in a Select Committee or in any other way, I believe that we shall get into very dangerous...

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, I wonder whether she is seriously suggesting that because of the hurt brought to the families of those killed we should cease to look for the truth in the matter? Would she mind telling me how many of those families she has talked to and whether she has received any information from them as to the course they would like to take?

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Chalfont: rose to move, as an amendment to the above Motion, to leave out all the words after "House" and to insert "accepts the report of the Select Committee on Chinook ZD576 and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to set aside the finding of gross negligence against the two pilots".

Chinook ZD576: Select Committee Report (5 Nov 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I beg leave to move the amendment standing in my name on the Order Paper. I have already written to many noble Lords with an explanation and even something of an apology for my amendment to the Motion of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Jauncey, which is a "take note" Motion upon which there may be debate but on which it is not normal to vote. As the Government were unable to...

King's College, London: Proposed Land Sale (29 Jul 2002)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: What view they take about the proposed sale by King's College, London, of land, which is required by St Thomas's Hospital for teaching and research purposes, to a non-medical body.

King's College, London: Proposed Land Sale (29 Jul 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I accept that this is not a matter on which the Government can intervene. However, it seems to be a matter in which the Government might have some interest. Is it true that King's College and the National Health Service trust have put together a working group which has produced a report strongly suggesting that, whatever happens to the block...

Chinook ZD576 (22 Jul 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Vivian, said, it is a matter of great regret that this Statement has been made and the response received, leaving no time for a full debate in your Lordships' House. The Minister has promised a debate in the autumn when we shall go into further details of this whole affair. The Statement is no surprise as it seems to underline the prevalent doctrine of...

SA80-A2 Rifle (10 Jul 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that this matter is part of a bigger problem? Does he recall that as recently as November 2000 the Public Accounts Committee of the other place produced a very critical report on procurement in the Ministry of Defence? It pointed out, among other things, that 60 per cent of weapons examined by the National Audit Office after acceptance into the Armed Forces...

Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002 (19 Jun 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I shall be brief. I said that this amendment was not intended to disrupt or undermine the Royal Air Force or any other part of the Armed Forces. Indeed, I have been somewhat resentful of some of the suggestions made that this amendment has in some way prevented us from paying tribute to the Armed Forces as though it were a formality that we had to go through. I served for 25 years...

Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002 (19 Jun 2002)

Lord Chalfont: rose to move, as an amendment to the above Motion, to leave out all the words after "That" and insert, "this House declines to approve the draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002 in respect of the Air Force until such time as Her Majesty's Government have responded to the report of the Select Committee on Chinook ZD576".

Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002 (19 Jun 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I am fully aware of the significance of this amendment. Indeed, had I not been, I should not have tabled it. If it were pressed to a Division and carried, it would mean, as the Minister said, that from 31st August Parliament's approval to the continuation of the Armed Forces—particularly the Royal Air Force, although the Minister says that it would apply to all three—would be...


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