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Results 41–60 of 168 for speaker:Lord Chalfont

Armed Forces (15 May 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I must first join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Lord, Lord King, for introducing this debate. There are few Members of this House better equipped to initiate such a debate than the noble Lord. He has done it with his customary incisiveness and forethought. He has also given us the opportunity to have a debate which has been to some extent very geo-strategic or...

Chinook ZD576 (1 May 2002)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect to provide a response to the report of the Select Committee on the Chinook ZD576 accident before the Summer Recess.

Chinook ZD576 (1 May 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that encouraging reply. However, in the light of the fact that correspondents' letters addressed to the Government on this matter are being answered by the Air Staff secretariat, can he give the House an assurance that, before the response arrives in the House, Ministers, and not only officials, will have read the Select Committee's report and that they will...

Israel and the Occupied Territories (29 Apr 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I found it not only a positive Statement, as the noble Lord, Lord Howell, said, but also a balanced one. I am afraid that balance as a commodity is in short supply in many of the debates on the Middle East, especially in some quarters of our media. I speak as someone who has spent a great part of his professional life fighting...

Israel and the Occupied Territories (29 Apr 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I am aware of the 20-minute rule and I shall be as brief as I can. I shall bring my remarks to a close. Israel perceives that it is under threat. This House has a deserved reputation for reasoned debate, objective judgments and analysis of international problems. Although this may sound like the worst of all clichés, there are two sides to this terrible conflict. No service is done...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Chinook ZD576 (3 Apr 2002)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to complete their response to the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Chinook ZD576. (HL paper 25).

Written Answers — House of Lords: Chinook ZD576 Report (25 Feb 2002)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 11 February (WA 125), whether they expect to respond to the Select Committee Report on the Chinook ZD576 before the Easter Recess.

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (28 Jan 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the Minister agree that we are paddling in dangerous waters? Will he confirm to the House, in case we should be contemplating any quixotic gesture, that the balance of intelligence between this country and the United States is weighted heavily in our favour? If that exchange should cease, our national interests, not theirs, would be damaged.

Army (16 Jan 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, we should all be grateful to the noble Earl, Lord Onslow, for introducing the debate, which he did in his usual amusing fashion but with the serious strategic content that one expects from a former subaltern in the Life Guards. The noble Earl perhaps went over the top a little in his description of the equipment position. I know that there are many atrocity stories about tanks in...

Gurkhas: Employment in UK (15 Jan 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, even with that agreement, will the Minister confirm that—given the enormous service that they have performed for this country, to which he has rightly paid tribute—the Gurkhas will receive at least equal if not favourable treatment in relation to others entering the country or seeking permits to work here?

House of Lords Reform (10 Jan 2002)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I begin exactly where the noble Lord, Lord Denham, began his speech yesterday, except that I was always led to believe that what he described took place not in Ballymurphy but in north Wales. I believe that it was in the town of Llangollen that a local inhabitant was approached by a foreign gentleman—I believe that he was English—who asked him the way to Dolgellau. After a...

Afghanistan (17 Dec 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, it is a daunting experience to take part in a debate of this kind following a former Defence Secretary and four former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, including the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Guthrie, who made an excellent and memorable maiden speech. I want to use as a point of departure for my own remarks one aspect of the current operations in Afghanistan: the announcement that...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (3 Dec 2001)

Lord Chalfont: I return briefly to the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, which is the essence of what we should be discussing in this Committee. We are dealing with an amendment to one specific clause of the Bill. One has heard some terrifying adumbrations from the noble Lords, Lord Pearson and Lord Stoddart. If it is true that the possibilities which they have outlined may come about because...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill (3 Dec 2001)

Lord Chalfont: I shall be brief because having listened to the debate this afternoon, I find that I have nothing new to say. However, it is worth making a few remarks, if only to bring home to the Government the almost universal strength of feeling about Clauses 110 and 111. Generally speaking, I am in favour of the proposed legislation and want to see the Bill on the statute book as quickly as possible....

Afghanistan (14 Nov 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, is the noble and learned Lord aware that gratitude to him for repeating the Statement is bound to be somewhat tempered by the fact that most of the facts and figures, including the identity of the units concerned, was available on the BBC and in the morning papers? Would it not be nice if sometimes Parliament were the first to hear about these things? May I ask the noble and learned...

Afghanistan: Cluster Bomb Policy (14 Nov 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is rather untidy to refer to cluster bombs as one kind of munition? Does he agree that the two main weapons currently being used in Afghanistan are the CBU 87, which casts out bomblets that look like cans of cola and thus might attract children to them, and the CBU 89, which scatters mines over a large area? Can the Minister confirm that the latter...

Terrorism and Treason Acts: Awareness (1 Nov 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, following on from the question of the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, does the Minister agree that it might be wise to facilitate the departure of these so-called British citizens to Afghanistan and to let the Royal Marines and the SAS deal with the problem?

Ballistic Missiles (30 Oct 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I too thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer, for initiating this important debate, though he will not be surprised to hear that I shall not be following him in his line of argument about missile defence. Like the noble Lord, Lord Judd, I too must declare an interest in that I am chairman of the Missile Proliferation Study Group, which has been looking at this problem for...

Ballistic Missiles (30 Oct 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord. However, that does not alter the argument. As he will know, President Bush has recently negotiated with President Putin about this matter. They have gone a long way towards agreeing amendments to the treaty which would allow development and testing of a missile system. However, it is worth bearing in mind that if agreement cannot be arrived at, both...

Sheep and BSE (22 Oct 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords--


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