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Results 61–80 of 168 for speaker:Lord Chalfont

International Terrorism (18 Oct 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble and erudite Earl, Lord Onslow. However, I must comment that I am rather surprised that his Arab friends had difficulty in deciding whether he was English or American. I have not spoken hitherto in the debates in your Lordships' House following the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11th September. So many noble Lords wished to speak...

House of Lords' Offices: Select Committee Report (23 Jul 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I make a few comments both as a member of the committee which produced this report but perhaps more importantly, as someone who has now been in the House for nearly 40 years and as someone who has a great deal of concern, as I think most of your Lordships have, for the authority and prestige of the House. My comments concern a point which has been mentioned already by the noble...

Bowman Radio Communications System (19 Jul 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the announcement will be very much welcomed in the Armed Forces and especially in the Army? I congratulate the Government on bringing this long saga to a successful conclusion. It is easy to talk about the past with the benefit of hindsight, but the Government deserve to be congratulated on this occasion. I also congratulate them and their chosen...

European Takeover Directive (19 Jul 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, can the Minister say whether he accepts the use of the word "welsh" in the pejorative sense?

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Lord Chalfont: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the security arrangements at Menwith Hill and Fylingdales are satisfactory.

Menwith Hill and Fylingdales: Security (5 Jul 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that encouraging reply. Does he agree that although it would be wrong to suggest that these silly people from Greenpeace are a security threat, what happened suggests that it might be possible for serious intruders with a serious design to get into two very important and sensitive establishments?

Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum (27 Jun 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, perhaps I may apologise for an error that has crept into the wording. The reference should be to "theater" missile defence and not to "tactical" missile defence. The Question was as follows: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans for the Royal Navy to join the Maritime Theater...

Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum (27 Jun 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that encouraging Answer. I welcome him to one of the "hot seats" on the Government Front Bench and wish him great success in the future. Does he agree that as the Royal Navy might in the future be engaged in expeditionary force operations, it is important for it to exchange information with the other navies of the world on the future of missile technology?

Armed Forces Bill (10 May 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, perhaps I may offer a few brief remarks in support of the noble and gallant Lord's opposition to the Question that Clause 2 stand part of the Bill. When one considers the comments that I have made in recent days in this House, it may seem strange that I should be supporting him on an issue of the sanctity of the chain of command. However, I can assure noble Lords that there is no...

Nuclear Weapons (8 May 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, perhaps the Minister can assist me on one small matter of logic. If someone is against Trident and wants to destroy it, would not one expect that person to be in favour of ballistic missile defence?

Anglo-American Relations (2 May 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, perhaps I may acknowledge her powerful and lucid piece of advocacy. Will she confirm that there can be no question of Britain and Denmark doing anything that is against the ABM treaty because it is signed only by the United States and the Soviet Union? No other country can possibly break it.

Anglo-American Relations (2 May 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, it is not just a convention to thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, for initiating this debate. It is a most important debate and has been, for the most part, an extremely good debate. I am only sorry that, for a debate of this kind, it is such a thin House. It is a sad reflection on our priorities that more people attend this House to talk about a football stadium than...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, that places me in a somewhat difficult position. The noble Lord, Lord Tordoff, accepted my suggestion about a reference back in the spirit in which it was made. I am also old enough to know that when the noble Lord says that there is little likelihood that the Liaison Committee would come to a different conclusion this time from its previous decision he knows what he is talking...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, if I was confused before, I am even more confused now. Perhaps confused is not the right word. I am in a dilemma. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Tordoff, for saying that in certain circumstances he would refer the matter and the report back to the Liaison Committee and consider the appointment of a different kind of Select Committee. However, he also said that he saw no...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I do not think that I could have a clearer endorsement than that.

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, my amendment makes that clear. I now have a feeling of what the House wants. Although I know that whatever decision I take will be unpopular in some quarters, I feel that I must test the opinion of the House.

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, will the noble Viscount give way? If the Select Committee came to the conclusion that it could not establish the cause of the accident, that would immediately set aside the verdict of the Air Marshals. If the Ministry of Defence did not accept that, then the mind boggles. I have nothing more to say. If a Select Committee of this House decides that it cannot determine the cause of...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: rose to move, as an amendment to the above Motion, to leave out all the words after "That" and insert "this House rejects the recommendations of the Liaison Committee and appoints a Select Committee of five members to consider the justification for the finding of those reviewing the conclusions of the RAF board of inquiry that both pilots of the Chinook helicopter ZD576 which crashed on the...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (30 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I realise that it is no small matter to ask this House to reject a recommendation by one of its Select Committees. However, on this occasion I feel obliged to do so and should like to take a few moments of your Lordships' time to explain why. I begin by saying that there is nothing confrontational about this amendment. It is not in conflict with the Government. This is a story in...

May Day Protests (26 Apr 2001)

Lord Chalfont: My Lords, I have a slightly simpler question. Is there any way under the law in which people can be prevented from wearing masks or other disguises when they take part in such demonstrations?


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