Results 1–20 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (28 Mar 2011)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Since the noble Lord was kind enough to tempt me to my feet, would he agree that many local tribunals and public bodies lead lonely lives, and that the great contribution of a central body is that it can collect and disseminate experience and best practice? If that were missing, everyone's performance would suffer.

Blood and Blood Products — Statement (10 Jan 2011)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I thank the noble Earl for repeating the Statement and recognise his readiness to listen to and act on representations, but will he also recognise the efforts of a vast number of people of all political parties and none who have worked assiduously for a very long time to ensure that financial relief of a proper order is made available to those who have suffered from the tragedy and to their...

Iraq: Camp Ashraf — Question (25 Oct 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: In the absence of my noble friend Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question in his name on the Order Paper.

Iraq: Camp Ashraf — Question (25 Oct 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that account of energetic activity, but does he agree that, since the occupying forces of the Americans and British delivered the residents of Ashraf to the mercies of the Iraqi military, they retain some obligation for their welfare and protection from repeated murderous attacks and the interruption of food and medical supplies? Does he agree that, if we...

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 Oct 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am most grateful to the Minister. Does he appreciate that one matter that concerned us was the establishment of a permanent secretariat to the committee, so that one would not have to wait for a meeting of the committee before responding to something that had happened? It would monitor events as they arrived and respond to them quickly.

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 Oct 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, we are debating a Bill presented by my noble friend Lord Morris of Manchester, who is very much to be congratulated on having secured this debate so early in the Session. I say at the outset that we all wish him a speedy recovery from his present affliction. For my noble friend, this is one chapter in an unrelenting campaign on behalf of a group of people who, through no fault of...

International Criminal Court — Question (22 Jul 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I congratulate the Government on the amendment to define aggression. However, does the noble Lord agree that the decision to defer its implementation until 2017 demonstrates that those who oppose international answerability are at least as determined as those who support it? Can he assure the House that the Government will oppose any further attempts to undermine what has been achieved?

Nuclear Posture Review — Question (28 Jun 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Will the Minister confirm that the parties to the nuclear non-proliferation t0reaty undertake to enter into negotiations in good faith for nuclear disarmament and, afterwards, for a treaty on general and complete disarmament? Are the Government proposing any steps to initiate such negotiations, or at least to encourage them? If not, why not?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (16 Jun 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 237), on what dates correspondence was exchanged between the blood policy team in the Department of Health and the Blood and Tissue Policy Unit in the Republic of Ireland's Department of Health and Children; and whether they will place that correspondence in the Library of the House.

Health: Contaminated Blood Products — Question (2 Jun 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I endorse my noble friend's congratulations to the noble Earl. Do the Government accept that the scale of payments to victims in Ireland was not a response to criticisms from an official inquiry, as the scale had been decided and implemented long before either official inquiry reported? Furthermore, is it now accepted that to argue that there has been no similar criticism from an...

Egypt — Question (22 Mar 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that Muslims in Egypt who convert to another religion are routinely subjected to arrest and torture and are prevented from taking refuge in any other country? While I recognise the work that the Government have done on this matter, would they consider inviting our colleagues in Europe to discuss joint action?

Iraq: Camp Ashraf — Question (9 Feb 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords-

Iraq: Camp Ashraf — Question (9 Feb 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Does my noble friend accept that to deliver the refugees into the hands of the Iranian regime would, for some of them at least, be the equivalent of a death sentence? Does she further accept that the attack on Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces in July, leaving 11 dead, establishes that it cannot safely be left in Iraqi hands? Is this not a matter that we should discuss with our American allies?

Bribery Bill [HL]: Report (2 Feb 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I had not previously intervened on your Lordships' discussion on this Bill and I would have been very reluctant to do so at this stage if a matter of some importance had not been drawn to my attention. I accept that if I had been more assiduous I would have grasped it earlier, when I could have discussed it with the noble Lords, Lord Goodhart and Lord Thomas, and with my noble...

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Third Reading (21 Jan 2010)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, it would be wrong to allow this moment to pass without a tribute to my noble friend Lord Morris. It is not the first tribute that he has received in a long and distinguished career, but without him, there would have been no inquiry, no recommendations, no Bill and no debate. We ought to include a tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Masham, who has given unstinting service over a...

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I hope my noble friend does not think that I am being tiresome; I am grateful to her for giving way. This is something that we ought to clarify. Is it the Government's position that they are under no obligation to relieve suffering that has not been the fault of the Government? That is the issue.

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to my noble friend for giving way. I just make it clear that 5,000 documents were discovered by the department and given to us too late for us to include them in our report, so we may have some optimism about the Scottish inquiry.

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, not for the first time, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Morris, not only on securing a place for his Bill and the clarity with which he introduced it-so making possible this debate-but on his unflagging concern and support over many years for the victims of misfortune. They can have no better champion. With the campaigning skills of the strategist and the unrelenting...

Burma — Question (9 Nov 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords—

Burma — Question (9 Nov 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while commending the work which the Government have done already, given the mass murders, tortures, rapes, human minesweepers and mass evictions in the Karen and Shan provinces, would my noble friend agree that if that did not evoke the responsibility to protect, it would be difficult to imagine a situation which would? If it were happening in the West, there would by now be at...


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