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

Ethical Foreign Policy (25 Nov 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that that is an area in which virtue is rewarded and that the influence of this country has extended substantially since the days when our decisions were seen to be narrow and selfish?

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the noble Lord, Lord Wigoder, finds that it fortifies him, I agree with almost every word he said. I hope that he will forgive me if, on a matter which is perhaps rather marginal to the debate, I say that I find myself on the side of my noble friend Lord Borrie. It would be helpful if we knew more about some of the dialogues that take place in the jury room and the workings of...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I believed that my noble and learned friend changed his mind while in government. It is rather like a barn dance where the couples change over in the middle. I mention it only so that we do not go overboard. To change one's mind is not compulsory. If some of us today say precisely what we were saying two years ago and before that, I hope that your Lordships will find it in your...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Yes, my Lords. The noble Lord should not tempt me. I had the privilege of being reared at the feet of Theodore Plucknett, whose name is probably hardly remembered these days, but for those of us of a certain generation it was a name to conjure with. I could give a long disquisition on the point, but I doubt that would take me to the head of the popularity stakes in your Lordships' House. By...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend. These days I find I am a little out of date on some matters. If that is the case, perhaps we should see what consequences have followed from that and give them time to develop.

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend. In future I shall always employ her to do my research! Following the intervention of my noble friend, it appears that a great deal of this fuss addresses a problem that has already passed under the bridge. Of course, it will not be the first time in our history that that has happened under any government. This is an argument about the merits of...

Nuclear Weapons (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend recollect that when the new agenda resolution was passed by the General Assembly on 13th October the United Kingdom delegate explained his opposition by saying that the resolution was incompatible with a credible, minimal deterrent? Who is to be deterred from what? Is a non-nuclear attack to be deterred by threatening to turn it into a nuclear war? If the...

Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (17 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, on increasing the debt that the House already owes to him by introducing this Bill. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Alexander of Weedon. If it appears that this debate is in the nature of a justice takeover, that is no mystery--for reasons already given. On the last occasion that my noble...

New Agenda Coalition Resolution (19 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which elements of the New Agenda Coalition resolution, approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th October 1999, they found unacceptable; and why.

New Agenda Coalition Resolution (19 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer, which was substantially more informative than the uncharacteristically dismissive answer which she gave me last week. Does she appreciate that at stake is the confidence of the non-nuclear powers in the whole non-proliferation process and that at the forthcoming review conference, the whole process may collapse? Even if the Government are...

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that if the whole purpose of anti-ballistic missile defences is to make the world, or even America, safer, it would be highly counter-productive to alarm Russia into retarding or reducing its arms control programme? Does the noble Baroness know of anyone who can explain that simple truth to the hawks in Congress?

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on 27th March.

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on penetrating to the point of my Question. The most welcome form of celebration would be the conclusion of an effective verification protocol. Will she convey to the Government my congratulations on their patience and persistence in working for that purpose? Is it not the case that, unless a draft is in place by the middle of this year, the prospect...

Asylum Seekers (21 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend appreciate the dangers of becoming involved in an auction regarding the number of removals achieved? Does he accept that immigration officials are human and that, like all of us, they are susceptible to alarmist and populist pressures and that they need support in the form of effective training programmes, as recommended by the Council of Europe and by Amnesty...

Nuclear Disarmament (28 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does not my noble friend agree that the principal question is not whether we make progress at the review conference but whether we can run fast enough to stay in the same place? Is there not a profound mistrust among the non-nuclear powers that the nuclear powers are not taking their obligations under the treaty seriously? How do the Government propose to persuade them that we do...

Human Rights Defenders: Special Rapporteur (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will urge the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to appoint a special rapporteur for human rights defenders.

Human Rights Defenders: Special Rapporteur (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank the Minister--and not merely formally--for that encouragement. While I am on a winning streak, will my noble friend confirm that those who act as the eyes and ears of the international community in defending human rights, often at great risk to themselves, deserve all the protection we can afford? Does she agree with the old adage that what is everyone's business is no one's...

Death Penalty: Worldwide Abolition (6 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, since the abolitionist resolution before the third committee was sabotaged last year, will we be seeking other methods of bringing the matter before the General Assembly?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Select Committee on Human Rights: Legal Adviser (21 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Answers of 17 February (WA 161), whether a Legal Adviser to the proposed Joint Select Committee on Human Rights has been appointed.

UN Millennium NGO Forum (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure the success of the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum.


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