Results 181–200 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Written Answers — House of Lords: Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act Powers of Detention (23 Jan 2003)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to continue the powers of detention in the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Terrorism Act 2000, Part VII (23 Jan 2003)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will lay before Parliament the report by Lord Carlile of Berriew into the operation of Part VII of the Terrorism Act 2000.

House of Lords Reform (22 Jan 2003)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, when the 64th contributor to a debate rises to speak, noble Lords may not be anticipating a startlingly original contribution. I can confirm that expectation. Unlike the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth, my dreams are of the future and of undergoing a rather searching television interview. When future historians write about the process in which we are now...

Ballistic Missiles (9 Dec 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while congratulating the Government on their achievement, does my noble friend recollect that some of us have been asking for a long time when we may expect the United Nations' fourth special session on disarmament? We have always been told that the time was not right. How will we know when it is right?

Biological Weapons (26 Nov 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans for an alternative regime to encourage compliance with the Biological Weapons Convention if the fifth review conference fails to reach agreement on a monitoring protocol.

Biological Weapons (26 Nov 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that cheering news in a sometimes depressing world and I appreciate how hard the Government have worked to bring it about. Will she place a copy of the new proposals in the Library? May we assume that the American Administration are now persuaded that if they want to discourage other countries from proliferating weapons, it is counter-productive to...

International Criminal Court (19 Nov 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the provision was inserted into the statute at the insistence of the United States? Does she agree that over the past few years this country has built up enormous international respect, not least through its leadership in ensuring that those who commit horrific offences should be made accountable internationally? Would it not be a tragedy to squander...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Joffe, was kind enough to refer to the arguments that I advanced at an earlier stage in our deliberations. Perhaps I should explain to your Lordships that I am content with what has been said in the letter from my noble friend Lady Scotland. I too would like to know the answer to the question advanced by the noble Lord, Lord Joffe, but I do not propose to oppose...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, there are few clauses in few Bills that have been subjected to more debate in and out of Parliament than the clause that is now Clause 92. For that reason, and because we have been reminded of the principal arguments by the noble Lords, Lord Kingsland and Lord Goodhart, it would now be superfluous for me to repeat them. However, I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing: Density of New Developments in London and the South East (31 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they intend to bring forward to raise the density of new housing developments in London and the South East.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I rise for two purposes. The first is to support Amendment No. 51. I shall not attempt to improve on the case so clearly made out by the noble Lords, Lord Joffe and Lord Goodhart, except to add one further reflection. The composition of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal is a legal chairman and two lay members. Can my noble friend tell the House what is the function of two lay members...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, clearly my noble and learned friend has directed his mind to the concerns expressed in the amendment. I am not sure that the system that he described and the intentions which he seeks to incorporate are beyond improvement. I am tempted to embark on a number of factors which occur to me now. I am not persuaded that it would be wise to formulate them spontaneously, nor perhaps to...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 42: Page 53, line 27, at end insert— "( ) This section does not apply if the evidence adduced in support of the application establishes a reasonable likelihood that the appellant has been tortured in the country to which it is proposed to remove him."

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, whatever categories of persecution there may be, I assume that the House agrees that torture is in a separate one. Those who suffer torture are the most vulnerable, the most inhibited from discussing their experience or describing it at an early stage, and the least able to survive further persecution. It is in this area in particular that the record of the Home Office does not...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble and learned friend for giving way. At the risk of being tiresome, can he explain how, if the purpose of all these proposals is to expedite the processing of asylum claims, that will be promoted by encouraging a plethora of applications for judicial review?

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (24 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I can be perhaps uncharacteristically brief in this intervention for two reasons: first, because the objections to subsection (2) have already been explained by the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, with his usual clarity and, secondly, because these issues were discussed at some length in Committee. I am grateful to all noble Lords who participated in that debate. If the Bill is...

International Criminal Court: US Immunity (14 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to negotiate with the United States a bilateral immunity agreement under Article 98 of the statute of the International Criminal Court.

International Criminal Court: US Immunity (14 Oct 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reassurance, and recognise the part played by the United Kingdom Government in preserving what has been achieved. Will she confirm that the American neuroses are quite groundless because the jurisdiction of the court will be activated only if an accused's own country fails to bring him to trial? Can it be explained to the American Government that,...

Iraq (24 Sep 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I should begin with a declaration of interest. I am privileged to be president of the World Disarmament Campaign and of the One World Trust, although they should not be blamed for any of my shortcomings. It is always a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London, whose friendship I greatly value. If those movements fall into the category that had the...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (29 Jul 2002)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: At the risk of being tiresome, perhaps I may make a short point. We are dealing not with oral evidence but with oral argument.


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