Results 361–380 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am sorry that my noble friend hesitated before describing me as her noble and learned friend. I am sure that that was a lapse.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful for that explanation as well as all the other explanations my noble friend has given. She has given us food for thought; I promise to digest it. I shall not press my objection to Clause 27 standing part of the Bill.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Amendment No. 80 sought to raise the question whether the arrangement of districts was a matter for the operational judgment of the chief constable. My noble and learned friend's answer was one sentence: it is a matter for his operational judgment. With great respect to my noble and learned friend, that is not an argument but an assertion. However, it may be that even if we pursued the matter...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I do not know whether it was deliberate on the part of the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran, that, in introducing this group of amendments, he spoke unattributably to my Amendment No. 102, and, if I may say so, made out a very persuasive case for it. I can only say that I am grateful to him. I can now be very brief. Perhaps I may spend a few moments repeating the noble Lord's question. Section 15...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: This debate has been a salutary experience for me. I now know from personal experience what it feels like to be in a minority. Rule number one of any strategy is: "Do not seek a battle when you are surrounded". I promise to think further about what my noble friend has said. Meanwhile, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 88: Page 10, line 22, after ("Constable") insert ("after consultation with the Board").

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: This is a small amendment but is perhaps one worthy of discussion. The whole Bill is about balancing. There is a balancing of interests; there is a balance between authority and safeguards; there is also a balancing of powers at various levels in the hierarchy--the Secretary of State, the board, the chief constable and the district councils. One is therefore driven to ask the question: should...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 80: Page 9, line 30, leave out (", with the consent of the Secretary of State,").

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: It may be for the convenience of the Committee if with this amendment we debate all the amendments up to and including Amendment No. 85. Amendment No. 80 is largely a probing amendment. Clause 19 empowers the board to issue or revise a code of practice for district policing partnerships. That is sensible. However, the clause then provides that they may do so only with the consent of the...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to the noble Baroness and I am sorry if I failed to make myself clear. I was simply saying that in Clause 5(5)(c) it was felt necessary to set that out. I am only wondering why it was not felt necessary to set it out here.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Yes.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I intervene simply to mention my Amendment No. 66, which is included in this group. The principle which it raises was discussed earlier, and so I say simply, without prejudice to that principle, that I do not propose to move that amendment.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to my noble and learned friend. I think his attention was distracted. In order to prevent a misunderstanding, I have already said that I will not move this amendment.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Saving time is commendable. My noble friend the Minister has answered my arguments before I have advanced them. Not for the first time, she has largely read my mind. I am not wholly surprised to be told that my amendments are unnecessary, but I should like to take a moment to explain why I tabled them. We are told that the DPP may submit a report on a specific matter whenever so required by...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to my noble friend for giving way. However, he is rather giving the impression that I put forward some proposition that is inconsistent with what he is saying. I have no recollection of ever having done such a thing.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful for the explanation given by my noble and learned friend. I do not believe there is any wide gulf between us. But there may be some scope and perhaps necessity for further discussions between now and Report stage. Meanwhile, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before my noble and learned friend passes on, in a spirit of helpfulness, would the Government be prepared to consider specific international human rights instruments, such as the United Nations code which I mentioned?

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 31: Page 2, line 7, at end insert ("and compliant with all relevant international human rights standards").

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: In moving Amendment No. 31, I wish to speak also to Amendments Nos. 31 to 34, 34A, 35 to 37, 201 to 204 and 232. Clause 3 is concerned with the functions of the board. I am grateful to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Equality Commission and the Committee for the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland for the great deal of help which they have given me in relation not...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: It is not often these days that I intervene in matters relating to Northern Ireland. Those who know me will know that that does not reflect any diminution in my affection for my former friends in Northern Ireland. It simply reflects two anxieties which press upon me. The first is that I am not so closely familiar now with events there as I was some years ago, and there always is a great...


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