Results 21–40 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Charities: Appeals — Question (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I welcome my noble friend and assure her that we enjoy hearing her voice, for however long. Can she tell the House the estimated effect of the recession on charitable donations and resources?

Iraq: Camp Ashraf — Question (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the citizens of Ashraf have been accorded protected person status under the fourth Geneva Convention, that the initial protecting power was the United States and that it cannot divest itself of its obligations simply by announcing that it has transferred them to the Iraqi Government? Given that the United Kingdom participated in the original...

Health: PVL — Question (13 May 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, what research is being conducted into PVL?

Health: Contaminated Blood Products — Debate (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I add my congratulations to those that we have already heard from the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, and the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell. I wonder whether at this point it is also in order to add my congratulations on my noble friend's forthcoming election as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. It is proper recognition of a lifetime spent in the service of those who suffer. I...

Iraq: Ashraf City — Question (2 Mar 2009)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that Iraq was invaded by a multinational force of which the United Kingdom contingent formed an integral part and that therefore the United Kingdom assumed the responsibility of an occupying power to protect people who were within that area? Is it suggested that the UK could divest itself of that responsibility simply by announcing that it passed that...

Nigeria — Question (17 Dec 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, will the Government consider using some of the DfID money which is at present allocated generally for northern Nigeria to relieve some of the dispossessed people now in the refugee camps in order to assist them to rebuild their lives?

Iraq: Ashraf City (26 Nov 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the question is not so much, "What are the intentions of the Iraqi Government?" but, "What would be the intentions of the Iranian Government if these people were delivered up into their hands?". Does he agree that if there is to be any hope of their survival it is vital that we persuade our American allies that the fate of these people is in their hands?

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL] (27 Oct 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Burma (13 Oct 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the famine was largely caused by a massive infestation of rats? Can he further confirm that that infestation was clearly predictable, because it was associated with the blooming of the bamboo, and that the Indian Government intervened quite successfully in Mizoram to prevent a similar tragedy? Are the Burmese Government prepared to discuss famine...

Iran: People's Mujaheddin Organisation (22 Jul 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they voted on the proposal to keep the People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran on the European Union's list of banned terrorist organisations at the Council of Ministers meeting on 16 July.

Iran: People's Mujaheddin Organisation (22 Jul 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that dismal story. Will he first confirm that until a few weeks ago the listing of the PMOI in Europe rested entirely on its listing domestically in the United Kingdom? Secondly, will he confirm that two superior courts in the United Kingdom, including the Court of Appeal, after scrutinising all the evidence, declared that its listing here was unjustified...

Higher Education: Office of the Independent Adjudicator (14 Jul 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that from 2006 to 2007 complaints to the adjudicator increased by a quarter? What would she say is the significance of that?

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2008 (23 Jun 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, it is not on every occasion on which I have followed the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, in debates in this House that I have been able to say that I agree with every word that he said, but on this occasion I can say it without any reservation. I am grateful that my noble friend intervened as one who can judge the matter a little more objectively than some of us, because he has not...

Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement (9 Jun 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that humanitarian aid, important as it is, is not a substitute for effective political action, because without such action the humanitarian crisis is likely to continue indefinitely? Does he also agree that the responsibility to protect is now generally accepted in principle but frequently fails to deliver in practice? While I accept that the Government...

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL] (16 May 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, at the end of a debate like this it is conventional to begin by thanking all noble Lords who have participated. I do so today, although not conventionally but from the bottom of my heart. I thank so many noble Lords for the support they have offered. I am bound to say that I agree with my noble friend Lord Hunt that this may go down in history as one of the debates most worthy of...

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL] (16 May 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. Of all the ways in which one human being may mistreat another, there can be none which evokes greater loathing and greater condemnation than torture. That is reflected in a number of international instruments, particularly in the United Nations torture convention of 1985. This is not the occasion to weary your Lordships with a...

Chemical Weapons Convention (18 Mar 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to make to the Second Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention to address questions of non-compliance.

Chemical Weapons Convention (18 Mar 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend, and not just conventionally, for that encouraging Answer, but does he agree that, precisely because the convention is drafted carefully and comprehensively, it has been partly overtaken by time? Does he agree, for example, that proliferation no longer consists exclusively of passing on weapons to other people but could consist of transferring details of a...

Crime: Honour-related Violence (10 Mar 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords—

Crime: Honour-related Violence (10 Mar 2008)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the victim of violence is frequently imprisoned in the house and has no way of communicating with anyone outside, and that even if she escapes, she may find no council refuge in her area because government funding for the purpose is inadequate? Is he further aware that, for the first two years of her residence in this country, she will not qualify for...


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