Results 381–400 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Does the noble Lord appreciate that having regard to ethnic elements in the community does not entail appointing someone from every minority

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to the Members of the Committee who have participated in the debate and to my noble and learned friend for his careful exposition in reply. I suspect that the lateness of the hour has spared him a longer debate than might otherwise have taken place. Speaking for myself, I was less loquacious than I might have been on some other occasion. Clearly, there is a difference in the...

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 141: Page 15, line 5, leave out ("has at any time been") and insert ("is being").

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: The noble Viscount, Lord Colville of Culross, in whose name this amendment stands, has asked me to say that he greatly regrets that he cannot be present--although he might perhaps have revised his view had he known the hour at which this debate was about to begin. However, he is unavoidably out of the country. It may be for the convenience of the Committee if, with this amendment, we debate...

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: If my noble and learned friend cannot remember his argument I shall try to refresh his memory. He said that it does not matter whether one uses the adjective "substantial" before "harm or prejudice" because it will all be subsumed when we come to the balancing stage. That is an argument that deserves reflection, but it is not an argument that I have heard previously. Another matter I want to...

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: At the risk of being tiresome, I wonder whether my noble and learned friend can assist me. This is an issue which will arise on another group of amendments a little later. Is he really saying that this is an argument about semantics because, in any event, the exercise will be carried out at the balance stage, or is he saying that it may make a difference because it would be a tie-breaker? If...

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to the noble Lord. I intervene only to say that I am relying on a very defective memory.

Freedom of Information Bill (19 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before the noble Lord rises to make his response, does he agree that, although we have two counsel, one for the prosecution and one for the defence, it would be extremely odd if we were to have two judges, one to consider the case for the prosecution and the other the case for the defence?

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: moved Amendment No. 69: Page 4, line 40, at end insert ("and expressed to be made pursuant to this Act").

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: This amendment deals with a matter which has been adverted to in earlier debates. I am not even sure that it has not been overtaken by those debates. However, it is a point for which I am indebted to the Clifford Chance partnership. As the Bill is currently drafted, any request for information which is in writing, states the name and address of the applicant and describes the information...

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Like many others who have written to us, I believe that they did so genuinely in the interests of getting the Bill right.

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to all Members of the Committee who have participated in this short debate and to my noble friend for outlining the Government's thinking. One matter that clearly emerges is that there is no substitute for good faith on the one hand and common sense on the other. If someone visits the town hall to inquire the time because he has lost his watch we do not expect him to be referred...

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before my noble friend sits down, perhaps he will answer the other question which I put to him. Will the code recommend that authorities give assistance to people whose request for information does not fall within the Act--for example, because it is not in writing? They may not know that they have to put the request in writing. Will authorities be required to point them in the right direction?

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I believe that the two noble Lords who have spoken have drawn attention to a genuine problem. My concern goes a little wider than theirs. In order to lay a foundation for exercising the rights under the Bill, a member of the public has to make a request in the form set out in Clause 7. It is not a demanding requirement, but members of the public may be less familiar than your Lordships will...

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before my noble and learned friend proceeds, I should be grateful if he could resolve something that is puzzling me. Why is it so important to ensure that information which is already available by other means does not emerge, whatever other tests may be applied to it?

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Some noble Lords were somewhat starved of sleep last night. I do not think that I am firing on quite as many cylinders as has sometimes been known. For that reason, I hope that my noble and learned friend will forgive me if I read carefully what he said when introducing the new clause. Meanwhile, silence does not necessarily imply assent. Perhaps my noble and learned friend can assist me with...

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before my noble and learned friend sits down, is he able to tell the Committee what became of the report of the group chaired by my noble and learned friend Lord Williams of Mostyn?

Freedom of Information Bill (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I was not able to participate in the Second Reading debate because I was out of the country at the time. Had I been here, I should have welcomed the fact that at last the House is discussing a freedom of information Bill to which, as the noble Lord, Lord McNally reminded us, my party has looked forward for a long time. Unlike the noble Lord, Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish, some of us on this...

Russia: Child Welfare (17 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, as my noble friend is aware of the work carried out by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, especially the sterling work of the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, in establishing schemes such as those aimed at providing family fostering and child protection services, can she say whether there is any plan to ensure the long-term viability of projects that begin from something that is rather...

Asylum Seekers: Human Rights (11 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend appreciate that for the past 35 years since ratification of the European convention the rights set out in the Human Rights Act have been acknowledged by this country as something by which it is bound? Can my noble friend assure the House that those who have been denied the opportunity to raise these issues at an earlier stage will not be precluded from doing so...


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