Results 401–420 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Burma (2 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, the House owes a great debt to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for reminding us so forcefully of a matter which is an imposition on our conscience. As I understand it, the noble Lord has set out to do two things in this debate: first, to inform noble Lords who are not aware of the facts of the appalling atrocities which are being committed in Burma against the Karen, the Karenni and the...

International Treaties: Parliamentary Scrutiny (2 Oct 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, as a graduate from old Labour, perhaps I may invite my noble friend to confirm that it is government practice not to defer undertaking treaty obligations in international law until Parliament has indicated its approval of the consequent legislation. Would it not be a way of facilitating and expediting that process if a Select Committee could examine the implications and assure...

Drought Relief (24 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, what steps are taken to ensure that the relief reaches those for whom it is intended? How far is the human rights record of the domestic government taken into account? For example, in Afghanistan are any conditions imposed on the domestic government?

Mental Health Review Tribunals (20 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while I appreciate that the Government require some time to consider their response to the report, does my noble friend recognise that there is some urgency about this matter? Does he agree that what is needed is a single national service, with one judicial head, to co-ordinate matters such as training and to encourage consistency in practice? Does he appreciate that both members...

United Nations: Humanitarian Intervention (19 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords--

United Nations: Humanitarian Intervention (19 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree--

United Nations: Humanitarian Intervention (19 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords--

United Nations: Humanitarian Intervention (19 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree--

United Nations: Humanitarian Intervention (19 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend. Where the Security Council is paralysed by the use of the veto, does my noble friend the Minister agree that it is inevitably left to groups like NATO to exercise a citizen's arrest and that, however necessary that may sometimes be, it is never as satisfactory as enforcing the rule of law in the name of the whole international community? Is my...

Government Annual Report (13 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that one attractive feature of the report is that it can be tested against the proportion of benefits already visible to the eye? I refer, for example, to increasing numbers of people in jobs and reduced waiting lists. Does my noble friend recollect that it records additional resources to the health service of the order of £2 billion and a rising graph to...

US Nuclear Defence System Proposal (13 Jul 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, safety from nuclear missiles is indivisible. Either the whole world is safe or no one is safe. If Russia is goaded into abandoning her arms control programme, it will make America a more dangerous place in which to live, not a safer one.

International Criminal Court (29 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend the Minister confirm that it continues to be the policy of the Government to maintain inviolate the existing text of the treaty and to persuade the American Government--if we can--that, if they have nothing to regret, they have nothing to fear?

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before my noble friend sits down, I note that the Inland Revenue is not included in the list. Has it ever suggested that it needs to be included specifically? Alternatively, is it content to work through NCIS?

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I did not participate in the Second Reading debate. That was not primarily because I had to be elsewhere; it simply reflected my abysmal ignorance of the subject matter of the Bill. I was born into the age of the carrier pigeon. But some of the principles that the Committee has been debating today are matters that can be understood even by those of us who do not follow all the technology...

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I understand from the commissioners who operate at present that they consider individual cases. If they think that a problem is arising in relation to individual cases, they report accordingly.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: The noble Viscount's experience of the Home Office is probably greater than mine. It would be a pity if I fouled up my noble friend's reply to this debate by saying something with which he may not agree. It may be better, therefore, if I subside at this stage.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (12 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Can my noble friend confirm that the reason for this is that there is no National Criminal Intelligence Service in Scotland?

Sudan (5 Jun 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can the Minister tell us the relevant distinction between the deliberate bombing of schools and the displacement of whole civilian populations and destruction of their food supplies in southern Sudan, and the situation in Burma where, very commendably, the Government have denounced what is happening and have co-operated with our EU partners to discourage investment and to control...

International Criminal Court: Progress (24 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent United States proposal to draft a supplemental document and to amend Article 98 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is likely to delay the process of ratification by the United Kingdom.

International Criminal Court: Progress (24 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that unambiguous Answer. The American paper proposes to make the power of the court to try an offender conditional upon the consent of his state, and to make state authority a complete defence. Does my noble friend agree that that is a blatant attempt to undermine the jurisdiction of a court established under a treaty which now has 96 signatories by a...


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