Results 421–440 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I say nothing of the merits of his argument. But if he is predicting the way in which an application to the Court of Human Rights might emerge, does he remember the case of Duhs v. Sweden, where an ex post facto remedy by a court was regarded as justifying what was done?

Social Inequalities (18 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, in the light of my noble friend's earlier Answer, does she agree that, of all the inequalities which trouble us, the most worrying are those relating to child poverty, because they are likely to be passed on from generation to generation?

Nuclear Disarmament (18 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that unless the nuclear powers show some evidence of their intention to fulfil their obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, the non-nuclear powers will eventually renounce the treaty? Can she instil some sense of impending doom into our partners before we reach the point of no return?

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if I may say so to the noble Lord, Lord Rees-Mogg, it is a pleasure doing business with him. It is conventional at this point in a debate to say that it has been a good debate. This has been a good debate. It has been an informative and instructive debate, as my noble friend said, and the two cases have been very effectively deployed. The two issues have been addressed by my noble...

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, as my noble friend said "just one", and he can count if he wishes. Only the very boldest spirits in the debate--two or three of the boldest spirits--have suggested that we do not need a review of how the register is working. The issue is whether that review would be better carried out by the committee presided over by the noble Lord, Lord Neill, or by a committee of this House. Some...

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. He will recollect that I said that it might well be perceived that we had something to hide. I was talking about perception.

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, simply for the avoidance of doubt, when I said that the Nolan committee did not proceed to look at your Lordships' House as quickly as had been expected, I did not imply any criticism of any kind. I just wanted to make that clear.

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: rose to move, as an amendment to the above Motion, to leave out from "House" to the end and insert "welcomes the enquiry into Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords by the Committee of Standards in Public Life, and asserts the House's ultimate responsibility for the conduct of its own affairs".

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Rees-Mogg, moved his Motion in a typically moderate and constructive way. He has helped to define what lies between us and I believe that he has enabled me to discard the habits of a lifetime and to make my contribution a relatively brief one. It may assist your Lordships, and perhaps reassure the noble Lord, Lord Rees-Mogg, if I begin by attempting to clarify...

Register of Lords' Interests (10 May 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My noble friend says he was there; some of us came a little later! Simply in order not to be accused of misleading your Lordships, perhaps I may add by way of footnote and not by way of argument, that the privilege is sometimes easier to state in principle than to define in practice. Those noble Lords who would like to pursue the subject will find a discussion of it in the report last year of...

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review (12 Apr 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that there is a serious problem of confidence among the non-nuclear powers as to whether the nuclear powers are taking seriously their obligations to negotiate for the abolition of nuclear weapons under Article 6 of the treaty? My noble friend mentioned the possibility of negotiations for a fissile material cut-off treaty. Will there be a vigorous campaign...

European Committee for Prevention of Torture (30 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend recollect that the report dealt principally with two subjects: remedies for complaints against the police and overcrowding in prisons? Both of those subjects have been fully discussed over a long period both in your Lordships' House and elsewhere. Is the response of the Government a closely guarded secret? If so, why is that? If it is not, perhaps we could be...

UN Millennium NGO Forum (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure the success of the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum.

UN Millennium NGO Forum (27 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, as ever, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer and in particular for the reference to financial assistance. Will she confirm that the Government have taken a commendable lead in encouraging the United Nations to summon the millennium assembly and the millennium summit to discuss its future role in promoting peace, security and development? But does she agree that...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Select Committee on Human Rights: Legal Adviser (21 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Answers of 17 February (WA 161), whether a Legal Adviser to the proposed Joint Select Committee on Human Rights has been appointed.

Death Penalty: Worldwide Abolition (6 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, since the abolitionist resolution before the third committee was sabotaged last year, will we be seeking other methods of bringing the matter before the General Assembly?

Human Rights Defenders: Special Rapporteur (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will urge the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to appoint a special rapporteur for human rights defenders.

Human Rights Defenders: Special Rapporteur (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank the Minister--and not merely formally--for that encouragement. While I am on a winning streak, will my noble friend confirm that those who act as the eyes and ears of the international community in defending human rights, often at great risk to themselves, deserve all the protection we can afford? Does she agree with the old adage that what is everyone's business is no one's...

Nuclear Disarmament (28 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does not my noble friend agree that the principal question is not whether we make progress at the review conference but whether we can run fast enough to stay in the same place? Is there not a profound mistrust among the non-nuclear powers that the nuclear powers are not taking their obligations under the treaty seriously? How do the Government propose to persuade them that we do...

Asylum Seekers (21 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend appreciate the dangers of becoming involved in an auction regarding the number of removals achieved? Does he accept that immigration officials are human and that, like all of us, they are susceptible to alarmist and populist pressures and that they need support in the form of effective training programmes, as recommended by the Council of Europe and by Amnesty...


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