Results 441–453 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on 27th March.

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on penetrating to the point of my Question. The most welcome form of celebration would be the conclusion of an effective verification protocol. Will she convey to the Government my congratulations on their patience and persistence in working for that purpose? Is it not the case that, unless a draft is in place by the middle of this year, the prospect...

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (7 Feb 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does the Minister agree that if the whole purpose of anti-ballistic missile defences is to make the world, or even America, safer, it would be highly counter-productive to alarm Russia into retarding or reducing its arms control programme? Does the noble Baroness know of anyone who can explain that simple truth to the hawks in Congress?

New Agenda Coalition Resolution (19 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which elements of the New Agenda Coalition resolution, approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th October 1999, they found unacceptable; and why.

New Agenda Coalition Resolution (19 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer, which was substantially more informative than the uncharacteristically dismissive answer which she gave me last week. Does she appreciate that at stake is the confidence of the non-nuclear powers in the whole non-proliferation process and that at the forthcoming review conference, the whole process may collapse? Even if the Government are...

Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (17 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, on increasing the debt that the House already owes to him by introducing this Bill. It is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Alexander of Weedon. If it appears that this debate is in the nature of a justice takeover, that is no mystery--for reasons already given. On the last occasion that my noble...

Nuclear Weapons (11 Jan 2000)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend recollect that when the new agenda resolution was passed by the General Assembly on 13th October the United Kingdom delegate explained his opposition by saying that the resolution was incompatible with a credible, minimal deterrent? Who is to be deterred from what? Is a non-nuclear attack to be deterred by threatening to turn it into a nuclear war? If the...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the noble Lord, Lord Wigoder, finds that it fortifies him, I agree with almost every word he said. I hope that he will forgive me if, on a matter which is perhaps rather marginal to the debate, I say that I find myself on the side of my noble friend Lord Borrie. It would be helpful if we knew more about some of the dialogues that take place in the jury room and the workings of...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I believed that my noble and learned friend changed his mind while in government. It is rather like a barn dance where the couples change over in the middle. I mention it only so that we do not go overboard. To change one's mind is not compulsory. If some of us today say precisely what we were saying two years ago and before that, I hope that your Lordships will find it in your...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Yes, my Lords. The noble Lord should not tempt me. I had the privilege of being reared at the feet of Theodore Plucknett, whose name is probably hardly remembered these days, but for those of us of a certain generation it was a name to conjure with. I could give a long disquisition on the point, but I doubt that would take me to the head of the popularity stakes in your Lordships' House. By...

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend. These days I find I am a little out of date on some matters. If that is the case, perhaps we should see what consequences have followed from that and give them time to develop.

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [H.L.] (2 Dec 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend. In future I shall always employ her to do my research! Following the intervention of my noble friend, it appears that a great deal of this fuss addresses a problem that has already passed under the bridge. Of course, it will not be the first time in our history that that has happened under any government. This is an argument about the merits of...

Ethical Foreign Policy (25 Nov 1999)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that that is an area in which virtue is rewarded and that the influence of this country has extended substantially since the days when our decisions were seen to be narrow and selfish?


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