Results 61–80 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (22 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the final declaration of the sixth review conference on the biological weapons convention.

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (22 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. Can he confirm that the contrast with the obstructionism encountered at the previous review conference in 2001 is due in very large measure to the patient work of the United Kingdom team? While I welcome the long-awaited implementation support unit, does not the fact that its functions are specifically listed and its mandate...

International Polar Year 2007-08 (15 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I hope the noble Viscount, Lord Montgomery, will accept my congratulations, both on having secured this debate and on his admirably clear presentation—and not simply because that is conventional on these occasions. His deep concern for the polar environment has been known to us for many years and, as he reminded us, we owe to him and to the noble Lord, Lord Jopling—as he then...

Poverty and Governance (11 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, once again my noble friend Lady Whitaker has placed the House in her debt by initiating a timely debate on a subject which so often is crowded out by other and sometimes less important business. DfID, too, has earned our gratitude for a thoughtful White Paper which sets out not only the action plan but the context in which it requires to be taken. The right reverend Prelate...

Legislation: Post-legislative Scrutiny (10 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, since there are still too many Law Commission reports gathering dust, have the Government any procedural proposals for giving Parliament an early opportunity to debate them?

West Papua (8 Jan 2007)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, together with my noble friend Lord Griffiths, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Harries on again drawing attention to a subject that for too long has represented a dereliction of responsibility by the international community. Any unlawful usurpation should evoke condemnation if international law is not to be brought into disrepute, but here there has been persecution, murder,...

Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill [HL] (15 Dec 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I join my noble friend Lord Berkeley in congratulating my noble friend Lord Dubs on finding an opportunity to promote this Bill and an occasion for discussing a topic which troubles many of your Lordships and very many people outside this House. My noble friend made it clear that under the Bill, the United Kingdom would renounce the use of cluster bombs, because to use or possess...

Nuclear Deterrent (4 Dec 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I accept that the Government have a commendable record on reducing the nuclear arsenal in this country. However, if their view is that a nuclear capacity is essential to our security, how is it proposed that the non-nuclear powers will be persuaded that it is not essential to theirs, and how will this decision contribute to achieving non-proliferation?

Exports: Military Equipment (6 Nov 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while I accept that the Government have taken a commendable international lead on this matter, will my noblefriend confirm that over the past 12 months some£4.5 million worth of armoured military vehicles and communications equipment have been licensed for export to Colombia? Is it the Government's view that those are incapable of being used for internal repression?

Armed Forces Bill (31 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I have not previously intervened in your Lordships' debates on this Bill. My plea in mitigation is that there has been nothing in the Marshalled List in the terms raised by my noble friend Lord Judd's amendment. I hope that the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, will pardon me if I address that amendment. I congratulate my noble friend on posing a question that causes concern to a...

Armed Forces Bill (31 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the noble Lord will forgive me, I hope to come to something approaching his question in a few moments. He asks whether I draw a distinction. I am not clear that I can draw a relevant distinction. If there is such a distinction, I have not heard it formulated. I was going to say that, traditionally, a soldier commits a disciplinary offence only by refusing to carry out a lawful...

Iran: Nuclear Programme (25 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, might this not be perceived as rewarding Iran for its contempt of the international community? Is there not some danger of creating an unfortunate precedent?

Police and Justice Bill (18 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend for giving way. Does not Section 8 also require that there has to be reason for believing that there is material on the premises that would assist in the investigation? I think my noble friend said that a few moments ago. While there may be a logbook or something like it in the aircraft, is she satisfied that in every situation where there is a...

Police and Justice Bill (18 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, we are on well trodden ground. The proposal of the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, was debated three times during the progress of the Civil Aviation Bill; it was debated in Committee on the present Bill; it was the subject of an Unstarred Question tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Alloway; and it was debated last week in a slightly different form in an amendment tabled by the...

Sudan: Darfur (11 Oct 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, do the Government agree with the analysis of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty in 2001 that the primary responsibility for protecting human rights lies with the Government concerned, that if the Government fail to discharge that responsibility it passes to the Security Council and that if the Security Council fails adequately to act, the question...

Azerbaijan: Armenian Monuments (20 Jul 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the destruction of the monuments is not merely a heartless act of spite against the Armenian community but that it diminishes the world's cultural heritage and is the legitimate concern of the international community? Do the Government support the call by the Council of Europe to permit a delegation of scientists, working with the International...

Extraordinary Rendition (18 Jul 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I offer my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Campbell, on securing this important debate and on his patience tonight in waiting for the starting signal. I confess that I was puzzled by the wording of his Question, since I hope that no such arrangements as he describes have been made, but he has now resolved my puzzlement. As the noble Lord said, this is part of an ongoing...

Police and Justice Bill (4 Jul 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: May we trespass into my noble friend's very limited leisure? Some of the provisions that she has just discussed are clearly applicable, but there are situations that do not appear to fit into those provisions. Will she find time to discuss them with us, so that we can explore them together?

Police and Justice Bill (4 Jul 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I was unable to participate at Second Reading, and my noble friend has made the case for this amendment so compellingly that I would not have been moved to intervene at this stage were it not for the hope of disentangling some of the legal disputations that arose in the course of our debates on the Civil Aviation Bill. Perhaps I may make it clear at the outset that I offer no criticism of my...

Israel and Palestine: Road Map (26 Jun 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords—

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