Results 81–100 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Israel and Palestine: Road Map (26 Jun 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, would my noble friend agree that it is impossible to negotiate with people who say that they will not settle for anything less than your extinction? Is it not essential to progress, therefore, that the Palestinian Government should recognise Israel's right to exist?

Lord Chancellor (Transfer of Functions and Supplementary Provisions) (No. 3) Order 2006 (12 Jun 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, there is a precedent for this position. I was once an ex officio Church Commissioner and, as far as I was able to ascertain from the records, I was the first Methodist lay preacher ever to be a Church Commissioner. It created no problems, and occasionally I was able to make a helpful suggestion.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Article VI (25 May 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to initiate the negotiations required by Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Article VI (25 May 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that sympathetic if not wholly encouraging answer. Does he recollect that, last Monday, in reply to a question from me, he said that we—the Government—would, as he put it, stick to our word under the treaty? Does he further recollect that Article VI of the treaty imposes on all member states an obligation to negotiate in good faith for a treaty on...

Armed Forces: Nuclear Deterrence (22 May 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, if the nuclear weapon states continue to develop and improve their own nuclear weapons, it greatly diminishes the authority of their objection to other states proliferating nuclear weapons?

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, like the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury, I regret that this debate has been presented in some quarters as representing a difference between those who hold a religious faith and those who are devoid of faith. As he rightly pointed out, some opponents of the Bill hold no religious faith. I am sure that he would accept that the converse is equally true, as has just...

Energy: Nuclear (24 Apr 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the nuclear weapon states complied with their obligations under the treaty, which were repeated two years ago, would that not be an important contribution to solving the problem? Would that not be a very useful lead in encouraging other powers to comply with the treaty?

Civil Aviation Bill (28 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend understand that in many of the instances cited, those who export—as he put it—the individual for the purpose of being tortured are taking him to somewhere where there is a serious risk that he may be tortured? They may not be complicit in the torture; they are simply sending him somewhere to be interrogated without caring very much whether or not he is tortured.

Civil Aviation Bill (28 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, my noble friend has pursued this matter assiduously through successive stages of the Bill. She has argued it, if I may be allowed to say so, with compelling advocacy. I would not presume to seek to embellish what she said. I regret that for a succession of reasons I was not able to participate at earlier stages. I intervene now to address two issues raised by my noble friend the...

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (13 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will put forward proposals at the review conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in November 2006.

Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (13 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend—and not just conventionally—for that encouraging Answer. Since the Council of the EU has already adopted the joint action plan, which envisages the provision of financial resources to universalise the convention and supports its implementation by member states, is not this the moment to propose the establishment, at long last, of a secretariat to promote...

Civil Aviation Bill (8 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to my noble friend and I apologise that I was not here in time to participate in the earlier part of the debate. I have looked at the Chicago convention and I am not clear what is the difficulty about looking inside the plane and resolving the question. It would be a very simple operation. Article 16 does not appear to require anything like a vast amount of...

Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) Bill [HL] (3 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. Does he accept that, in relation to the requirement of parliamentary authority for treaties, by the time the question of ratification arises, it will be known to what the treaty commits us? It is not giving the Government a blank cheque.

Constitutional Reform (Prerogative Powers and Civil Service etc.) Bill [HL] (3 Mar 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I offer my warm congratulations, and not just conventionally, to the noble Lord, Lord Lester, not only on presenting this Bill but on initiating this debate. I am happy to declare myself a supporter of the Bill, although I hope that that will not be taken as committing me to every word in the draft. The noble Lord has deployed the case for the Bill with his usual care and skill, and...

Schools: Admissions (28 Feb 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the present appeals system for admissions will remain in place?

Arms Trade Treaty (14 Feb 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the treaty is concluded, will my noble friend use his best endeavours to ensure that it is provided with institutional support to urge governments to ratify and to provide ongoing monitoring and inspections? Without ongoing institutional support, a treaty can so easily become a dead letter.

Iran (9 Feb 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, is my noble friend ruling out the possibility of discussing the matter with someone else?

Iran (9 Feb 2006)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hurd, both on securing this timely debate and on his thoughtful introduction. I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, will forgive me if on this occasion I resist the temptation to embark on a bilateral debate with him. If our contributions appear to be gabbled and somewhat breathless, it reflects the economical ration of time that has been...

Zimbabwe (21 Nov 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the General Assembly resolution spoke of compulsory intervention only as a final resort; only in order to protect the local population from serious international crimes; and, as my noble friend said, only on the authority of the Security Council? Does she agree that intervention without regard to those conditions would be a recipe not for protection...

Israel: West Bank (9 Nov 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the purpose of the wall was to reduce the opportunities for terrorist attacks, and that since its construction there has been a substantial reduction? Would he agree, too, that those of us who wish well to both parties can best assist the peacemakers on both sides by refraining from judgmental interventions?


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