Results 101–120 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

United Nations Convention Against Torture (12 Oct 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I offer my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, on initiating this timely debate and on her contribution to the campaign against torture, together with the work on redress to which she has made so great a contribution. It is literally beyond measure, because not only has it transformed the lives of some who are scarred by torture, but its value lies in the number of...

Armenian Massacres of 1915 (14 Jul 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend accept that the issue is not so much what the Turkish Government did as their present attitude to the atrocities? Given that it is now a criminal offence in Turkey to refer to the genocide, that an academic seminar supported by three Turkish universities was banned by the Government and that academics are in prison for discussing it, is my noble friend a little...

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (29 Jun 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords—

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (29 Jun 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, since the nuclear powers are under a treaty obligation to negotiate in good faith for the total abolition of nuclear weapons, and since some of the non-nuclear states regard their failure to do so as absolving them from compliance with the treaty, is there a prospect that such negotiations might be opened, at least after some of the other steps my noble friend mentioned have been taken?

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with progress at the 2005 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while I thank my noble friend for that glimmer of hope and fully acknowledge the hard work done by the United Kingdom delegation to ensure some progress, can my noble friend confirm that, in return for the non-proliferation undertakings in the treaty by the non-nuclear states, the nuclear states undertook to negotiate in good faith for the total elimination of nuclear weapons? Given...

Lebanon (24 Mar 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent movement of Syrian troops within Lebanon is a satisfactory fulfilment of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559.

Lebanon (24 Mar 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while thanking my noble friend for that Answer, and, of course, accepting that the withdrawal of Syrian forces is a significant achievement, will she confirm or comment on reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is present in Beirut, and busily training members of Hezbollah? Does she accept that the present Iranian regime and its revolutionary guard are not celebrated for their...

Iraq: Attorney-General's Opinion (1 Mar 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, will my noble and learned friend confirm that in order that legal advice may be requested and given without inhibition, what passes between lawyer and client is and ought to be confidential? Will he further confirm that, for many generations, it has been accepted that the Government are in the same position for this purpose as anyone else?

Hunting Act 2004: Legal Challenge (12 Jan 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, if the Government had pressed ahead to implement the legislation before the legal issue had been resolved, does the Minister think that that would have won praise from the Opposition?

Education: International Strategy (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to have in place an implementation plan for the strategy set out in the paper Putting the World into World-Class Education.

Education: International Strategy (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. Can he confirm the Government's commitment to the principle that there is no inconsistency between inducing a sense of loyalty to the local community and to the nation and teaching that global security and well-being are indivisible? Have we not learned that tragically in the past few weeks by the events in Asia? Therefore, can my...

BMA Report: Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity II (6 Dec 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have responded to the report of the British Medical Association, Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity II.

BMA Report: Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity II (6 Dec 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that promising response and readily recognise the work of the Government to establish an international regime. Is it proposed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the biological weapons convention coming into force? Can we not use that opportunity, together with our European partners and respected organisations like the BMA and the Red Cross, to try to...

Lords Amendments (18 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I would like to continue the discussion just a little longer. I express my gratitude to the Government for taking on board my point about "thinking" and someone's purpose, which I made, perhaps to the point of being wearisome, at early stages of debate. The provision totally satisfies me. It improves the Bill, if I may say so modestly, and I am grateful to have a listening...

Civil Contingencies Bill (16 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, but does he have it in mind that we are discussing a situation where there is an emergency, and that any power about which we are talking depends upon there being an emergency?

Burma: Human Rights (16 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, why does the European Union's common position on Burma not include a prohibition on investment in gas, oil and timber, the regime's principal sources of income? Are the Government trying to persuade our Common Market partners to take sanctions more seriously?

Civil Contingencies Bill (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I hope I am not about to dilute the gratitude of the noble Lord, Lord Elton. Although I added my name to Amendment No. 29, I hope he will find it in his heart to forgive me when I say that I am having second thoughts. I have not been able to discuss the issue with the noble Lord, and I am springing this on him. The intention is that the urgency provision shall take effect if there...

Civil Contingencies Bill (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, the word "necessary" is not in that subsection. What is at issue is what the person making the regulations believes is the purpose of making them. That cannot be challenged in any court because he knows what the purpose is; he cannot be wrong about it.

Extradition to US (9 Nov 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the purpose of the treaty and of the Act was to facilitate the extradition of those suspected of terrorism? I invite her to speculate on a hypothetical situation: had it been envisaged when the Bill was before Parliament that it would be used against British citizens resident in the United Kingdom accused of committing an offence in London against a...


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