Results 141–160 of 453 for speaker:Lord Archer of Sandwell

Civil Contingencies Bill (14 Oct 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I thank the noble Viscount for giving way. Does he appreciate that the fundamental problem is that anything less than a subjective test would have to be decided on somewhere? It would require someone to adjudicate upon it. The only place where that can be done is in the court. Will that not slow down the process?

Civil Contingencies Bill (14 Oct 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I do not want to embarrass my noble friend the Minister by shooting him a question of which I have not given him notice. However, I wonder whether the Wednesbury principle was in his mind when he spoke. If it was, I give notice now for when we debate this matter at a later stage that I believe it is a fairly vacuous protection in these circumstances. The Wednesbury rule extends only to...

Civil Contingencies Bill (14 Oct 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I wonder whether that was an intervention by the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, on my noble friend's speech. If so, I shall reserve what I have to say until a later stage.

Civil Contingencies Bill (14 Oct 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: Before the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, replies, I would like her to resolve a puzzlement in my mind. I understand her to be arguing that there is a distinction between "no time" and "insufficient time". On that basis, supposing that there is some time to make regulations but that it is insufficient to make them, is she saying that there should not be a power to make a directive, so that we...

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I have been puzzled. I had not intended to intervene in this debate, but it seems to me that there is a consensus throughout the country that the Government should be organising preparations for the kind of emergency to which the Bill refers. If the Government failed to do that, very properly there would be an outcry. That being so, I do not quite see what the problem is about Part 1 of the...

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I was not questioning what the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, said about the definition of "emergency"—that may be a very useful topic of conversation. I was questioning the general tone of a number of noble Lords opposite, who suggested that the Government were somehow imposing a dictatorship on this country.

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I am most grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. Does he appreciate that what is elaborated in subsection (2) are the matters which constitute human welfare? Under Clause 1, an emergency is an event which threatens "serious damage" to human welfare. So these matters cannot be trivial because Clause 1 prohibits that.

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I fear that if the noble Lord were to write in an intermediate law examination what he has just said, he would never make the pass list. Let us look again at the structure of Clause 1. Subsection (1) states: "In this Part 'emergency' means an event or situation which threatens serious damage to", and it then lists three categories, the first of which is human welfare. Subsection (2) defines...

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: I have been asked by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle to express his regret that he could not stay for this debate. He wished to participate, but he has a commitment elsewhere and he begs that your Lordships will excuse him. So that the noble Baroness will not interpret some of my earlier remarks as being personal, I say at the outset that I support everything that she has...

Sudan: Darfur (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of reports that, even in the agreed safe areas and the IDP camps, the police who are there to protect the refugees are themselves committing atrocities? Has she seen the Amnesty report which states that people are being arrested for reporting the atrocities to the ceasefire monitors? Have the Sudanese Government been confronted with this evidence and, if so,...

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords—

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Can my noble friend confirm that the only substantive criticism of the dossier made in the report is that it failed adequately to emphasise, for the benefit of those who did not already know, that intelligence by its very nature is incomplete and frequently tentative? Can she further confirm that this is...

Civil Contingencies Bill (5 Jul 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Coventry, particularly since I enthusiastically endorse every word he said. I will return a little later, if I may, to the voluntary bodies and no doubt we will discuss it together in Committee. Time is against us. I understand why this situation has arisen. If the noble Lord, Lord Jopling, will forgive...

Civil Contingencies Bill (5 Jul 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend for giving way. I am sorry to spring this question on him so suddenly, and I will fully understand if he prefers to answer it at a subsequent stage. Clause 22, which provides the power to make the regulations, states: "Emergency regulations may make any provision which the person making the regulations thinks is for the purpose of" various...

UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement (22 Jun 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the negotiations with the United States for the renewal of the mutual defence agreement have been concluded; and whether there will be an opportunity for Parliament to debate its terms.

UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement (22 Jun 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, while I thank my noble friend for that somewhat startling Answer, can he confirm that under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty the nuclear powers have undertaken to negotiate in good faith for the total elimination of nuclear weapons? Given that the mutual defence agreement is specifically intended to facilitate the transfer of information and materials between the United States...

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill (7 Jun 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I have not previously intervened in your Lordships' debates on the Bill, principally because, whenever it was to be debated at its earlier stages, it chanced that I was out of the country on parliamentary business. I would have hesitated to intervene at this late stage, both in the progress of the Bill and in today's business, had the matter not been drawn to my attention by my...

Intelligence Services: Recruitment and Foreign Language Studies (9 Mar 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the intelligence agencies benefit from a new recruit only after a substantial period of learning the job, and that the time to train linguists is before they are needed? Is work being done to ensure that we know the linguistic skills that are likely to be needed over the next decade?

Iran: Democratic Reform (10 Feb 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that a regime condemned yet again by the last General Assembly of the United Nations for practising torture, amputations and blindings is not even pretending to evolve towards democracy? Can my noble friend assure the House that, so far as concerns the United Kingdom, Iranians found in Iraq will not be returned to the clutches of the torturers and...

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Intelligence Review Committee (3 Feb 2004)

Lord Archer of Sandwell: My Lords, I declare an interest as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which has already reported on some of these issues. Is it not clear from the reactions to the Hutton report that any inquiry these days is liable to be rubbished by those who do not find its conclusions to their liking? Are we not in danger of running out of distinguished public figures who are prepared to...


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