Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, although I recognise the thrust of the Question in terms of literature that should not be acceptable on the internet, I wonder whether my noble friend can also address an associated question. The most extremist activity that takes place on the internet might well be the encouragement of suicide bombing and other terrorist activities. If it is still on the internet, perhaps the...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise that discrimination of all kinds is something that we cannot accept. However, people who go for employment generally have to have a medical, and sometimes insurance companies require certain information before deciding what the premium for an insurance policy will be. How does the assessment of genetic difficulties compare with other assessments required for employment...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I recognise the extent of the problem, and I do not want young children to smoke and continue smoking, but to what extent do the Government know that the children who smoke are involved in a culture in their family of smoking and, indeed, if not encouraged are not discouraged from smoking by their parents?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that, although opinions may be expressed by experts—certainly Parliament has expressed its view—British families recognise the difference between brutality and smacking for discipline purposes and that the vast majority of parents smack but do not brutalise their children?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm that the density of diabetes in children is greater among ethnic minority children? To what extent is that the case?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that I come from a family of three generations of miners. We talk about producing more coal to meet our energy requirements, but does my noble friend agree that if more and more coal is produced, we will send more and more people back into the belly of the Earth in dangerous conditions where accidents happen?
Lord Davies of Coity: My noble friend said that suicide bombers are motivated by a sense of injustice. What evidence is there that those suicide bombers on 7 July gave any expression to injustice being experienced by them?
Lord Davies of Coity: As will be appreciated—
Lord Davies of Coity: My apologies.
Lord Davies of Coity: I commence by apologising to the noble Lord, Lord Imbert, and to the Chamber, for my initial impetuousness in standing during his speech.
Lord Davies of Coity: I am extremely grateful for that, especially as I support what the noble Lord has just said. As will be appreciated from my Second Reading contribution, I view very seriously the question of detention for terrorist suspects, and it is only on this amendment—to extend the time to 90 days—that I shall be speaking. The amendment certainly is not simple, but it is straightforward and...
Lord Davies of Coity: Is not the 90 days a maximum, not a norm?
Lord Davies of Coity: I am sorry, but perhaps there is a misunderstanding. The noble Lord is suggesting that someone has been held for 90 days and then released who is innocent. The whole purpose of the exercise—is it not?—is that there is sufficient suspicion and the evidence must be compiled to secure a conviction. It involves only those people who are likely to be there for 90 days.
Lord Davies of Coity: Having recognised that what he was stating was rather far fetched, does the noble Lord not agree that it does not recognise the realism that is portrayed in the Bill and this clause and that he is entering into a rather academic comparison rather than a realistic one?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the result of a survey reported this morning states that the dental profession is faced with a challenge because people who benefited from the introduction of the National Health Service are now becoming elderly and are not taking up dentures because their teeth have been well and truly protected? Is it not encouraging that this side of the House, and...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that if members of the police or the military, dressed in uniform, are interviewed by the aggressive media that we have in this country and are trying to explain government policy that has been determined by Ministers, there is a danger, unfortunately, that they will be held up as Aunt Sallys?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, I wonder whether my noble friend—
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, if the noble Lord is suggesting that more than 28 days will be a recruiting sergeant, where is the evidence that an extension to 28 days will not be a recruiting sergeant?
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, although I am very clear in my uncompromising hatred of acts of terror, my contribution this evening will be short and straightforward. Indeed, I was unsure that I would speak at all in this Second Reading debate, but the brutal murder of a woman police officer in Bradford last Friday tipped the balance for me. I appreciate that that killing was criminal and not a result of...
Lord Davies of Coity: My Lords, while recognising that Shi'ites are the majority in Iraq and Sunnis are the vast majority in the Islamic world, is there any evidence that either Sunnis or Shi'ites are discriminating against Christians and women to a greater extent than the other?