Results 21–40 of 97 for speaker:Lord Biffen

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (19 May 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, it is a privilege to be called so early in the debate. But I feel somewhat like a tethered lamb as I see I am being followed by the noble Lords, Lord Thomson of Monifieth and Lord Clinton-Davis, both former members of the European Commission—and by the noble Lord, Lord Williamson of Horton, a very distinguished British civil servant who played such a crucial role in developing our...

Postal Voting (5 Apr 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords—

Postal Voting (5 Apr 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, would an alteration in the law be required to enable postal votes to be collected and counted separately?

Croatia: EU Accession Negotiations (22 Mar 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, given that there is widespread belief in the good faith of the Croatians in seeking membership of the European Union, would it not be valuable to have on record the exact objections of the International Criminal Tribunal, so that we can see precisely the weight that should be borne on them and the response of the Croatian Government to them?

European Council, 22–23 March 2005 (24 Feb 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, does the Minister believe that the present performance of the stabilisation pact will be under consideration at the prospective Council meeting? Does he expect that we shall have some information that there may be a fundamental reconsideration of its effects?

House of Lords Reform (26 Jan 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I take up the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Hoyle, concerning the possibility of more formalised arrangements for our first item of business, Question Time. It is a relatively narrow issue, but on the other hand it is a premium time during the day when the House is crowded. It is an occasion when the House has the opportunity to demonstrate its effectiveness with advantage. At...

Turkey and the EU (15 Dec 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Cobbold, on his good fortune in the ballot and on his wisdom in choosing this topic for our debate. Time is short. I want to make three points. The first point is that the accession of Turkey will not end the eastward push of the European Union. It will not be a question of, like Pitt, saying, "Roll up that map", after Austerlitz. We will find...

Ukraine and the Middle East (29 Nov 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I am sure that "wait and see" are wise words from the Minister. However, I have a question that she may feel disinclined to answer because of the sensitivity of the situation. If the Ukrainian courts' decisions result in there being a second election, does she expect that the OSCE will still be available to monitor that election? If so, what other arrangements does she think might...

Human Tissue Bill (25 Oct 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I have an interest as a patron of the National Kidney Research Fund and, in his closely argued introduction to this new clause, the noble Viscount, Lord Chandos, referred to my own problems of renal failure. I am very much in favour of this new clause, and I realise that it is part of a campaign to obtain greater recognition of the move away from "informed consent" to "presumed...

Iraq: Deployment of UK Forces (21 Oct 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, the Minister has made a very serious Statement and, very properly, seeks the general agreement of the House. I am sure we all hope that this venture will be successful. But it would be a very sad day if that obliterated anxieties and misgivings that are widely felt outside this House if not in this Chamber. I should like to press the Minister on one point, although I understand that...

Georgia: Territorial Integrity (14 Sep 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, have the Government yet replied formally to the recent Russian doctrine of pre-emption?

Balance of Funding Review and Report (20 Jul 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the balance of funding review did not cover the capability of local authorities to charge for the services that they render?

NATO Summit and Special European Council (30 Jun 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I wonder whether I could put to the noble Baroness a further question about the elections in Afghanistan. Does she accept, as I do, the description given by the noble Lord, Lord McNally, of the current situation in Afghanistan, which makes the prospect of elections freely fought, as we would understand in the West, wholly remote, thus sustaining the point made by my noble friend...

London Mayoral Elections (29 Jun 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, will the Minister remind the returning officer that up until and including the 1945 general election there were a number of two-Member constituencies? It was then accepted that one could use only one vote, called a "plumper" vote, and not be required to use the two votes.

Tobacco Growing: EU Subsidies (17 Jun 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, does the existence of a European constitution enable the date of 2010 to be brought forward?

Iraq: Adjustments to UK Forces (27 May 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I would like to ask a relatively narrow but, I think, significant question. The Minister has acknowledged that there could be a "cocktail of difficulties"—I believe I quote her correctly—as one moved to the situation where an Iraqi government would emerge. Does she feel that the rules of engagement of our forces are so drawn that they could cope with that potential situation?

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (26 May 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, if we had injury time to be used in these time-limited debates, I would use it several times over to express my appreciation for the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, to wish him a happy time in the Chamber and to tell him that I remember with great affection with what tenacity he opposed the Single European Act in his days in the House of Commons. If I were in the...

European Union Constitutional Treaty (11 May 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, it has been an experience of this debate to hear the speeches of the noble Lords, Lord Tomlinson and Lord Maclennan. I use this opportunity to give my own recognition for the work that they did on the convention, although I was not much in line with their views. They must have some regret that their work has resulted in the production of a draft constitution that is giving rise to a...

Iraq and the Middle East (19 Apr 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, the noble Baroness the Leader of the House made a very measured Statement but it seems to me that one element was missing, that is the imminence of the American presidential election and how that has influenced the American reaction to the Sharon proposals. I cannot believe that that will have been ignored in the issue of hearts and minds. It will be seen as a decision paying a...

Abu Qatada (1 Apr 2004)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, is it not high time that the work of the British security services was restored to the secrecy that it once enjoyed?

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