Lord Merlyn-Rees: The right reverend Prelate has sparked a thought in my mind. I could not vote for 90 days if it was 90 days that everyone had to undergo. We are talking as if 90 days is what all those who are arrested will have to undergo; and that is not the case. Most cases will be for a week or a fortnight. We are talking about a few cases, and the Government have got to clear that up. Under certain...
Lord Merlyn-Rees: In recent weeks I have spent a lot of time not talking but listening. I have listened to TV and radio broadcasts about the situation, and they get it wrong as well. We are not talking about people being held for 90 days; we are talking about a maximum of 90 days. Make it 28 days, and then go to a judge to get more. I could not vote for 90 days; that would be silly. It is being expressed...
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, does my noble friend care to consider the figures for the same period in the 1970s and compare them with the following Conservative government's? She will find that whether it was a matter of gun crime or ordinary crime the Home Secretary of the day must have been scintillatingly good.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, internment in Northern Ireland was introduced by the Ulster government. It was withdrawn not by the Ulster government but by a Labour government. There are still people locked up in Northern Ireland under that heading in the way to which the noble Lord refers.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, the noble Baroness rehearses the danger of allowing a Home Secretary to lock people up without due course of trial, but that has been going on for 20 years. I locked people up without trial; the paper was put before me and I would sign it after making my own investigations. That happened under the Conservative administration beforehand. So why the outcry now, when it did not seem to...
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, what status does advice given by ACPO have in a court of law?
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, might it not be a good idea to look back to 1973 to the Compton inquiry into the ill treatment of detainees in Northern Ireland? It is most informative and relevant to the subject under discussion.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, I am one of the few remaining members of the Franks committee, which investigated the origins of the Falklands War. Will this new committee have the power to call any body or any individual that it wishes to give evidence?
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to issue a new land use planning policy statement for renewable energy in England.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a decision has been reached following the strategic review of RAF Brize Norton, RAF Lyneham and RAF St Mawgan.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have intervened in the decision of the Parole Board to release the Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare on licence at the half-way point of his sentence.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: What key performance targets have been set for the National Archives executive agency for 2003–04.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Home Office will publish the technical notes for its public service agreement targets for the 2002 Spending Review period.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will respond to the House of Lords' Constitution Committee's report Devolution: Inter-Institutional Relations in the United Kingdom.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, may I appeal to my noble friend not to supply information on sources from within Iraq as that would put at risk the lives of many brave men and women?
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the Armed Forces overarching personnel strategy main document.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the appraisal of initial training of recruits across the armed services.
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, I declare an interest. I was Home Secretary at the time of the previous dispute and—with Mr Terry Parry, of the Fire Brigades Union—played a part in settling it. I also played a small part in the TUC's development of a code of practice for dealing with safety matters. These two issues are still relevant. What has changed is that, whereas the previous dispute occurred in days of...
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords—
Lord Merlyn-Rees: My Lords, what is now the role of my noble friend's department in the marking and relative grading of A-levels?