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NHS: Community Hospitals (5 Jul 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, does the Minister foresee a substantial expansion of the number of renal satellite units in the execution of this policy, particularly in the spirit of trying to bring treatment closer to patients?

Afghanistan: UK Forces (3 Jul 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, from the Back Benches I join in giving condolences to those who have suffered in the recent exchanges. The Minister made a reasonable Statement in good faith, but perhaps he will allow me to reflect on the background to the whole business of invading and hoping to secure Afghanistan. To what extent has one reflected on the misfortunes of the Russians in the 19th century and more...

Rural Payments Agency (22 Jun 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I have a minuscule interest to declare in respect of 30 acres of to-let grassland. I have watched this whole drama with bewilderment, certainly not with hostility. Can the Minister explain why so many continental countries have been able to resolve their agricultural claims in a much shorter period, whether he has studied their practices and whether they might be adopted by this...

Deepcut Review (29 Mar 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I accept at once the Minister's advice that we should have a measured debate about the Blake review, but may I echo deferentially the points that were made so powerfully by the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Bramall? Whatever institutional changes will be proposed and whatever institutional arrangements, which have been very unsatisfactory in the past, are made, if, as the Minister...

Guardian's Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (24 Mar 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I apologise to noble Lords and particularly to the Minister for not being present at the beginning of this debate. Having had an enervating morning in a hospital bed, I have come along to offer a small comment. It will not be of the same contentious nature as those offered by my noble friend Lady Noakes and the noble Lord, Lord Oakeshott, which demonstrated the great anxieties about...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (7 Feb 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, my noble friend who spoke from the Opposition Front Bench said that it was important to keep Parliament informed as the negotiations proceed. I want to raise a narrow point that has not been mentioned hitherto in these debates. I refer to the unhappy decision to call off the proposed visit of Romanian parliamentarians by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. I make no comment on the wisdom...

Safeguarding Children (19 Jan 2006)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, my noble friend Lady Buscombe has referred to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills as being "honest and honourable". I am sure that that will be endorsed by the entire Chamber. Does not that constructive response contrast with the way certain elements of the media have handled this whole business over the past 10 days? It says little about the historic role the media are...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Lord Biffen: I congratulate my noble friend Lord Howell on these amendments because they have enabled us to have this debate. The topic gives rise to genuine concern. One of the difficulties of dealing with European Union legislation has always been to postulate amendments in terms of one's own domestic legislation when all the while you are affecting treaty obligations. That has been a difficulty since...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Lord Biffen: My noble friend Lord Howell of Guildford was right to move his amendment, purely for the technical reason that it enables the debate to now proceed. He made it quite clear that it was not intended to challenge the decision to welcome the accession of Romania and Bulgaria. I find it quite extraordinary that the noble Lord, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, should find it so convoluted that he could not...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Lord Biffen: I take at once the point that the Minister makes, but would he, for the convenience of your Lordships, place in the Vote Office the list of figures for the future so that we can see how they are foreseen?

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Parking Adjudication Service (10 Jan 2006)

Lord Biffen: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the funding arrangements, objectives, organisation and conduct of the National Parking Adjudication Service; and Whether they will arrange for investigations into the behaviour of National Parking Adjudication Service officials to be held in public.

European Union (Accessions) Bill (20 Dec 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, the conventions of the House are that there is no vote on Second Reading, and I acknowledge that. If there were, it would certainly have my support, although I would wish to argue that the extension of the European Union cries aloud for major reforms to its institutions. My noble friend Lord Howell of Guildford mentioned that he had recently been in Sofia. I heard that with great...

Croatia: EU Accession (6 Dec 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, I join those who congratulated my noble friend Lord Dundee on choosing this topic, which is clearly of high public interest. Although this place is not exactly standing room only, none the less it is being debated here, which is rather more than is happening in the House of Commons. Above all, I should like to dwell on the point repeated by every speaker so far in the debate: the...

Common Agricultural Policy: Financing (EUC Report) (20 Oct 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, it is my happy task to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Anderson, on his maiden speech. He comes to this House with a reputation as a committed Christian, but above all he will be recognised as having been chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the House of Commons, where his robust conduct in that post earned him an enviable reputation. I am sure that we all look...

EU: UK Presidency (13 Oct 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, in view of the importance of the acquis in the negotiations with Turkey and Croatia, and in view of the statement by the British Treasury on the importance of deregulation in the European Union, will this be the occasion when one will reconsider the present state of the acquis and its enormous implications, which surely must be candidates for deregulation?

EU: Turkey and Croatia (11 Oct 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, now that the Gotovina issue has been happily resolved with the most providential timing, can the Minister confirm that, although this is being announced at the same time as the decision on Turkey, there is no question of Croatia having to wait for something like 10 years while its membership is negotiated, not least because of the consequences of that decision there will be for the...

EU Directive on Services (21 Jul 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords—

EU Directive on Services (21 Jul 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that there is a great deal of apprehension on the part of the French concerning this directive? Will he state whether an opt-out would be a perfectly legitimate compromise to help to overcome those anxieties?

Euro (23 Jun 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, this debate is the third this week on Europe, and there is a seamless thread that connects them all. It is greatly to our advantage that we are discussing Europe to the extent that we have devoted ourselves to doing this week, and in a spirit which on the whole has reflected well on this House. It certainly contrasts with the nature of the discussions that took place on the...

European Union: Budget (14 Jun 2005)

Lord Biffen: My Lords, is it not the Government's objective to secure a reduction in Community financing of the common agricultural policy, single payments, payments on animal welfare and payments on environmental protection? If so, would it be in the context that payments in that direction could be made by national governments out of national resources?


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