Results 1–20 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Rotherwick

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (22 Nov 1999)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I am not sure whether I am the only person who feels that the advent of computers for all has resulted in an order of magnitude increase in typographical errors. Moreover, there was a time when those who did their typing knew and understood the rules of grammar. Nowadays, when all manner of managers, civil servants and even politicians do their own typing, it is much less likely....

The Countryside (1 Dec 1999)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, the countryside, as we comprehend it, is the product of centuries of development and dedication. In medieval times England and large tracts of Scotland and Wales were heavily forested. In order to see for miles one had to find a clear day and get above the tree line. In succeeding centuries trees were chopped down both for housing and for ocean going ships, particularly oaks for...

Local Authority Social Service Departments (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, the Minister talks about powers being transferred from one authority to another. Does that mean that the budget of the authority which is losing the powers will follow the transfer, or will the Government re-budget sufficiently for that social service to be successful?

Traffic Congestion (18 Jan 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, will greater consideration be given to allowing powered two-wheelers, which are both economic and environmentally friendly, further use of bus lanes? As the majority of accidents to these vulnerable, powered two-wheelers are caused by other people, does he think that in heavily congested areas bus lanes would be by far the best place for them?

Asylum Seekers: Accommodation (20 Jan 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, can the Minister say how many asylum seekers and immigrants came into this country last year?

Kosovo: Chinese Reaction (31 Jan 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, the noble Baroness referred to an overwhelming catastrophe with regard to the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo. Can she say how many Serbians have been ethnically cleansed by the Albanians?

Tharcisse Muvunyi (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had approaches from the United Nations War Crimes Prosecutor for the extradition of Tharcisse Muvunyi in connection with genocide in Rwanda.

Tharcisse Muvunyi (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, the House has just heard from the noble Baroness, Lady Scotland of Asthal, that the Government wish to identify any war criminals. Can the Minister say whether any investigation by the Metropolitan Police is ongoing to identify this man as a possible war criminal? Furthermore, in the light of the Prime Minister's statement that there is no hiding place for war criminals and in so...

Tharcisse Muvunyi (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, in the light of the escalating asylum figures, and the appalling processing figures, what steps are the Government taking to prevent war criminals entering this country as bogus asylum seekers and then living on social security?

National Health Service (2 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, during a debate in February last year I drew the attention of the House to a list of community hospitals that were threatened with closure, and that applied especially to the Burford Community Hospital in Oxfordshire. On Monday, telephone calls made to six of the units on that February list resulted in the following responses: Burford, no answer; Winsford in Devon, number not...

NHS Funding (8 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, recently it has been stated that in their modernisation of the NHS, the Government have seen the benefits of community hospitals. When increasing the budget for the NHS, will the Government find more funds for reopening those community hospitals that they have now closed?

Asylum Applications (8 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, in the light of the fact that 7,000 people have been sent home, will the Minister confirm that in the same year the Government tried to send home 20,000 people, of whom at least 13,000 escaped and went underground? Is it not also true that every day in the past 1,000 days of this Government 50 more asylum seekers have been waiting for their cases to be heard?

Organophosphates (16 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, can the Minister say what organophosphates that are used in the home come into contact with our children? Can she say whether those items will be looked at in the very near future?

Asylum Seekers (21 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum seekers were sent home by the Government in 1999 and whether the statistics quoted by Lord Rotherwick on 8th February (Official Report, cols. 512-13) were "fictional".

Asylum Seekers (21 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I had hoped to be able to say that I was thankful to the noble Lord for his Answer. However, I am rather disappointed. If that was in effect his type of apology, then perhaps he could tell me so.

UK Embassies: Union Flag Flying (23 Feb 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I understood my noble friend to be referring to residencies other than embassies, such as other bureaucratic buildings in Brussels, which tend to fly our flag upside down. Does the Minister agree that our embassies in such locations should take on the job of ensuring that our flag is flown the right way up?

Asylum Seekers (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, in international law, asylum is the protection granted by a state to a foreign citizen against his or her state. That person has no legal right to demand it and the host state has no legal obligation to grant it. On the other hand, a refugee is a person who is forced to flee from his or her country of origin to escape persecution because of religion, nationality, social grouping or...

Asylum Seekers (1 Mar 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I accept the point that the noble Lord makes and that the initial cost would probably be a lot higher, but eventually it would reduce dramatically because we would not have 104,000 unprocessed asylum seekers being paid for by the taxpayers. It would surely reduce the very large number of asylum seekers coming into this country. Can the Minister say what records are being kept to...

Marriage: Fiscal Support (8 Mar 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, as a divorced parent of one marriage that has failed and in the light of what has been said about children coming first, may I ask the noble and learned Lord whether he agrees that it is important that we encourage and reward parents for staying in a marriage because we know that children brought up in a proper stable marriage perform better in school and later in life?

Agriculture (8 Mar 2000)

Lord Rotherwick: My Lords, I have been reading the report on the rural economies from the Performance and Innovation Unit of the Cabinet Office. On page 5 it states, quite correctly, that in the late 1940s government, "viewed agriculture's primary role as to ensure security of food supply". On the next page it states that, "the values, beliefs and behaviours on which post-war policy was based have not proved...

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