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Bill Presented: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (18 December 2014)

...Nicky Morgan, Mr Oliver Letwin, Greg Clark, Mr Sam Gyimah, Jo Swinson and Tom Brake, presented a Bill to make time-limited provision for vacancies among the Lords Spiritual to be filled by bishops who are women. Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Monday 5 January 2015, and to be printed (Bill 143) with explanatory notes (Bill 143-EN).

Business of the House (18 December 2014)

Tony Baldry: May I welcome the publication today of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill, which will provide the opportunity to fast-track into the House of Lords women consecrated as diocesan bishops? My right hon. Friend will know that there was widespread support and rejoicing in both Houses for the measure to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England, but there was concern that if the rules...

Written Ministerial Statements — Deputy Prime Minister: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (18 December 2014)

Sam Gyimah: Today the Government are introducing the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill to the House of Commons, with explanatory notes. The Bill follows the legislation permitting women to be ordained bishops. That was completed by the General Synod of the Church of England on 17 November. With the way clear for the first women to be appointed, it is right that those women should be among the Bishops who...

Points of Order (17 December 2014)

Maria Miller: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This morning it has been announced that Rev. Libby Lane is to become the Bishop of Stockport, and therefore the first woman bishop of the Church of England. At a time when there are more women in work than ever before and more women taking leadership positions, I am sure that the whole House will want to take a moment to welcome such an important first step...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crimes of Violence: Females (17 December 2014)

The Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the standardisation of comprehensive and analysable data on violence against women.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prostitution (17 December 2014)

The Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to criminalising the purchase of sex in order to protect vulnerable women.

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 December 2014)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...thought that it might make the Bill more acceptable. Curiously, there was complete agreement about the need for gay and lesbian couples to be civil partners, but some of the more conservative and orthodox Bishops opposed the stuff about opposite-sex couples because they thought that it would threaten marriage. It does not seem to worry people but there is no evidence from any country,...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014)

The Bishop of Sheffield: ...been reduced by as much as half; there has been clear progress in the battles against malaria, tuberculosis and HIV; access to drinking water and sanitation has been improved; the participation of women politically has increased; and 90% of children in developing regions are attending primary school. These are major achievements and should be celebrated and communicated much more...

Modern Slavery Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (8 December 2014)

Lord Bates: ...though the FCO and DfID, working on tackling modern-day slavery in India, Bangladesh and west Africa under the Work in Freedom programme working in partnership with the ILO. Those projects are also working with girls and women in south Asia and in the Middle East in the domestic worker and garment manufacturing sectors. Therefore, those are specific projects that we are doing. Does more...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Abortion (5 December 2014)

The Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection they are offering to vulnerable women who feel under pressure to have a sex-selective abortion for fear of injury to their physical or mental health should they give birth to a girl.

Modern Slavery Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (1 December 2014)

The Bishop of Derby: ...engaged in prostitution, as well as those who work with them. It is evident that almost everybody who I have come across or who colleagues work with are pathetic, abused and often drug-centred young women. Earlier this year I came across a Thai woman who was being raped 10 times a day in a brothel in Kensington, not far from here. That is what being able to purchase sex is doing to people....

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 November 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...of as a weakness; nay, it is indeed a strength of our great country Many noble Lords, including the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, the noble Baroness, Lady Warnock, and the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Birmingham, reflected on our Christian heritage—a heritage that has been built over 14 centuries. Earlier this year, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 November 2014)

Mark Durkan: I find myself feeling a bit like the right hon. Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Frank Dobson) who was asked if he was in favour of women bishops. He said, “I’m all for women, but not for bishops.” I am all for devolution, but I am not particularly for the Union. I say that as an Irish nationalist sitting here in this House. However, we must recognise that some issues...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Digital Impact — Motion to Take Note (20 November 2014)

Baroness Kidron: ...noble Lords who mentioned the worrying trend that makes the internet a hostile or difficult place for girls. The internet will never fulfil the ambitions of its inventors if it is not an equal platform for women and young girls. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Shields, for her kind words and her mantra of “safe by design”. Her success proves that what may look impossible now...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (17 November 2014)

Lord Young of Norwood Green: ...world. My mind was concentrated over the weekend by an article I read on cotton, of which probably everybody in this Chamber is wearing an item, and the appalling conditions in India, where young women are, in effect, in bonded slavery. They cannot escape from their employers and if they try to they are often captured and brought back. They are working in conditions that are nothing less...

Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (17 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Cox: ...commend the Government for introducing this path-breaking legislation to endeavour to eradicate the barbaric phenomenon of slavery, which continues to inflict indescribable suffering on millions of men, women and children in our world today. I welcome many of the provisions in the Bill. As time is limited, I will focus not on those which I strongly endorse but on three ways in which I...

Low-income and Vulnerable Consumers — Motion to Take Note (6 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: .... Employment is one of the key areas that help people to look after themselves. The Government have done a great deal for job creation. More than 30 million people are now in work—a record high. A greater proportion of women are in work than ever before. Since 2010, an additional 2.1 million private sector jobs have been created. Creating jobs and helping people to find sustainable...

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Baroness Uddin: ...for her compelling call to unite on this very important matter. We have walked a very long journey into this House and I commend her efforts on the issues of homelessness and violence against women. She draws attention to the tragic and continuous cycle of misery in which too many women and their families are trapped in the stigma of homelessness, which then further reinforces social...

Central African Republic — Question (4 November 2014)

The Bishop of Norwich: My Lords, given the widespread violation of both women and children in this tragic conflict, will the Minister indicate whether there are ways in which the Government could extend the success of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative to the Central African Republic?

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