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New Clause 1 — Natural Justice (27 February 2015)

Tony Baldry: ...and who can be a Member of Parliament, so it is right and appropriate that this Chamber should give it reasonable consideration. I was very grateful to the House for providing half a day for consideration on when women bishops might enter the House of Lords. If we are willing to give half a day to whether women diocesan bishops could be given precedence over others to take their place in...

Mental Health Services — Question for Short Debate (25 February 2015)

The Bishop of St Albans: ...worrying rise in the number of suicides in the UK, particularly among men. There were 6,233 suicides of over-15 year-olds registered in 2013, 252 more than in 2012, with the male suicide rate three times that for women. In the UK, suicide is the main cause of death of young people under the age of 35—more than 1,600 every year. Hundreds more attempt suicide and thousands more...

Modern Slavery Bill — Report (2nd Day) (25 February 2015)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ..., Lord Whitty, who is in his seat this evening, did such distinguished work in helping to create—was established after the fatalities that occurred in Morecambe Bay when some 23 Chinese cockle pickers, men and women, died while they were being ruthlessly exploited by gangmasters. I made the point that this problem has not gone away. As recently as 2011, an almost identical incident...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (24 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Earl Howe: ...’s ovaries to collect multiple eggs for use in fertility treatments. The risks of OHSS are very well understood, with patients and egg donors carefully monitored. The HFEA’s code of practice requires women undergoing ovarian stimulation to be given information about the possible side effects and risks, including OHSS. Women are informed of the symptoms to look out for and are...

Yarl’s Wood — Question (24 February 2015)

The Bishop of Carlisle: My Lords, in view of the concerns expressed only last Friday by the Joint Committee on Human Rights about women and girls who claim to have been victims of violence and are detained at Yarl’s Wood under the fast-track process, can the Minister tell us whether the Government have any plans for a screening process for people in that position?

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Second Reading (12 February 2015) See 15 other results from this debate

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ..., and I thank my noble friend Lord Faulks for his willingness to share Front-Bench responsibilities for such a significant Bill. In your Lordships’ House, I am the government spokesperson for women and equalities. I happen also to be a woman and an Anglican so, both personally and professionally, I warmly welcome the contributions today and the support for the Bill. Equality of...

Welfare Assistance Schemes — Question for Short Debate (10 February 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, first, I join other noble Lords in thanking the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Truro for securing this debate and, in doing so, pay tribute to his work on the hunger inquiry, with which my noble friend Lady Jenkin also engaged and was involved. I have not been asked a question on that specifically, but the Government welcome the report, which is a serious contribution to...

Town Centre Regeneration (England) (10 February 2015)

Barry Sheerman: ...ones. Huddersfield is still a town. Some people argue that it is the largest town. That is not true, although it is a very large town; if Kirklees had been called Huddersfield, we would have been a city. I inform hon. Members that we now have a Bishop of Huddersfield, so we are becoming even more significant as a town. We are also a university town. Any town or city in this country that...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (3 February 2015)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: ...one, even though there is mounting evidence and support for it on a very wide front. I am particularly pleased that the Church of England is in favour in principle, and I am grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Carlisle, who regrettably cannot be with us because of a prior engagement but wished to speak strongly in favour, from the position of one of those who would be...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Bishops (2 February 2015)

Tony Baldry: The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York have always had the power to delegate to another bishop their role as chief consecrator. The five guiding principles of the House of Bishops’ declaration which underpinned General Synod’s agreement to women bishops clearly provided a framework to make it possible for arrangements to develop for the Church of England to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Prostitution (2 February 2015)

The Bishop of St Albans: ...on 17 December 2014 (HL3283), whether they will now state what consideration they have given to introducing or amending legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex in order to protect vulnerable women.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: First Female Bishop (29 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael Fabricant: ...MPs like the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) who will welcome this, but the whole House. Does my right hon. Friend agree that in four or five years’ time we will—rather like with women newsreaders—take the appointment of a woman bishop as a matter of course?

Eritrea and Ethiopia — Question for Short Debate (27 January 2015)

The Bishop of Derby: ...explained. That complexity makes a neat solution very difficult. We have heard something of the human rights abuses. We need to put firmly on record in this House the particular suffering of women and girls, not least through military service, through trying to avoid military service by escaping into marriage and getting married at a very young age. There is also the problem of religious...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Second Reading (23 January 2015)

The Bishop of Derby: ...a trustee of Christian Aid. The noble Lord, Lord Purvis, gave some statistics, and we are proud to be involved in the provision of clean water, schools and financial services, and in working with women and girls. They all provide stability and capacity for local societies to be healthy, peaceful and forward-looking. The OECD estimates that for every pound spent on some of these...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 January 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...between those services. Local partnerships have chosen to pool an extra 1.5 billion, and this will help to achieve significant change in services that will benefit some of the most vulnerable in society. That was a specific concern expressed by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby. We are looking to prioritise those areas where there is greater partnership working. As the...

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Clause 2 — Commencement, extent and short title (19 January 2015)

Sam Gyimah: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. I will be very brief. The Bill responds to the welcome decision of the Church to allow women to become bishops. It will ensure that female bishops will not have to wait to join their male counterparts in the House of Lords, thereby addressing a temporary unfairness in the current system until the appointment of both male and female...

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Clause 1 — Vacancies among the Lords Spiritual (19 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: .... However, it is certainly something that future Governments would, I hope, want to consider positively if a further request were made and if, at the end of the 10 years, the representation of women bishops or Lords Spiritual had not been addressed in a way that the clergy and House of Commons thought appropriate. Question put and agreed to. Clause 1 accordingly ordered to stand part of...

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (19 January 2015) See 24 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: ...not come up with anything usable. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his speech. The right hon. Member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) gave us a historical tour, a theological tour and then a topical tour of bishops’ roles and responsibilities. He helpfully underlined the wide-ranging support in the Church for the Bill. The hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) outlined her...

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time (19 January 2015)

Tom Brake: I beg to move, That the following provisions shall apply to the proceedings on the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill– Timetable 1.- (1) Proceedings on Second Reading, in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading shall be completed at this day’s sitting. (2) Proceedings on Second Reading shall be brought to a conclusion (so far as not previously concluded) four hours after the...

Developing World: Maternal and Neonatal Mortality — Question for Short Debate (15 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...under five is being reduced faster than at any time in the past two decades, partly due to increased access to vaccination against deadly childhood diseases. As we have heard, the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has also been cut by almost half in the same period. However, as we heard from the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, this progress has not been even because women,...

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