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Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...put on the agenda, and I am glad that we have done so. In paying tribute to all noble Lords, it would be entirely apt for me to pay particular tribute to the maiden speech of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth. In his remarks, he said that he was not sure about how his opening contribution would be taken by the House. It was an excellent one, and I am sure that he will...

Armed Forces — Question for Short Debate (7 April 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: ...s Question concerns the sufficiency of our manpower. In addressing it, we should look first at the existing scope and scale of our commitments worldwide. Currently, we have more than 30,000 service men and women committed on operations. They are providing significant contributions to security and stabilisation in Afghanistan, combating piracy off the Horn of Africa, countering narcotics in...

International Roma Day — Question for Short Debate (2 April 2014)

The Bishop of St Albans: ...Finally, I was very heartened by what was news to me but will probably be familiar to all Members of your Lordships’ House: the foundation of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association. Through this new association, members of the police force—men and women of varying seniority—work together to encourage one another in their commitment to their own vocation as police...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Bishops: Females (27 March 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Charlie Elphicke: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate he has made of when it will be possible for women to be bishops in the Church of England.

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Women’s Contribution to the Ordained Ministry (Church of England) (20 March 2014) See 15 other results from this debate

Caroline Spelman: ...woman and asked that woman to tell the brethren is very poignant indeed. I thank my right hon. Friend for bringing some scripture into our debate, which has been very encouraging. We hope that the women who are serving in ministry, in what is a difficult job—“the curer of souls” is a resonant phrase to describe one who undertakes the highly vocational service of...

Education: Social Mobility — Motion to Take Note (13 March 2014)

Baroness Uddin: ...and that too often it reinforces social division. The truth is that there is scarce room at the top for accommodating diversity and for disadvantaged groups. We are not an equal society when it comes to men and women, majority and minority groups, the able bodied and the disabled. Social mobility will remain cloth that is cut by the elite and a matter for the conjecture of social...

Immigration Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (10 March 2014)

Lord Cormack: ...at postgraduate level. In the fair city of Lincoln, where I now live, we have two universities: the University of Lincoln, which has in a remarkably short space of time become a very significant university; and the smaller Bishop Grosseteste University, which began more than 100 years ago as an Anglican teacher training college and is now a proper university. Both those universities have...

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 March 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: My Lords, the debates in the House of Lords for International Women’s Day are always outstanding, and this one has been no exception. There is such huge experience and commitment among your Lordships in this area that it is a great privilege to respond. I pay particular tribute to my noble friend Lord Palumbo, who chose to make his maiden speech in this debate today, and whom we welcome...

Syria and the Middle East — Motion to Take Note (27 February 2014)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...that they are the sole possessors of truth.” These sole possessors of truth represent the biggest stumbling block in finding a peaceful way forward out of this confessional morass and they also represent the biggest danger to Alawites, Druze and Christians, and the rights of women. Almost 1,500 years ago a wandering monk called John Moschos described the eastern Mediterranean as a...

Business of the House (27 February 2014)

Angela Eagle: ...that the process for dealing with estimates is arcane, obtuse and in need of reform? Will he support my call for new forms of effective financial scrutiny for the House? Next Saturday is international women’s day. Will the Leader of the House tell us how he plans to mark the occasion? Judging by the Government’s record at the moment, I do not think we can expect too much. We...

Social Welfare Law — Question for Short Debate (25 February 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Howe of Idlicote: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Peterborough on his excellent and moving maiden speech. Like all noble Lords who have spoken so far, I welcome this comprehensive and insightful report which the commission led by my noble friend Lord Low has published. It could not have had a better or more insightful chairman. Reductions in legal...

UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security — Question for Short Debate (24 February 2014)

The Bishop of Wakefield: ...I reassure noble Lords that I am not speaking simply to bring a modicum of gender balance to the Chamber. Many years ago now, when we were living in the East Midlands, my wife was a volunteer at a women’s refuge. She was scrupulous in maintaining confidentiality about those who used the refuge. None the less, on occasion, she would return home shocked and distressed at the violence...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN: Commission on the Status of Women (24 February 2014)

The Bishop of Worcester: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objectives for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women which will take place at the United Nations in New York from 10 to 21 March.

Written Answers — House of Lords: UN: Commission on the Status of Women (24 February 2014)

The Bishop of Worcester: ...ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to consult civil society organisations, churches and faith communities ahead of the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women that will take place at the United Nations in New York from 10 to 21 March.

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — Supporting the Creative Economy (13 February 2014)

Helen Goodman: ...are not well informed and do not have sufficient understanding of the value of intangible assets in the sector. The difficulty in securing finance in the sector was brought home to me by some film makers who came to my constituency surgery in Bishop Auckland. The people of Bishop Auckland are creative, imaginative and intelligent, but I have to say that the arrival of film makers at my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Property (Community Use) (13 February 2014)

Tony Baldry: ...I answer this first question, it may be convenient to the House if I make a short comment on the progress made by the General Synod this week on the Church of England being able to consecrate women as bishops. On Tuesday, the General Synod completed the revision process for a new draft measure to enable women to become bishops. The Synod also agreed to shorten the consultation period with...

Immigration Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (10 February 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Hylton: ...trouble later with appeals, judicial reviews and so forth. Will the Government devote their energy to this? Will they ensure that high-quality interpreters are available when needed? Will they see that women are interviewed by women, unless this is against the wishes of the person? Will they always have accurate, up-to-date country information? I and many other noble Lords have been asking...

Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill — Second Reading (7 February 2014)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...and very clear and precise in what it seeks to do. Such clarity of purpose is very welcome in a Private Member’s Bill. I also join in the tributes to members of our Armed Forces. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Wakefield and the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, spoke with eloquent passion on that issue, and I concur with the comments they made. We all read and see reports of the...

Democratic Republic of the Congo — Question (3 February 2014)

The Bishop of Wakefield: ...of Canterbury is visiting the DRC today with the Minister for Africa. Could she inform the House of the work of Her Majesty’s Government, currently being promoted by them, in the protection of women in the DRC, particularly from gender-based violence?

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 January 2014)

The Bishop of Derby: .... On the other hand, I have been involved in debates in the past couple of months in this Chamber—as the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, hinted—about online pornography, the objectification of women and the bullying of young people. There is a dark side to the internet and we should not be surprised at that, given that this is human nature engaging with a wonderful invention...

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