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Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Buildings (18 June 2015)

Caroline Spelman: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Of course we must briefly pay tribute to my predecessor, who fulfilled this role with great aplomb and will be for ever remembered as enabling the legislation on women bishops. The Church faces a great challenge in terms of its sustainability, particularly in rural areas. The Church Commissioners will be helping to support those churches that want to come back to the...

North of England: Transport — Motion to Take Note (17 June 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...depth of knowledge, expertise and wisdom expressed during the debate on a very important issue. We have been talking today about transport for the north, and it was the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby who said that he felt like an interloper. Imagine how I, someone from Wimbledon, feel talking about transport for the north. Nevertheless, we always seek to establish our true...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Skills and Growth (17 June 2015)

John Nicolson: ...you well know of the towns of Bearsden, its name shrouded in mystery, and Milngavie, bane of a thousand newscasters who have fallen into the “Milngavey” trap. You will have heard of Lenzie and Kirkintilloch, of Westerton and Bishopbriggs—a town, as the name suggests, with pious origins, having been granted to Jocelin, Bishop of Glasgow, in the 12th century by King William...

UN: Sustainable Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (16 June 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Verma: ...been, as has rightly been pointed out today, at the forefront of delivering progress against the MDGs and have played an active role in working to define what comes next. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans wanted reassurances that the UK will continue to lead and will remain a strong voice. I reassure him that we absolutely will. We have, both through our legislation of...

Women: Domestic Violence — Question (16 June 2015)

The Bishop of Birmingham: My Lords, domestic violence against women is one of the largest abuses of women, not just in the UK but in the world. I would be interested if the Minister commented on the Government’s commitment to reaching such a diverse range of women, in spite of their ethnic background, religion or location, over the next few years.

Developing World: Women — Motion to Take Note (11 June 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Verma: ...in my own reflections, but I thank all noble Lords for their very warm welcome in having me represent the Department for International Development again. I am incredibly passionate around the agenda on women and girls. Again, that is because of my own upbringing and the culture that I come from, which has impacted on my responses to what I see and am determined to try to eliminate. In...

Civil Society — Motion to Take Note (11 June 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Bridges of Headley: My Lords, I am delighted that my first debate is on the civil society. I would like to echo all those who thanked the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans for tabling the Motion, and to thank him and so many others in the House for their extremely thoughtful speeches. Churches across the right reverend Prelate’s diocese are involved in projects to make our society stronger, so...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Clergy: Females (8 June 2015)

Caroline Spelman: The most recent statistics available on the number of women in ordained ministry in the Church of England can be found in the table below. These figures combine all clergy who are full time or part time stipendiary clergy and those who are self-supporting clergy. Although more recent figures are not yet available, the general trend is towards an increase in women training for ordained...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice Bill: Consideration Stage (2 June 2015)

Alastair Ross: ...access to a lawful abortion; that people should be allowed to decide whether they use a private provider or not and that there are no other circumstances in which people are forced to use only a public health facility; that it is not clear how the word "urgent" is interpreted and the circumstances by which someone will be able to terminate a pregnancy outside of NHS premises in an "urgent"...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Eden of Winton: ...and sensitive. Having served both Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, I saw and came to understand both sides. I turn briefly to the subject area of today’s debate. I am encouraged by the wonderful maiden speech we have just heard from the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Salisbury to say a word about the world environment. However, as I introduced a debate on this subject in...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 May 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...aid directly protects Britain from harm. We have delivered on our promises to meet the UN target of 0.7% of national income as aid and to enshrine this in law. That law takes effect next Monday. The UK will continue to place girls and women at the heart of international development and humanitarian aid. The noble Baroness, Lady Cox, described conditions in Sudan and South Sudan and painted...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (1st Day) (27 May 2015)

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone: ...place as a full member of the Cabinet. In a short space of time, my noble friend has established her quality: calm, tenacious and collegiate. We are in safe hands. Indeed, this election was certainly a victory for women. When I became a Member of the other place more than 30 years ago, when the first female Leader of this House, the late Lady Young, was in office, I was one of 24 female...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Marriage Equality (27 April 2015)

Christopher Hazzard: .... I tend not to reply to statements, but it is a welcome development to see the Member sticking up for the rights of the Catholic Church and being so interested in its press releases. The bishop has every right to comment on this. I do not agree with what the bishop said on the matter. We are dealing today specifically with civil marriage. A number of people have touched on that. I...

Immigration: Detention — Question for Short Debate (26 March 2015)

Lord Cormack: ...above all, good humour. If you are going to cope with the Church of England, you certainly need a good sense of humour. He displayed this perhaps at its best in October last year when we were debating in this House the Measure on women bishops. There were those of us who are of the catholic persuasion in the Church of England who had some misgivings. What I found particularly notable about...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015)

Lord Davies of Oldham: .... That means that a change of government is absolutely essential. The greatest need is the one that was expressed by my noble friends Lord McFall and Lord Layard, by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth and by my noble friend Lady Thornton, who talked about the position of women in society. It is that we need an improved public morality. We need to recognise that there is...

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Politics and Government (24 March 2015)

Nick Clegg: ..., legislated on MP recall and introduced reforms to lobbying. Changes in the law on succession to the Crown will be commenced across all Realms later this week, and the Bill to fast-track Women Bishops into the House of Lords is expected to receive Royal Assent. We have also rolled back some of the previous Government’s infringements on civil liberties, including getting rid of ID...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: House of Bishops (12 March 2015)

Tony Baldry: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I hope every parliamentary colleague will read the bishops’ pastoral letter. I do not expect everyone to agree with everything in it, but it is a thoughtful and thought-provoking document which makes it clear that the bishops believe that “the great majority of politicians and candidates enter politics with a passion to improve the lives of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Living Wage (12 March 2015)

Ben Bradshaw: ...hon. Gentleman for the superb job he has done as Second Church Estates Commissioner? He should be aware that millions of Anglicans and non-Anglicans across the world, but particularly our fantastic women priests, have him to thank for having saved the Church of England from itself in its original debacle over women bishops. On their behalf, thank you.

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Garden of Frognal: My Lords, the debates in the House of Lords for International Women’s Day are always outstanding, and this has been no exception. As the noble Baroness, Lady Crawley, said, it has gone off in wonderful directions. I was pleased that the noble Baroness, Lady King, said that there was clear agreement on much that was mentioned in the debate, although she then seemed to go off in another...

Business of the House: International Women’s Day (5 March 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Jo Swinson: ...celebrating progress and harnessing energy for change. It is right that we should celebrate the great progress we have seen in the past five years. We have seen a huge increase in the number of women on company boards, for example, and the first woman bishop. Also, the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr...

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