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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,...

Business of the House (15 January 2015)

Angela Eagle: May I thank the Leader of the House for announcing next week’s business, including all stages of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill next Monday? Even those of us who feel that the unelected and supersized Chamber at the other end of the building is in need of more radical reform can welcome this Bill. Prior to the creation of Labour’s senate of the nations and regions, it is only...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill — Second Reading (13 January 2015)

Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood: ...years that I have had those various forms of contact with the agencies, I have formed a clear view that they consist—save for the tiniest minority, who are speedily weeded out—of the highest quality of men and women, dedicated and disciplined public servants, generally of considerable intelligence and great integrity. Many have come from academe, banking or skilled professions...

Business of the House (8 January 2015)

Tony Baldry: May I thank the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition for the cross-party support for the Bill that will enable women who are consecrated diocesan bishops in the Church of England to be nominated for membership of the House of Lords as soon as possible? I thank the Leader of the House, the shadow Leader of the House and the usual channels for providing...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 January 2015)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: ...Majesty recommendations for appointments. However, while I am on the matter of regulation, I can respond to the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, who asked about legislation to accelerate the appointment of women Bishops. A government Bill on that had its First Reading in the Commons just before Christmas, so that is proceeding.

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,...

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