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Lords of Appeal in Ordinary — Motion of Appreciation (21 Jul 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I express my wholehearted support for this Motion of thanks. The noble and learned Lords have made their mark on this House, and that is to state the obvious. We on these Benches have found their companionship and their incisive contributions to this, yes, the high court of Parliament but perhaps not for much longer, congenial, constructive and, at times,...

Higher Education: Universities — Question (14 Jul 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, will the Minister assure the House that the Government have a long-term policy? Does he not agree that this Question is directly related to the first Question this afternoon in that if people are not going to get to university, that will have an effect on unemployment? Will he assure us that the Government are looking at the long term in this regard?

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills — Private Notice Question (9 Jun 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, I declare an interest as a graduate in dead languages, and a graduate in what some people regard as dead ideas, whose holy book has the words, "be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves". I would not want to plug anyone in particular, but none of us would question the undoubted managerial abilities of the Secretary of State, nor the fact that we have to say from these...

Economy — Debate (7 May 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, it is a pleasure to take part in this debate, which sometimes feels a little like a seminar in political economics. I congratulate the noble Lord on initiating it and it is a pleasure to welcome my friend and colleague, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Bradford. Perhaps I may say that his maiden speech was in the best traditions of these Benches because he brought his...

Welfare Reform Bill: Second Reading (29 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, no one disputes that work is the main route out of poverty for most people. In recent years, much effort has been focused on the long-term unemployed, to get these hard cases—who may have experienced several generations of unemployment and have few, if any, role models of people in regular work from their own families—back into the job market and employability. Many of these...

Data Collection: Travel Plans — Question (29 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, I am concerned about people who swim the Channel. If they set out for France from this country but a storm deflects them to the Isle of Wight, are they going to be penalised?

Sri Lanka — Question (22 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, the Tamils are an ancient people and the conflict, which has ethnic as well as religious overtones, is not a modern one. Will the Government be as vociferous as possible in repudiating the language used by the President of Sri Lanka in describing this as a "war on terror"? Many people in this House and beyond regard that as a very unfortunate piece of modern jargon, coined by the...

Pensioners: Savings — Question (1 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, do the Government agree that, if the current means-testing persists, an increasing number of pensioners will dip into their savings and thus hasten the day when they will be eligible for more state support? Do they agree that we are in a cleft stick in this economic recession between short-termism and long-termism?

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (9 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, I intend to focus on two groups of people who come into this country for very different reasons: immigrants and those who have been trafficked. It is in our treatment of people from beyond our borders that we reveal our deepest beliefs about who we are as a nation and what kind of home we are creating in this land. The gracious Speech tells us that in the borders, immigration and...

Education and Skills Bill (11 Nov 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, it would be difficult to argue against the amendment and I defy the Minister to try to smuggle it into a non-statutory framework. Our knowledge of the behavioural aspects of the human being has expanded so much that this kind of screening has become essential.

Prisons: Titans (29 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, in ancient Greek mythology, the Titans were a pretty unsavoury lot. One of them cut off the unmentionable parts of his father with a sickle, married one of his sisters, swallowed five of his children and finally, along with his siblings, was cast into the dreaded Lake Tartarus. Will the Minister comment on that scenario in relation to these horrendous prisons, about which, in spite...

Welfare: Churches and Faith Communities (9 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, I am grateful to my colleague the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford for inaugurating this debate. The Von Hügel report which appeared earlier this year was commissioned by the Bishop of Hulme, Stephen Lowe, who is the Bishop for Urban Life and Faith. Baron Friedrich Von Hügel, who died in the first part of the last century, was an Austrian Roman Catholic baron who...

NHS: Expenditure (6 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, there are serious ethical, as well as financial, issues in the noble Lord's Question. Do the Government agree that a starting point might be to speed up the processes of authorising new drugs, particularly the work of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence? I am told that Scotland is quicker than England in this regard, so perhaps we have some catching up to do south of the...

Government: Ministerial Changes (6 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I offer my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady Ashton. I have particular memories of working with her on an education Bill and on various debates. It always struck me that no one else in the House could speak as quickly as her. At the end of one debate I passed her a note with a Gilbert and Sullivan quotation: "This particularly rapid,...

Disability Rights (5 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Morris, for initiating this debate. It is one of those occasions when there is—myself excepted—a galaxy of experts. I want initially to try to find my own road into this whole area. I shall offer two personal examples. First, I am suffering not from a disability but from an impairment to do with my treatment,...

Higher Education: Student Loans (3 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, we all know that we may well be heading for a quite tricky economic situation. Surely that is an argument for looking at this scheme more thoroughly. Is the Minister aware that recent graduates are charged 4.8 per cent interest on their loans and yet, in employment, many of them receive pay increases of 2.5 per cent or less?

Schools: Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (2 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, without wanting your Lordships' stomachs to rumble unduly, even at this early hour of the afternoon, it is good to note that 440 million pieces of fruit are given to 2 million children in 16,000 schools annually. Given the overall nature of the monitoring to which the Minister has partially alluded in the previous answer, does he agree that that does not actually reveal a great...

Environment: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (3 Apr 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, like others here, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Renton, for initiating this debate. I shall speak about the Isle of Wight, the South Downs National Park and then three issues that relate to this debate: the place of the churches, which relates to it directly, and then transport and new housing development. I shall be brief. A considerable portion of the Isle of Wight is made up of...

Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] (17 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, before I support these amendments, I should apologise for my remarks earlier. They referred not to Amendment No. 3, but Amendment No. 22. I am reminded of the late comedian Eric Morecambe, who when challenged on how he played Grieg's piano concerto, replied, "I play the right notes, but in the wrong order". It is impossible to reconcile the Government's assertion that every child...

Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] (17 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Portsmouth: My Lords, as we have heard, the case for wider access to independent advocacy for this group of children has been made for more than a decade, since Sir William Utting concluded—should the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, speak instead of me?

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