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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, I had not intended to speak. I know that it is unusual for there to be so many interventions from these Benches. I believe that one point has not yet been as fully made as it might have been. I was prompted to these remarks by listening to the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington. I agreed with most of what she had to say, but I was led to a very different conclusion. I fully agree with...

Royal Mail — Statement (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, I welcome the affirmation in the Statement—the Minister has repeated the affirmation twice—that the Royal Mail will still be the UK’s universal service provider and that this will include services to urban and rural areas alike. However, may we be assured that not only will there be universal coverage but there will continue to be uniform pricing? Too often the residents of...

Syria — Question (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, does the Minister accept that, if the international community is to have any hope of starting to resolve this dreadful situation, all parties to the conflict need to be at the negotiating table? If that is the case—and I ask this particularly in the light of the fourth Question on the Order Paper—how does she respond to the suggestion that this ought also to include Iran?

Egypt — Question (2 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, perhaps I may follow that up. The vulnerability that the religious minorities of Egypt have experienced since the departure of President Mubarak was brought home during the visit last week of the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury to Cairo, where he met and heard from the leaders of a number of Egypt’s religious communities. Can the noble Baroness tell us what is...

Deaf People: Telephone Services — Question (13 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is a question not merely of introducing helpful technology such as video links but also of the appropriate human communication skills to accompany it—for example the ability to speak slowly and distinctly with an appropriate background to aid lip-reading or a recognition that those with a hearing impairment might process material rather more slowly,...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin, observed that, from a Christian perspective, God can be present in every true love. I absolutely agree. But marriage is about more than love. Then we are told that the issues at stake here are equal rights, justice and social inclusion. Certainly, these are things about which Governments may legislate. Indeed, if they wish to support particular kinds of...

Legal Aid — Question (3 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the findings of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick University that cuts to legal aid are likely to fall disproportionately on already disadvantaged groups, such as those in rural areas, children, those with disabilities and those who are otherwise already vulnerable or marginalised? What assurances can Her Majesty’s Government give that...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, last night I had to return to my diocese for an event involving community leaders. Inevitably, the conversation turned to the Queen’s Speech and the implications for Devon. As I listened to what was being said, the issue was one not only of implication but of translation. Increasingly there is a sense of a loss of not only a common agenda across the country but also a common...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Syria (25 Apr 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, in conjunction with other Governments, to document the scale and nature of the alleged use of sexual violence as an instrument of war by the Government of Syria and other parties involved in the conflict in Syria.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Syria (25 Apr 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the extent of the use of sexual violence as an instrument of war in Syria.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Syria (25 Apr 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources they are providing, either unilaterally or as part of international action, to ensure that victims of sexual violence in Syria are provided with the necessary medical and trauma support.

Syria: Refugees — Question (26 Mar 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, on a previous occasion I asked the Government for an assurance that our humanitarian response to the situation on Syria's borders would ensure that adequate provision was still given to the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. In being given that assurance, I was also assured that more would be done to document these abuses so that the perpetrators might be brought to...

Overseas Aid — Question (27 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, peacekeeping is obviously very important, but so is peacebuilding. Does the noble Baroness recognise that many of the areas that have traditionally been funded by overseas development aid, such as increasing the capacity of civil society, advancing women's rights and strengthening and improving governance, are also a really important part of peacebuilding? Will she give an assurance...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (25 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel regarding plans to construct a barrier through the Cremisan Valley in Bethlehem.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (25 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the local community in the Cremisan Valley in Bethlehem of the Government of Israel's proposal to construct a barrier through the valley.

Succession to the Crown Bill — Second Reading (14 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: I fully support the Bill, but if we are going to go into history, it is terribly important to remind ourselves of the reason why the prohibition against a Catholic was brought into English law in the first place. It has its origins in the bull Regnans in Excelsis of Pope Pius V in 1570, which absolved all English Catholics of any responsibility to obey the laws of the English realm, and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Council Tax (6 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to continue after April 2013 with the 50% council tax discount on a second home owned by a person who is obliged to live in a dwelling provided by the employer as a necessary part of the performance of that person's duties.

Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill: Second Reading (18 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, I, too, want to speak only briefly, but I give wholehearted support from this Bench for this important Bill. We were very pleased to note the stated objective of the current Government to make mental health a priority, stating that there is no health without mental health. We see this as an area where the church is well placed to make a significant difference. To that end, we...

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill: Committee (18 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: I should briefly indicate the support of these Benches for the wise words of the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner. Small country churches and churches in urban areas, which often have small, very poor congregations, find themselves at the forefront of these metal thefts over and over again, and then they find themselves hard-pressed to get the insurance cover that they need. If these amendments go...

Taxation: Families — Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Exeter: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness for securing this important debate. There is much I could say, but in the time available I shall look particularly at the experience of one-earner couple families in the context of recent child benefit changes and our tax system in general. Before doing so, I make two crucial points about one-earner families in general. First, one-earner families are...


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