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NHS: Sixtieth Anniversary (1 Jul 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I join with many in the House in rejoicing in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the NHS. I recognise that there are many significant challenges in the years ahead. Will the Minister assure us that the needs of those suffering from mental illnesses such as dementia and schizophrenia will remain central to the strategic policy and will be effectively resourced in the future?

Education and Skills Bill (10 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for his clear exposition of the Bill. I am glad to be able to continue the debates that we began last year, during passage of the Further Education and Training Bill in this House, on the well-being of young people aged 16 to 18, particularly those in FE colleges or on skills or vocational courses. I know that over the past few months Ministers have...

Prisons: Drugs (10 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer, although it is rather disappointing. Given that drug dependency lies at the root of so much crime and so much reoffending, is he aware of the constant transfer of prisoners within the system undermining the effective treatment of prisoners? Will he undertake to consult the prison doctors in the British Medical Association on how to co-ordinate...

NHS: Malnutrition (30 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, the Minister is aware that good nursing care depends not only on financial resource but also on the underlying attitudes of people in the profession to their patients. Can she tell the House what steps are being taken to assess current attitudes to the care of elderly people? What steps does she propose should be taken to improve those attitudes to ensure that older people are...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (28 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I should like to begin this brief speech by reminding the House of some words of Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, which he gave at the pre-legislative scrutiny committee: "We have had, generally, in this country a deficit in medical ethics, both in the input to some of our decisions over the years and, also, in medical ethicists". That is a statement we should take seriously. Why is...

Deputy Chairmen of Committees (28 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I add our thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, for his fairness and care and his courtesy and wisdom whenever we have had to approach him about the sometimes opaque processes of this House. I am also grateful for that other innovation, which ensures that we normally finish business by 10 o'clock. This gives us a lot more time to write our sermons. I...

Health: Northumberland (28 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, the Minister seems to be aware that drastic cuts in nursing provision are being proposed by the Northumberland Care Trust. Does that not mean that excellent nursing care for the sick, frail and elderly in remote rural areas will be difficult to maintain and improve, especially as nurses are no longer to be based in rural surgeries but are to be centralised into teams, miles from...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, this legislation is based on the promotion of equality and on a concept of non-discrimination. I wish we could rescue the word "discrimination". Its current use seems to imply the exercise of prejudice against other people based on stereotyping, which of course is appalling. I want to reinstitute "discrimination" as meaning coming to a careful and fine judgment based on the use of...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of St Albans: I have enormous sympathy with the proposition of the noble Lord, Lord Patel. I had the privilege of serving with him and others on the pre-legislative scrutiny committee. Part of that privilege meant that we had time to try to be wise. If I may say so, I find that I need more time to consider the relationship between the ethical issue of consent and the undoubtedly huge significance, both...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (10 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: I am neither a medic nor a lawyer, but if I picture a child involved in such processes, I have this question. Clearly, I do not know the answer, but will be grateful to hear from someone who does. Let us imagine that a child has had these procedures carried out on them. What rights in law would that child no longer have after the procedures, which they would have had had the procedures not...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (19 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I have the very considerable privilege of being a member of the Joint Committee which met for a few weeks in the early summer of this year. I too want to put on record not only my appreciation of the chairmanship of Mr Phillip Willis but also the work of the Clerk to the committee. We were all working under great pressure and they were outstanding. To meet the deadlines we had to...

Debate on the Address (14 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, more than 2,700 years ago a poem of thunderous beauty was written about economic affairs. The poet, looking around him, saw land which was rich and prosperous—the vineyard was bearing much fruit. But then things began to go terribly wrong: greed began to prevail over justice, oppression was rife and mercy was no longer part of the social or political vocabulary. The poet wrote:...

National Security (14 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the Statement. I will reflect aloud on one or two issues. First, there is the language that frequently occurs in debates such as this about "the Muslim community", as though there is only one; my experience is that there are very many. If we get our language wrong at the start, we shall be incapable of enabling the subtleties and nuances that are required to...

Television Advertising (Food) Bill [HL] (8 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, for introducing this important Bill. I also welcome the noble Lord, Lord Krebs, to the House, and look forward very much indeed to his contribution. I want to set the Bill in a slightly larger context. Noble Lords may be aware that in late medieval society wall paintings in the aisles of churches in western Europe...

Asylum Seekers: Verification of Claims (5 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords—

Asylum Seekers: Verification of Claims (5 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, in light of the fact that people who are about to be deported quite often have significant medical problems, are the Government willing to review the current principles under which they offer guidance on who should or should not be deported in those circumstances?

Prisoners: Mental Health (25 Apr 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I am sure many here would agree that the word "asylum" needs to be rediscovered in the sense of it being a place of safety, compassion and wholeness. Given the very high proportion of people in prison suffering from identifiable mental illness, can the Minister tell us not only what provision is being made for their timely transfer to more appropriate secure accommodation, but also...

Palliative Care Bill [HL] (23 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I join everyone here in welcoming this profoundly important Bill and in congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, on her far-sighted determination to create a Bill that has the potential to bring real care and comfort to the people of our country. When I was a parish priest I had the privilege of being involved in the work of a local hospice. To be with patients,...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I read Alice in Wonderland when I was far too young. I remember even now how much I disliked it—all those things suddenly changing shape, flamingos becoming croquet mallets and the irrational tyranny of the Queen of Hearts. It was the stuff of nightmares. Ever since, I have been wary when Lewis Carroll's methods are used by other people to try to achieve their ends. I remind noble...

Identity Cards Bill (30 Jan 2006)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I seek clarification on the relationship between identity cards and various government departments. On the "Today" programme on 25 January, the Home Secretary said: "We have a process where we begin voluntarily linking it to the passport and possibly CRB check in the event of a decision by Parliament". If this goes forward and we talk about voluntary linking to passport and CRB...


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