Results 1–20 of 209 for speaker:Lord Parekh

Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Feb 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Singh of Wimbledon. It is not that I was too keen to stand up and say my bit but simply that I mistook his place for mine. I am greatly puzzled by this whole question of anti-Semitism. I grew up in a country where anti-Semitism was never heard of: India. In Kerala in India, the king, gave refugee Jews who were running away from Iraq a kingdom and...

Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Feb 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords—

Arts - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I too begin my comments by thanking my noble friend Lord Bragg for introducing this fascinating subject with great eloquence and passion. I want to do two things. The first is to ask the question: what are arts? The question we are debating is: what is the contribution of the arts to the economy and to society? That raises two questions—arts and contribution—and I will say...

Schools: Financial Education - Question for Short Debate (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Sater, on securing this debate and introducing it so well. In two minutes I can do no more than raise three important points about financial education. In a survey, over two-thirds of secondary school teachers did not know that financial education was a curriculum requirement. Nearly two-thirds of young adults did not remember receiving it. As...

Sir Edward Heath: Operation Conifer - Question for Short Debate (17 Jan 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, for securing this debate and for introducing it with such eloquence and erudition. Operation Conifer was an investigation by Wiltshire Police into the charges of sexual abuse made against Edward Heath. The Wiltshire Police investigation covered 14 police forces and it produced its report in October 2017, after years of investigation. The...

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, we are discussing very serious issues, and therefore it is important that they are tackled in a meaningful way. One way would be to have some kind of constitutional convention, like the one that the Scots had, where we might debate these issues more sensibly and rationally. I want to talk about parliamentary democracy and how we can steer our way out of some of the mess that we seem...

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I extend a very warm welcome to the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, who delivered such a wonderful speech with great economy and wit; it is not often that maiden speeches have these characteristics. I want to talk about two issues: defence and foreign affairs. When we talk about defence, I am not entirely sure that we are clear about what we are trying to defend. We cannot talk about it...

NHS: Performance and Innovation - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, for introducing this debate. The NHS turns 75 in July this year. Right from the time it was born, it has been based on a simple principle: it is funded by tax and free at the point of delivery. Over the years, it has become an integral part of the British way of life and has even come to be called a national religion. I share this degree of...

Higher Education: Financial Pressures - Motion to Take Note (30 Mar 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Knight of Weymouth, on securing this debate and introducing it with considerable erudition and eloquence. This debate has become important in a post-Brexit age. It is because we have gone through the baptism of post-Brexit, and because of what is to follow, that we are concerned about the issues that it raises. I therefore want to ask myself what...

Rwanda: Memorandum of Understanding - Question for Short Debate ( 6 Feb 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lady Hayter of Kentish Town for several reasons, of which three are particularly important. I hope the Minister will offer a satisfactory response to them. First, MoUs are not legally binding documents; they involve no legal obligations on either side and they are not subject to parliamentary scrutiny. Therefore, to replace them is to emasculate our...

The Importance of the Relationship Between the United Kingdom and India - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, India and Britain’s representatives have worked out a road map to deepen the ties between the two countries by 2030. That framework gives us some idea of where the countries intend to go. Several lines of activity have opened up, such as research, education, capacity building and culture. Two further things are particularly striking about the framework. First, under the young...

Windrush: 75th Anniversary - Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, the history of Afro-Caribbeans in modern Britain begins with the arrival of the “Empire Windrush” on 21 June 1948, which brought hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean to meet the labour shortage. They had been here before; what was new with the “Empire Windrush” was that they had arrived in this form, at this point in history and at this particular destination. What has...

Written Answers — Home Office: Offenders: Deportation (20 Jul 2022)

Lord Parekh: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether citizens of Commonwealth countries may be deported after serving custodial sentences for criminal offences in the UK; and if so, what assessment they have made of the effect of this policy on UK residents who arrived from Commonwealth countries before 1973 and may therefore be without documentation of their residential status.

Human Rights Act 1998 - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2022)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Whitaker on introducing the debate and my noble friend Lady Chakrabarti on ending her powerful speech with some extremely pertinent observations. I want to step back a little and think about the concept of human rights in this country and what we have done with it. For centuries, our legal and political culture was centred on the idea of liberty....

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Local Government Services: Disadvantaged and Ethnic Groups (13 Jul 2022)

Lord Parekh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what controls are placed on the use of additional capital funding given to local authorities for special programmes for meeting the needs of (1) ethnic minority groups, and (2) social deprivation, after the programmes have closed; and in particular, whether any remaining unspent funds are expected to be transferred to their general budgets, or remain...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, and congratulate him on introducing this debate. We know his interest in the Commonwealth; he has spoken about this on several occasions in this House in the past. He will forgive me if I give a slightly different view and raise questions that have not been raised before about the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (12 May 2022)

Lord Parekh: Lady Fox? No? My Lords, I am sorry—there seems to have been some confusion, because there is a speaker before me in the list, but I had not realised that she was not going to turn up. Anyone who cares about Britain is bound to be disturbed by the current state of inequality and injustice in our country. Inequality between individuals is too obvious to need spelling out—for example, the...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL] - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Oct 2021)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I support the Bill of the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and think that it represents a step in the right direction. Like all Bills, it has its limitations, but I am convinced that these can be rectified within the framework of the Bill itself. We have had many communications in relation to the Bill and many of them have been very critical of it. They indicate or suggest that the...

Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note ( 9 Sep 2021)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating my noble and good friend Lord Blunkett on securing this debate and introducing it with great understanding and wisdom. Standards in public life has become a common subject of anxiety for many of us who care for this country. I want to make four or five points of a systematic kind. The first thing to bear in mind on standards in public life is that there is...

Overseas Development Assistance - Private Notice Question (14 Jul 2021)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, 0.7% of gross national income is a moral obligation, it is an international institutional obligation because of our membership of the United Nations, and it is also a statutory obligation, so supersession of this obligation requires enormously compelling circumstances. I cannot see why it has to give way to others, especially when the amount involved is no more than £4 billion out...


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