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Results 1–20 of 30 for speaker:the Bishop of Durham

Supermarkets: Payments to Suppliers (26 Feb 2003)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, will the Minister take the opportunity to commend direct selling from the farmers to the public, through the farmers' markets and the like that take place in many of the northern dales that I know? That system requires no credit.

Iraq (8 Jan 2003)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, in view of what the Minister has just said—rightly—about the safety of British intelligence forces and other western personnel, is she aware that 42 per cent of the population of Iraq are under 16? That represents 9.6 million children. Is the same weight given to the probability of innocent suffering in Iraq, should war break out, as to the protection of our people?

UK Entrants: Medical Tests (4 Dec 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, will the Minister give a categoric assurance that for asylum seekers with chronic illnesses who are already in this country medical facilities are as freely available as they are for a United Kingdom citizen?

Adoption and Children Bill (16 Oct 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, before the noble and learned Lord sits down.

House of Lords Reform (29 May 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, we on these Benches would also like to be associated with the tributes paid to the noble Lord, Lord Carter, whom we have always found to be courteous and often accommodating in our dealings with him. We wish him well for the future. We have already made it clear that we welcome the proposal to set up a Joint Committee and I underline that welcome now. Of course, in order for the...

Church and State (22 May 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Maclennan, for introducing this fascinating subject. I think that I speak for all Members on these Benches, both present and absent, when I say that we are very glad that the subject has been brought into the public domain at this time. It is a topical subject in the life of the Church, and this is a very good place in which to rehearse those...

Prison Overcrowding (15 May 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, I am glad that the Minister has just raised the question of the younger element, as a high proportion of the younger element are in prison on remand. What steps are being taken to shorten the time in which people are kept in prison on remand, which must have a direct relevance to the original Question?

Prison Population (6 Mar 2002)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, can the Minister say what proportion of prisoners are on remand? What is being done to reduce the time that prisoners on remand spend in prison due to the processes of the legal system?

English Tourism (13 Nov 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the best advertisements for tourism in this country are the cathedrals and churches? Therefore, will the noble Lord incorporate those both in the publicity and consideration by the Government of increased financial help for those buildings?

House of Lords Reform (7 Nov 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, it may be appropriate for me to intervene briefly from these Benches in view of the implications of the White Paper. We are grateful to have had a brief sight of it, and we are pleased with the progress that is being made. We believe that a half-reformed House is worse than no reform whatever. We shall study the White Paper carefully and make our representations. So far as concerns...

Parliament and the Executive (18 Jul 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, it gives me a special delight to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Clark of Windermere, on his telling maiden speech. His name in the North East is still held in great reverence because he is someone who can speak up for and participate in the politics of the North East. He is also revered as a person for his genuine care of and contact with people. I have walked the back streets of...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (27 Jun 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, first I must crave the indulgence of the House in case this debate should continue late into the evening. Early tomorrow morning I have to lead into retreat those whom I shall ordain on Sunday morning. My only opportunity to keep that appointment with them is to catch the last train to Durham tonight. I apologise for any discourtesy to the House. I join other noble Lords in...

Fluoridation of Water (2 May 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to amend the law so that decisions about fluoridation of water rest with them rather than local authorities or the water industry.

Fluoridation of Water (2 May 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. However, I should like to press him a little more in view of the fact that, as long ago as 1998, the Minister for public health said that the legislation was a mess and the White Paper published in 1999 said that the legislation needed revising. How much longer are we to wait while the responsibility lies with those bodies which are...

Devolution: England (21 Mar 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, first, perhaps I may thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for so clearly restating the Government's position. Of course, I wish that he could have gone further today because I am impatient as regards this issue, as are many people in some of our regions. I shall look out for its appearance in the Green Paper, in the party manifestos at the general election and, it is to be hoped,...

Devolution: England (21 Mar 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: rose to call attention to the case for devolution to the English regions; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I must first declare an interest in devolution as I chair the North East Constitutional Convention. My intention in seeking this debate is not, however, to make a special case for one particular region but to give your Lordships the opportunity of expressing your views on political...

Asylum Seekers (14 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, it was quite clear from the style and content of the opening speech of the noble Lord, Lord Renton, that he spoke from the heart and with a great deal of knowledge. All of us, I hope, are grateful to him for that introduction and for giving us the opportunity to express both our concern and responsibility for some of the world's uprooted people. The problem is global. I shall refer...

Speaker's Conference (7 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, can the Minister be more precise about the timing of the announcement of the Joint Committee? When shall we know its membership and its programme? Will it be before May or after May?

Asylum Seekers: Information (16 Nov 2000)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that plans are in hand to increase the quality of information to asylum seekers, bearing in mind that there are cases of asylum seekers in the north-east of England being called for interview in Croydon at 10 o'clock in the morning?

Farmers and Growers: Fair Markets (5 Jul 2000)

the Bishop of Durham: My Lords, I welcome the Government's encouragement of local farmers' markets. But is the noble Lord aware that the markets of hill farmers in the Pennines in northern England have a minimal impact in terms of the total economy? Is he further aware of the desperate plight of the farmers of the Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland dales? Have the Government any plans other than farmers' markets...

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