Results 1–20 of 171 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:the Bishop of Chelmsford

Afghanistan — Question (13 Jul 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords—

Afghanistan — Question (13 Jul 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, we on these Benches too send our condolences and our prayers to those who have lost their lives. Perhaps we in the House might also remember those in the Chaplaincy Service, for whose services there will be considerable demand as a result. Is not one of the difficulties that we face in a situation such as this that the presence of large numbers of particularly American and other...

Olympic Games 2012 — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I share with others around this Chamber a huge appreciation of the noble Lord, Lord Coe, for giving us this opportunity today and also for the leadership and inspiration that he has given to this whole enterprise. You may ask why a Bishop is taking an interest in all of this. Let me tell you that the vast majority of the Stratford site lies in my diocese. We are now calling...

Health: Obesity — Question (18 Jun 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, will the Minister accept that there are deeper questions behind the important ones of diet and exercise with regard to this matter concerning people's sense of self-worth? These may be about social equality and the quality of community life. People are also what they believe.

Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure — Motion (2 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, the measure before you represents a very significant development in the life of the Church of England. It puts in place a legislative framework to enable the introduction of new terms and conditions of service for clergy and stipendiary lay ministers. Its object is to equip and support those who are called to the ministry, and the people whom they serve, by establishing fair and...

Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure — Motion (2 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I am grateful for all contributions. We on these Benches and in the Church of England are very grateful for the work that is done in the Ecclesiastical Committee and the careful attention that it pays to our measures as they come to Parliament. I agree with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, about the significance of the first of these measures. I am reminded that in the 1840s...

Data: Personal Information — Debate (2 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, this is a welcome and timely debate and I join others in thanking the noble Earl for offering it to us. It is no good being luddite about modern communication systems. Government at all levels is not only bound to make full use of them but has a duty to do so because citizens have a right to the best possible service from public authorities. The benefits are multiple. Such systems...

Constitution: Royal Marriage and Succession — Question (2 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, does the Minister accept that in recent times, Protestants and Catholics have developed increasing bonds of affection and friendship, and that we have made a little progress ourselves in these matters since the 16thand 17th centuries? Will he repeat the fact that complex issues lie behind these matters and that there is no immediate practical need for action? That gives time for the...

Alcohol: 15 and 16 Year-olds — Question (1 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords—

Alcohol: 15 and 16 Year-olds — Question (1 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, will the Minister accept that there is some evidence to suggest that the worst problems of alcohol consumption are among the adult middle classes? Will she accept also that we could help young people by having a slightly more disciplined approach to alcohol in the adult community?

Homelessness: Rough Sleepers — Question (31 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, does the Minister accept that on the frontline of work with rough sleepers and those experiencing homelessness are a lot of small voluntary organisations run and staffed by volunteers? Does she accept that many of these are reporting to people like me a growing problem in the present climate? What resources and help can they turn to at this time of growing difficulty in this field?

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Feb 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I am a member in this House of a very small, distinguished and select band of people. That is not because I sit on these Benches but because I was one of those who voted for a 50 per cent elected House when last we voted. I think that we were the smallest group. I have also been part of the group that worked with the Lord Chancellor on the White Paper. Without any criticism of the...

Gaza — Motion to Take Note (6 Feb 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I was enormously grateful to the Minister for beginning by talking about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. It underlines for me, as a former chair of Christian Aid, the universal importance in our country of the DEC appeal and the need for it to be properly publicised. This is urgent. May I also say that I am president of the English Friends of Sabeel, which is a Christian...

Israel and Palestine: Gaza — Question (20 Jan 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, does the Minister accept that, while obviously we need an independent and thorough investigation into all allegations of abuses, on this day especially the most important thing is that the international community bends its energies unreservedly to resolving the issues that lie behind this crisis?

Gaza — Statement (12 Jan 2009)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement and for the transparent way in which he engages with us on these sensitive issues, which is hugely appreciated. Does he accept that people in our country feel a growing distress and even anger about the apparently disproportionate use of force in Gaza and that, whichever way we do it, there is an urgent need to bring this violence to...

Older People: Abuse — Question (9 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there is a deep, cultural issue behind all this and that right across our society attitudes towards vulnerable elderly people need to be moved forward into ones of respect for their dignity and status in society? Public services right across the board may have a lot to do in helping to shift public attitudes, not only if carers are to be helped but if...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I have been heartened to hear so many of your Lordships address the subject of Europe. I intend to address that subject and to make one point, and one point only, in its midst. I was greatly helped by some of the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord Howell, when he talked of the need for us to come to terms with the diversity of Europe and to make Europe less remote. Those are...

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Transitory Provisions) Order 2008 (6 Nov 2008)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, perhaps I may add another situation for the Minister to comment on; namely, those people whose behaviour in the past might be considered to pose a risk and might be presented for consideration under the system, but who do not have a criminal conviction of any sort or a caution. Will the ISA/IBB provide guidance for those of us who manage large numbers of people on how we should...

House of Lords: Defra (6 Nov 2008)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will be aware of the help given through the Farming Help Partnership to farmers facing hardship. Given the change of structures in ministerial provision, would he be willing, under the auspices of Defra, to arrange an opportunity for that partnership to meet Ministers, perhaps using the facilities of the Arthur Rank Centre with regard to rural issues?

Economy (3 Nov 2008)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: My Lords, it is always difficult for us to come to terms with a fundamental truth that we are not in charge of events. Our world is so often changed and shaped by the unexpected. That shifts the political task from seeking to control events to one of responding to what is happening. We all know that a storm has hit us and our survival will depend on the quality of leadership and the depth of...


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