Results 241–260 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Turkey — Question (20 May 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, would the Minister agree that absolute religious freedom, including the freedom to convert from one religion to another, is a core human right and must be fully accepted by any member country of the European Union?

English Language — Question (26 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the Minister think that in introducing Solomon instruction in the use of such websites as Twitter into the primary curriculum would help to safeguard the English language?

Building Societies — Question (25 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support and develop mutual building societies.

Building Societies — Question (25 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his Answer, but may I press him on one point? Is it fair that the mutual societies, which on the whole have conducted themselves in a fairly cautious and risk-free way, should be required to pay such large contributions to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme to make up for the failures of Icelandic banks and similar institutions? Is this...

Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 — Motion to Approve (24 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, it is significant that there is no dispute among us that there is a proper place for the retention of relevant data for the serious investigation of crime and the prevention of terrorism. The difficulty is that that is not dealt with as a separate area, but potentially spreads into many other areas as well. We have to recognise that the well publicised loss of data by the Ministry...

Constitution: Rights and Responsibilities — Statement (23 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, without wishing in any way to resile from the Human Rights Act and the discussion so far, may I ask the Minister whether he agrees that there is a danger of the discussion being set up in terms of the power of the state and the rights of the individual in a way that is too exclusive of all the other institutions of society that, it seems to me, embody our values? The noble Lord...

Inequality — Debate (29 Jan 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I shall attempt a synthesis between the position of the noble Lord, Lord Patten, and that of the noble Lord, Lord Krebs. I am not sure how successful I shall be. Choice is potentially a good thing. Freedom, which choice seeks to express, is in some sense central to authentic human experience. It has certainly been part of the rhetoric and inspiration of the British national...

Financial Markets — Statement (19 Jan 2009)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, may I return to the Royal Bank of Scotland? It may not be nationalised, but it is under national control if the Government own 70 per cent of the ordinary shares. Do the Government now guarantee the liabilities of that bank to the same extent as other government securities?

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (10 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I wish to speak on the environment. I confess at the outset to having had real difficulty about what I might say beyond welcoming the Marine and Coastal Access Bill and the flood defence measures that have been announced. Issues on the environment are so complex and often confront us with difficult dilemmas whether we are talking about individuals, the Government or society as a...

Banking: Lloyds TSB and HBOS (25 Nov 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the financial services industry in our country would be in better shape if the mutual and customer-owned building societies and banks had not been privatised in the first place?

House of Lords: Carbon Footprint (16 Jul 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, will the Chairman of Committees express sympathy for all Members on the Bishops' Bench who are at the Lambeth conference over the next two weeks, because of its carbon footprint?

Higher Education (26 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I speak from the experience of being president of the council of the University of Chester. Although it received its charter only in 2005, it has a long history as an Anglican teacher training college, stretching back to 1839. We take pride in maintaining a splendid school of education, but this now comprises only a small proportion of our activity. Our founding charter speaks of...

Energy Bill (21 May 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, energy policy is a sensitive subject and a difficult one, too, because it is not easy to foresee what the future will bring, although the actual decisions in the policy areas are generally long term in nature. A key plank of government policy for many years now has been to look for market-driven solutions and to seek to direct the market by various degrees of regulation, but keeping...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: This question has powerful arguments on both sides. I have come narrowly to the view that it would be wrong to support the amendment but only after thinking long and hard. At the end of the day—this is a point made in the previous debate by the noble Lord, Lord Brittan—we are a parliamentary democracy and I respect the right of the Government to decide to bring the treaty for...

Prisons: Oakhill Secure Training Centre (20 May 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, will the Minister acknowledge the creative role that Grendon Underwood has played in the field of adult prison establishments over recent decades? Does he agree that the problems that have regularly recurred in young offender institutions and similar establishments point to the need for creative experiments on different methods and approaches to those who are detained in such...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (2 Apr 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I agree with everything that has been said so far. I want to pick up on what the noble Baroness, Lady Stern, was saying. The figures for youth suicide in this country are an absolute scandal. The number of young people who commit suicide every year is equivalent to the numbers in a secondary school. I prefer Amendment No. 47 to the earlier amendment as it shifts the balance towards...

Banking: Credit Crunch (2 Apr 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that there may be remedy in the verse in the psalm that was read at Prayers, which says that we should not incline our hearts to covetousness? One of the lessons of this whole affair is that responsible borrowing and lending must be the foundation of any society, not least in relation to vulnerable groups and young people.

Women: Government Policy (6 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I rise a little diffidently from these Benches, as they remain—currently at least—a male preserve. I can think of a number of members of the female sex in this House who might well grace the Benches with distinction and, as the debate goes on, I occasionally think that they themselves would like to do so. I join other Members of the House in welcoming the debate and thanking...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: I hope that your Lordships will accept a fourth voice from these Benches, but it will be a voice expressing support for the noble Baroness—in the Division Lobby, too, in due course. The words "rock" and "hard place" swim around in my mind as I try to wrestle with these very difficult issues. I came into the debate not knowing which way I would vote. The reason for my conclusions and why I...

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (5 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Chester: I shall refer to my close friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham and say that I think that the position that I am advocating is true liberalism. The way in which things are being forced through your Lordships' House on these sorts of issues is wrong. I think that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham was arguing more for a replacement of the law than for its...


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