Results 281–300 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Energy: White Paper (23 May 2007)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I want to ask about two related areas in the White Paper. The graph on page 109 is alarming. It shows that by 2030 it is likely that we will be producing only about 10 per cent of the gas we produced in 2000. Even on the best case scenario for indigenous gas supplies, we will be importing the vast majority of our gas in the foreseeable future. Does that not cause a question to be...

Universities: Research Funding (21 May 2007)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, for introducing this debate. She is well known in this House as an indefatigable supporter of British universities. I declare an interest as president of the council of the University of Chester. In my 10 years in that post the institution has evolved from a small church college of higher education into a university that is three...

Iraq: Humanitarian Assistance (24 Apr 2007)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, will the Government acknowledge that particular difficulties have also arisen for the Christian community in Iraq, caught as it is between increased Islamic awareness in the native population and associations with the occupying powers? Will they give some form of undertaking that particular attention will be paid to the needs of Christian refugees from Iraq?

House of Lords: Reform (13 Mar 2007)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, in last week's debate in the other place, Sir Gerald Kaufman said of the White Paper, no doubt with a degree of hyperbole: "This is an utterly irresponsible way to create a new House of Parliament from scratch. After 800 years of the other Chamber's evolution, the Government basically want to abolish it and to start anew".—[ Official Report, Commons, 7/3/07; col. 1533.] Yesterday...

Crime: Reoffending (1 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I join in congratulating the noble Baroness on securing this debate and on the splendid speech with which she introduced it. I have a few comments on this very complex area from what I hope at least is a Christian perspective. First, the exercise of justice, sentencing and punishment, reflects a judgment on events, in terms of determining a difference between right and wrong. We...

Police and Justice Bill (6 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: Before the noble and learned Lord sits down, I thank him for his earlier explanation. I accept that if the Crown Prosecution Service is seen as the driver of the system, it protects the police from being seen as junior magistrates, although maintaining that distinction will be very important. However, does the Minister share with me a sense that the term "administrative punishment", which is...

Police and Justice Bill (6 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: I object even more strongly to the term "summary justice" than I do to "administrative punishment".

Police and Justice Bill (6 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: When I read Clause 15 I was saddened, for the reasons that have been given in this debate. In a week when the Government have pushed through a clear separation between the legislative and judicial aspects of society, it is odd to see the confusions being introduced when punishment is taken out of the realm of the courts alone. If we go back to the origin of public courts, in Old Testament...

Lord Speaker (4 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, we on these Benches add our thanks to the Lord Chancellor for his duties on the Woolsack in recent years and our congratulations to the noble Baroness on her election as Lord Speaker. There were nine candidates from all sides of the House, apart from these Benches. That does not mean that the duties of the Lord Speaker will be in any sense unspiritual; quite the opposite. It seems...

Afghanistan: UK Forces (3 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I join others in sending my sympathy and condolences to all those who have been affected by these deaths, especially the close families. The Statement focused mainly on the military aspects of the situation, but within that there are important political considerations. On the military, I would like to hear more from the Minister about the training of local Afghan forces to support...

Economic Migration (EUC Report) (11 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I will confine my remarks to the first report on economic migration. I speak in a personal capacity rather than from a considered Church of England view, and I should add that I am speaking not with any claim to particular expertise, but as the jobbing Bishop on duty for the week. I enjoyed reading the report and thought that I would share my response with the House. The report and...

Arts (11 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Bragg, on securing this debate and on the role that he has personally played in supporting the arts in our country. I wish to speak particularly about the role of the Churches in the artistic life of our land. My first and rather general point is to acknowledge that sometimes that has been a bit ambiguous. One thinks of the...

Company Law Reform Bill [HL] (10 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, will he comment more directly on the use of contractors or employees of associated or subsidiary companies in which there may be a minority holding, and so forth? How far will these provisions apply to that wider range of associates of a company?

Company Law Reform Bill [HL] (10 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, from these Benches, I add my thanks to the Government for their Amendment No. 196. Like the noble Lord, Lord Phillips, I was slightly puzzled about the order in which we are doing things, because I understand that Amendment No. 196, which would replace Clause 395, will not be moved until Clause 394 has been discussed. We shall discuss the points then anyway, although many of them...

Company Law Reform Bill [HL] (9 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, perhaps I may offer support to the amendment. In a Bill which produced more than 1,000 amendments at Committee stage and, extraordinarily, more than 500 on Report, there are just two or three on which I have been lobbied—this is one of them—from people who feel simply disenfranchised, for the reasons that have been given. The Bill and its explanatory documents speak of...

Hazardous Substances: Pipe Organs (9 May 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I express the gratitude of these Benches for the work being done in this area, as there is a particular relevance to instruments in churches. However, can the Minister comment on a slight ambiguity in what Mr Wicks seemed to say? In one sentence, he said that the Government considered that the directive did not apply but a moment later said that it should not apply. There is a world...

Identity Cards Bill (15 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am not sure whether there have been many contributions from these Benches at the earlier stages of the Bill. I hope that this one brief contribution will be allowed now. I come to this matter in relation to the other Bills which have been before the House relating broadly to the area known as civil liberties. On those matters, I found myself siding quite clearly with the concerted...

Identity Cards Bill (15 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I believe that I am responding to the points that have already been made in the debate. To conclude, it is a balance, but on this matter I believe that I can in good conscience go with the Government.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (14 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, will the Minister pick up a question raised by the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, about members of religious orders who enter on a completely different basis from the stipend which a minister of religion might receive? It is good to know that the benefit in kind of housing will be taken into account in assessing the value of the overall package provided, but religious orders are...

Common Agricultural Policy:Agri-environmental Schemes (7 Feb 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the level of suicides among farm workers and farm owners in the countryside provide ample evidence of a crisis in British agriculture, leading to the need for a longer-term strategy of support for the countryside and agriculture alike, beyond the mechanics of the common agricultural policy?

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