Results 301–320 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Terrorism Bill (17 Jan 2006)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the debate this afternoon has surely demonstrated that the concept of recklessness is unclear. I listened very carefully to the rather rapid-fire speech with which the Minister introduced the debate. As I recall, she said that we would all agree that those who knew that they were likely to encourage terrorism should be caught by the provisions of the Bill. As I understand it, the...

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: I wonder whether I could make a brief contribution from these Benches, although I speak entirely in my own capacity; words such as "Daniel in the lion's den" come immediately to mind. I pay tribute to those who have brought the amendment before the Chamber and in doing so have enabled the debate, not least because it is parallel to some extent with the debates that we are having on the...

Terrorism Bill (7 Dec 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: I wonder whether I could press the Minister on this point by asking for some definition of the word "know". Does it mean beyond reasonable doubt, the balance of probabilities or reasonable suspicion? It would be helpful to know a little bit about what the word "know" means in this context.

Terrorism Bill (7 Dec 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: I want to press on an associated matter, picking up on a point made earlier by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams: that while a defence may be mounted, the whole process of investigation and police inquiry, even short of a court case, will have quite a marked effect upon academic institutions in this country. If the Minister is going to deal with the noble Baroness's point, could she comment...

British Summer Time (7 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am glad that the Minister recognises that there is a theological dimension to the issue. I can assure the House that whatever happens to the clocks, the Bishops will be up at the same time in the morning saying their prayers. Does the Minister think that the pressure towards extending summer time is a reflection of the general decadence of our society, with people getting up later...

Olympic Games 2012: Opening Ceremony (17 Oct 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the Question also referred to traditional singing. Would it be a tribute to the cultural diversity of this country if the crowd were to sing "Abide with Me" before one of the occasions; or, if we wanted something more attuned to the Olympic Games, "Fight the Good Fight", which would at least refer to the boxing, which contains the verse, "Run the straight race through God's good grace"?

UK Financial Institutions: Stolen Assets (6 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, given the careful procedures that now apply when new bank accounts are opened, is there a case for applying those procedures to accounts opened in the past, where there is prima facie evidence that they may harbour assets that have been wrongly expropriated?

Electricity Generation (13 Jun 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, do the Government have a policy relating to the size of on-shore wind farms, and the maximum or minimum number of turbines, as they are very intrusive? Is there some government-based policy in that regard, as the use of wind farms becomes more frequent?

Human Rights Act 1998: The Monarchy (23 Mar 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I have no problem with ending the presumption that the male heir takes precedence to the Throne. That is a particular issue. On the apparent discrimination against the Roman Catholic Church, does the Minister join me in hoping that future ecumenical developments might ease these problems, given that at present the Church of England has no problem with the Sovereign being...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: I do not wish to extend things unnecessarily, but can I press the noble and learned Lord the Lord Chancellor to say a little more about what the test of balance of probabilities actually means? He has just told us that it will be "very difficult" to get an order on the balance of probabilities. To a lay person like myself, that balance could be 51 per cent one way and 49 per cent the other,...

Prevention of Terrorism Bill (7 Mar 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: It is difficult for those of us who are not legally qualified sometimes to follow all the details of these matters, but the comparison between the civil and the criminal standard arose recently in the Church of England when a new clergy discipline measure went through the Synod and was approved by Parliament. Members on the Ecclesiastical Committee will know that there was much discussion...

Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Part 4 Powers (26 Jan 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I join others in recognising how difficult it is, in a democracy, for the Government to shape anti-terrorism measures. The responses to the two major points made by the Law Lords seem to extend to all our citizens a watered down version of the powers to detain people without trial. This is a serious matter. It may not quite be the internment to which the noble Earl, Lord Onslow,...

House of Lords: Abingdon House (19 Jan 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I suggest to the noble Lord that there is another connection between this House and Fielden House in as much as the property was owned by the Church of England and was sold to the government at a good price. It was the place where the Archbishop's appointments secretary worked, so I guess that all the names of those who appear on these Benches have, in times past, been discussed...

Renewable Energy Bill [HL] (14 Jan 2005)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, it has been suggested that a debate on wind would not be complete without a contribution from these Benches. We should be grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, for promoting the Bill. The sheer volume of Questions asked in your Lordships' House on the various aspects of energy policy indicates the very wide concerns that exist in all parts of the House. The Starred Questions...

Renewable Energy: Tidal Lagoons (16 Dec 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, while welcoming the possible development of tidal lagoons and other forms of renewable energy, would the Minister agree that the more fundamental priority of the Government's energy policy should be a continual downward pressure on the actual utilisation overall of energy, consistent with our economic aims?

Football (15 Dec 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I was not quite sure what to expect in this debate, but I did not anticipate two supporters of Forfar Athletic contributing to it. One of the great thinkers of the early Church, Tertullian, faced with the increasing hostility of the Greco-Roman world towards the emerging Church, once famously declared: "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" Yet the Church came to see that it could...

Education Bill [HL] (13 Dec 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, there is a great deal in the Bill that we on these Benches welcome. I am sure that noble Lords will be grateful if I do not catalogue all that we welcome but rather refer primarily to concerns which could affect the Church's stake in our diverse provision of education in England and Wales. Nor will I repeat the detailed figures that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of...

Commons Amendment (17 Nov 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, perhaps I may briefly make another penultimate speech in your Lordships' House. I am grateful for the assurances of my right reverend friend the Bishop of Chelmsford that the Bill before us does not introduce same-sex marriage. I am grateful for the assurances of the Government at earlier stages. But the difficulty is that the details of the Bill as it stands so closely parallel the...

Education: 14-19 Reform (18 Oct 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I add a general welcome to the report before us. The involvement of the Church of England in secondary education is growing markedly. It is also strong in primary education. However, egged on by the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, there is the prospect of up to 100 new secondary schools having a Church of England character about them. Most of them are situated in areas of general...

Constitutional Reform Bill [HL] (18 Oct 2004)

the Bishop of Chester: Before the Minister sits down, I should say that I do not think the distinction is purely linguistic. I take a certain personal interest in the matter because when the bishoprics were disendowed finally more or less in the 1940s, the measure stated that the Church Commissioners may have the power to provide housing for diocesan bishops. Over the years the bishops of the Church of England...

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