Results 21–40 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Question (9 May 2018)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, prior to publication of the manifesto, the previous Prime Minister declared that a family test would be applied to all government policy. Would this not require not just a Cabinet-level overseer but for each department to have someone responsible for applying the family test? Does that exist?

Prisons: Action Plans and Special Measures - Question (24 Jan 2018)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, bishops go into prison more often than most Members of your Lordships’ House. There are two prisons in my diocese. The Liverpool prison report is an absolute scandal, so far as I can judge. However, does the Minister agree that many prisons are functioning rather well in the circumstances they face and that there is a good deal that can be celebrated alongside the horror stories,...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (29 Nov 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, if I heard the Minister correctly, he compared the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, to Oliver Twist asking for more. I wonder, having heard the noble Lord, whether the Minister would agree that Oliver Twist had right and justice on his side.

Deaths in Police Custody - Statement (30 Oct 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I very much welcome the report; I have simply read the executive summary. It is obviously important to respond well after death occurs, but equally, arguably, it is even more important to put in place measures to reduce the possibility of death. This is where the healthcare provision in the police service is especially important. Given that the NHS has a direct responsibility to...

Sexual Harassment in Parliament - Statement (30 Oct 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords—

Breeding: Dogs and Cats - Question (13 Sep 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: Do the Government have any concerns about the breeding of those Members of your Lordships’ House who wear dog collars?

Electricity Market (EAC Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Jul 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, as one of the few non-members of the committee speaking in the debate, I gladly pay tribute to its report, although it is not for our comfort. I think it makes it clear that the supply of electricity has become a very complex matter. For me, the central question is whether this complexity provides a richer range of policy options in relation to our electricity supply or whether it...

Balfour Declaration Centenary - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I want to make two points in my two-penn’orth of time. First, the Balfour Declaration did not arise in a vacuum and in part reflected the very considerable contribution made by Jewish people, mainly recent immigrants of course, to Britain and the then war effort. To take an obvious example, it was a Jewish chemist at the University of Manchester who devised a clever new way to...

Middle East (IRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, in my contribution to our debate on these complex matters, I will comment on two areas. I do so with great appreciation for the report, so comprehensively introduced by the noble Lord, Lord Howell. It is full of excellent, empirical detail. We ought also to pay attention to certain overarching factors or narratives. For my first point, I go back 30 years to the excellent BBC series...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (2nd Day) (20 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I know we want to get to the Front-Bench speakers so I shall be very brief and, like the contestant on “Just a Minute”, not repeat anything that has been said so far in the debate. I will say just two things. First, virtually the only defence of the Government was from the noble Earl. He is half right and half wrong, in my view. The problem is that the Bill is not about the...

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions - Statement (15 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I think I can paraphrase the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, by saying: “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”, as Churchill said. It is a strength that the Government can change their mind so openly and directly, and I wish that politicians would more often simply and openly accept that they have changed their mind in the light of the evidence. So,...

EU Court of Justice Ruling: Religious Signs - Statement (15 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, given that there have been some very obvious differences between the UK and some continental countries in this area, does the Minister agree that the general approach in the UK of welcoming religious and cultural diversity must mean that welcoming its reasonable manifestation within the overall rhythms of British culture has stood us well in the past and will do so in the future,...

Disabled Access: Public Premises - Question (15 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the noble Lord who asked the previous question did not include churches—and with good reason because there have been herculean efforts across the estate involving quite difficult church buildings to make them accessible to people with limited ability to get up steps and so forth. Will the Minister join me in paying tribute to the local efforts, normally paid for locally, which...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, it is not only the last spring Budget, it is the last Budget in Lent. If we had any doubts, then the early speeches in this debate brought that Lenten theme home rather well. I do not want to get into the details of the Budget, which are very political, but to talk about two broader, longer-term issues to which the Chancellor referred in his speech. The first, which has already been...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, whether Article 50 notification is revocable or irrevocable is a matter of policy or law. I believe that we could interrupt the process of leaving the EU only by another referendum. I think this is the point that the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, touched upon. In fact, the noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, made the same point at the beginning of her speech. If in two years’ time Parliament...

Opel-Vauxhall: Sale to PSA Group - Statement (6 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the Ellesmere Port plant is in my diocese and its closure at any time would be a disaster for that area on the banks of the Mersey. I recognise that that is not in immediate prospect, but can the Minister say more about the strategy to make the long-term loss-making Vauxhall-Opel group more profitable? If GM could not do it, how does Peugeot Citroën plan to do it?

HS2: North of England and Scotland - Question (23 Feb 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, currently there is an excellent two-hour direct service at 125 miles an hour between London and the city of Chester. Will being able to get to Manchester—wherever Manchester is—in an hour call into question the current excellent direct service between London and Chester?

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, this is an important amendment because it touches upon the bigger issue of the impact of artificial intelligence on all sorts of aspects of our lives. There is a law called Moore’s law, which says that every two years the power of computers doubles. That has been true over the past 20 or 30 years and we should assume that that power will continue to develop. Artificial...

Housing White Paper - Statement (7 Feb 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I want to ask about the politics of all this. I speak as a fool in relation to that, but let us take the hypothesis that this policy is a great success, that we have lots more houses and that the price of houses starts to fall. Indeed, let us imagine that land prices start to fall in the way that the noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, rightly pointed out. All the people who have...

Electricity Supply: International Interconnectors - Question (26 Jan 2017)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, at peak electricity demand, what level of supply is expected to be available through international interconnectors.


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