Results 121–140 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Welfare: Cost of Family Breakdown — Question (4 Mar 2014)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of family and relationship breakdown to the welfare budget.

Welfare: Cost of Family Breakdown — Question (4 Mar 2014)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, if the figure of £45 billion or £46 billion given by the Relationships Foundation is even remotely accurate, that illustrates the cost of family and relational breakdown, which cashes out at about £1,500 each year for each taxpayer in our country. What more do the Government propose to do to support and strengthen family life and relationships in our country, which must somewhere...

Reading Clerk — Appointment of Simon Peter Burton (3 Mar 2014)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I want to associate these Benches with all the remarks made so far. I think that Rhodri Walters introduced more than 200 Members into the House, including the rare distinction of introducing the Archbishop of Canterbury twice—first as Bishop of Durham and then as Archbishop of Canterbury. He may have been able to deal with the Letters Patent in his sleep, except that when a Bishop...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Electricity (5 Feb 2014)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount and proportion of the United Kingdom’s electricity requirement in 2013 was met by inputs through interconnectors with other countries; and how much electricity the United Kingdom exported during 2013.

India: 1984 Operation in Sri Harmandir Sahib — Statement (4 Feb 2014)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Desai, made the point that using force to resolve a situation is nearly always counterproductive and has results that you do not anticipate. Are there two additional lessons from this? First, the speed with which this report has been produced is commendable. I think of the Chilcot inquiry that we are still waiting for. This has been done in a few weeks and it...

Health: End of Life — Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I join other Members of the House in welcoming the reinforcements to the Bishops’ Benches. I will make three brief points in my contribution, the first of which does not have a direct connection with assisted suicide. We typically have long waiting lists today for transplantation surgery in this country, due to an absence of an adequate supply of donated organs. I hope that we...

Online Safety Bill [HL] — Second Reading (6 Dec 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, it will not surprise the House to learn that I support the Bill, and I add my words of gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Howe, for her energy and persistence in bringing it forward. The Bill deals with an important aspect of child protection in relation to violent, abusive and, especially, pornographic material. In speaking mainly about pornography, I make it clear that I do not...

Autumn Statement — Statement (5 Dec 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, whenever a bishop speaks on economics I must emphasise that we preface it with St Paul’s statement: “I speak as a fool”. I fundamentally support the Government’s strategy of getting the deficit down. My question is about the cap and how that is going to operate. Somewhere in the Statement it says that 30% of tax is now collected from 1% of taxpayers. That is a signal of how...

Energy: Action on Bills — Statement (2 Dec 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, there is much in the Statement that I welcome, particularly a point that has not been commented on directly. The move in support for the social aspects of the programme from energy bills to general taxation will have some impact on the poorest and on fuel poverty and is entirely to be welcomed. The renewables obligation payments are still going to be collected through energy bills....

Energy Bill — Third Reading (19 Nov 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I welcome this amendment, which began its life, I think, in an interchange between the noble Baroness and me in Grand Committee. She has pretty much supplied everything that I asked for then, and I am very pleased. The only point that I will make now is that the Government rightly want to make it easy for consumers to switch suppliers. That is a good thing and it is very helpful...

Abortion — Question (10 Oct 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does not this case, and in particular the letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions, taken together with the overall fact that, I believe, nearly a quarter of recognised pregnancies are deliberately ended in the womb, call for a comprehensive review of the operation of the Act in its entirety?

Taxation: VAT on Retrofitting Buildings — Question (25 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the Minister has twice referred to the Green Deal as the Government’s policy response to the issue. Can he tell the House how the take-up of the Green Deal is progressing in relation to the hopes that were expressed?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report (2nd Day) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I did not want to speak again, but given the way in which—

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report (2nd Day) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: The guideline is that a Member is allowed to explain himself on an important point. That is what the guidelines say, and that is all I wish to do. I want to make it clear that I do not wish to extend civil partnerships as they are now to the sorts of relationships that are in the amendment. Clearly, if family relationships and carer relationships came into civil partnership, it could change...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report (2nd Day) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Alli, raises the standard of debate on this issue. We on these Benches have enjoyed his contributions and deeply appreciate his commitment and share many of the things that he wants to achieve. However, just as he sometimes disagrees with me, I am going to have to slightly disagree with him over this. I do not know what the Church of England will do about...

Dyslexia — Question (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I speak as the father of two dyslexic boys. My observation of dyslexia is that it often takes young people longer to find their feet in life, especially if the dyslexia is not properly diagnosed. Will the Minister confirm that there are no age restrictions on admission to apprenticeships, because it is often a bit later in life that kids who are dyslexic are ready to take up...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (8 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I support the principle of the amendment. No doubt the detailed wording will be subject to criticism. When civil partnerships were introduced, there was always an ambiguity. It was stated very strongly that it is not marriage and yet every provision on the statute book relating to marriage was trawled and reproduced in the Civil Partnership Act, which is a great big thick Act as a...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued) (8 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I add a few words from my own perspective and possibly from the perspective of these Benches, which may not be exactly the same. The Church of England was caught on the hop slightly by this issue in the Commons. A lot of time was given to an amendment on this matter, whereas all our energies had been around the quadruple lock and associated issues. A couple of years ago, in your...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: I wish purely to clarify the matter. I know that I am speaking to a distinguished lawyer but the law of the Church has never prevented clergy from remarrying divorced people, and for the past 30 years of my ministry I have done so. It is true that 30 years ago I was in a minority and that there is now much greater encouragement, but in legal terms there never was a blanket ban on clergy...


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