Results 141–160 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

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

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the vision of the noble Lord, Lord Alli, as a bishop of the Church of England being constrained by the church not to conduct same-sex marriages has stimulated me briefly to rise to my feet. I suppose that I should declare an interest, given that I am a sort of registrar. Perhaps I am the only one here, as a bishop of the Church of England. This is a modest amendment, as has been...

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

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I find myself asking, what would actually change in the Bill if we accepted the amendment? As I understand it, there would be recognition of difference yet equal treatment of the two types of couple. That is what would happen. Therefore, I ask the noble Lord, Lord Lester, who we all respect so greatly, is it the case that the couples would not be regarded equally when, in fact, the...

Business and Society — Question for Short Debate (12 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I want to risk the wrath of the noble Lord, Lord Patten, by suggesting that society as a whole would be better off if more businesses and organisations were to pay the living wage. The aim is to pay enough to sustain a basic but adequate standard of living. The current rates, as determined by the Living Wage Foundation, are £8.55 an hour in London and £7.45 an hour elsewhere. Over...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (12 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, having listened to these distinguished doctors taking different points of view on this subject, I fear that I might lower the tone of the debate. However, I think that my money is with the noble Lord, Lord Walton of Detchant. There is a world of difference morally between research carried out on tissue taken from a dead body and research taking place on living tissue which has the...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (12 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, as St Paul once said, I speak as a fool. However, is there not a difference between stem cells that are alive in that sense and a fertilised egg that is alive in a different sense?

International Development: Budget — Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I join those thanking the noble Lord, Lord Empey, for introducing this debate. It is very timely and perhaps gives us an opportunity for some clearing of the air after the Prime Minister’s recent comments and the reactions, or overreactions, in some cases, to them. Let me emphasise from these Benches our complete support for the Government’s overall allocation to the aid budget....

Crime: Child Abuse — Question (4 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, can the Minister confirm to the House the implication of the question of the noble Baroness that the problem is increasing and comment on the adequacy of the normal police response which is to offer a caution to those who admit the offence?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I associate myself closely with the previous speeches from these Benches but want to develop the discussion in a slightly different direction. I should emphasise that I am speaking in my personal capacity as a bishop and not, in any formal sense, on behalf of the wider Church of England. I want to focus on the potential impact on the relationship between the Church of England and...

Children: Childcare Costs — Question (31 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, would it not be unfair to introduce this tax relief for working parents with children while denying effective tax relief through transferable allowances to those parents who choose to stay at home with young children and who are currently penalised through the tax system for doing so?

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (29 Nov 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I welcome the report. Perhaps I may follow up the aside of the previous speaker and ask where do the press begin and where they end. It is not clear how much printed media there will be in the coming 20 years; increasingly they are going to be in the blogosphere, twittering and whatever, and it seems that, whatever the Government do, they must weigh that very carefully. The problems...

Prisoners: Voting Rights — Statement (22 Nov 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that in today's society, which is so affected by the pressures of the popular press, there is a danger of prisoners being given pariah status, as illustrated by the fact that candidates for police and crime commissioner who had had a minor offence years ago in their youth were automatically disqualified? Should that not be in the forefront of the...

Civil Aviation Bill — Report (7 Nov 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, in this House I intermittently find that the words of St Augustine come to my mind: "Lord, make me chaste, but not yet". This is such an occasion and the use of "desirability" raised my interest, as it did of the noble Baroness when she saw it. When the Minister responds to the debate, I would like him to give us one or two examples of what these words might mean. What are,...

Electricity Generation — Question (7 Nov 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, could the Minister tell the House to what extent we already depend on the interconnectors with France and the Netherlands? What potential is there to go cap in hand to our European friends for more supplies in the years to come?

Child Development — Debate (11 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I thank everyone who has taken part in this debate, which has been as fascinating as it has been wide-ranging. I thank the Minister for her response. On those points to which she did not respond-and the coalition pledge is one of them-a letter to me, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay, and others might be a helpful addition to the store of human wisdom and understanding in the...

Child Development — Debate (11 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: To move that this House takes note of child development in the United Kingdom and its bearing on national well-being.

Child Development — Debate (11 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I was delighted when I heard that I had been successful in the ballot for today's debates. The Motion was tabled in part in order to follow up the debate on marriage which I introduced 18 months ago. On that occasion, the debate coincided with National Marriage Week. Today's debate occurs on the first International Day of the Girl, sponsored by the United Nations. It is of course...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Indonesia (13 Jul 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the escalating violence in West Papua, including the killing of a leader of the independence movement Mako Tabuni, whether they will press for the United Nations to send observers to West Papua, and make representations to the government of Indonesia to allow access to West Papua for journalists and humanitarian organisations.

Housing: Rented Sector — Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the current Reith lectures rightly emphasise the need for a healthy society to promote the intermediate institutions between the individual and the state. Healthy participation in civic society itself depends on the stability and place of families and family life in society, in whatever form family life might take. That in turn depends on the proper availability and provision of...

Administration and Works Committee — Motion to Agree (12 Jul 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, in the spirit of self-regulation, does the Chairman of Committees agree that the discretion exercised in the use of these devices should mean that they should not be used to receive and answer general e-mails but only for information that is relevant to the matter being debated at the time?


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