Results 161–180 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Prisons: Mothers and Infants — Question (10 Jul 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, bishops see the inside of prisons rather more than most Members of your Lordships' House do. There is no more depressing aspect of a visit than to go to one of these mother and baby units. Can the Minister tell the House what proportion of these mothers are there for drug-related offences, when they are often not the prime movers in the trafficking?

Schools: Well-being and Personal and Social Needs — Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, you would expect me to make a contribution to this welcome debate from the perspective of church schools. However, those who are expecting a learned discourse on sex education from these Benches will be disappointed. Some of my fellow bishops are much better qualified to speak on such matters. While the church school movement has always given a proper emphasis to the three Rs, and...

Youth Unemployment — Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I gladly support what has been said in the debate so far. I particularly pay tribute to the brilliant way in which the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, introduced the debate. The noble Lord, Lord Roberts, is a Methodist minister and I hope that he will not find anything tribal in my contribution from these Benches. Indeed, at one point he might even find me singing the same hymn to the same...

Justice: Sentencing of Young Offenders — Question (11 Jun 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I speak with experience of the restorative justice programme at Thorn Cross young offender prison in my diocese, which has demonstrably effective results. Where in government policy will the support be for creative and effective restorative justice programmes that help young offenders to come to see the consequences of their actions?

Charles Dickens: Bicentenary — Question (9 Feb 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, which Member of the Cabinet got A Tale of Two Cities?

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (26 Jan 2012)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I hope I can be forgiven, as a Sassenach bishop, for making a brief contribution. When I go to Burns suppers at this time of year, I find myself with rather better Scottish credentials than many of those who present themselves in kilts: I have two degrees from a Scottish university and one wife from Scotland, as well as a home there. I am probably the only bishop who will have a...

National Well-being — Question for Short Debate (14 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I think that the time permits me to speak briefly in the gap. I was not sure that I could be here in time for the debate, so I did not put my name down. Well-being is a very fluid and flexible word, as we have heard. It is quite closely correlated with happiness. Surveys of people in employment in different professions show the clergy as among the happiest groups of workers in our...

Energy: Tariffs — Question (6 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, in the interests of the transparency to which the Minister has referred, will the Government ensure that on their bills to consumers, all energy companies include an accurate list of all the costs of government obligations-for example, under the renewables obligation?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (5th Day) (14 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: I am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, for what she just said about the complexity of the question. However, I would like to go back to what the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, said about what charities do well. Particularly important is their face-to-face concern with the whole needs of whole persons rather than the abstract application of principles. I would add two things...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (4th Day) (9 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, perhaps the noble Lord, Lord Davies, was right to refer to besetting sins behind me.

Companies: Executive Remuneration — Question (9 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, have the Government considered the evidence that the greater the inequality in remuneration, salaries and wages in a society, the greater there tends to be a great underclass in that society, which the prison population amply demonstrates? Any addressing of the issue has to take that into account.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (2 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I completely support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, but wonder whether what she wants could be achieved-it might be a small step in the right direction in relation to legislation generally-by simply removing from the Bill the words "provided to individuals". The term "individuals" has a jarring effect. "Provided to people" might sound a bit better, but...

Education Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (24 Oct 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I will clarify one point if I may. I have not spoken before. We on the Bishops' Benches sometimes look alike; I promise that it goes no further. There is a very clear distinction between collective and corporate worship. The noble Lord, Lord Elton, referred to corporate worship. That is not what is provided in schools. The act of collective worship is appropriate to the collection...

Schools: Funding Reform — Statement: 7 52 pm (19 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Davies, was not entirely right to say that it was only the Labour Benches that had not yet contributed. We do not like to be overlooked too much, small though we are. I have another question for the Minister about new buildings, and about the procurement process. I speak as the chair of a new academy that has gone through the procurement process for new...

Coinage (Measurement) Bill: Second Reading (15 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I speak in the gap to seek an explanation. The Bill refers to Section 1(6) of the Coinage Act 1971, but the version of the Coinage Act that the Printed Paper Office is handing out does not have a Section 1(6), so has the Coinage Act 1971 been amended in the intervening period? Could we have an explanation of how the sections tie up?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I live in the middle of one of our cities so I see the typical culture late on a Friday or Saturday night, or indeed on other nights, and the malign influence on it of the excessive consumption of alcohol. In recent years I have also sat on the streets of Paris or Rome at 10 pm and seen virtually no evidence of the abuse of alcohol. Those who think that this measure is a step too...

Young People: Creative Industries — Question (14 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, will the noble Baroness provide us with some examples of what, in her view, are non-creative industries?

Police (Detention and Bail) Bill — Second Reading (12 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: I shall add a footnote primarily to the speech made by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, just to give an example of the problems that arise simply as a consequence of police bail without conditions. I know of a clergyman who was arrested and then bailed and told that the police would probably not get back to him for a year. In this particular case, the clergyman was retired. Because of...

BSkyB — Question (12 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, there seems to be a difficulty in this matter, because if the Competition Commission has to report within this relatively short time span, the prospect of the police investigation being finished in that time is zero, especially if we are to reach the conclusion of whatever prosecutions take place. Indeed, the judicial inquiry cannot do its work until after that process is completed,...

European Council — Statement (27 Jun 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, perhaps I may press the Leader of the House to try to summarise what I think is the ambivalence that Members of the House feel about the Government's stance, which seems to be that it is in our interest to support the stability of the eurozone but not in our interest to do anything much towards that beyond speaking from the sidelines. My second question is more direct. Is it...


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