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the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I declare an interest in that I serve as chair of two city academies. I welcome very much the Statement read by the noble Baroness. I should like to press the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, about governing bodies. My own experience is that it is very difficult to recruit governors, especially from the community. With her express proposal to slim down these governing...
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, not only for this timely opportunity for the debate but for the many important features in his Bill. In his helpful Explanatory Note, he emphasises the importance of discerning principles. I welcome that, because this debate must proceed philosophically by looking at certain principles. I should like therefore to discern and explore one...
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, the third sector offers a huge resource to offender management. In the light of the spending cuts, will the Government consider a review of the third sector so that, with a more strategic approach and comparatively small investment, the Prison Service could make much more of the voluntary sector, especially in the rehabilitation of offenders?
the Bishop of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for monitoring the enforcement of Prison Service orders.
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer. As I understand it, Prison Service orders carry responsibility for the management and governance of prisons. What is their legal status and do they require ministerial clearance before they are issued?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, can the Minister explain what provision there is for young offenders within the Creative Partnerships scheme?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord for tabling this important debate, especially at a time of economic crisis when some voices, even in your Lordships' House, are questioning the priority being given to creating a low-carbon economy. I welcome the proposals of the noble Lord, Lord Dixon-Smith, and humbly suggest that they are by no means too radical. It is entirely consistent for a...
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, we have a large Somali community in Liverpool. Has there been any contact between the Government and local authorities where there are large Somali communities, to address possible tensions that might arise within those communities?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, the Minister referred to the targets. Is he able to tell the House how many regions are on track to reach their targets on renewable energy? What sanctions are there to be applied to local authorities that fail to meet those targets?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, given the reports of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office cutting spending on conflict management, can the Minister confirm that there are sufficient funds in Abuja, through the high commission and DfID, to support the reconciliation work between Muslims and Christians being pioneered by the Bishop of Kaduna?
the Bishop of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that the economic stimulus package in the United Kingdom will contribute to the development of a low-carbon economy.
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Answer and recognise the significance of the Budget proposals. He will be aware that the noble Lord, Lord Stern, and other experts have asked the Government to increase the low-carbon element to at least 20 per cent of the economic stimulus package. What assurance can he give us that the Government will seek to meet this target?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, given the widespread demand for allotments, will the Minister encourage local councils to work with Landshare, a new initiative set up to encourage landowners in both the private and the public sectors to release derelict land to the community for the use of allotments?
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, does the Minister understand the frustration felt by IPP prisoners who have served their sentences but still find themselves in prison because no courses are available for them? Does he see that that frustration adds to the tension in already overcrowded prisons and makes them less safe places to be?
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the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, does the Minister have any information or statistics about the mental health impact on IPP prisoners who have already served their sentence but are still in prison?
the Bishop of Liverpool: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 10 June (HL Deb, cols. 473-75), what discussions they have had with the British Medical Association about drug dependency in prisons.
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that encouraging reply. I also welcome the fact that, despite the budget cuts to the Prison Service, the Government will be trebling the amount of money spent on drug programmes in the next three years. However, can he update the House on the progress of the integrated drug treatment system, which is an absolutely integral intervention in dealing with drug...
the Bishop of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions to the debate on this group of amendments. I am particularly grateful to the Minister for clarifying his position. He raised many points that are worthy of more debate, but this is not the time to do it. I reassure him that I recognised the hymn sheet that he was singing from; some of the tunes were familiar and delightful, but I am...
the Bishop of Liverpool: moved Amendment No. 17B: Clause 5, page 3, line 13, at end insert— "(3A) Before designating a statement as a national policy statement for the purposes of this Act the Secretary of State must be satisfied that (taken as a whole) the policies in the statement contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and to the achievement of sustainable development. (3B) A statement...