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Afghanistan and Pakistan — Statement (29 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, what are Her Majesty's Government doing to build confidence between India and Pakistan, especially in relation to Kashmir, and between Afghanistan and Pakistan as this affects border security in the region? Can the Minister assure us that British aid policy for education will be effective this time in changing the syllabus in the madrassas, which are fuelling the international...

Binyam Mohamed — Question (12 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, can the Minister say what Mr Mohamed's status in the United Kingdom was before he travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan and what travel documents he was using when he went there?

Archaeology — Question (9 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, are the Government continuing to promote the valuable work of British archaeologists abroad, especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East generally?

EU: Middle East Peace Process — Question (9 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for giving way. Where does the greatest resistance to a two-stage solution of the conflict lie? Is it with the Israelis or among the Palestinians?

Human Rights: Same-sex Relationships (23 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, while Article 8 of the European convention provides mainly for privacy in the home and Article 14 provides for non-discrimination, Article 12 provides for a view of marriage between a man and woman and of family life that is basic to the existence and continuation of any society?

Asylum Seekers (21 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, given that many asylum seekers arrive in this country because of religious persecution, what diplomatic efforts are Her Majesty's Government making regarding the passing of the law on apostasy by the Iranian majlis, which makes the death penalty mandatory for apostasy and which will undoubtedly cause many more people to flee that country?

Crime: Honour-related Violence (10 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that there is effective policing in all areas of the UK so that women exposed to violence are adequately protected?

Middle East and Afghanistan (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, developments in many parts of the world, but particularly in the Middle East and central and south Asia, whether political, economic or social, are increasingly influenced by religion—a word that I have not heard so far in the debate. Religious beliefs and values permeate what may appear to be just diplomatic, political and even military moves. It is as well for us to recognise...

Pakistan: Treatment of Women (12 Mar 2007)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, can the Minister say what the Government of Pakistan are doing to repeal the notorious Hudood laws affecting women and many others which their own Council of Islamic Ideology has declared unislamic?

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I must reject the allegation that all schools of a religious character are segregated.

Education and Inspections Bill (30 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I am very glad to hear that, because the noble Lord seemed to be saying that religious schools as such were segregated. I do not wish in any way to go against the Chief Whip's advice about repeating arguments that have been made at previous stages of the Bill. However, it has to be said, as the noble Lord admitted—I was very glad to hear it—that Church of England schools are...

Christianity and Islam (23 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I am very grateful indeed to all those Members who have made a contribution this afternoon. I crave the indulgence of the House just to make one or two observations before I close, which are central to our debate this afternoon. The first has to do with contact. From the beginning, Muslims, Christians and Jews have been in contact with one another. That is also true of Christians,...

Christianity and Islam (23 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: rose to call attention to the case for better co-operation between Christianity and Islam in international affairs; and to move for Papers. My Lords, there are huge changes taking place in the world's demography. Populations are either decreasing in the affluent north or, because of immigration, they are at most holding steady. In the south, in Asia, Africa and Latin America, they are...

Israel: Boundaries (16 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, have any discussions taken place with Hamas on its policy regarding Palestinian Christians? Like many others, I have seen slogans, particularly in Gaza, which say things like "First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people".

Internet: Extremist Organisations (15 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the Church's total opposition to anti-Semitism under any pretext whatever? Is she also aware of its support for respecting the religious sensitivities of others? How are the Government promoting those values on the internet and elsewhere?

Equality Act 2006 (13 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I am glad that assurances have been given that Churches and other faith communities will be consulted. How will the Government maintain the balance in the regulations between freedom from discrimination and freedom of conscience and of belief?

Iran (9 Feb 2006)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, in the debate today, many will rightly focus on the political situation in Iran—some have done so already—and on its implications for the region and for the world. Iran's relations with her neighbours, the confrontational situation with Israel and international unease about Iran's nuclear ambitions are all causes of significant concern. A number of people in this Chamber can...

School Admissions (2 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, in view of the strong commitment from these Benches to inclusive admission policies for Church of England schools, will the Minister give the Government's position on interviews prior to admission?

Iran: Presidential Comments on Israel (1 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad notwithstanding, can the Minister assure us that the Government will do all they can to keep lines of communication open, not only with younger people but with academics, the ulema—many of whom are very progressive—and with the bulk of ordinary citizens in Iran who want to be part of the international community? How do the Government propose to keep...

Iraq: Minorities (6 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Rochester: My Lords, I also am very glad that the noble Lord, Lord Hylton, has obtained time for this debate; it is not just timely but urgent. Indigenous Christian and other communities have been so often betrayed by the powers playing the "great game" in the Middle East and south-west Asia. We must make sure that the Chaldean-Assyrian and, indeed, other communities are not sold for 30 pieces of silver...


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