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Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Second Reading (9 Nov 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, I wish to raise problems relating to the charity commissioners. I am encouraged by the fact that my noble friend talked about their impartiality and integrity, which has been mentioned by other noble Lords. However, I worry about the charity commissioners because I feel that they have shown prejudice and partisanship, particularly with regard to independent schools. I confess to an...

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, as an old history master, I must give a little correction; Peers assessed themselves until, I think, 1663. That said, the noble Lord, Lord Desai, was right to say that you must consider the history of every country when you consider their constitutions. As the 38th speaker on the speakers list, I can only underline what other noble Lords have said. The fact is that the British...

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: Can I correct the noble Lord? What about Canada?

Equality Bill: Third Reading (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: I am puzzled that this amendment was rejected on the ground that it had been heard before. It is true that we voted to protect the churches, but an amendment relating specifically to Catholic orphanages has not yet been discussed. I would like the noble Baroness to explain this act to me.

Equality Bill: Third Reading (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: We did not have a vote.

House of Lords: Procedures — Question (23 Mar 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, since the late Lord Falkland has been mentioned, his last words, when he turned to the enemy and got himself shot, were that he was leaving a world that he no longer liked and no longer wanted to live in. Let us hope our legacy is not that.

Palace of Westminster: Pest Control — Question (3 Mar 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: Why should I and noble Lords trust the Executive to deal with mice when they cannot deal with the economy?

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: Would the noble Lord explain how other members of the European Community-France, for example, and Germany to some extent-restrict teaching in their faith schools to members of the faith and the practice of the faith? How have they avoided the European Court?

Equality Bill: Committee (4th Day) (25 Jan 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, I want to widen the debate somewhat, because it touches the very roots of democracy in society. It has been a fundamental principle of the democratic state, certainly over the last 100 years, that independent corporations within the state have a freedom and enjoy a freedom. Churches and faith groups are independent corporations. Their life does not spring from the state, but from...

Queen's Diamond Jubilee — Statement (5 Jan 2010)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, will the Minister consider a rather sadder side and bear in mind the fact that the British Empire, represented by the Queen and her father, sacrificed itself to preserve us from tyranny? When the Commonwealth fought Hitler, it collapsed, so the sacrifice of the British Empire should be borne in mind.

House of Lords: Director of Facilities — Question (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, when the Merovingian kings lost their power, they called the man with the real power "Mayor of the Palace". Why not use that title?

Kenya — Question (10 Jun 2009)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, I was in Africa in the 1950s, and the problems mentioned by the noble Earl were apparent then. The imperial Government failed to solve them. Why does the noble Earl, or the Minister, think we can do anything now? The whole problem of tribal resentment was apparent then. Only if you reorganised the frontiers that emerged in the 19th century could you resolve it. Is it worth us even...

Graves — Question (22 Apr 2009)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, forgive me for saying this, but has the Minister considered the medieval practice of burying people in shrouds? Medieval graveyards were used for 1,000 years and re-used without a problem. I will pay money to anyone who can produce a tombstone previous to about 1670 in a graveyard. Surely the public can be persuaded to follow the wisdom of their predecessors.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Drugs (30 Mar 2009)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that the Parkinson's disease drug Midodrine is prescribed uniformly across Somerset and across England.

Waste Management: Refuse Collection — Question (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, has the Minister allowed for the ingenuity of the rodent population? When I suffered an infestation, the rats were looking through my drawing room window to see either me or the television, and it took weeks to get rid of them.

Education and Skills Bill (10 Jun 2008)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, I realise that it is not etiquette to say this, but, as a product of the north-east where I was brought up and educated, I have to say that from a family that had never gone to university, five of us went to Oxford and Cambridge. I am talking about the early 1950s. I have to defend my locality; it was not as bad as the noble Baroness says.

Education and Skills Bill (10 Jun 2008)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, in his briefing notes, the Minister reminds us that this is a landmark piece of legislation. In particular, he tells us that for the first time in over 30 years, we are changing the education leaving age. He looks to history, as an historian would, and calls to mind that in 1918 HAL Fisher considered keeping children in full or part-time education until 18. That was never...

Higher Education: Student Loans (3 Jun 2008)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, have the Government paid attention to the fact that a student loan can affect one's eligibility for a mortgage? To my knowledge, young students are affected by that. What are the Government doing about that?

Lebanon (14 May 2008)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, I bow to the others' expertise in this area. However, are Her Majesty's Government not more worried about the Palestinian issue and the growing rift between Sunni and Shia, which could spread over the whole of the Middle East? We tend to ignore this, but do we not do so at our peril?

Bank Holidays (19 Feb 2008)

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford: My Lords, is the Minister prepared to deplore the Protestant Reformation in that in the Catholic Middle Ages we had many more holidays?


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