All 15 results for speaker:Lord Sheppard of Liverpool

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (1 Dec 2003)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, the gracious Speech contained the statement that the Government would continue to reform the NHS by giving more choice to patients, more freedom to NHS staff and more control over hospitals to local communities. I want to pick up the point about increasing freedom for staff. I believe that is producing very positive results. I speak from the experience of wrestling with cancer for...

Children and Parents (26 Mar 2003)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, it is a special delight and privilege to be able to congratulate the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury on his maiden speech. I have for a long time given the greatest value to his teaching and writing and I am delighted that your Lordships have heard him today. He is never pre-packaged but always thought-provoking, bringing fresh thoughts and entering fully into the...

Education Bill (11 Mar 2002)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: What was the difference, my Lords?

Education Bill (11 Mar 2002)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, the first serious political opinion I ever held emerged from living and working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It was that the segregation that divides cities into vast one-class quarters is very damaging and needs to be tackled. When I moved to south London as Bishop of Woolwich, I saw the beginning of another segregation—by race. When I came to Liverpool, I...

Education Bill (11 Mar 2002)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, I want to take that fear very seriously and I understand it. My noble friend the Minister spoke about a culture of collaboration. A cluster of schools sponsored by different faiths and the local authority can be highly creative. Moving out from the secure base of belonging to a school in which their own faith is taught, children can meet others and work out what tolerance and...

Homelessness Bill (15 Jan 2002)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, I hope that noble Lords will treat me with some forbearance if I have a little to say about Clause 2 as well as about Amendment No. 4. Illness kept me away from your Lordships' House for most of last year and I was not able to take part in the earlier deliberations on this Bill, which I very warmly welcome. Clause 2 spells out how a central purpose in the Bill is to be achieved. It...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: I recognise that had I been brought up in Northern Ireland I would have been part of the Protestant community. Now I try hard to stand in their shoes and understand. For a good many years, together with Free Church and Roman Catholic leaders in Liverpool, I met twice a year with our opposite numbers in Belfast and Glasgow. I understand the deep feelings about the symbolism of the name and the...

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill (23 Oct 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: I do not know from where the noble Lord has obtained his figure. My advice is that it is a cause of very real and wide offence in the Catholic community in Northern Ireland.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, it is impossible to rebut that proposition because one is trying to guess the future. In turn, I ask the noble Earl whether he can rebut the suggestion that a little pressure will help to play a part in moving people--for whom I pray every Monday of my life--out of the no-work culture and into jobs.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, I am not sure all noble Lords are aware that we are talking about the introduction of pilot schemes which seek to discover just that. I always expect to learn something valuable when the noble Earl speaks; indeed, I usually discover a little piece of history of which I was hitherto unaware. I was surprised, however, when the noble Earl said in Committee that the removal of benefit...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (27 Jun 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, I listened carefully to the debate in Committee and to the noble Lord, Lord Windlesham, and others today. Several noble Lords whom I admire greatly support the amendment and I have thought long and hard before deciding to disagree and support the Government's proposal. My noble friend the Minister was correct to place the debate in the context of reform of the system, which is a...

Higher Education (14 Jun 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, opening up access to higher education is not simply about Oxford and Cambridge, important as they are. It is important that there should be universities with the resources to pursue research as effectively as competitors in other countries. Those universities need the ablest students who want to come to them and believe that they can find entry. There is an issue, as the noble Lord,...

New Deal: Intermediate Labour Markets (2 May 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: asked Her Majesty's Government: How, after two years of the New Deal, they assess the potential offered by intermediate labour market projects to ease the period of transition for those furthest from the labour market.

New Deal: Intermediate Labour Markets (2 May 2000)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for that very encouraging answer. Does she agree that the New Deal is the most determined and serious attempt yet to get third-generation unemployed people into work? Does she agree with me that there are areas where unemployment is still high and where the New Deal will be discredited, as earlier training programmes have been, if programmes such...

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [H.L.] (14 Dec 1999)

Lord Sheppard of Liverpool: My Lords, it is a delight to add my congratulations to my noble friend Lady Howells of St Davids. She spoke with rare authority, a touch of humour and much shrewd comment. Along with all Members of your Lordships' House, I wish her skill in avoiding cupboards in the House and express our hope that she will speak to us on many occasions. It is my hope that the police will welcome the Bill and...


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