Results 1–20 of 32 for speaker:Lord Bhatia

Criminal Justice System: Women - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, for initiating this debate on the Motion that this House takes note of the needs of women in the criminal justice system. One has to look at the reasons why women end up in prisons. These are varied and many, and largely depend on whether the woman is from a BAME community or the majority white community. However, the common factors are: violence...

Young Adults: Public Service Funding - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I welcome this timely debate, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Massey of Darwen, on the funding of public services for young adults. It is now apparent that funding for this work has reduced substantially over the last few years. Local authorities are responsible for the delivery of services to this sector, and the reduction in their grants from central government is the main...

Religious Persecution - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Elton, for initiating this timely debate on the persecution of people of faith in this century. There are a number of national and international treaties on this subject; I will not repeat them because the noble Lord has already referred to them. Despite that, these treaties continue to be violated. When I was introduced to the House of Lords, I took my...

Early Years Intervention — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I strongly support the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, in raising this serious issue, which is causing harm to the most vulnerable children in our society. I have been involved in early childhood education for over 50 years in east Africa, from where I come, in the United Kingdom and in Michigan in the USA. I was a board member of one of the most eminent early childhood foundations,...

NHS: Medical Competence and Skill — Question for Short Debate (7 Jan 2015)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Parekh, for raising this issue and giving us an opportunity to discuss it. The NHS is a burning and most important issue in the minds of citizens. It is one that will be foremost in the minds of everyone when voting in May this year. People will vote for the political party that assures them that the NHS is safe in its hands. I declare my...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Drugs (27 Nov 2013)

Lord Bhatia: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases have been reported by the police or parents in the last three years relating to drug peddlers accosting school children who are walking to or from their schools.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: Safety (26 Nov 2013)

Lord Bhatia: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage a police presence on roads where pupils of primary and secondary schools walk to and from their schools between 8.00am and 10.00am and between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Committee (15 Jul 2011)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I wish to make a brief comment that the Minister may wish to take into account. It relates to the young people in our armed services fighting for our freedom and safety and putting their lives and their health at risk. I want to draw attention to the recently published report by the Howard League for Penal Reform, The Inquiry into Former Armed Services Personnel in Prison. I submit...

London: Terrorist Attacks (7 Jul 2005)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, it is always very distressing to hear about terrorist attacks, no matter where they take place or who carried them out. Innocent lives being lost must be distressing to all of us, in Britain and elsewhere. I should like to share with your Lordships what I have gone through since this morning. As I was driving through Westminster, I heard on the radio that there was a terrorist...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I begin by declaring my interest as the chairman of the British Muslim Research Centre. I should like to make a few comments on Clause 119 of and Schedule 10 to the Bill, which deal with racial and religious hatred. I believe that the clause is all about protecting vulnerable religious communities. I have at least two main reasons why I wish to speak on this subject. First, I was...

Charities Bill [HL] (20 Jan 2005)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I commence by declaring my interest in a number of charities. They are the Forbes Trust, the Ethnic Minority Foundation, the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations, AMREF, PREA, PRISM, the British Muslim Research Centre, the Local Investment Fund and Oxfam India. I have also been a member of Oxfam UK and the National Lottery Charities Board. I welcome the proposed...

Religious Offences (22 Apr 2004)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a Muslim and as chairman of the British Muslim Research Centre. I was also a member of the Select Committee that produced the report for your Lordship's debate today. The report highlights an important issue on which I should like to elaborate, not as a Muslim and not as person from the ethnic minority communities, but as a citizen of this country and...

Equality Bill [HL] (28 Feb 2003)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, on introducing this Equality Bill. It is a very thorough piece of work, and perhaps few could have produced such a well-researched and detailed piece of draft legislation. The noble Lord has for many years worked in the field of equality and human rights. He is a leading authority in this area. I, for one, am very supportive...

Voluntary and Community Sector (6 Feb 2003)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Plant of Highfield, for initiating this debate. I also declare my interest as the chairman of the Ethnic Minority Foundation and the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations. I welcome this review by the Strategy Unit which highlights the size and scale of this very important sector and makes a number of recommendations. One of the...

Design in Public Services (29 Jan 2003)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, for initiating this debate and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Foster, on an illuminating maiden speech. I am no expert on design, but as a layman who is constantly the end-user of products and of public services, I want to share my views on good and bad design. I should like to talk about our built environment. Whether housing or...

Charities (20 Jan 2003)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Patten, for bringing this subject for debate today. I declare my interest as chairman of the Ethnic Minority Foundation and as a trustee of a number of other charities in the United Kingdom. I draw the attention of your Lordships to the fact that within the charities sector there are mainly two divisions. The first is that of voluntary...

Lords Amendment (6 Nov 2002)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I make a case for the teaching of English. I will share a couple of personal experiences about the teaching of English to teachers or to adults. About 40 years ago I was in a small village in Germany. I had come from East Africa for some training. My hosts were going to look after me for six months while I was training. They met me at the station and said: "We have a big problem...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (9 Oct 2002)

Lord Bhatia: My Lords, I moved the amendment in Committee and continue to hope sincerely that the Government will respond to the powerful arguments they have heard over recent months, and are hearing again today, by reversing their proposals for segregated education. Nearly 60 years after the introduction of the Education Act 1944, it would be deeply regrettable if a Labour Government decided that...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (10 Jul 2002)

Lord Bhatia: I am grateful to the Minister for his views on the amendment. All Members of both Houses of Parliament must think first about the needs of children and secondly about the asylum process. Children are vulnerable. In many cases they will be isolated. Often they will be bewildered and confused. The best solution would be not to place such children in accommodation centres. Perhaps an element of...

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill (10 Jul 2002)

Lord Bhatia: moved Amendment No. 110A: Page 11, line 9, at end insert— "( ) is over 18 years of age"


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