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House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (17 May 2011)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord the Leader of the House for bringing this Statement to your Lordships' House. As noble Lords would expect, we on these Benches welcome the proposal that, if there is a partly appointed House, a smaller number of Church of England Bishops will remain as full Members, allowing for the smaller number of Peers in general. We stand ready and welcome the...

Asylum Seekers: Democratic Republicof Congo — Question (17 May 2011)

the Bishop of Winchester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the evidence for their assessment that asylum seekers returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo will be safe.

Asylum Seekers: Democratic Republicof Congo — Question (17 May 2011)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I declare an interest as patron of the Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group and welcome the Minister to her new responsibilities. This is the third time I have asked this question. Each time I have had the same ostrich-like unsatisfactory answer from two different Governments and three different Ministers. It is a real puzzle to me that the noble Baroness can give me these...

Congo: International Crisis Group Report — Question (3 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Winchester: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the International Crisis Group's recent Report Congo: No Stability in Kivu despite Rapprochement with Rwanda..

Congo: International Crisis Group Report — Question (3 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply, but I ask for a greater level of realism from him and from the Government. The report to which he refers-he may have been toiling with its French, but it is now translated-makes it clear that the ICG believes that that rapprochement has got nowhere. As he says, the level of violence continues, the minerals are still in the wrong hands, and a...

Wedgwood Museum — Question (30 Nov 2010)

the Bishop of Winchester: I declare an interest as a previous Bishop of Stafford with responsibility for the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Does the Minister recognise that the museum is not only one of the finest ceramic collections in the world-begun by the great, farsighted and humane Josiah himself-but a repository and a monument to the craftsmanship and the labour of Potteries people over two-and-a-half centuries and...

Africa: Post-conflict Stabilisation — Debate (8 Jul 2010)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, on getting this debate and on his perseverance over Questions, oral and written, on this region of Africa. It is a privilege to follow those who have spoken. The debate is timely not only because the DRC is celebrating 50 years of independence-celebrating, noting, whatever word may seem appropriate-but because there will be...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: Does the noble Lord agree that he and I are talking at cross purposes about two quite different situations? I was speaking, as I should have thought was clear, and on what I thought was the matter being attended to, of organisations, either church organisations or of religious ethos, which find themselves contracted to undertake service on behalf of the Government and receive payment for...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I welcome the amendment in the name of the noble and learned Lord and what he said about it. I was expecting him also to note that this is an area of the Bill where Parliament was particularly badly served by the practices at the other end of the Corridor. I believe that similar amendments were laid before the other place, but they were guillotined very quickly. It is a great pity...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: I read to the end of the paragraph and it is side-lined in my text. But I am intrigued by the language, "nevertheless perceived to discriminate". The whole paragraph makes my point that if this is the line to be taken by government, that could mean goodbye to many of these organisations being available to offer some of their work through receipt of public funds, and to serve the state and the...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: That is not the point, as I and others see it. It seems precisely that, just as the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, noted, this language of "exists" threatens to narrow rather than to replicate the existing law and threatens to lead us, because there are people who want to bring cases against churches to test all this out, into defending an utterly unnecessary series of legal...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: No. We have heard that point argued on different sides of the Committee by eminent lawyers and I am by no means convinced that the noble Lord is accurate in what he has said. If he were, the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Pilkington, who is no longer in his place, would be exactly exemplified.

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

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, that would be a case for a judge, not for me.

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

the Bishop of Winchester: The more I listen to the noble Lord, the more I find, as was the case when I listened to the noble Baroness, Lady Turner, that I am glad that my name has been added to the amendments tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain. It simply is not true to say that those on this Bench have no interest in or respect for proportionality, and of course that is engaged in all this. I have a vivid...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: Obviously I am aware of the material from which the noble Lord has quoted, but it remains my contention that, granted that the Government's primary intention as I understand it is to consolidate legislation into a single Bill, to draw in a fresh use of that word at this point is likely to do a great deal more mischief than good. That said, it would be rash-

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

the Bishop of Winchester: The freshness is because the Government have all along said, although we have not accepted it, that they are consolidating and replicating, rather than narrowing, the legal provisions under which we act. It is important at this point in the debate to revisit two areas. The first is why these questions are of such importance to churches, religious organisations and charitable organisations...

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

the Bishop of Winchester: There was no such agreement with Mr Reaney to which the noble Lord refers.

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

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Alli, suffers, as do the churches, from the determination of the Government and others to use the language of orientation when it is perfectly clear-and I am sure that it is perfectly clear to him-that the issue for the churches and for people of some other faiths is of sexual behaviour, not of sexual orientation. However, granted the language that is used, both...

Health: Reciprocal Agreements — Question (25 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I declare an interest as the bishop with responsibility for the Church of England in the Channel Island Bailiwicks, and also as somebody financially affected, both personally and with regard to my diocese, by the Government's decision which is the target of the noble Lord's Question. The Government have mentioned that they have a range of bilateral agreements, and some with places a...

Equality Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Winchester: I am grateful for the Lord Speaker's wise advice. I welcome the existing range of sub-paragraphs (a) to (f) of paragraph 11, and I welcome this amendment, not only for its detail but for the sense of the need to put down some markers that underlies it. I suspect that the noble Lord, Lord Lester, would agree with me that no church school should be teaching that homosexuality is wrong or making...


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