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Results 61–80 of 180 for speaker:the Bishop of Winchester

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (3 Mar 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: There seemed to be a level of unreality in what the Minister said—the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, was almost too polite to make the point. The Minister in his description of the gentlemen and ladies of the contracted organisations was speaking as if they were ideally placed to make delicate decisions about the needs of the person whom they faced on the doorstep. My experience of...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I warmly support the noble Lord. If I am able to be here at the next round of this Report stage, I shall also support him and the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, on the question of birth certificates. I particularly want to speak at this point because I have been very moved by some material that I, and perhaps other noble Lords, have received. It is the kind of material that the noble...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (21 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, would the noble Baroness like to provide us with a definition of the term "future proof"?

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, that was, characteristically, an enormously valuable contribution from the noble Baroness. However, it seems that the logic of what she says, particularly when you start talking about a High Court judge, is that both Parliament and the judges often take the view that parliamentary direction on matters of substantial principle is a proper thing. Therefore, great as my respect for her...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, we have heard a series of distinguished speeches, which have been hugely educative, but perhaps I may take the House back to what I take to be the main thrust of Amendment No. 8. I am warmly supportive of the amendment. I also believe that I understand, I say with great temerity, why the noble Lords, Lord Patel and Lord Winston, concentrated on some of the major parts of the speech...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2008)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I do not know whether I am the only Member of your Lordships' House who, after this 45 minutes, and after helpful explication of the language of the "human admixed embryo", is left thinking that the previous phrase, "interspecies embryo", was clearer for the man or woman in the street, the church or the mosque, than what we now offer. My second point is equally brisk. It is of...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I wonder whether I catch the sense of the Committee in thinking that, with all honour to the three noble Baronesses, we have done as much as we reasonably can this evening. The logical thing is therefore that no one else stands up—I realise that I am standing now. If no one else does, presumably the Minister will respond and it will be for the noble Baroness, Lady Masham, to determine how...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I do not intend to enter into the debate, but the appearance of the amendment tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Masham, at this time underlines for me what was already my conviction: that the whole question of abortion ought not to be included in this Bill, either in this House or in another place. I valued the letter of the noble Lords, Lord Alton and Lord Steel, making the point that there...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: It certainly did not seem to me that the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, justified what has just been said about them by the noble Baroness, Lady Barker. Even for someone who has significant reservations about some of the measures that she has just described, it is amply possible to recognise that they are the law and that they are not threatened by the things that the noble...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I do not believe that that is the implication at all. I think it is a failure on the part of the Government who make the decision about imposing Whips. Once that decision is made, a range of loyalties come into play. I certainly do not impugn the faith of those who then follow that Whip but I think that it is questionable to apply it. Perhaps I may continue with my sixth point—

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I am very grateful to the Minister. Although I was not regretting it already, that discussion makes me regret still less having raised the question. My last point is rather more delicate but I believe it is worth raising in the Committee the issue of where truth lies and, more widely, the issue of conscience. At an early point in her speech, the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, spoke about...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I remember that discussion during the passage of the previous legislation, and I respect the noble Baroness's convictions and their power in law. I do not regret that I and others raised that question because there are people who, having taken office in good faith before the law was changed, have found themselves in real difficulty. The other thing I would say—we certainly shall not go into...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: The point is that it is part of the responsibilities of a cleric preparing to solemnise a marriage under the Civil Partnership Act to ascertain not only whether a person has been married before but whether they have been in a civil partnership or rather whether they are in a civil partnership. At that point, certain clerics find themselves, as they would see it, asked to officiate in...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I speak as one who agrees entirely, though my agreement does not have the weight of what the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, has said and therefore what the Government have said. But I wonder whether the noble Baroness has considered that even if a couple, married or unmarried, were seeking to have a child and even if that had been put in writing, what happens if a man—or indeed a woman but we...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: Does the noble Baroness agree that the words "sabotage" and "subvert" have a particular sharpness? Reasoned and informed questioning, which I suspect is what the noble Lord, Lord Alton, has in mind, does not have that particular sharp edge.

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (12 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I align myself with the noble Lord, Lord Alton, and with the speech at Second Reading of the noble Lord, Lord Brennan, and the material he cited. I have read, too, the speech at Second Reading of my colleague and friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans in which he noted many of these issues. I recognise the strength of a number things that noble Lords have said. The noble...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (4 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: I am grateful for the speeches we have heard, in particular, for those of the noble Lord, Lord Alton, and the noble Earl, Lord Howe. I want to go the whole way with the noble Lord, Lord Alton, in his amendments. I regret not being able to be present at Second Reading or yesterday, but that has given me the opportunity of reading the Second Reading debate, yesterday's debate and the...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (4 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: The noble Baroness's second example is where the noble Lord's later amendments come into play. It is entirely one thing for somebody as an adult and in a position to choose to offer some part of themselves for a sibling or a close relative, but quite another for an organ to be removed from a two year-old, which was the example she mentioned, for that purpose. A two year-old clearly is not in...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (4 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: It seemed that the line of the noble Baroness's answer precisely did not draw together various corners of this Chamber. The more she spoke and the more she dealt with "may", she increasingly edged away from the unity of view of the noble Lords, Lord Alton and Lord Walton, and towards the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge. I think that we need to know whether that is her position or whether she is as...

Debate on the Address (7 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: Psalm 46.


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