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Results 81–100 of 180 for speaker:the Bishop of Winchester

Debate on the Address (7 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, in yesterday's gracious Speech, I confess that I had my ears cocked for one word in particular—Africa—but cocked in vain, as it turned out. The nearest that the gracious Speech took us was Uganda, and that only in the context of the CHOGM later this month, although I was glad to see that there was a mention of global poverty and the millennium development goals. Where has gone...

Middle East and Afghanistan (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, it is a real privilege both to listen to and to participate in this kind of debate in your Lordships' House, graced by so many accomplished, knowledgeable and experienced speakers, by two very distinguished maiden speeches and, among many others, by my friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester, with his very particular knowledge, perspective and experience. I was...

UK Borders Bill (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I, too, am grateful that the Minister has brought forward this pair of amendments; I accept that it is some response. As the saying goes, one swallow does not make a summer, but I thank the Minister. On Report and at earlier stages, the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, and many others asked the Minister a series of questions about the code of practice, the point at which it was issued and,...

UK Borders Bill (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, that point, among many, seems critical. Can it really be that the noble Lord does not have friends whose first language is English and who are familiar with computers but who get into stews of one sort or another when faced with long documents and the need to press the right buttons at the right moment? Yet he and his department are putting a lot of faith in people, at a point when...

UK Borders Bill (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, that reading of Article 17 underlines a matter that we have discussed during earlier stages of the Bill. On the one hand, under the procedures laid down it is necessary that people coming into the asylum system—in particular, those coming into detention—should have the opportunity for the most careful medical examination, if they are vulnerable in any way; on the other hand,...

UK Borders Bill (23 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I am grateful, as I have been throughout the Bill's passage, to both noble Lords who have just spoken. I pick up an implication in the early part of the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, in support of this amendment. Those at the sharp end of this whole system often experience it as one example after another of arbitrary, oppressive exercise of power. This amendment is one...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I, too, support the amendment. First, I pass on the apologies of my friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, who has had to set off back to Yorkshire but who would have liked to be here for this amendment. We have seen this situation in Southampton in recent months. I understand that increasing evidence shows that it is difficult for some of those...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, in passing, it would be especially serious if the applicant were back in the DRC or Somalia, because there they would be in grievous danger. The Government were returning people to the DRC until very recently and had to be stopped in the courts from doing so. The basic point at issue is, to put it in rather un-legal terms, that the faster the track the more critical the quality of...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, before the noble Lord continues to his peroration, I wonder whether he might have had it in mind to question the Minister on the opening sentences of his response. I was astounded that the Minister effectively insinuated that the noble Lord, of all people, was confusing migrants and asylum seekers. The amendment is crystal clear; the noble Lord's speech was crystal clear; so was...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, that is just another example of how much we owe to the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, and others for putting the case for this clause with remarkable exactness, giving those figures with all that they suggest. Even without his advocacy, this proposal is sheer common sense. I do not think the Minister will be able to say, as he has tried to say about other amendments, that this is...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, passion comes in many styles; whether it is the style of the noble Earl or that of the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, it is appropriately directed here, because destitution as an instrument of policy is not acceptable. My hope is that the amendment of my colleague, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, will be carried—if not, then Amendments Nos. 15 or 17 should be...

UK Borders Bill (11 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Hylton, and also to the noble Lord, Lord Judd, for this amendment—which, as each of them pointed out, is yet another of these amendments which from different vectors comes into the heart of the issues with which we are dealing. The reality is that, as the noble Lord, Lord Judd, just noted, most people in this position are in one respect...

UK Borders Bill (9 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, the figures that the noble Lord, Lord Avebury, quoted are staggering. The existing figures go a long way to explain why I have heard over recent years significant anxiety from the management of universities and other organisations for higher education and from student unions about the whole area that he has just described. When this country is eager to gather people from overseas to...

UK Borders Bill (9 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, this has been a particularly striking section of this debate. Among the many remarkable speeches, I felt especially privileged to hear the speech made by the noble Earl. I hope very much that the Government will accept these amendments, particularly Amendment No. 5. I shall make three observations on what the amendment suggests to me. I hope that the first will not undermine the...

UK Borders Bill (9 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, we are much indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Judd, for the detail with which he has supported the amendments. What I want to say depends largely on that, but I shall make a number of summary points. Those of us, of whom there will be many in this House, who have seen something of the inside of one or more detention centres will have rapidly formed the impression that these are no...

UK Borders Bill (9 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, if I understand correctly what was said by the noble Lords, Lord Judd and Lord Avebury, this is another occurrence in a very short time of a major piece of germane work not being before us as we work on the Bill. As it is the second time that this appears to have happened in an hour and a half of debate this afternoon, it seems extraordinary that we are in a sense shadow boxing...

UK Borders Bill (9 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, this Scottish view is most instructive and I look forward to hearing the Minister and being further instructed. I hope that it is in order to refer to Amendment No. 1A before us, which is not to belittle the Scottish questions that have just been raised. Amendment No. 1A is clearly to be preferred. If I look at the first page of the Marshalled List, I find that paragraphs (a) and...

UK Borders Bill (13 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, I do not think that any of us would think that it was deliberate. The question at issue is whether those are the effects of the policy.

UK Borders Bill (13 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, will the Minister respond to the point that I made about the effects of the policy, deliberate or not?

UK Borders Bill (13 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Winchester: My Lords, it is a real privilege to follow the noble Lord's speech, with its marvellous controlled passion making for comprehensive grasp of detail. I am most grateful to him. I guess that many of us seeking to speak in this debate come with a range of first-hand or close second-hand experience of the issues at stake. Mine seems to me to amount to the need to declare an interest. I have a...


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