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Academies Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (23 Jun 2010)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, perhaps hearing of the experience that I had at one stage of being chaplain to an Anglican school that had a house of Jewish boys in it might help noble Lords to be less anxious about what may happen, not only about the 25 per cent but also on the question of communities that can live together. In this case, there was no doubt that a small group of boys from a very distinctive faith...

Social Policy — Debate (16 Jun 2010)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I, too, welcome the opportunity provided by this debate to hear how Members of your Lordships' House might flesh out the bare bones of the big society and flush out Her Majesty's Government's thinking about how we are going to rebuild society. I emphasise the "how" because I am temperamentally suspicious of abstract nouns. What is "big society" shorthand for? Let me offer a simple...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (26 May 2010)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister to his new responsibilities, as I welcome the slender commitment in the gracious Speech-overshadowed as much of it was by a concern for economic survival-to "global collaboration" and to, "nought point seven per cent of gross national income in development aid from 2013". I believe we must all hope and pray that a new-found determination among Members of...

Marriage (Wales) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I am not sure that I am going to be able to help definitively, but the I think the reason is that the Marriage Act has always stood independently of any ecclesiastical disciplinary matters. Therefore, because it is the law of the land, even when the Church in Wales was disestablished, it could not control it. I hope that that answers the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Henley.

Marriage (Wales) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I commend the noble Lord, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, for introducing this Bill which would make the provision that we enjoy in England exactly the same in Wales. I speak only in order to make abundantly clear that the Church of England offers nothing but the strongest support for the Bill. That is partly because there are places along the border between England and Wales where the national...

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Bill [HL]: Second Reading (11 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, these Benches are also keen to support the general thrust of the Bill, Anything that can draw people together in what in our day-to-day prayers we call the building up of our common life with the trust and support of one for another is to be welcomed. It is the foundation of common life in this country that we have a mutuality of concern for one another, and unless that has some...

Alcohol: Duty — Question (10 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I understand the question about revenue but, in considering with whom he should consult on this matter, will the Minister be prepared to move beyond and consult those who have the education and care of our young people at heart? It would be reassuring to your Lordships' House if we knew that not only the currency of economics but also considerations about the well-being of the whole...

Climate Change: Carbon Budgets — Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, the problem with global warming and climate change is that the urgency of the task requires action. Moreover, it requires change and sacrifice. The church often prefers to deliberate, talk, reflect, pray, debate or plan. It prefers to do anything other than do something or, as in this case, stop doing things. It is clear from this debate that meeting carbon budgets is a precise,...

Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (8 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, no one can be in any doubt that the Bill will be universally welcomed by this House. I am delighted that Her Majesty's Government have expressed their determination to see it pass swiftly into statute in time for the UK to become a state party to the CCM ahead of the first meeting of states parties in November next year. Having followed the genesis of the Bill since the whole idea...

Sudan — Question (10 Jun 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will take to encourage the Government of Sudan to complete the demarcation of the internal north-south border in a way acceptable to all parties, in the light of the violence in the Upper Nile and Western Equatoria regions.

Sudan — Question (10 Jun 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Is he aware that senior figures in the southern Government have rejected the surprising results of the census published last month, based on the existing north-south demarcations, which state that the southern population makes up only just a fifth of the country's total, rather than the expected one-third that many believe to be nearer...

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (Support) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (8 May 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for his timely Bill, which we on these Benches are very glad to support. Like all those amateur, non-profit-making, community-building organisations for which he speaks, the churches, too, wish to be associated with the thrust of his Bill. These are non-profit-making organisations which are supported by those who give their...

Energy: Renewables — Question (6 May 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, is the Minister aware of Sir John Houghton's belief that more than 50 per cent of our electricity resources could come from tidal technology, and do Her Majesty's Government have the political will to do anything about it?

Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement — Question (11 Feb 2009)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, what measures are Her Majesty's Government taking to ensure that the proposed indictment of President al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court does not provide an opportunity for the Sudanese Government to renege on their commitments in implementing the CPA, particularly the delayed census results and, one of the most serious matters, the demarcation of the border between the...

Africa: Conflict (13 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I am glad to speak in this debate instigated by the noble Lord, Lord Alton, and to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Park of Monmouth, and the noble Lords, Lord Judd and Lord Luce, in what they have to say, with almost all of which I entirely agree. It is about the Sudan that I am competent to speak in your Lordships' House at first-hand. I too know what the sound of an Antonov bomber...

Sudan: Military Helicopters (13 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords—

Climate Change Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: I fully understand what the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, says, but if the figure of 60 per cent goes on being around and in the Bill, that opportunity will not be signalled in the way that it would be if no figures were to go in. I do not know what the Minister is going to say in response to this amendment. He may want to resist it, as he wants to resist most things that are tried at this stage....

Climate Change Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: Although I have already indicated why this is important, there is another feature worth consideration. Whenever I go into a school, issues about the future of the world are at the top of the agenda of the people who want to talk to me. It is not purely a local issue for them. If the Prime Minister were to acknowledge this and accept some responsibility publicly, he would score enormously...

Climate Change Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: I am sorry to intervene, and am sympathetic to the complexity of what the Minister has to manage. But it is precisely because the framework is not sufficiently clear that this matter is not just for the Committee on Climate Change. It involves all the other things that I put into the amendment in my name. Can the Minister give me an assurance that the major framework in which we are trying to...

Climate Change Bill [HL] (11 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Salisbury: I am content that the noble Lords who have spoken have put into the public domain the main concerns that I suspect we all share. It is important that your Lordships recognise that we, too, on these Benches recognise that this is probably one of the most important issues ever to come before your Lordships' House. That is why there is yet another amendment to an opening title in my name....

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