Results 1–20 of 28 for speaker:the Bishop of Lichfield

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999 (30 Nov 1999)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, the noble Earl, Lord Longford, showed characteristic courage in mentioning the place of prayer in his own participation and concern in this process. I want to add that many people on both sides have prayed for peace. The Church and many outside the Church will be committed to continuing to pray for the new arrangements as they have prayed for peace up to this point.

The Countryside (1 Dec 1999)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I, too, am most grateful to the noble Earl, Lord Ferrers, for initiating this debate. I should also like to thank the previous speaker, the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, for introducing and holding to this note of urgency about the situation. It so happens that my own diocese has a population of over 2.5 million people dispersed across a considerable area of the West Midlands. The...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: It has been suggested that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Blackburn has been "a little Jesuitical". We learnt from a former and, in my book, esteemed Prime Minister that, "A week is a long time in politics". It seems to me that it could be an even longer time until we have an agreed framework that is better than the situation that Section 28 preserves. For that reason I strongly...

Local Government Bill [H.L.] (7 Feb 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: Perhaps I may intervene. I made the point that I am not prepared to give up something when we do not know where we are going. It is not the bench-mark as such; it is because we are moving to another position that has yet to be spelt out.

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: Perhaps I may add to what my noble colleague the Bishop of Wakefield has said. For more than 15 years I have come from--and cared for--a diocese which is not suffering from the closure of the mines but is in huge post-industrial shock after the failure and the closure of the foundries. I am talking of industrial towns in the Black Country. If children--not only those at the post-19 level but...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (8 Feb 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: I wish to stress generally that I speak for all the Churches in giving strong support for the whole thrust of this Bill. Its major restructuring has been widely welcomed. As a bishop coming from the West Midlands, I particularly welcome the siting of the new council in Coventry. It is important that the Bill engages the whole community. I shall be grateful to receive help from the noble...

Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] (10 Feb 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: In the West Midlands we are looking forward eagerly to getting the very best out of the arrangements at all the different levels. In large parts of the Birmingham neighbourhood there are great expectations that the regional development agency will focus inward investment and give more direction to industrial development over the entire region. We look eagerly and hopefully at good...

Asylum Seekers: Health Needs (27 Nov 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, perhaps I may ask the Minister about interpreter services. In a Midland town in my region an asylum seeker who had lost an eye through torture received no on-going medical treatment through lack of an interpreter, even though he was registered with a GP. Can the Minister comment on that situation?

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (28 Nov 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, from these Benches I repeat our relief at the outcome. The original suggestion was widely resisted by probation officers, which is why the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lincoln, who is bishop to prisons, has been involved in the progress of this Bill. We certainly need to tackle crime. But we believe that is best done by working with young people to give them a sense of...

Millennium Dome (29 Nov 2000)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, in the four minutes of this gap moment, dare I offer a thought that I hope will encourage us all? I simply remind the House again of the neighbouring, massive cultural assets sited near to the Dome in Greenwich. I have not heard them being underlined. There is the superb Greenwich Park, where Henry VIII went hunting and hawking; there is Greenwich Palace, where Queen Elizabeth I was...

Tributes to the Late Chairman of Committees (26 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, from these Benches I wish to pay tribute to Lord Mackay. With Scottish blood in my own veins, I always resonated strongly to the power of his Celtic oratory, which I memorably recall once late at night here in this Chamber. He had the ability to inject real adrenaline, as I witnessed, into the debates of the House. I sensed also, as other speakers have said, that he was deeply loyal...

Tributes to the Late Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos (26 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, from these Benches I must add my own tribute to Lord Cledwyn. It so happens that I also have Welsh blood in my veins. I always warmed deeply to the clarity and detail with which Lord Cledwyn spoke on behalf of his native heath. When I heard him speak, I remember that he had a wonderful stillness and a clear way of disentangling heated argument. Perhaps it was his maturity and...

Sudan: Slavery (26 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, given today's press release from the Sudan embassy and the on-going and horrendous conflict between northern Sudan and southern Sudan, which I have witnessed at first hand, can the Minister say whether there is evidence of an enslavement dimension in the struggle as regards the south? If so, what can be done about it?

Criminal Justice (26 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I wish to ask the Minister about the issue of families of people in prison.

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I should like to build strongly on what was said by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer of Sandwell, and the human realities to which he referred. It so happens that, for the past 13 years, my family and I have been caring for my wife, who struggled with Alzheimer's disease at home. She died several months ago, but peacefully and at home. Throughout those years we were helped...

Debt Relief and Poverty Reduction (27 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, some of the poorest people in the world live under dictatorships. Will the Minister help us in thinking about how such people may be able to participate in programmes of aid and debt relief, which depend on economic reform, good governance and strong civil society?

Communications White Paper (28 Feb 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I also thank the noble Lord, Lord Gordon, for introducing this debate. First, across the range of exciting developments in communications, I understand that technological convergence is an important happening. Whether the context is telephony, the Internet or broadcasting, technological convergence is taking place. Secondly, I understand that convergence is clearly accelerating the...

Public Service (24 Oct 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, it is a very pleasant duty for me on behalf of the whole House to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market, on his maiden speech. He brings to this House an unusually wide range of experience in no less than the public sector of service. He was the Member for South Norfolk in the other place. He has served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, as Minister of...

Education of Children in Care (24 Oct 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, we are all indebted to the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, for introducing this debate. I particularly warmed, if I may say so, to the passionate detail with which the noble Baroness took us through her opening speech. I do not intervene on this subject in your Lordships' House with any specialist knowledge, but simply to underline the responsibility that we all have as a society to...

Religious Liberty (24 Oct 2001)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness for her Question concerning the Government's response, "to the escalation of violations of religious liberty in many parts of the world". Having lived in Uganda under Idi Amin in the early 1970s, I can remember the shock of fear, but also my feeling of powerlessness, when a car carrying children home from school was ambushed by Amin's...

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