Results 1–20 of 88 for speaker:the Bishop of Southwark

Equal Pay and Flexible Working Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Jan 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I wish to focus on the Bill's second part, which concerns flexible working. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham sponsored a debate on this subject in March 2008. Even in the current difficult economic climate, from these Benches we urge the Government to keep to their strategy of encouraging the right to request flexible working and to close the age...

Counterterrorism — Statement (24 Mar 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his Statement, which obviously deserves further study. In the light of his answer to a previous question, is he aware that, perhaps by coincidence, the Department for Communities and Local Government this very day has put out a press release announcing an inter faith week to take place throughout the country in November? Does the Minister agree that good...

Black Rod — Retirement of Sir Michael Willcocks and introduction of Sir Freddie Viggers (30 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, from these Benches we add our appreciation for the remarkable service that Sir Michael has performed as Black Rod. As Bishops in the Church of England we know what it is to try to maintain confidence and stability when all around is changing. That has been Sir Michael's calling, which he has performed with skill, humour and, at times, an appropriate righteous stubbornness. I also...

Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord King, for enabling this important issue to be debated in your Lordships' House in these troubling times. In this brief intervention I shall argue that, honoured and respected though the British Armed Forces might be, as the noble Lord, Lord King, indicated in his speech, they are presently so stretched in both personnel and resources that...

Cohabitation Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (30 Apr 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Winchester, who sadly cannot be present this evening, spoke at Second Reading of being a critical friend of this Bill. The result is that these Benches can support some of the amendments, but not others. I apologise that I shall shortly have to leave the Committee to get back to my day job, but the fact that these Benches will then be empty does not...

Zimbabwe (6 Feb 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Blaker, for the opportunity for your Lordships' House once again to debate Zimbabwe, in which the church has a deep, abiding and ongoing interest. My diocese has companion links with three dioceses in Zimbabwe. Members of our parishes pay occasional visits there, and we encourage our link bishops, from time to time, to come here for...

Mental Health: Spirituality (26 Feb 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I understand that most programmes and projects connected with NIMHE are being carried forward under the continuity programme until at least September this year. Will the Minister explain why this important project is being singled out for adverse treatment by removing its national strategic focus when the Prime Minister's new year message emphasised the importance of faith and human...

Families, Community Cohesion and Social Action (28 Feb 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner of Parkes, for this debate. Much of what I am about to say will seem critical of some recent developments, so first let me be positive as we consider the case for strengthening families, community cohesion and social action. Let us remember that there are many signs of hope in families—the changing role of women and the possibility...

Cluster Munitions (6 May 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, will the Minister explain what cluster munitions are used for?

Zimbabwe (3 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, would the Minister give his support to the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury's call for the United Nations to investigate the sustained campaign against the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe: Elections (23 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, from these Benches—

Equality Bill (26 Jun 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for reading the Statement and for her later words on particular aspects of religion. Will she ensure that the widerneeds and doctrinal sensitivities of the faith communities are borne in mind, when legislation concerning equality is being considered?

Counter-Terrorism Bill (13 Oct 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: I will make a very brief contribution from these Benches. I have listened carefully to the debate this afternoon. Underpinning the disagreement on the amendment is where the balance needs to be struck between an emphasis on national security and upholding civil liberties. It is understandable that any Government would wish to put great weight on the need for national security, for protecting...

Community Relations: Muslims — Question (9 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, while acknowledging the efforts which the Government are making to improve relations with the Muslim community, is the Minister aware that other faith communities in Britain, such as the Sikh and Hindu communities, believe that they too deserve more attention and support, particularly in capacity building?

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (10 Dec 2008)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I will focus on the proposed equality legislation. Since the introduction of the first anti-discrimination legislation over 40 years ago, the Church of England has been consistent in its support for the use of the law to combat the manifestation of prejudice and to promote equality and fairness. We believe that the law has a key role to play in countering discrimination. Any Bill...

Iraq: Elections (31 Jan 2005)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, we on these Benches also express our deep sorrow at the news of the crash of the RAF plane, and our prayers are with those bereaved and distressed. We also share in the relief that the elections held yesterday have had so positive an outcome. However, there seems to be an irony here. Saddam Hussein was a brutal and evil dictator, yet in his fascist regime there was little division...

School Transport Bill (31 Jan 2005)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, we are grateful for the time which Ministers and officials of the Department for Education and Skills have given to discussing the Bill on school transport and its related prospectus with officers of the Church of England Board of Education, our colleagues from the Roman Catholic Church and others. We warmly welcome the general thrust of the Bill, with its concern for the...

Mental Capacity Bill (24 Mar 2005)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I did not hear the contribution of my noble friend the Bishop of Chelmsford, but he was probably referring to the fact that any parishioner has a right to be married in the parish church, even if he is not a member of the Church of England, indeed, even if he is not a member of the Christian faith. If a vicar is not prepared to conduct that marriage, the bishop has the...

Iraq: Women and Religious Minorities (21 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, we on these Benches associate ourselves with the tributes that have been made. Is the Minister aware that St George's Memorial Church in Baghdad is under 24-hour armed guard, and is now the only safe meeting place for Christians of all denominations in the city? Is he also aware that the cathedral's whole lay leadership team has been missing for four weeks, presumed kidnapped or killed?

Terrorism Bill (21 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, the London bombings of 7 July have confirmed that our nation faces a grave challenge, which, despite our prolonged experience of IRA terrorism, has significantly new features. The international origins of the threat, the loosely organised groups which lie low with destructive intent, and the use of suicide bombers present new problems to our police and security services. But the...


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