Results 1–20 of 88 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:the Bishop of Southwark

Probation Service — Debate (21 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, on giving this House the opportunity to debate this important subject. I am particularly interested in the debate because it was in south London, in what is now the Diocese of Southwark, that the radical decision was taken in 1876 to employ a group of police court missioners. They acted as advocates in the courts, pleading...

Nuclear Disarmament — Debate (21 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, for enabling us to have this important debate. I will focus on some of the ethical aspects. As your Lordships are aware, a major factor in the conduct of a just war is the principle of proportion, which is that, "the harm done in the conduct of the war must never be greater than the harm done or the injustice caused by...

Equality Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Southwark: I thank the Government for accepting this amendment. Amendment 58A, as amended, agreed. Amendment 58C Moved by Lord Lester of Herne Hill 58C: Schedule 3, page 145, line 11, at end insert- "Part 6ATelevision, radio and on-line broadcasting and distribution (1) Section 29 does not apply to the provision of a content service (within the meaning given by section 32(7) of the Communications Act...

Equality Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (19 Jan 2010)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, my right reverend friend the Bishop of Winchester has had to return to his diocese and so is not in his place. He apologises and has asked me to move this amendment, which stands in his name. The purpose of the amendment is essentially to preserve an aspect of the existing law enacted by Parliament as recently as 2004. Within the overall scheme of the Bill, the issue at stake may...

Future of the BBC — Debate (3 Dec 2009)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, for enabling the House to address important issues on the future of the BBC and for the report on public service broadcasting from the Select Committee, which he chairs and of which my friend the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Manchester is a member. I declare an interest in today's debate as an occasional broadcaster and former chair...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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...

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?

Zimbabwe: Elections (23 Jun 2008)

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

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?

Cluster Munitions (6 May 2008)

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

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 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...

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...


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