Results 41–60 of 73 for speaker:the Bishop of Newcastle

Olympic Games 2012: Facilities for Worship (11 Jul 2007)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a significant aspect of the Olympic project is the regeneration that the Olympics will bring to some of the needier communities in London? In view of the importance now being attached to the role of spiritual capital in all regeneration processes, how are Her Majesty's Government working to enable the churches and other faith groups to be full partners...

Children, Schools and Families (10 Jul 2007)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, I greatly welcome the Minister's Statement, in which there is so much to welcome with eager anticipation. I have a couple of small points. One of the programmes that the Minister mentioned seemed to stop at Yorkshire and the Humber. Will the Minister please not forget the needs of Tyneside? I say that coming as I do from the north-east. On the further expansion of the academies...

Health: End-of-life Care (10 Jul 2007)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, does the Minister agree that chaplains continue to play a vital part in end-of-life care by providing appropriate spiritual care and support to patients and their families, not least by acknowledging and sometimes absorbing the distress—and sometimes the despair and the anger—that is experienced by many in those last days and weeks of life, which other healthcare...

Africa: Family Planning (9 Jul 2007)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, does the Minister agree that in several countries in Africa, not least in Botswana, the ABC campaign—A is for abstain, B is for be faithful, and C is for using condoms—is becoming increasingly effective? Does she welcome, support and encourage the further development of this campaign?

Stem Cell Research (3 May 2007)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Patel, not only for introducing this debate but for his distinguished contribution to this area of research. Stem cell research is one of the most exciting, exacting, complicated and, for some people, anxiety-inducing areas of research today. Living as I do in the city of Newcastle, I cannot but be aware both of the possibilities that stem...

Post Offices (18 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the further closure of post offices in rural areas will hit low-income families, pensioners and the unemployed the hardest? What action will the Government take to ensure that the Post Office enters into partnerships with village halls, pubs and churches so that a local service is provided in those areas where it is most needed?

Education and Inspections Bill (17 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, the last thing I want to do is to make any kind of grand or grandiose claims on behalf of the Church of England, but I do want to underline that Church of England schools, by their nature and by their purpose, have certain similarities with other faith schools, of course, but also some important differences from them. The basic point is that Church of England schools are community...

Children in Care (17 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, many of us on these Benches are pleased with much of the Green Paper, not least because it examines the needs of children in care who get into trouble with the law, but how do the Government plan to tackle this group's over-representation among the prison population?

International Development: White Paper (17 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, while we on this Bench would welcome a great deal that is in the White Paper, I wonder whether the Minister would agree that one of the most serious omissions is the lack of any firm proposals to plug the gap through which illegal moneys are haemorrhaging from Africa to European tax shelters and that more needs to be done to help trace and reverse that serious capital flight.

Climate Change (EAC Report) (14 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, I speak in this debate with some diffidence as my speech will be different from many of the others, not least because I am neither an economist nor a scientist. I feel as if I am entering an arena where angels, let alone bishops, should be fearful of treading. I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, and the committee on the report, but I think that I am not the only one...

Roads: A1 (2 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, does the Minister understand the deep disappointment and regret of so many people in the north-east that the only trunk road between Newcastle and Edinburgh is for a large chunk of its section in Northumberland still a single carriageway? Does he agree that, for the economic and social well-being of what is still one of the most disadvantaged regions in the country, this work should...

Climate Change (10 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, not very long ago, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser suggested that the consequences of global warming were the most serious threat to the future of planet Earth. The noble Lord, Lord May of Oxford, underlined that point with great force and clarity today, and I, too, am very grateful to him for securing this debate. While I believe that the truth of that message is...

Equality Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, we on these Benches have similar concerns to those expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Lester, and the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain, especially about Clause 45 on harassment. The concept is uncertain in its scope. One of the anxieties is that it may enable people, both of faith and of none, to take advantage of the provisions to make inappropriate claims of harassment. The provision...

Equality Bill [HL] (9 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, I too welcome the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and its extension into the areas of goods, services, facilities and premises. I am pleased that these amendments have been tabled today. I have one concern, which is not about the objective of the amendments but about the method being used. It is about the interface between the right not to be...

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (8 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, I, too, support in principle the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia. It is important for the message and the recognition that this will give to our various religious communities up and down the land. Although the wording may need closer definition, it would be enormously reassuring to many people from different religious communities were the amendment to be included in the...

Palliative Care (8 Nov 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: My Lords, bearing in mind the report of the Select Committee of this House which stated that Britain is a world leader in palliative care but that this branch of medicine is underfunded, when will the Minister be able to give an assurance that more funds will be forthcoming? Will he assure the House that what is euphemistically known as "assisted dying" will not be seen as an alternative to...

Equality Bill [HL] (13 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Turner, and the noble Lord, Lord Lester, for their comments. I shall try at least to make a case for retaining "expedient". Whether I succeed remains to be seen. I must confess that I do not like the amendments because they seem excessively regulatory; in other words, they seek to over-regulate. They do not seem to recognise that often it will be unclear...

Equality Bill [HL] (13 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Lester, that a sense of proportion is central to the Christian faith, practice and common sense. In response to his second question, I think that we are in fundamental disagreement.

Equality Bill [HL] (13 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: I reiterate in response to the remarks made by the noble Lord, Lord Lester, that a civil partnership is not—I underline not—a marriage. We keep using the word "marriage" in relation to civil partnerships; and they are not marriages. It is a civil contract. Nor should we assume that civil partnerships necessarily have any kind of active sexual component. I know of several couples...

Equality Bill [HL] (13 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Newcastle: I make the general point that the Church of England would not seek nor support an exemption permitting any kind of harassment, as outlined in Clause 51(2).


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