Results 281–300 of 554 for speaker:Lord Sheikh

Written Answers — House of Lords: South Sudan (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to give to the new Government of South Sudan in creating stability in the country.

Written Answers — House of Lords: South Sudan (17 Oct 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the new South Sudanese Cabinet.

Written Answers — House of Lords: People Trafficking (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to put measures in place to increase public awareness of human trafficking.

Building Stability Overseas Strategy — Debate (6 Oct 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Falkner for securing this debate. This is an important and timely debate and an area of policy in which I have had considerable interest for a long time. The Building Stability Overseas Strategy is of great importance to our domestic and international interests. It is focused and comprehensive in identifying three pillars upon which the strategy is...

Kosovo — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am interested in the Balkans and some years ago I used to handle the insurance account of Yugotours, a state-owned travel company which specialised in arranging holidays to Yugoslavia. During the existence of Yugoslavia I visited Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia. Since the independence of Kosovo, I have known the Kosovan ambassador and met him on several occasions. In fact, I saw him...

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this Bill is one of the boldest attempts to repair and restructure a welfare system that has essentially failed taxpayers and jobseekers. Welfare reform is an important plank of this Government's programme. The current system has resulted in welfare provision that is not always distributed to the recipients who are most in need. It is also a system that favours reluctance among some...

Multiculturalism: Interfaith Dialogue — Question for Short Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was brought up in Uganda, where there were people of different racial and religious backgrounds. I learnt to speak several languages and developed an understanding of, as well as respect for, all religions. I am a patron of several organisations which include Muslims as well as groups of other religions. I believe that there are more similarities than differences between people...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association — Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My lords, I also thank my noble friend Lady Hooper for securing this timely debate ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next month in Australia. I strongly believe in the Commonwealth and I have spoken in your Lordships' House and elsewhere on this subject many times. I personally know high commissioners of several countries and have met leaders of their diasporas in the...

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice by insurers of introducing customers to personal injury lawyers in exchange for a fee.

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. I should like to declare that I am the chairman of an insurance broking and financial services organisation

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for that reply. Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs prescribed a reduction in fixed costs and hourly rates for solicitors, as well as a ban on referral fees. Does the Minister agree with this position, and will he indicate whether the issue will be addressed in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (6 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is an important and timely debate, and I very much welcome the Bill. The issues with which it grapples are fundamental to our democracy and our beliefs. The contribution of our Armed Forces needs to be recognised and respected. We have a duty to repay their courage and commitment, including after their service, and we also have a duty to their families, who also pay a price on...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am thankful to the noble Baroness, Lady Rendell of Babergh, for giving us this opportunity to discuss and raise the awareness of female genital mutilation. We all hear harrowing stories of unthinkable cruelty to women around the world, but female genital mutilation has to be one of the most disturbing and dangerous practices still very much ongoing. As we all know, it is not just...

Palestine — Question (16 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposed Palestinian statehood declaration, which is planned to be placed before the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Palestine — Question (16 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. Does he think that the agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas is a step in the right direction for the attainment of statehood? Does he also feel that the work done by the Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, in building the Palestinian institutions and economy has created the apparatus of a state, and that these achievements need to be recognised?

The Big Society — Question for Short Debate (11 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the big society concept. I would like, in the limited time available to me, to talk about the role of the charitable sector, which is dear to my heart. In my contribution to the Second Reading of the Charities Bill last week, I was keen to stress how charities are a useful barometer of the degree of social cohesion. The Bill will make a contribution...

Charities Bill [HL]: Second Reading (5 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset I should declare an interest as I have formed and entirely fund the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation, a small charity set up in my father's memory which undertakes charitable work in the United Kingdom and overseas. I have also previously spoken in your Lordships' House on the subject of the charitable sector. Charities are a fundamental barometer of the cohesion of our...

Middle East Peace Process — Question for Short Debate (4 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I care about humanitarian issues, and I have been involved in facilitating two convoys of humanitarian aid being sent to Gaza through the Rafah crossing. I have also visited Gaza with the consent of those on my Front Bench and the Conservative Party. I, along with three other British parliamentarians, visited Israel and the West Bank last month. While in Ramallah, we had a meeting...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Uganda (23 Mar 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist the Government of Uganda in combating corruption.

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset I apologise for my late arrival at the beginning of the debate. This is an important Bill and it is timely that your Lordships should have the opportunity to debate it. As a tail-ender, I have listened carefully to the arguments put forward by various noble Lords but I am going to remain firm and support this Bill. The Government's proposals are in concert with many...


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