Results 481–500 of 554 for speaker:Lord Sheikh

Flooding: Pitt Report (25 Jun 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I declare an interest. I am the chairman of an insurance broking organisation and I have been a director of the British Insurance Brokers' Association. I took part in the debate on flooding and I reinforce the points made by my noble friend Lord Taylor. The insurance industry has acted very quickly; indeed, we have settled claims as quickly as we can. Our difficulty sometimes is...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Chaplains (23 Jun 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which prison establishments in England and Wales do not have a full-time Imam as part of the chaplaincy; and what are their plans to improve access to Islamic chaplaincy services within prisons.

Identity Theft (18 Jun 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of identity theft. My Lords, this is a most timely and important debate, and, in the context of recent events concerning the Government's inadequacies in the protection of their own information, one that is of crucial importance to a significant number of people. In the limited time available to me I should like to...

Economy: Enterprise, Taxation and Manufacturing (22 May 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is a very relevant and timely debate, and I congratulate my noble friend Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth on bringing the issue to the House. The general economic climate should be a cause of great concern to most economic actors in the United Kingdom and, as we face the challenges of a global economic turndown, we need to be clear that our positions on taxation and regulation put...

Environment Agency: Flood Management (20 May 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, first, I declare an interest as a former board member and regional chairman of the British Insurance Brokers Association and as the current chairman of an insurance organisation. At the outset, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Rotherwick on securing this debate on issues concerning flooding and on his excellent presentation. As a practising insurance broker and underwriter, I see...

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL] (16 May 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, we are today being invited to confront a rather peculiar situation. The international community agrees that torture is unacceptable and should be eradicated, yet we all know that torture continues to be practised in many parts of the world, despite the established consensus. Although I am not a lawyer, I have always taken a keen interest in this issue on humanitarian grounds and...

Interfaith Dialogue (1 May 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Hameed, on initiating the debate on interfaith dialogue, which is a subject very dear to my heart. Unfortunately, in view of the time constraint I am not able to deal with the matter fully. My life has been shaped by a multicultural and multifaith background and it has been greatly enriched in consequence. I was brought up in Uganda and my...

Sri Lanka (30 Apr 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to achieve peace in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka (30 Apr 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. The fighting and turmoil in Sri Lanka is causing not only problems in the country but a great deal of distress among Sri Lankans who have settled here. In November 2006, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland visited Sri Lanka. We have achieved peace in Northern Ireland, and I believe, because of our historic ties, that what we have learned...

Families: Economic Inequality (25 Apr 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is a most timely debate and one that will find a resonance across most parts of our country. I congratulate the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury on raising the matter and on the typically skilful and reflective way in which he introduced the subject. It matters not what period of history we choose to examine, nor even whether we restrict our vision to the...

Financial Inequality (27 Mar 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the issue of financial inequality is an important challenge confronting the country today and I pay tribute to the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for securing today's debate. Indeed, given the dangers that confront our economy, the focus should be shifted strongly towards those who are the most vulnerable. One of the biggest concerns in this area should...

Sudan: Darfur (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of progress towards a peace settlement in Darfur?

Sudan: Darfur (25 Mar 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. In January our Prime Minister met the Chinese Premier. Subsequently, in February, our Foreign Minister made a statement in China. It is said that China can perhaps do more to achieve peace. What is the Minister's assessment of Chinese involvement? Can we influence the situation in any way?

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (13 Mar 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, we live in a changing world and the importance of foreign policy becomes greater as time progresses. Britain is a key player in the European context, but our interests are wider and the Government owe a duty to ensure that our national voice is heard across the global community. It is for this reason that this debate is so crucial, and I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya: Truth and Reconciliation Commission (4 Mar 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing with regard to the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission and to the proposed work to be undertaken by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kenya.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Kenya: Humanitarian Relief (28 Feb 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to ensure that the £2.2 million they provided for humanitarian relief in Kenya is reaching the people who need assistance and is not being misappropriated at any level.

Zimbabwe (6 Feb 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Blaker for initiating this debate. What we have witnessed in Zimbabwe over the past few years has been absolutely horrific, and, while we can all rehearse the depressingly familiar statistics, we need to recognise that this is, first and foremost, a human tragedy. Effectively, the Government of Zimbabwe have declared war on their own people. The cruelty...

Kenya (6 Feb 2008)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing to resolve the crisis in Kenya.

Kenya (6 Feb 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. The problems in Kenya arose following the election on 27 December between Mr Kibaki's PNU and Mr Odinga's ODM. There has been tribal violence, bloodshed and disputes concerning land. There was bloodshed in Eldoret, Kisumu and the Rift Valley. What is the Minister's assessment of the election? Does he feel that there needs to be a rerun or a...

Kidney Transplant Bill [HL] (18 Jan 2008)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the concept of organ transplantation has developed worldwide and, over recent decades, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of organ transplant operations undertaken. The issue of organ donation must register as one of the most important challenges in the area of health policy and delivery. In the United Kingdom, around 7,500 people are waiting for an organ...


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