Results 61–80 of 542 for speaker:Lord Sheikh

Covid-19: Educational Gaps - Question (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, when some children go to school, they may experience anxiety, distress or low moods because of lockdown, which may affect their studies. Have teachers been trained to look at these issues? Will the children receive any counselling and will advice be given to parents?

Covid-19: Housing - Statement (18 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, in its current form, the Help to Buy scheme will expire in 2021. It is due to be replaced by a new scheme, which will run from 2021 to 2023 and will contain certain restrictions. If the original scheme comes to an end as planned, qualifying sales will need to be agreed by December 2020. In view of the pandemic, we should perhaps consider extending the current scheme. Can my noble...

Housing for the Homeless - Question for Short Debate (14 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I have been involved in providing meals to the homeless and have had limited contact with them. According to official figures, in 2019 there were 4,266 rough sleepers in England. They are the most vulnerable group in society. Some of them have physical and mental conditions. I commend the Government, local authorities and charities for finding accommodation for 90% of rough sleepers...

Food Supply and Security - Motion to Consider (14 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the pandemic has caused severe disruptions in our agriculture, fishery and dairy sectors, as well as the processing of foodstuffs. Furthermore, it has created difficulties in regard to the importation of food and beverages from abroad. We import about 47% of our food supplies from different parts of the world. The pandemic has been worldwide, and a lot of countries have been...

Covid-19: Strategy - Statement (12 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I know three people who have contracted Covid-19, one of whom became seriously ill. Fortunately, they are now all well again, thanks to the marvellous NHS. Unfortunately, it has come to light that members of the BAME communities are more likely to contract Covid-19 with fatal consequences compared with the rest of the population. I understand that a letter signed by 70 dignitaries...

Schools: Relationships and Sex Education - Question (12 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, three issues greatly concern me, which I have spoken about in the United Kingdom and during my visits abroad: FGM, forced marriages, and honour abuse. Can my noble friend say whether schools in certain areas will be able adequately to discuss these issues and whether teachers have appropriate knowledge and sufficient training to do so? Furthermore, what support is available...

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, the Windrush scandal is, without doubt, one of the most unfortunate episodes in this country’s history. My family came to Britain as refugees from Uganda, so I understand how it feels to leave the only country you have ever known behind. To be told that you are not welcome in the country you thought was your home is one of the most painful experiences one can imagine. When we...

Covid-19 - Statement (23 Apr 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister referred to the fact that the number of deaths that have occurred as a result of coronavirus stand at 18,738. The BAME community represents about 14% of the UK population, but unfortunately accounts for about 35% of all coronavirus patients in intensive care. The number of people in the BAME community who have contracted coronavirus and died as result is...

Covid-19: Overseas Development Assistance - Question (22 Apr 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, we all appreciate that Covid-19 is a hidden enemy that attacks anyone, anywhere in the world. Some countries overseas are in dire straits. It is important that we continue to provide help to foreign countries. Is it possible in the present climate to maintain the spend of 0.7% of our gross national income on foreign aid?

Coronavirus Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (24 Mar 2020)

Lord Sheikh: Is my noble friend able to give me the guarantees that the community is looking for with regard to burial and cremation? They are looking for assurances and guarantees.

Coronavirus Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (24 Mar 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I commend the Government for bringing forward this important piece of legislation. We are indeed facing challenging times. The coronavirus has caused widespread disruption and tragedy. Families have been torn apart and businesses forced to close. I was in self-isolation but felt that it was important to contribute today as this Bill raises important questions about the treatment of...

Children and Families: Early Years Interventions - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Gloucester for securing this important debate. I congratulate her on the excellence of her speech. Early years intervention for the most vulnerable children and families is a multifaceted topic that requires a collaborative approach. The evidence which suggests that the early years of a child’s life are pivotal to their...

Islamophobia - Question (13 Feb 2020)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards the adoption of a formal definition of Islamophobia.

Islamophobia - Question (13 Feb 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his Answer. Islamophobia is of great concern to the Muslim community. I have raised this subject before in your Lordships’ House. Can the Minister assure the House that the process to be undertaken will not involve any preconditions such as recognising Islamophobia as a form of racism? Does he agree that any definition proposed by the Government must...

Access to Palliative Care and Treatment of Children Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I begin by saying that I support this tremendously important Bill. I commend the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, on her tireless dedication to the improvement of palliative care across the country and on introducing the Bill in your Lordships’ House. As someone who has supported the hospice movement for many years, I am glad that we are putting palliative care on the agenda and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, Her Majesty in her most gracious Speech reiterated this Government’s ambitious plans in the field of international relations. Many of the challenges facing the global community cannot be addressed in the absence of effective diplomacy. I recently visited Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, where I spoke about the importance of diplomacy. I wholeheartedly welcome the United...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Domestic Abuse (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of people seeking asylum in the UK are doing so because they are fleeing domestic violence.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Côte d'Ivoire: Politics and Government (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to hold discussions with the government of the Ivory Coast about honouring presidential term limits.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Côte d'Ivoire: Politics and Government (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in the Ivory Coast.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sahel: Politics and Government (4 Nov 2019)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received about unrest in the Sahel.


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