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Energy Bill — Second Reading (18 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, as others have said, there is much to commend in the Energy Bill, which proposes significant and welcome changes to create an energy sector fit for the 21st century, not least the reforms to the electricity market and the attention paid to domestic tariffs. However, there are some glaring omissions, which seem to present an opportunity missed. I regret that the Bill does not put...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: I am sorry to interrupt the noble Baroness and take up more time but I do not think that any of us is equating. The point we are making is that legislation already exists for conscience on principle and religious belief. That is the point. There is no equating.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: I do not think that the initiative for the quadruple lock came first from the Churches. Rather, it was an offer made to us because of our concerns about the legislation and appeals to Europe. Those were the concerns that lay behind that.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (17 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I also support the amendments in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege. As she said, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester, regrets not being able to be here this evening. As the noble Baroness made very clear, and as the noble Lord, Lord McColl, made clearer still, the amendment we are considering is a natural development of other legislation, other...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill: Report (3rd Day) (6 Mar 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for his clear and eloquent statement on why it is essential not to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, and why it is therefore vital that as a House we support this amendment of the Government's amendment. It is noteworthy that the wages councils were established by Winston Churchill in 1909, and he spoke of the need for them in these words:...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Mar 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, and others proposing this amendment, to which I give my full support. I do not want to delay this debate too much because it is quite clear what many of your Lordships think. However, I will make three brief points. First, I go back to the theme touched on by the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, and others...

Council Tax: Support Schemes — Question (4 Mar 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, with changes to council tax benefit coming on top of the changes to housing benefit, working tax credits, benefit up-rating and other changes, will the Minister tell us what the Government are planning to do to monitor and report back to this House the cumulative effect of these cuts on low-income families?

Nuclear Research and Development — Question (4 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy's meeting, only about 10 days ago, with academics, people from industry and national nuclear laboratories? Encouragement was given at the meeting to using thorium for mixed fuels with uranium, which has the long term potential to allow nuclear waste to be used as an asset and a fuel and not just a liability.

Korean Peninsula — Question for Short Debate (21 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, for initiating this short debate. I have been able to attend some of the meetings organised by the all-party group, and particularly welcomed the chance in 2011 to meet the Speaker of the North Korean Assembly, Choe Tae Bok, when he visited the United Kingdom as the guest of that all-party group. Among the questions we...

Bahrain — Question (9 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, will the Minister give assurances that the strength of the Government's ongoing protest at these decisions of Bahrain's highest court will not be compromised or weakened by any other considerations? I am sure that she would agree that it is vital that we are consistent in our speaking up for those suffering injustice, and that we uphold individual freedoms of speech and expression...

North Korea — Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, does the Minister agree that in a country where there is so much human suffering, it would behove North Korea rather more to make a priority of alleviating suffering, as well as seeking dialogue and reconciliation, and that this provocative act, as she described it, damages both those targets? Will she ensure that we do not lose sight of the human rights violations in a country...

Developing Countries: Impact of Multinational Companies' Financial Practices and UK Tax Policies — Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I, too, begin by congratulating my friend and colleague the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby on securing this debate at such a timely moment. The 19th report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, published only a few days ago, began: "Transparent, predictable and fair taxation is at the core of our public finances. The Government has a responsibility to assess...

Homelessness: Rough Sleepers in London — Question (30 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: Does the Minister care to say whether Her Majesty's Government are likely to take up the suggestion made by the Royal Institute of British Architects in its report published four days ago that local authority pension funds might contribute to the cost of affordable housing and so address the issue of homelessness by that route? If the Government are not mindful to take up that suggestion,...

Energy: Nuclear Power — Question (29 May 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, will the Minister give a commitment from the Government to explore the alternative nuclear fuel of thorium over uranium, not least because of the timescale to which he referred, but also because many of us regard it as a far safer source of material? It is greatly greener and more secure, and it needs a commitment to explore it and to put research money into it. I would be grateful...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (16 May 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, like others, I pay tribute to the eloquence, insight and wisdom of the two maiden speeches that we have heard. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Randerson, I wish to focus for a moment on the groceries adjudicator and welcome the statement in the gracious Speech that there will be, "legislation to establish an independent adjudicator to ensure supermarkets deal fairly and lawfully with...

Protection of Freedoms Bill: Third Reading (12 Mar 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I welcome hugely the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Harris, and that in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Bichard. I particularly welcome them because I firmly believe that they need to be accepted as they would strengthen the Bill and make it a much safer document. From the point of view of the churches, other faith groups and voluntary organisations, the amendments...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Nuclear Reactors (12 Mar 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answers by Lord Marland on 7 July 2011 (Official Report, col. 347-9) and the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 24 May 2011 (WA 406-7) in which he stated that the Secretary of State had asked the National Nuclear Laboratory to conduct analysis and "we are expecting the findings of this study to be available by the end of the summer", whether, if...

Scotland: Independence — Question (1 Mar 2012)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, reference has been made to health service policy in Wales. Will the Minister give an assurance that, as Welsh responsibility in areas such as that are looked at, greater attention will be paid to the implications for cross-border issues, where a divergence of policy-for example, on the health service, on farming or on so many other issues-can create real problems and potential...

Housing: Rented Homes — Question (1 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, we have heard questions about the rental prices in London. Will the Minister be kind enough to say something about what the Government are doing to try to ensure that there are more affordable rental homes in villages and the countryside as well?

Prevent Strategy — Question for Short Debate (30 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Hereford: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this debate. The first objective in the Prevent strategy is, "challenging the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it". It slightly surprised me that the word "ideology" is used in the singular, when, as other noble Lords have said, there are-sadly and tragically-many ideologies that, in their own different ways,...


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