All 18 results for speaker:the Bishop of Lichfield

House of Lords Reform — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (15 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Lichfield: (Valedictory Speech) My Lords, one of my few really painful regrets is that I have not spent more time in your Lordships’ House, not least because of all the characters that one meets along these corridors. I remember that the first time I had a sandwich lunch here, I found myself sitting between one Peer who had just made a killing in his Bond Street gallery and another who had been in...

Education: Citizenship — Question (14 Jan 2015)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, will the Minister join me in congratulating the young people highlighted by the I Will campaign, who have so ably demonstrated the impact that young people can have in transforming their own communities?

Nigeria: Boko Haram — Question (30 Oct 2014)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, what does the Minister make of the claims recently made by journalists that the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are being held as trophies for various tribal leaders, as is apparently common in these regions, and that they will be released as soon as some way is found to flatter these leaders?

Music Education — Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2014)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, on introducing this important and timely short debate. I welcome the national plan for music education, which emphasises the importance of music and the creation of music education hubs in this country, I also welcome the fact that the report has taken note of the recommendations made in the Henley review, perhaps the most comprehensive...

Prisoners: Indeterminate Sentences — Question for Short Debate (27 Mar 2014)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, for his initiative and to the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Phillips, for their very helpful introductions. As a general principle, it is accepted in this country that people should be sent to prison because they have been convicted of an offence rather than because of the risk that they will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Malaysia (7 Jan 2014)

the Bishop of Lichfield: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Malaysia to help ensure that Christians in that country can continue to worship following the recent Malaysian Court of Appeal ruling that only Muslims may call God “Allah”, given that Malaysian Christians call God “Allah” in their worship and bible translations.

Schools: Curriculum — Question (30 Oct 2013)

the Bishop of Lichfield: Does the Minister agree that the use of the phrase “faith schools” can be profoundly unhelpful in the context of this discussion? Schools of a religious character come in many forms. Is it not true that the nearly 4,700 Church of England schools sit very firmly within the mainstream of English education, and that even C of E free schools and academies are linked to diocesan boards to...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Second Reading (29 Oct 2013)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, there is much to welcome in this Bill. The strengthening of the laws on firearms and on forced marriage, for example, are obvious steps forward. The measures for prevention of sexual harm, while raising important issues about the need for caution in restricting the freedoms of unconvicted people, will make possible swifter and more effective action to protect potential victims. The...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, the gracious Speech bears out the Government’s intention to work towards an orderly society in which a fair and transparent system of justice supports the aspirations of all law-abiding citizens as they cope with challenging times. I am grateful to the Minister for his clarifications and extra enlightenment. There is much in this programme to welcome, but one must emphasise the...

Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Third Reading (18 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I too am glad to support the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher, and her amendment which seeks to establish a statutory ombudsman for complaints about bailiffs. I am glad to do so also because Wednesbury, of the famous Wednesbury rules, comes from the ancient Black Country town in my diocese where the recession and austerity have acquainted many citizens with bailiffs for the first time....

Magna Carta: 800th Anniversary — Question (17 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, as Archbishop Stephen Langton largely wrote the Magna Carta, and as the freedom of the church to serve the nation is such a prominent theme in the great charter, will the Government approach the right reverend Prelates Archbishops of Canterbury and York to see how church and state might work happily together on this important anniversary?

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (17 May 2012)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, Ascension Day is a good time to focus on international development because the Ascension marks the moment when Christ's command to care for our neighbour becomes universal, crossing all geographical and tribal boundaries. For some years, the millennium development goals have eluded our grasp. Successive Governments have discovered that without a financial commitment these goals,...

Assisted Dying — Question for Short Debate (13 Feb 2012)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, the current guidelines on assisted suicide act to protect vulnerable people and to deter others from acting in an unprincipled manner in bringing about the end of another person's life. That so few cases have been brought to the DPP is proof of the deterrent value of the law. That none of these cases has resulted in prosecution is proof that the law is being applied with compassion...

National Planning Policy Framework — Question (23 Jan 2012)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, will the Minister explain how well assets of cultural, wildlife and landscape value will be protected in those non-designated areas that make up the greater part of the English countryside?

Rehabilitation and Sentencing — Statement (7 Dec 2010)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords-

Rehabilitation and Sentencing — Statement (7 Dec 2010)

the Bishop of Lichfield: I thank the Minister for the Statement and his helpful answers to the questions put to him so far. We on these Benches broadly welcome the Statement and the proposals set out in the Green Paper. The Christian churches are bound by our belief in the possibility of redemption, so we welcome a renewed commitment to rehabilitation, which is one of the marks of a decent society. I want to salute...

Housing Benefit — Question (6 Dec 2010)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, is the Minister aware of this morning's report form the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that highlights the significant number of children in poverty who live in households where the parents are in work? Will the impact of housing benefit changes affect working and non-working households alike-with families becoming homeless and, as the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury...

Queen's Speech — Debate (4th Day) (24 Nov 2009)

the Bishop of Lichfield: My Lords, I am honoured to be a new boy in your Lordships' House. I begin by thanking noble Lords for their generous and warm welcomes, and I am grateful to the staff of the House for all their help to me in the induction process. The diocese of Lichfield, where I serve, contains some of the most deprived urban areas in the country, including Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Walsall, Burton,...


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