Results 1–20 of 36 for speaker:the Bishop of Blackburn

Britain's Industrial Base — Question for Short Debate (9 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, in my diocese of Blackburn, which covers most of Lancashire, nine years ago the claimant count for the subregion was 1.6%. As I prepare to leave office, I note that this figure has now nearly doubled to 3% of the working-age population. To put this figure into direct unemployment terms, it has increased from 4.7% to 7.8% in that time. Yet there still remains a dynamic and...

Women's National Commission — Question (5 Jul 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, an LSE study calculated the public cost of carers leaving work to be £1.3 billion a year in lost tax revenues. It is well understood that women bear the heavier responsibility than men in this regard. What steps are the Government contemplating to ensure that the voices of women carers are heard, as they would have been through the Women's National Commission before its demise?

NHS: Public Information and Advice — Question (12 Jun 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, one of the most startling ways that deprivation is measured is by health inequalities. We are all aware that, under the Act, the responsibility for public health passes to local authorities. As I understand it, local authorities do not have a duty under the Act to prioritise the reduction of health inequalities. How will the Government use the non-legislative processes open to them...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (14 May 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, although it did not receive top billing, the reference in the humble Address to reform of the rules of royal succession are sensible and timely. I know I speak for all on these Benches when I say that we wish the Government well in their present consultations with the other Commonwealth realms. We look forward to and hope that it will then be possible for the necessary Bill to pass...

Youth Unemployment — Question (14 May 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, in east Lancashire alone there are 5,000 18 to 24 year-olds out of work, of whom 3,000 have been out of work for more than six months and are still claiming benefits. We are very encouraged in my cathedral town of Blackburn that the world of education and the world of business are coming together to try to reduce that figure, but could the Minister give us in the north-west some...

Health: Children and Young People — Question (6 Feb 2012)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, my northern diocese of Blackburn scores heavily on the deprivation indices for children's health outcomes. Does the Minister share my concern that if phase 3 children's centres become self-financing-as I understand they are to-and a children's centre is deemed not viable, surely the health impact on the community and of course on the health services will be immense?

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 — Motion to Annul (15 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, of course I share the concerns expressed by others about how these regulations might affect other churches. However, like my brother the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Oxford, I should like to say how I think these regulations might affect the Church of England, although I shall perhaps be looking through a slightly different part of the lens. At the moment, the Church of...

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 — Motion to Annul (15 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: I think that the legal advice given to the Church of England in some areas may be open to question. Let us be honest: we have received various pieces of advice-noble Lords here have said that they have heard from many, many people, including lawyers. If at some future date General Synod does decide that it wishes to allow its churches to be used for registering civil partnerships, then there...

Economy: Deficit Reduction — Question (15 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, surely the question for most ordinary people not schooled in economics is whether the Government's programme for rapid deficit reduction is actually a price worth paying. Could the Minister tell us how the Government propose to quantify the cost of deficit reduction in terms of the impact on people and communities?

Unemployment: Young People — Question (16 Nov 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister that he refused to adopt a false optimism in his reply. We all know from previous recessions that the impact on young people, particularly their morale and self-respect, lingers long after the recession is ended and creates ongoing social problems. Would the Minister agree that, instead of decimating youth services at this time, the Government should be...

Biodiesel — Question (18 Oct 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: In the northern and very rural part of my diocese of Blackburn, the very high cost of diesel and fuel is inhibiting the stimulus to economic recovery. Will the noble Earl tell us what plans Her Majesty's Government have for helping such communities, especially in the light of the modest reduction in global oil prices?

Multiculturalism — Question (11 Oct 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, my own responsibility includes Burnley which, some 10 years ago, had its own local disturbances. Therefore, I welcome all moves towards greater multicultural working, especially through the near neighbours scheme that has recently been introduced. Could the Minister confirm that, subject to satisfactory assessment when the three-year trial period for the near neighbours scheme has...

Health: Stroke Care — Question (4 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, it is well reported that the incidence of stroke and TIA in the north-west is higher than the national average. It is sad to note that, in my diocese of Blackburn, none of the hospitals in Lancashire manages to come into the best 25 per cent. I am very satisfied with the noble Earl's Answer about the improvement that has taken place, but can he ensure that there are suitable...

Children: Ofsted Report — Question (25 May 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, 100,000 children under 16-a staggering figure-run away from home or care each year. I am told by the Church of England Children's Society that, obviously, such children are at very much greater risk. Do Her Majesty's Government plan to look into links between children running away from home and care and their subsequently being put at serious case review level?

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (24 May 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, the Church of England is concerned about high-quality RE and religious studies not only for the 1 million pupils in its own schools and academies. Is the Minister aware that it is not just religious organisations that feel dismayed at the exclusion of RE from the English baccalaureate?

Mental Health: Children in Local Authority Care — Question (23 May 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, some local authorities are experiencing a very large number of looked-after children moving from other local authorities. I believe that in Medway there has been an increase of some 21 per cent. What action are Her Majesty's Government taking to ensure that local authorities that accept children from other local authorities are able to provide the specialist care that this...

Flooding: Defence — Question (29 Mar 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, the joint working of churches together in Cumbria along with local Rotary and other volunteer organisations in the devastating floods of 2009 will be remembered for many generations. The Regional Resilience Forum is to be disbanded. I understand that it will be relocated with Leeds and other northern areas and focused on Leeds. I wonder whether the Minister shares the concerns of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Access to Work (10 Jan 2011)

the Bishop of Blackburn: To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been given to JobcentrePlus regional offices on (a) the administration of Access to Work funding for disabled employees since new regulations come into force in April this year, (b) the calculation of the employer's contribution in relation to the overall size of the organisation, and (c) the classification of individual Church of England...

Benefits — Question (20 Dec 2010)

the Bishop of Blackburn: My Lords, I learnt last week of a severely disabled person in the Pendle area who had failed to receive their giro for incapacity benefit, which I think is now called ESA. They decided to telephone and tried several times a day for four consecutive days. Will the Minister kindly tell us what steps are being taken to ensure that Jobcentre Plus provides much needed help to those who really...


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