Results 1–20 of 37 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:the Bishop of Guildford

United Kingdom and China — Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Birmingham deeply regrets that he cannot be in his place today. He is the envoy of the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury in relation to China. I am sorry that he is not here speaking, and not only because I am speaking in his place. We are hearing, and shall continue to hear, many fascinating things in this debate about...

Equality (Titles) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (25 Oct 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I am grateful for the courtesy of the House in allowing me to slip into the gap, as it were. I shall, I hope, be courteous in return by being very brief in so doing. Members on this Bench have no direct interest in the content of the Bill, for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, I express support in principle and, indeed, in practice for the Bill before your Lordships’ House and hope...

Equality (Titles) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (25 Oct 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: That would allow the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, to add bishops to her list.

Prisons: Child Suicides — Question (29 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: Would the Minister care to comment, in the light of the reports of HM Inspectorate of Prisons of May this year on the increased violence at Ashfield and Feltham—it is 10 years to this month since the Commission for Racial Equality produced its report on Feltham—on the desirability of the elimination of the use of batons and routine strip searches in juvenile prisons?

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, this debate has moved into a different manner of speech by virtue of the gracious response of the noble Lord, Lord Alli, to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester. Indeed, if I may say so, there was graciousness on both sides. I hope that, irrespective of whether the amendment is pressed, and whatever the result of the Division might be if it is pressed, we can have an...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Report (2nd Day) (10 Jul 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Alli, has already spoken of some support from these Benches for his amendment. I will not repeat what I said at an earlier stage, but I wish to support him again, and also, as the noble Lord, Lord Lester, has just said, to support the device of regulation as a practical way forward.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (24 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I speak with some sympathy for the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Alli. For once, these Benches are able to say that we put our money where our mouth is. With civil partnership arrangements, the Church of England pension scheme has done exactly as the noble Lord, Lord Alli, has suggested. I think that that is the right way forward and I hope that the Government might give this...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: Again, I support a probing amendment. I am concerned that marriages between people of the same sex should enshrine the same standard of fidelity as marriages of heterosexual couples. As it stands, the Bill does not quite deliver this. Indeed, the Bill enshrines a very important inequality in the way that the virtue of fidelity is manifested in relationships. Marriage between people of the...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (19 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, it is agreed on all sides that parents make the most fundamental contribution to the flourishing and development of children, and that there are many aspects of parenthood and many kinds of parenting in such a complex society as ours. There are many forms of being a family, as was illustrated earlier this evening by the example given by the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington, from her...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I greatly appreciate both the humour of the noble Lord, Lord Garel-Jones, and the courtesy of the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, and the noble Baroness, Lady Massey. Conversations have just been referred to. There has indeed been a conversation, as the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, said, but it was only a few days ago and it was just with officials. There is not yet, I think, a formal...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jun 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: I am grateful for that point of information and I accept that clarification. The other issue I was going to put before the House is the professional quality of our registrars, and a very significant change in breaking what is a monopoly of either clergy of religious faith communities or our registrars. That sort of change needs more consultation than has taken place thus far on this issue. I...

Succession to the Crown Bill — Third Reading (22 Apr 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, has made generous and kind reference to my contribution on Report and I do not intend to labour and repeat the detailed comments that I made to the House on my understanding both of Roman Catholic canon law and realistic pastoral practice in the case of mixed marriages. I thought afterwards that here was a Church of England bishop getting up with the...

Succession to the Crown Bill — Third Reading (22 Apr 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: I do not believe that that would be the case. Of course, it is up to your Lordships' House to reach a decision on the amendment should the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, press it.

Succession to the Crown Bill: Report (13 Mar 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, my contribution to the debate on the amendment in the name of my good friend the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, will be somewhat technical, because I speak as one who has been much involved in the official Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue since 1974. From time to time the Roman Catholic position on the children of so-called mixed marriages has arisen, and has been discussed in some...

Freedom of Religion and Conscience — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy for promoting freedom of religion and conscience internationally as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries.

Freedom of Religion and Conscience — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2013)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I am very grateful for the opportunity to address this important Question to Her Majesty's Government. First, I will say how delighted I am that the Minister will be responding, as I am aware that today she presided over a major conference at Lancaster House with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on precisely this topic, which has only just concluded. At the outset I stress that...

Financial Services Bill — Third Reading (5 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, those of you who were present for prayers earlier this afternoon will have perhaps noted the irony with which this Prelate quoted from Psalm 15, which speaks about taking money upon usury. In rabbinic and Jewish interpretation that is interpreted as "not unreasonable" usury. I have to express my gratitude to the Government and the Minister for this excellent amendment. I do so on...

Palestine: United Nations General Assembly Resolution — Question for Short Debate (3 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, for raising this urgent, peace-threatening question. Your Lordships may be aware that the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter, together with the Roman Catholic bishop, Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, had written to the Foreign Secretary in some regret at the UK's abstention from the UN vote on Palestine's non-member...

European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 May 2012)

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I am very appreciative of the Minister's introduction to this debate. For your Lordships' pleasure, I hope, I think that I can assure you that I will be mercifully brief, because last Thursday I spoke to the treaty amendment Bill in relation to the gracious Speech. I speak in strong support of the Bill. Although it will entail no automatic bailout from the United Kingdom in relation...

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

the Bishop of Guildford: My Lords, I return to a European Union theme. I declare an interest as a vice-president of the Conference of European Churches. From these Benches I warmly welcome the inclusion in the gracious Speech of the European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill-that is a nice mouthful, is it not?-although I note the question of the noble Lord, Lord Wood, about support for it in another...


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