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Jewish Community in London: Safety - Question (25 Apr 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it would enhance the image and security of the wonderful Jewish people if the Jewish people in this country were to issue a strong statement dissociating themselves from the policies of the Netanyahu Government and the atrocities that have been committed on the people of Gaza, who are also human? Instead of that, the Board of Deputies has unfortunately...

India: Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (16 Apr 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is almost exactly 10 years since the Minister stated, in the other place, that the mass killing of tens of thousands of Sikhs in 1984 was one of the greatest blots on the history of post-partition India. It is true that India has what is called a secular constitution, but since then, we have had the riots in Ayodhya where tens of thousands of Muslims were killed; then we had its...

India: Democratic Freedoms - Question (14 Mar 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, last year the Canadian Government expelled Indian diplomats for their involvement in the murder of a Canadian Sikh. This was followed by an attempt in America by the Indian Government to assassinate an American Sikh. In this country, the death of a Sikh in suspicious circumstances in Birmingham led Westminster Police to warn prominent Sikhs of a possible threat to their lives at the...

Israel and Palestine - Question (29 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, Israel’s rejection of a two-state solution comes as no surprise. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on record as saying that Palestinians should be treated like their historical enemies, the Amaleks—kill every man, woman, child and infant in the cradle. The Justice Minister says: “Palestinians are like animals and should be treated as such.” Does the Minister agree that...

Inter Faith Network - Commons Urgent Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I speak as a founder member of the Inter Faith Network back in the 1980s, when it was very difficult to get people of different religions into the same room to talk to each other. That initiative owed much to Brian Pearce, a former civil servant. The Inter Faith Network has done some remarkably good work, particularly in the celebration of the millennium and getting religion in the...

Hate Crimes - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the current practice of giving government funding to more vocal communities to collect figures to show that they are more hated than others is a waste of that funding. Does the Minister agree that a better approach would be to tackle the underlying ignorance on which prejudice thrives by stressing, in the teaching of RE in schools and elsewhere, the large number of important ethical...

Iran: Military Power - Question (20 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I am not exactly an admirer of the Iranian regime, but, in the 21st century, should any country have the right to extend its power beyond its borders? The United States, with 750 bases in 50 countries, is not exactly a model democracy.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Pakistan: Women (12 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask His Majesty's Government, following the sanctioning of Mian Abdul Haq as a human rights violator on 9 December 2022, what assessment they have made of whether that sanctioning has been successful in preventing the forced conversion and abduction of women and girls from minority communities, and what further representations they have made to the government of Pakistan in this regard.

Ukraine Conflict - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, according to both Ukrainian and Russian media, former PM Boris Johnson, in a visit to Kyiv in 2022, persuaded President Zelensky to reject a peace deal with Putin that would have led to the withdrawal of Russian troops in return for an undertaking that Ukraine would not join NATO. Does the Minister agree that this was an opportunity missed and has since cost thousands of lives?

Devolved Authorities: Expenditure outwith Competences - Question ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, this request to put competence at the heart of decision-making is a dangerous, underhand way of trying to prevent policies being made on impetus and conjecture, which could really change government. For example, it would have prevented a recent decision by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice to describe an investigation into discrimination in the Prison Service, in...

Holocaust Memorial Day - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Feb 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I have visited Auschwitz, and a small mountain of children’s shoes will be for ever etched in my memory. The shoes were taken from children who went laughing and skipping into showers, on the promise that they would be given new clothes. The showers were not of water; they were of deadly gas. I speak from a Sikh perspective, and I apologise if what I say does not agree with some...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hugh Powell (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask His Majesty's Government whether there were grounds for Hugh Powell to recuse himself from the Heywood Review into allegations of UK involvement in the Indian Army's operation against the Golden Temple considering his father's position as the Prime Minister's private secretary at the time of the operation.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hugh Powell (22 Jan 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis the Sikh community was not informed in 2014 that Hugh Powell was conducting the Heywood Review into allegations of UK involvement in the Indian Army's operation against the Golden Temple, with particular regard to the fact that his father was the Prime Minister's private secretary at the time of the operation.

Israel and Palestine - Commons Urgent Question (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I have visited Auschwitz and seen something of the suffering of the Jewish people, and I appreciate the wonderful contribution the community is making to this country. But should we be silent and look the other way when every human rights organisation, the United Nations, Amnesty International and others point to gross abuse of human rights in Gaza? Should we look the other way when...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Operation Blue Star (19 Dec 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impartiality of the Heywood review into allegations of UK involvement in the Indian Army's operation against the Golden Temple in the light of reports that the father of a senior member of that review was the Prime Minister's private secretary at the time of the operation.

Refugees: Notice Period for Home Office Accommodation - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I add my support to the modest proposal of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London. Asylum seekers given the right to remain must be given a realistic timeframe to move out of temporary Home Office accommodation, bearing in mind the trauma that they have suffered and their lack of familiarity with their new surroundings. Sikh teachings on the need to help such people echo...

Asylum Seekers: Deportation from France - Question ( 4 Dec 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, deciding whether an asylum seeker is dangerous is subjective. Does the Minister agree that our system is less discriminatory in treating all asylum seekers as a lesser form of life?

Sudan and South Sudan - Question (27 Nov 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, if we get a leakage of water causing damage at home, the first thing we do is turn off the supply system. I know that I will be told that we have the most rigid control of arms in the world, but arms manufactured in this country are being sold to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which then sell them on to the warring parties in Sudan. Is that acceptable?

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Safe Routes - Question (22 Nov 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I have seen figures that suggest that those who come in small boats to seek asylum constitute less than 5% of net annual immigration. Can the Minister explain why the Government are obsessed with trying to exclude those fleeing persecution and seeking refugee status in this country, while ignoring the Christian teaching of welcoming refugees?

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, continuing that theme of corruption of truth, defence in foreign policy has little to do with defence of the realm. There is no threat from a foreign power wishing to invade our country. Billions spent on what is called defence are used to protect or expand political and trade interests around the world. This concept of defence includes the arms trade—the manufacture and selling...


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