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International Development Policy — Debate (1 Dec 2011)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is with a feeling of humility and trepidation that I rise to speak for the first time in this House, particularly after having listened to the earlier words and speeches that were put so movingly. I shall say a few words on where I am coming from, and what I hope to bring to the House. I started life as a mining engineer, but not long after qualifying, was told by the then...

Health: End-of-life Care — Question (16 Jan 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, in considering better enhanced provision for end-of-life care for those who have lost capacity, will the Minister note that our opinions and attitudes change with the perspective of time? A young boy may consider that upon reaching the age of 60 or 70, life would not be worth living. I think that a 60 year-old-and most of us here-would differ from that opinion. It is very important...

Scotland Bill: Committee (1st Day) (26 Jan 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I follow on the theme of the importance of the tone of the debate. We all know the story of the north wind and the sun, who had an argument about which could make a man take his coat off. The north wind tried first and blew and blew and the man pulled his coat tighter and tighter around him. Then it was the sun's turn, and as the sun came out the man felt happy and warm and took his...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Religious Groups: Dietary Requirements (15 Feb 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the dietary requirements of a minority faith (such as halal) are not imposed on others by public bodies and other large commercial organisations.

Written Answers — House of Lords: India (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the Government of India their commitment to human rights following the sentence of capital punishment in the case of Balwant Singh Rajoana; and if so, what matters they intend to raise.

Minority Ethnic and Religious Communities: Cultural and Economic Contribution — Motion to Take Note (24 May 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Bilimoria on securing this debate, as well as on his brilliant and inspiring speech. I begin with a brief personal comment that illustrates the rapid rise of our different faith communities in Britain. I grew up in a part of the Midlands where we were the only non-white family. The same area is now home to substantial minorities of different...

Faith Communities — Question for Short Debate (29 May 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I thank my noble friend and colleague Lord Sacks for his moving and inspiring words. I have mild criticism for my noble friend Lady Flather for saying that no religion has ever done anything for women. I begin by applauding the work of Her Majesty and the royal family and their kindness in welcoming different faith communities. Readings from other faiths were a central part of the...

Health: Diabetes — Question (25 Jul 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, for many years, the Network of Sikh Organisations has been active in working in clinics in gurdwaras, or Sikh temples, to promote an understanding of health issues and to do checks for blood sugar and raised cholesterol. These tests and other health advice have been very effective. Will the Minister consider ways of giving impetus to such initiatives and perhaps extending them to...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (19 Oct 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Manchester. I also sincerely thank the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, for her initiative and hard work in bringing this important Bill before the House. I applaud her courage in addressing an issue on which most people find it expedient to remain silent out of fear of being seen as attacking the important freedom of...

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Can the Minister assure us that religious education will be included in core subjects for the English baccalaureate certificate? Does he agree that the absence of religious education can lead to bigotry and prejudice?

Religion in the United Kingdom — Question for Short Debate (22 Nov 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I am grateful for this opportunity to discuss the role of religion in public life. Religion today has a bad press and has been pushed into the margins of society. Even there, key beliefs such as the importance of marriage are attacked by those intolerant of the rights and beliefs of others. To me, as a Sikh, this pressure to keep religion out of public life is like saying, "Keep...

Ugandan Asians — Motion to Take Note (6 Dec 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: It is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Steel, who has done so much over the years to assist not only the Ugandan Asians but many others on these shores. I, too, would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Popat, for securing this important debate celebrating the tremendous contribution of Ugandan Asians to the life of this country following their expulsion from Uganda by Idi Amin 40...

Israel: Arab Citizens — Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I, too, thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter for securing this important and timely debate. The April 2012 report of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on human rights and democracy reminds us of the some of the injustices suffered by Arabs living in Israel, with Israeli NGOs reporting a denial of basic hygiene, sleep deprivation and violence in interrogations;...

Drones — Question (7 Feb 2013)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the control of the military use of drones is absolutely necessary internationally? The carrying out of extra-judicial killings in the sovereign airspace of other nations is a very dangerous precedent. Something needs to be done about it very urgently.

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

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Yes, there is. There is the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia.

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

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, speaking from a Sikh perspective, I give my full support to the amendment. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, taught, "Ask not a person's caste but look to the inner light within". At a time when even the shadow of a lower caste person was said to pollute the food of a higher caste, he instituted the system of langar, where people of all religions and social backgrounds...

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

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: I thank the noble Baroness for that. I repeat: caste in no way relates to underlying and uplifting ethical Hindu teachings. It is simply questionable culture that has, over the years, managed to attach itself to Hinduism in much the same way as discrimination against women is seen by some as part of their faith. The Sikh gurus were acutely aware of such negative cultural practices, and they...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Abu Dhabi (20 Mar 2013)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Abu Dhabi about the conviction in absentia and subsequent arrest of Cyril Karabus.

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I speak in favour of this amendment. I am particularly concerned about the level of misinformation and ignorance used in the other place to argue against legislation. The Minister in the other place made a statement, which was repeated today, that caste is a problem in the Sikh community as well as among Hindus. It is not only inaccurate, but frankly insulting to the Sikh faith....


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