Results 81–100 of 314 for speaker:Lord Singh of Wimbledon

Written Answers — Home Office: Offences against Children (21 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the members of the Home Office's External Reference Group of experts which will review the research on group-based child sexual exploitation prior to its publication.

Metropolitan Police: Racism - Question (15 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Does the Minister agree that racism in the police service, evident in stop and search and disproportionate disciplinary procedures against BAME officers, arises from ignorance and prejudice? Does she also agree on the importance of education and training in the need to look beyond superficial difference to the reality: that we all have much in common?

House of Lords: Relocation - Private Notice Question (14 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, York is seen as something of an outer Mongolia by the general public, who view the House of Lords as an outdated institution. The reality is that it is packed with experts in every field of life. Does the Minister agree that we need to be more proactive in publicising what we do in our essential scrutinising and amending of legislation and the work of our committees?

Libya - Question (13 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, members of the ironically named Security Council are attracted to regional conflicts in oil-rich parts of the world, such as Libya, in the name of strategic interests and are selling arms that promote and sustain conflict and horrendous suffering. I know I am going to be told that the UK has one of the strictest arms control policies in the world, but will the Government give a lead...

Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, Sikh teachings stress the importance of living in harmony, respecting not only those of different creeds and beliefs but the earth and the environment that sustain us all. Sadly, over the years we have failed to respect a different pace of life and, in our short-sighted greed, we have done serious damage to our environment. Legislation to ban plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton...

Education Settings: Autumn Opening - Statement (8 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, while we welcome the reopening of schools, careful planning will be necessary to maximise safety. Will the Minister consider a two-shift system, with shorter hours and fewer children in a class to maximise the safety of children and teachers? Will she also ensure the safety and protection of BAME children and teachers, who have an additional risk factor and the additional risk of...

Immigration: Detainee Support - Question (7 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the near-prison environment of detention centres can lead to mental trauma and frequent self-harm. Does the Minister agree that we have an obligation to ensure that, on release, these vulnerable people are properly settled in society?

Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (2 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, investment in education is essential for the future of our country. I fully understand the economic impact of Covid-19 on the national purse and the rationale of limiting the amount spent on student loans by limiting student numbers. However, the over-rigid application of the proposed caps could adversely affect those from deprived backgrounds trying to get a foot on the ladder to...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (1 Jul 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is important for children, particularly vulnerable children and those of key workers, to get back to school as soon as possible. Will the Government consider a shift system, whereby the day is divided into shorter hours with smaller class sizes to ensure maximum safety and maximum education?

Public Transport: Face Coverings - Private Notice Question (25 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Does the Minister agree that to minimise the risk to fellow passengers, it is imperative that face coverings are worn on public transport, but if a passenger with an urgent need to travel arrives without one, drivers or staff should be able to provide an inexpensive covering that can be recycled at the end of the journey?

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Statement (24 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Windrush scandal is only a symptom of deeper prejudice ingrained in human nature that can be tackled only with a less jingoistic and more questioning approach to the teaching of history and culture?

Reading Terrorist Attack - Statement (23 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that religious leaders have a responsibility to explain that claims of God-sanctioned religious superiority and the denigration of others embedded in religious texts fuel terrorist activity and are not relevant in today’s times?

House of Lords: Size - Question (23 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Senior Deputy Speaker agree that the continuing misuse of the appointments system to reward those who, through financial donations or in similar ways, support political hierarchies brings the whole House and Parliament itself into disrepute?

Nurses: Recruitment - Question (18 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the Covid pandemic has underlined the vital role of nurses in the health system. Bearing in mind that nursing students do unpaid work while learning, does the Minister agree that the £5,000 bursary is not enough to meet the fees and living costs of those whom the Government are trying to attract?

Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, on the excellent way in which he introduced this topic. While it is important to understand that the wearing of the face mask offers only slight protection to the wearer, it will offer a degree of protection to others, especially where social distancing rules become difficult. It is also important to understand that we need...

G20: Debt Cancellation - Question (10 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, in view of the iniquity of wealth acquired through slave trading, does the Minister agree that the cancellation of debt would be a timely and practical acknowledgement that black lives matter?

Yemen: Humanitarian Aid Funding - Private Notice Question (4 Jun 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, with more than half the population facing death by starvation or cholera even before Covid, the suffering in Yemen has been made infinitely worse by the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the supply of western arms. Does the Minister agree that countries that fuel conflict should be obliged to bear the cost of looking after the victims?

Covid-19: Economic Package - Statement (13 May 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: While the measures announced are welcome, does the Minister agree that more fine-tuning will be needed in the coming months to meet the needs of different parts of the country and different economies, for a fair and balanced recovery? Will the Minister find ways of adding to the well-deserved clapping of hands for low-paid members of the NHS and staff in care homes with some degree of...

Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 - Motion to Consider (12 May 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, an ill-conceived campaign to confine Sikh teachings open to all to a single ethnicity is being led by an extremist fringe group, the Sikh Federation, which rejects key Sikh teachings. Its un-Sikh-like argument is that being recorded under ethnicity will get us more resources than other religions. It also plays on the hurt felt by many of us over the 1984 genocide of Sikhs, saying...

Income Equality and Sustainability - Motion to Consider (6 May 2020)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I thank my good friend the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of York for securing this important and timely debate. I offer him my best wishes in what will be, I am sure, a busy retirement. Covid-19 has brutally made us aware that the severity and likelihood of infection discriminates against the poor and disproportionately affects black and minority-ethnic groups, and,...


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