Results 121–140 of 314 for speaker:Lord Singh of Wimbledon

Museums - Question (10 Jun 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, our museums are treasure houses of artefacts from around the world. Does the Minister agree that it would enhance understanding and appreciation if the items were better labelled to show how they were—how can I put this kindly—acquired from around the world?

Pakistan: Aid for Persecuted Minorities - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the treatment of minorities in Pakistan, particularly Christians, infringes not only the UN declaration of human rights but, ironically, also the clear teachings of the Koran, which says that the people of the book—that is, Christians and Jews—should be allowed to practise their religion unhindered. Despite this, members of the Christian community have been murdered and placed...

Education: Climate Change Science - Question (16 May 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, could the Government get the United States President to drop in on one of those classes during his visit?

Religious Schools: Admission Policies - Question (29 Apr 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that while it is important to look at the interaction between people of different faiths in choosing the intake of faith schools, it is equally important to ensure that a broad curriculum of religion is taught so that people are taught about other religions in a respectful way and about how to respect those different faiths? The teaching should focus on...

Written Answers — Department for Education: School Meals (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all schools provide a non-halal meal option.

Written Answers — Department for Education: School Meals (10 Apr 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of schools that offer only halal meals; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that policy on children in such schools.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the noble Lord has said twice that the Prime Minister wants to get an extension of time. The passage of this Bill would give her additional strength in getting that time.

Immigration Detention - Question (3 Apr 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, while the checking of documentation and control of numbers can be justified, does the Minister agree that indefinite detention and a callous, dismissive attitude to would-be immigrants or asylum seekers, including the elderly and infirm, as detailed in the report, can never be justified? This is a Christian country. In Leviticus 19:33-34, the Bible reminds us: “When a stranger...

Offensive Weapons Bill - Third Reading: Amendment 10 (19 Mar 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, before I begin, I refer to the discussion in Grand Committee when I referred to the Network of Sikh Organisations, the NSO. I should have mentioned that I am a member of the NSO. I make it clear that in the discussions on this Bill, and indeed, in all my contributions in this House, I speak as a member of the wider Sikh community. On behalf of all Sikhs, I thank the noble Baroness,...

Prevent Strategy - Question (6 Mar 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that “prevent” is too weak and negative a word for trying to get different communities to behave responsibly and with respect towards one another? Does she further agree that religious leaders have a particular responsibility to counter bigotry by emphasising that the one God of us all is not interested in our different religious labels but in what we do...

Offensive Weapons Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 91 (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, Sikhs are asking for nothing more than respect for their religious and cultural practices and requirements. The main majority of the community is catered for in this Bill—regarding sporting activities, films, television, historical enactments and so on.

Offensive Weapons Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 91 (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords—

Offensive Weapons Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 91 (4 Mar 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, much is being made of the definition of a kirpan. It was said in a meeting with Home Office people that a kirpan is simply a Punjabi word for a sword, and that there is no other need for a definition as it is nothing very different. This has been said again and again, yet the definition is being used as a reason for delay and further consideration, which completely confuses me.

Jammu and Kashmir - Statement (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: Kashmir is a large and beautiful state, which in normal circumstances could get by and do well on tourism alone. Unfortunately, as has been mentioned, it has been caught in this crossfire between India and Pakistan. Should we not encourage both states—Pakistan and India—to move towards recognising near autonomy for Kashmir, with important trading and cultural links between both countries?

Genocide Prevention - Question (27 Feb 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, does the Minister agree that many countries turn a blind eye to genocide carried out by important trading partners or strategic allies? Will she further agree to ensure even-handedness with regard to those responsible for the mass killing of minorities? Responsibility for the pursuit of punitive action should be taken out of the hands of government and placed with an independent...

Chagos Archipelago - Private Notice Question (26 Feb 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, the Minister has said that his country has a good human rights record. It is not part of a good human rights record to forcibly expel islanders—innocent people—to make way for an American base, or to encourage them by shooting the dogs with which they used to go fishing. That is not a good human rights record. Should we not now accept the international court’s judgment...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Religion: Discrimination (28 Jan 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 January (HL Deb, col 7), what measures they have put in place to ensure equal consideration of all faiths in the development and implementation of policy relating to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Religious Hatred: Islam (23 Jan 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 14 January (HL Deb, col 7), what evidence there is that there are more attacks on the Muslim community than any other.

Islamophobia - Question (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, there is no common statistical basis whatsoever suggesting that members of any one faith suffer more discrimination than others. Emotive words like Islamophobia are simply unhelpful pleas for special consideration. Does the Minister agree that the Government have a basic responsibility to ignore all special pleading and ensure that all faiths and beliefs are equally protected?

Offensive Weapons Bill - Second Reading (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon: My Lords, I too believe that the Bill is both timely and necessary. As a Sikh, I would like to voice my appreciation of the sensitivity shown by the protection of the existing right of Sikhs to wear a short kirpan for religious reasons. However, it appears that the common Sikh practice of presenting a full-length kirpan, or sword, as a token of esteem or appreciation to those who have made a...


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