Results 61–70 of 70 for speaker:the Bishop of Oxford

Sustainable Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (17 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, from these Benches I warmly welcome this debate and thank the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, for bringing it forward. I welcome the sustainable development goals and the Government’s commitment to them. Like others, I was initially somewhat sceptical about a document that contains 17 goals and 169 targets. These are not even memorable or round numbers. However, I am inspired by the...

BBC: Charter 2017 — Question (17 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, will the Minister confirm whether there are any plans to separate the setting of the licence fee from the renewal of the BBC charter?

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 Dec 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. From these Benches, we recognise the good intentions of the Bill. We recognise the desires to protect cohabitees in vulnerable situations and to protect children from hardship. As has been recognised, there are gaps in the law that can lead to significant financial vulnerability or disadvantage when a cohabiting relationship...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, I welcome this debate. With others, I passionately support the case for establishing new global development goals in 2015. I note with appreciation the part played by the Government and the Prime Minister in the international dialogue, and I offer my sincere thanks to the noble Lord, Lord McConnell, for tabling this debate. I welcome the passion and learning displayed in this House...

Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, I take this opportunity of formally welcoming the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, of Hunters Bar, to your Lordships’ House and I congratulate him on such an excellent maiden speech. It was my privilege to work with him in his time as leader of Sheffield City Council. He was and is held in great respect by the faith communities and many across the city and region. As he said, he is a...

Childcare Payments Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (9 Dec 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, from these Benches I warmly welcome the Bill, which will provide much needed assistance towards childcare costs for many middle-income and low-income families. I also welcome the careful expansion of the availability of childcare. However, there are two areas which I shall mention briefly where further attention may be needed. The first concerns the equity between this provision and...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 — Question (30 Jul 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her affirmation that according to both the letter and the spirit of the legislation on same-sex marriage, it is for the Church of England and all faith communities to determine their doctrine and what is appropriate conduct for their clergy. Is the Minister aware that the recent guidelines of the House of Bishops state clearly that those who enter a same-sex...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Report (29 Jul 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, from these Benches I welcome the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, and give it our full support. The amendment gives strong support to the setting up of a credit union for the Armed Forces and their families in a similar way in which the church is setting up its own credit union—the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union. The Armed Forces, like the clergy and other...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 Mar 2014)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, the prophet Jeremiah wrote a short but remarkable letter to his contemporaries long ago who had been sent into exile in Babylon. The letter has shaped Jewish and Christian thought on how communities of faith should engage with the wider society down all the generations since. The prophet’s advice is to, “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you … for in its welfare...

Health: End of Life — Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2013)

the Bishop of Sheffield: My Lords, I must begin by thanking your Lordships for the warmth of welcome extended to me here. Thank you also to the staff for their guidance and help. I look forward very much to serving with you in this House and count it an immense privilege to be here. It is particularly poignant for me to contribute to this debate on patient choice at the end of life as my own father is very seriously...

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