Results 1–20 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:the Bishop of St Albans

Lotteries: Good Causes - Question (18 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, research shows that not all lotteries that operate on a national scale make it clear that they are neither charities nor not-for-profit organisations. People often do not realise that. Does the Minister agree that making it mandatory to declare on each ticket the minimum percentage of each pound spent on charity, for both draw-based and instant-win games, would ensure that users...

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Private Notice Question (16 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice.

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Private Notice Question (16 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: I thank the Minister for her response and for all that DfID and others are doing. If we are to prevent further spread of the disease, we need more grass-roots health education and disease prevention. My colleague, the Bishop of Hertford, is currently using his sabbatical to do just that, working through churches, local community leaders and faith groups, and his health educational material,...

Social Media - Question for Short Debate (11 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Church of England’s social media community guidelines, published on 1 July, and what steps they are taking to promote positive social media behaviour.

Social Media - Question for Short Debate (11 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, the Church of England’s digital guidelines are an attempt to encourage constructive engagement across all national social media accounts run by the Church and the two Archbishops. The digital charter is a voluntary addition aimed at fostering a positive atmosphere online. To date, the two prongs of the campaign have been signed by individuals, charities, groups, schools and...

Mental Illness: Job Security and Inequality - Question for Short Debate (4 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for bringing forward this debate, for his distinctive introduction of a kind that we always enjoy when he speaks in the House, and for his tireless work in trying to support people who, for all sorts of reasons, find themselves disadvantaged. I pay tribute to him. Inequality, unemployment and mental ill health are three interconnected,...

Problem Gambling - Statement (2 Jul 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: I welcome this announcement today, but I notice from a press release from the companies that they see it as a health issue: “The key priority will be to quadruple the number of those accessing treatment from 2.5% to 10%”. After four years, 90% of those with gambling addiction problems will still be unable to access help. Surely that cannot be acceptable. We know from Simon Stevens, the...

Knife Crime - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, for obtaining this debate and for his excellent analysis of some of the causes and, indeed, the work that has been done on how we might address them, which is a holistic approach. I am also delighted that a number of experts in policing are speaking in this debate. I come to this with little knowledge of that, but I have knowledge...

Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia - Question (25 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of weapons exported from the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia on the conflict in Yemen.

Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia - Question (25 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: I thank the Minister for his reply. I was given an assurance in a past written response to a Question that every sale of arms from the UK undergoes a rigorous assessment in the light of serious violations of international humanitarian law. Yet in 2018 a Minister in the other place said: “The MOD does not investigate allegations of IHL violations”, and in 2016, as evidenced in the Court of...

Youth Violence - Question (20 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address youth violence.

Youth Violence - Question (20 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, last weekend at least four people were killed through serious violence on the streets of the capital, and on Tuesday a young person in Luton, in my own diocese, was stabbed more than 20 times. Among all those who are trying to work on this problem, the churches have been involved, and indeed one church has produced a public statue of a phoenix made from 500 knives that had been...

Unpaid Carers: Support - Question (13 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, I am sure that we all want to encourage stronger family and community life, which is the very bedrock of healthy societies, but there is one group in particular that needs help and that is the 166,000 underage carers in England. Research by the Children’s Society suggests that that is just the tip of the iceberg—indeed, a huge underestimate. Many of these young people do not...

Plastics: Reduction in Use - Question (7 May 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, many consumers are now choosing to use biodegradable bags rather than plastic ones, believing these to be preferable, yet researchers from the University of Plymouth have shown that many of these bags are not in fact biodegradable. Will Her Majesty’s Government undertake to produce clear standards and guidelines so we can be sure that these are biodegradable and improve the...

Farming Communities: Rural Crime - Question (2 May 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of rural crime on farming communities.

Farming Communities: Rural Crime - Question (2 May 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: I thank the Minister for his reply. I recently met with a group of Hertfordshire farmers, and among the many areas they raised with me was the problem of hare coursing, which is not only causing great damage to their land in some cases but means they receive threats of physical violence. It is a very difficult problem. The low level of prosecution shows that the current law is not making any...

Online Harms White Paper - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, this is a vast subject, and I will limit my comments to just a few areas. I and others on these Benches welcome this White Paper, in particular the attempt to rethink the way we see this whole area. In the past we brought in individual laws to deal with particular problems. My colleague the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chelmsford has been arguing for some while that we need...

Online Harms White Paper - Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: I thank the noble Lord for his question. It was precisely my point, about a regulator having very significant powers. My question about whether self-regulation will work touches on a number of areas. That was why I was saying that I do not think self-regulation will work. Although it is something that we need to encourage, it does not yet have a track record that we can have much confidence...

Children’s Rights - Question (30 Apr 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, the UNCRC states that the best interests of the child must be paramount in all decision making and yet evidence that our Benches are collecting shows that the two-child limit policy is having a substantially negative impact on those families affected by it. In the light of the Government’s obligations under UNCRC, will the Minister undertake to commission independent research into...

Bereavement Benefit - Question (9 Apr 2019)

the Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, it is two years since this came in, so we have quite a lot of evidence. Will the Minister assure the House that the review is totally independent, and that we will be able to see all the working out of what is proposed and the analysis? A large number of noble Lords are deeply concerned about this. Would the Minister be willing to meet with us to discuss how we might take it forward?


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