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Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I address your Lordships’ House on this first occasion with some trepidation. As I was advised not to drift into preaching mode, I will resist the temptation to expound on the interesting passage from scripture that the noble Lord has just quoted. As a student of history, I am conscious of the dignity and importance of this House in the life of our nation, and I am...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I was privileged earlier this month to spend a week in Gaza and the West Bank. I went as an Anglican participant in the annual visit of the Holy See’s co-ordination group of bishops in support of the church in the Holy Land. It was very challenging to see at first hand the current situation in Gaza and more widely in the West Bank. The recent cycles of violence in the Gaza region...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Unrwa (23 Feb 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the funding available to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Palestinians (23 Feb 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Unrwa (23 Feb 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to pledge any funds to assist United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza to restart its cash assistance programme in Gaza.

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (28 May 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, it was encouraging to hear the commitment of Her Majesty’s Government in the gracious Speech to various foreign policy objectives in the Middle East. The chaos in the Middle East is all too familiar and arises not from isolated pockets of trouble but from multiple interconnected challenges. Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya appears torn in half; ISIS continues to...

Defence: Budget — Question for Short Debate (17 Jun 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I too welcome this debate and thank the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, for securing it. With the strategic defence and security review we have an opportunity for a wider debate on the politics of defence that might help to reshape our understanding of the purpose and task of our Armed Forces. The fundamentals that have underpinned UK foreign policy and defence spending in the past will...

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, for securing this debate, as it enables us rightly to recognise the vast contribution made by Britain’s ethnic minorities both in public service and in faith communities. It was good to hear the noble Baroness speak of south London. In view of the time constraints I wish to make a brief observation and a broader comment. In my...

Constitutional Convention Bill [HL] — Second Reading (17 Jul 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, on securing time for this Bill—a Bill that, in making provision for a constitutional convention, I am happy to support. I note that a growing consensus is emerging for the constitutional questions that we face to be addressed. To use the terms of the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, when he recently addressed the House of Bishops, we are faced...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Palestinians (21 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court of 6 July to allow the construction of a section of the separation barrier though the Cremisan Valley.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Palestinians (21 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the viability of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine following the decision to resume construction of the separation barrier in Beir Ona, near the Cremisan Valley.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Origin Marking: Israel (24 Sep 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in securing a European Union decision on the labelling of products from Israeli settlements.

European Council — Statement (19 Oct 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, we wish to thank the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for her Statement in which she repeated the Prime Minister’s Statement in another place on the European Council. I gather that in response to a point made about the Bishops’ recent letter, he said that he would like to see the Bishops make a very clear statement on the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid. I speak...

Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Oct 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I support the amendment to the Motion as tabled by the right reverend Prelate the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, in the hope that it will indeed give space for further reflection and reconsideration of the tax credit proposals. I believe that it has the potential to do that. First, I want to record my appreciation for the welcome rhetoric in recent months from members of the Government...

Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Oct 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: I was persuaded by listening to the noble Lord, Lord Butler of Brockwell, explaining the other day the constitutional differences that exist between the two Chambers .

Syrian Refugees — Question for Short Debate (29 Oct 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I have the honour to be a patron of the charity Embrace the Middle East and visited Syria in May of last year for the enthronement of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, His Holiness Aphrem II, at Maarat Saidnaya, just outside Damascus. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, for giving your Lordships the opportunity to discuss this pressing matter. With over half its population...

Syrian Refugees — Question (9 Nov 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, how close are Her Majesty’s Government to announcing the details of a third route in addition to the two mentioned in the noble Lord’s Question—namely, the introduction of a private sponsorship scheme, in which many faith and community groups have expressed strong interest? This would enable faith communities to work in partnership with the Government and reflects a desire to...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day)11.39 am (11 Nov 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I shall speak against Amendment 21. I confess that my expertise does not rival that of the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury, who justly won plaudits for the seriousness and skill with which he served on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. Regrettably, he cannot be in his place today, but I am at one with him in supporting the Government’s...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] — Committee (2nd Day)11.39 am (11 Nov 2015)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I do not wish to interrupt the noble Lord in full flight but I should like to put on the record that the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury signed up to the reverse burden of proof, having lost the argument in the PCBS that the reverse burden of proof was unjustifiable. I think that slightly puts in context the phraseology he used.


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