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Israel and Gaza - Question (21 May 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: While fully supporting Israel’s right to defend itself and fully supporting its desire to degrade Hamas’ military capacity, would the Foreign Secretary not agree that there is a legitimate worry about the use from the very beginning of the campaign of these 2,000-pound bombs, which, in a very densely populated area, are so difficult to use in a way that is both discriminate and proportionate?

Lower Thames Crossing: Development Consent - Question (29 Apr 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I have a question about the Hammersmith Bridge. The Minister quite rightly referred to Hammersmith and Fulham’s responsibility, but the Government also have a major responsibility and they set up a task force. Can the Minister say when that task force last met?

Tata Steel: Port Talbot - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard jobs at Tata Steel in Port Talbot, and to encourage alternative forms of employment in the area.

Tata Steel: Port Talbot - Question ( 7 Feb 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for her reply. As she will be aware, job losses on this scale—some 2,000 at Port Talbot—will have a totally devastating effect on the community. Lord Tebbit said about the closure of the mines in the 1980s that, however necessary it was, he regretted the destruction of those communities and thought that in retrospect the decisions had been taken too quickly and not...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I think we are all very sympathetic to the idea that a huge amount could go in the code and the guidance, certainly as far as restorative justice is concerned. But the third part of what the Minister said the purpose of this Bill was is to ensure that the criminal justice system knows what its responsibilities are. Surely some things could go in there, including restorative justice. Will the...

Prisons: Suicides - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of suicides in prisons in England and Wales.

Prisons: Suicides - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his reply. In the 12 months to last September, there were 93 deaths by suicide in prison, an increase of 22% on the previous year. This is paralleled by the huge increase in self-harming in prison, which is at 10 times the rate of the wider community. One of the factors in this is of course the extent of mental health problems among prisoners—nine out of 10—and...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 13 (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I rise to support Amendment 14. This amendment would ensure that all victims knew of and had access to restorative justice services. I am glad that it has the support of the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, who unfortunately has a long-standing speaking engagement this evening and sends his apologies, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Garnier, and the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee. I also...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Quality of religious education in schools – Lord Harries of Pentregarth. Short debate

Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (11 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, the Motion before us contains two key words: democracy and standards. I hope to say something briefly about each of them, and then to show they are fundamentally linked. Democracy is a precarious and precious achievement which is under threat in many places around the world—not just overt dictatorships but managed democracies, which have elections but then lock up political...

Horizon: Compensation and Convictions - Statement (10 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, the enormity of this seems so appalling that, even when the sentences have been overturned, the compensation paid, and the committee inquiry taken place and blame apportioned, we will need some great public, symbolic act to recognise that something terrible has gone wrong and that hundreds of people who were wrongly accused have now been clearly and publicly vindicated. Will the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Suicide ( 4 Jan 2024)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of suicides in prison.

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Second Reading (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, more than 30 years ago, when I was Bishop of Oxford, I was very much heartened by the initiative of the Thames Valley Police force in pioneering restorative justice. Restorative justice enables victim and offender to be brought together, either directly or indirectly, through the mediation of a third party. Since then, it has become an established part of the criminal justice system...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2023)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by the UN Assembly was a remarkable achievement. It is right that we should mark its 75th anniversary and I am so glad that the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay, has given us a chance to do so. The original agreement was signed by 48 nations, and now all 192 member states of the UN have signed in agreement with it. Despite terrible failures in...

Cancer Research UK Report - Question ( 5 Dec 2023)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I declare an interest, as I have a son who is an oncologist. As the Minister knows, one of the most serious forms of cancer—and growing at this time—is melanoma. The melanoma charities are campaigning to reduce the VAT on sun cream in order to reduce the incidence of this terrible cancer. Have the Government come to a view on this reduction of VAT?


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