Results 101–120 of 789 for speaker:Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Mikheil Saakashvili (16 Dec 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Georgia regarding the continued imprisonment of the former President of that country, Mikheil Saakashvili.

Nepal - Question (13 Dec 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards their commitments to providing (1) health services, (2) water and sanitation, and (3) access to justice, for marginalised communities in Nepal, including Dalits and Adivasis.

Nepal - Question (13 Dec 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister for his reply. The Dalits and Adivasis comprise about 14% of the population of Nepal, and they suffer the same kind of extensive humiliations as they do anywhere. In theory, the constitution acknowledges the rights of Dalits, but nobody has yet been appointed to the National Dalit Commission that was set up, and although a National Human Rights Commission has been set...

Freedom of Speech - Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the most reverend Primate most warmly for initiating this debate and for his truly excellent speech. Truth matters, and we are truth-seeking animals. To give up on truth and to take the view that one opinion is simply as good as another is not so much to sell our human birthright for a mess of pottage as simply to throw it away. When I was growing up as a child, to tell a lie was the...

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading ( 7 Dec 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I too thank the noble and national “treasure”—the noble Lord, Lord Stevens—and welcome him to the House. I wish to focus on three areas: care homes, care workers and carers. Last night, “Panorama” examined the financial structure behind two big care home chains. It discovered that the ultimate owner was a private equity company based in a tax haven, and that between that...

Migrants - Motion to Take Note (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Perhaps I might be allowed to ask just one question concerning people claiming the need to come to this country who have money. Does the Minister agree that it is possible to understand how a person might have money to pay for the journey but have a genuinely well-founded fear of persecution? Iran is the obvious example, where there is a thriving middle class. One can earn a good living there...

Migrants - Motion to Take Note (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, other noble Lords have spoken about the terrible tragedy in the channel, and I identify with what has been said, but I want to look more widely at this issue. Even if we can solve the question of highly dangerous crossings, it is good to recognise at the outset that the issue of asylum seekers and refugees is not one of those problems that will be solved in the short term and will,...

Army Restructuring: Future Soldier - Statement (25 Nov 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I thank the Minister very much for her Statement. Like other noble Lords, I pay tribute to our Armed Forces, particularly those who have been serving in recent years in Afghanistan under such testing and difficult circumstances. Obviously, the main thrust of the Statement—rapid deployment and cutting-edge technology, particularly cyberwarfare—is absolutely right. However, as one of the...

Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales - Question (17 Nov 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I would like to press the Minister on the question of the noble Lord, Lord Anderson. I am sure that she would agree that the relationship between the four nations of the United Kingdom and the London Government is not fixed and final—in recent years, there has been an indication of unease about that. Does she agree that this is a real opportunity for the Government to contribute to this...

Professor Kathleen Stock: Resignation - Question (16 Nov 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: What happened to Professor Kathleen Stock was deeply dismaying and worrying for our society. Universities should be both a safeguard and a focus of rational debate about contentious issues. I was glad to hear from the Minister that the Office for Students is setting up an inquiry. As this is not just a local difficulty but something fundamental to the future of a civilised society, will she...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL] - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (22 Oct 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, if I were in a wilderness with a friend dying in extreme agony, days away from any help, with absolutely no medical resource, and he begged me to shoot him, it would surely be right to accede to his request. What that example highlights, however, is that we are not dealing here with an extreme case in an isolated situation; we are talking about a change in the law. The fundamental...

Prime Minister: Meeting with First Ministers - Question (20 Oct 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, given the somewhat frayed cords that hold the nations of the United Kingdom together, are the Ministers of the devolved Governments satisfied that they have a fair voice in drawing up the agenda of these meetings? Are the issues that they want to discuss being discussed?

UK Property Ownership: Overseas Jurisdictions - Question (13 Oct 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: One hundred and thirty countries have now signed up for a global tax arrangement with a minimum tax threshold of 15%. What will Her Majesty’s Government’s attitude be towards tax havens where the tax is very much lower than that and which fail to sign up to this regime? In particular, what will their attitude be to UK property owners who register their property with companies in such tax...

Net-zero Carbon Emissions: Behaviour Change - Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I am very happy and glad to support this Motion, and I am equally glad to have listened to and learned from other noble Lords’ speeches on this crucial issue. There is general agreement that a serious public engagement programme is necessary—every serious institution is urging this—for one simple reason: 62% of remaining emissions reductions will rely, to some extent, on...

Education (Assemblies) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Sep 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I support the Bill both in my own person and as a member of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, chaired by the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss. The commission’s Living with Difference report urged just such a change in the law as the Bill suggests. I am not opposed to compulsory worship in schools in principle. It was entirely natural that,...

Environment Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 11 ( 8 Sep 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I support Amendments 11 and 14, but actually rise to speak to Amendment 13 in my name. The background to this is an amendment I put down in Committee specifically in relation to trees, tree-planting and tree health. It asked the Government to ensure that an annual report was made to Parliament on how far we had got in achieving the target set in the Bill. Obviously, what is...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee ()

Human rights situation in India – Lord Harries of Pentregarth. Short debate

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 260B (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I wish to support Amendment 264ZA, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Whitchurch, and Amendment 264A, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Meacher. As we know, the rate of deforestation on our planet is a scandal and an increasing threat to both our climate and the extent of our biodiversity. In some parts of the world, it is also a threat to the indigenous...

Environment Bill - Committee (7th Day): Amendment 257E (12 Jul 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I support Amendments 258 to 260 in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Old Scone. Amendment 258 would place ancient woodlands, which are clearly defined in the amendment, on an equal footing with sites of special scientific interest. The reason why it is so important to preserve ancient woodlands from the point of view of biodiversity, climate change, heritage and health of both...


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