Results 141–160 of 789 for speaker:Lord Harries of Pentregarth

India: Restrictions on Freedom - Question (15 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, to give just one of numerous examples, more than 24 Dalit rights activists are in jail on unproven charges, including an 80 year-old poet, Varavara Rao, and an 83 year-old Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy. When the Prime Minister’s proposed visit to India is reinstated, will he draw Mr Modi’s attention to the report of Freedom House published this week, in which India has been...

Modern Foreign Languages: Teachers - Question (10 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Erasmus programme has been a major driver in sustaining the recruitment of MFL trainee teachers. Will the Turing scheme match Erasmus by facilitating incoming students from the EU, as well as funding outward mobility?

Domestic Abuse Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 ( 8 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I was very distressed during Committee on the Bill at the way the House has become so polarised over this amendment. I believe a way can and should be found to do justice to both sides of the argument, for both raise real and serious concerns. Clearly the term “parental alienation” has become controversial, coming as it does from the United States, where it has been so closely...

Rough Sleeping - Statement ( 2 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The Government are to be congratulated on the initiatives they have taken over rough sleeping during the Covid epidemic, and particularly for their success during the first lockdown. But the key question, of course, is whether there is the right policy, with adequate backing, to ensure that this is a permanent change. There were worrying signs before the pandemic that there were many more...

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve ( 1 Mar 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his statement and I welcome the rise of the national living wage from £8.72 to £8.91 an hour, a rise of 2.2%, with commensurate rises for those aged under 22 and apprentices. The rise of 3.6% for apprentices is particularly welcome, taking their pay to £4.30 an hour. This is little enough but 139 companies were fined last year for failing to pay even this...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 149 ( 8 Feb 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I strongly support Amendment 149, in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Lister of Burtersett, for the reasons that she has set out so cogently. Everyone, including the Government, recognises that post-separation economic abuse exists and is serious. Its full seriousness has been well documented by Surviving Economic Abuse, to whose work I also pay warm tribute. Along with others,...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (4th Day): Amendment 137 ( 3 Feb 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I speak briefly in support of Amendments 137 and 138, especially Amendment 137. It has been introduced extremely powerfully by the noble Baroness, Lady Newlove. I do not think that any of us would be here at this stage of the evening, late in the Bill, if we were not absolutely convinced of the importance of a stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation, and of course the...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (25 Jan 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: My Lords, I support the amendments put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Meyer, and others. She spoke very powerfully from her own experience, but it is obvious even to those with only limited experience, drawn from those they know are going through divorces, that how a parent speaks of and encourages their children to speak of the partner from whom they are estranged is one of the...

Domestic Abuse and Hidden Harms during Lockdown - Statement (19 Jan 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I congratulate the Government on the initiatives that they have taken on this issue; they are very much to be welcomed. My question concerns the strategies outlined at the end of the Statement. There is one to tackle violence against women and girls, another to tackle domestic abuse and one to tackle child sexual abuse. There is clearly overlap here as, after all, most domestic violence is...

Covid-19: “Everybody In” Scheme - Private Notice Question (11 Jan 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: The city of Manchester has been remarkably successful in rehousing rough sleepers. There were 356 long-term rough sleepers three years ago. Of those, 79% are now in housing and a percentage of them are receiving appropriate help for mental health and drug- or alcohol-related problems. What lessons can the Government learn from the policy of the city of Manchester to pass on to other local...

Covid-19 Update - Statement ( 7 Jan 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: As the Leader of the House knows, it is not yet clear whether a person who has been vaccinated is still able to transmit the virus; it is quite possible in theory for them to have no symptoms themselves and yet to pass it on. I understand that a group of scientists is working on this issue. Is the Leader of the House able to indicate when those scientists might be able to report? Clearly,...

Domestic Abuse Bill - Second Reading ( 5 Jan 2021)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Over the last 20 years, there has been a vast increase in awareness of the seriousness and extent of domestic abuse. The Bill is a welcome response to it. It is serious, as we have heard: 2.4 million adults experienced abuse in 2019—twice as many women as men. The 24% increase in recorded crimes of domestic abuse in the same period, to nearly 750,000, as well as showing an increase in the...

Global LGBTI+ Rights - Question (17 Dec 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Too many Christian and Muslim religious leaders are a key influence in shaping the negative attitudes towards LGBT people. While it is not realistic to expect them to change their religious teaching quickly, the least they can do is recognise the civil liberties of LGBT people and do far more to protect them from abuse and violence. Would the Government reflect on what new initiatives they...

Repair and Reuse Programmes - Question (14 Dec 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of repair and reuse programmes in (1) Scotland, and (2) Wales; and what steps they have taken to introduce similar such programmes in England.

Repair and Reuse Programmes - Question (14 Dec 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: As the Minister is aware, Scotland is very committed in this sphere. Something like 88,000 tonnes of material have gone to repair and reuse. It is good for employment as 6,000 people are employed, and it is good for the economy in Scotland, with something like £244 million going into it. I am not convinced that England is assigning it the same priority as Scotland and Wales. Would the...

Ethiopia: Northern Tigray Region - Question ( 2 Dec 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: In answer to the question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, the Minister said that the Government were in touch with France and Germany. Are the Government in touch with any power in the region itself that might be an influence for good, and what response have they had from the African Union about the role that it might play?

Ministerial Code - Question (24 Nov 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: I absolutely accept that the Prime Minister should make the final decision on these matters, and I respect the fact that the Home Secretary has apologised, but does the Minister agree that the fact that the Prime Minister immediately sent round an email saying that there must be no bullying, against the background of rejecting the advice of his adviser, is bound to at least raise a great...

Covid-19: Places of Worship - Private Notice Question ( 3 Nov 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: Although it is true that churches are remaining open for private prayer, is it not important to recognise that the Christian faith is essentially a corporate activity? It is a gathering of the Lord’s people around the Lord’s table on the Lord’s day. Similarly, Islam is no less a communal religion. My experience has been exactly the same as that of the noble Lord, Lord Griffiths of Burry...

Tax Avoidance: Base Erosion and Profit Shifting - Question ( 2 Nov 2020)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in their discussions relating to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting 2.0 Project to prioritise a fairer settlement for those less economically developed countries who lose income as a result of tax avoidance by multinational corporations.


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