Results 1–20 of 32 for speaker:the Bishop of Coventry

Energy: Efficiency (10 Dec 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, there is little doubt that we on these Benches are more heavily clad than most Members of this House apart, perhaps, from our legal officers. Does the Minister agree that turning the thermostat down by two degrees would both reduce the hot air and make us all more comfortable?

Health: Working Hours (25 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the problems inherent in this Question is that there is no definition of the term "work"? Does he also agree that those of us who find that our paid occupation gives us great pleasure would consider that any move to legislate too fiercely in this area would make the Government appear to be killjoys?

Middle East: Democracy and Human Rights (17 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, to follow up the supplementary of the noble Lord, Lord Wallace, is the Minister aware of a recent letter to the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury, among others, signed by a large number of Muslim scholars, including some from Saudi Arabia, encouraging Christians and Muslims to, "respect each other, be fair, just and kind to [one] another and live in sincere peace,...

Debt and Pensions Advice (15 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, perhaps I can build on that question. Does the Minister agree that credit unions are an excellent way of helping those on low incomes to manage their finances, in contrast to some of the unregulated savings schemes that have proved so disastrous? If he does agree, what steps are the Government taking to help the spread of credit unions?

Iraq ( 8 Oct 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, is the assumption implicit in the decision to withdraw 1,000 troops that there is a certain stability in the country which was not there before? Can the Leader of the House relate that new level of stability to the large number of internally displaced persons and the huge number of refugees living in, for example, Syria? Is the stability such that they will be able to return to...

Foreign Policy (21 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Howell, for introducing this important subject. I speak as amere layman in political terms. It certainly is notmy intention to offer a wide-ranging critique of government policy over the past 10 years. However, I should like to draw the attention of the House to certain ongoing issues in relation to our policy, particularly in the Middle...

Criminal Justice: Rehabilitation of Offenders (20 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I assume that the whole House welcomes the principle enunciated by the Government on many occasions of involving faith communities and voluntary organisations in the process of offender rehabilitation. Can the noble and learned Lord assure the House that the groups that are involved in that work can look forward to a stable funding regime in the future?

Carbon Emissions: Offsetting (19 Jun 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, it has been suggested rather facetiously, I suspect, that carbon trading is a bit like the medieval practice of selling indulgences, the purpose of which was to release souls from purgatory. Can he assure us that selling our carbon assets will bring salvation?

Health: Sports Medicine (22 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that last summer fewer than 10 per cent of all the graduates on our physiotherapy courses managed to find a job within the NHS? Given that their training costs were in excess of £70 million, that many of those unemployed could well find their way into sports medicine, and that the hospital waiting lists in this area are getting worse, can he assure us that...

Asylum Seekers: Children (21 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, to press the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Judd, is the Minister aware that the Children's Commissioner for England, Professor Aynsley-Green, has raised major concerns about the apparent contrast between the Government's Every Child Matters approach and the treatment of children in the asylum system? If a whole family is to be repatriated, it is clearly desirable that it...

Post Offices (20 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Church of England, along with the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, has recently been negotiating with the rural division of the Post Office to seek innovative ways in which church buildings and chapels might host some of the services being displaced by the closure of rural post offices? If he is aware of that—indeed, even if he is...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (19 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, in some senses I shall repeat what the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has just said, but in a less erudite manner. We have before us a number of important amendments which in many respects overlap, at least in intention if not in words. I am very grateful to the Government for producing Amendments Nos. 30 and 31, but if I had to choose I would be inclined to vote for Amendments Nos. 14, 15...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (19 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, the House will no doubt be very familiar with the writings of a 6th century monk, a Syrian named Dionysius the pseudo-Areopagite. He made his place in church history by developing what was known as the apophatic tradition. In case one or two of your Lordships are not entirely familiar with that, let me explain it very briefly. The apophatic tradition says that as well as saying...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (19 Feb 2007)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I support the amendment which, as I understand it, places these principles not only in the Bill but, by extension, in the 1983 Act. I welcome the amendment for three reasons; the first is to do with transparency and clarity, a point that has already been made. I speak as a mere layman in matters of law, but it seems that clarity and transparency are essential not simply for the sake...

Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill [HL] (15 Dec 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, it is not entirely unheard of for judges to complain, usually in private, that they are sometimes forced to do what the law requires of them rather than what they judge to be right. In other words, law and morality are not always synonymous. In a recent supplementary question, I invited the Minister to comment on the morality, as distinct from the legality, of using cluster...

Armed Forces: Cluster Bombs (12 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, does the Minister agree, despite the assurances that he has given about the care that will be taken in the use of these weapons, that as well as a debate about the legality there is a genuine debate to be had about the morality of the weapons? By whatever criteria we reach moral decisions, can there really be any moral justification for the production and deployment of such weapons,...

Sudan: Darfur (11 Oct 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there appears to be a concerted campaign by the Khartoum Government to muzzle the freedom of the press in northern Sudan? Does he agree that this is a violation of the terms of the interim constitution and that it also seriously undermines any attempt at democratic transformation?

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (13 Jun 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, we on these Benches accept that the deregulatory aims of the Bill are commendable, with benefits to businesses, charities and the voluntary sector. However, we share the widespread belief that, despite the Government's amendments in another place, the means to achieve these aims continue to pose certain threats to proper parliamentary scrutiny of legislation and could all too easily...

Childcare: Grandparents (13 Jun 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I spent half-term week with my seven grandchildren, so the House will not take it amiss when I say that I am hugely grateful that it is not my full-time job. Given that many parents respect the kinship arrangements within their own families, are the Government exploring ways in which grandparents might be able to update their parenting skills given that there is often a generation gap?

Nigeria (18 Apr 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, for introducing this debate and I too send my best wishes to the noble Lord, Lord Avebury. I wish to make it clear at the outset that I do not speak as an expert on this subject. Over the past 10 years I have developed an affection and respect for the people of Nigeria, and it is out of that affection and respect that I dare to...

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