Results 21–32 of 32 for speaker:the Bishop of Coventry

Funeral Services ( 7 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I think I should declare an interest. I speak as one who has taken more funerals than he cares to remember. Since the Question is about costs, does the Minister agree that the Churches and other faith communities give good value for money in the services that they offer? Not only is the fee considerably lower in the case of the established Church, compared with that charged by other...

Schools: League Tables ( 7 Dec 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the school that came top of the primary league tables is a Church of England school? Would he like to comment on the reported remarks of the head teacher to the effect that that prestigious position was achieved by paying scant regard to the requirements of the national curriculum?

Education and Aid Programme (14 Oct 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, if someone were to discover an existing education infrastructure consisting of thousands of schools and teachers in some of the poorest and most rural parts of Africa, I would expect educationalists to beat a path to his door. When the providers of such education are those also running the most effective civil society organisations across Africa, and given the rhetoric of...

Secondary Schools: Citizenship (12 Oct 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, how do the Government hope to ensure that community service—an important part of the curriculum for many schools—is to be a significant feature of pupils' education?

Bangladesh (23 Jun 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I begin by commiserating with the noble Baroness, Lady Uddin, who cannot read her own handwriting. I suspect that I speak for many in your Lordships' House when I say that I cannot read mine either, with or without glasses. It takes a certain temerity for a white Anglo-Saxon who has never visited Bangladesh to take part in a debate such as this. I justify it, perhaps, by reminding...

Africa Commission (20 Jun 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Park, for introducing today's debate. I rise to give a broad welcome to the report of the Commission for Africa and to congratulate its authors on a readable, comprehensive and authoritative piece of work. In particular, I welcome the report's emphasis on the need for a new relationship between the international donor community and...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, we are grateful to the Minister for his response to the points made by my colleague the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Portsmouth, who, unfortunately, is unable to be in his place today. The amendments extend to the authorities responsible for all faith schools the powers that the right reverend Prelate's amendments would have given to Anglican and Roman Catholic schools. We...

Education Bill [HL] (24 Feb 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I resonate very much with what the noble Baroness has just been saying. This is a very thorny issue for all of us who are in any way concerned about the viability and well-being of local rural communities. In many cases, it seems that there is no obvious right or wrong answer. I have now been a Bishop for nearly 11 years and during that time I have been involved in the closure of...

Gambling Bill (22 Feb 2005)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I am pleased to be able to speak on this important legislation. We are all aware of the controversy that it has generated in the country at large, and it is good that we can finally turn our attention to some of the proposed measures. Like all Members of the House, I willingly acknowledge that new gambling legislation is overdue. Technology has outpaced the law, and new and...

Civil Contingencies Bill ( 5 Jul 2004)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord McNally, has already drawn attention to the role played by the voluntary agencies in relation to this Bill. We have all received a briefing paper produced jointly by the British Red Cross, the WRVS, the Salvation Army and St John Ambulance. These are, of course, highly respectable voluntary organisations, which have contributed very significantly to the welfare...

Middle East (31 Mar 2004)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, I am both delighted and humbled to follow the masterly exposition of the noble Lord, Lord Wright. Today, I was wondering whether to speak on Iraq or on Israel/Palestine, but the noble Lord's contribution has enabled us to see the two in very clear connection and we are most grateful. I am also very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, not only for initiating the debate but...

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia (10 Mar 2004)

the Bishop of Coventry: My Lords, in addressing your Lordships for the first time I should like to express my thanks to Members of this House and others who have made my induction thus far wholly congenial and relatively painless. I am most grateful and trust that it will continue in similar vein. I wish to say something today about the pastoral care of those suffering from dementia and their capacity for spiritual...


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