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Results 81–100 of 181 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Parekh

Remembrance Day — Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Selkirk of Douglas, for securing this debate and introducing it in a most moving and inspirational manner. We are debating, "the debt which our nation owes to all those who have sacrificed their lives in defence of the realm". This subject raises two questions. First, does the nation really owe a debt to those who have sacrificed their lives in defence...

India — Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2011)

Lord Parekh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of economic, political and cultural relations between the United Kingdom and India.

India — Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2011)

Lord Parekh: It is a great privilege to initiate this debate. Since it is a common practice to declare an interest, I begin by saying that I have close ties with India, I actively participate in the public life of India, I have been a recipient of two of its highest honours and I am a member of the Indian Prime Minister's global advisory committee. For us in the UK, relations with India are of the utmost...

Universities: Impact of Government Policy — Debate (13 Oct 2011)

Lord Parekh: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Giddens, for securing this debate and introducing it with the insight and wisdom that we have come to expect of him. When we discuss education policy, we need to ask ourselves by what criteria are we judging it. In the context of this country, two criteria are absolutely relevant. First, is the government policy likely to safeguard the high quality of our...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Rendell of Babergh, for introducing this debate and for pursuing this issue for as long as I can remember-for as long as I have been in your Lordships' House. We all know that female genital mutilation is a horrendous practice. In this country I am told that at the moment there are 74,000 first-generation immigrant African women who have undergone...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I greatly welcome the report. It is extremely insightful and makes a whole set of useful recommendations about pre-legislative and post-legislative scrutiny as well as about Question Time. Therefore, I shall concentrate not on what I agree with but on five or six areas where the report is either silent or does not go far enough. I start with something which is extremely simple. It...

Procedure of the House: Select Committee Report — Motion to Agree (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I welcome the report. It is absolutely right to say that there is an anomaly in our membership of your Lordships' House. I cannot think of any institution to which one can belong without having the right to resign. Therefore, it is absolutely proper that the anomaly should be set right and that one should be allowed to resign after a certain period. My worry is about the way in...

Education Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (14 Jun 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I owe your Lordships' House my sincere apologies for not being present here when the opening speeches were made. Due to a fatality, the train journey from Hull to London took five and a half hours, as opposed to two and a half, as it normally does. So I ended up spending about three hours more on the train than I would normally do, along with the noble Lord, Lord Prescott, who has...

Libya — Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I must confess to a certain degree of unease about our Libyan operation. The Minister's statement has gone some way towards attenuating that, but he has not assuaged my anxiety altogether. China, India, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and Germany were unsympathetic to the UN resolution and have remained highly critical of the way in which we have interpreted the resolution and are conducting...

Financial Crime: Legislation — Debate (17 Mar 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, on and thank her for securing this debate and introducing it with such passion and eloquence. As she rightly pointed out, we generally tend to maintain fairly high standards in our internal affairs, both political and economic. However, when it comes to international transactions-whether foreign policy or economic-somehow...

Visas: Points-based System — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Earl, Lord Clancarty, on introducing this debate and showing how our immigration system is largely seen as unwelcoming to outsiders. He concentrated on how this points-based system is likely to affect artists, musicians and others, and how right he was to do so. However, I want to concentrate on an area that requires even more attention-namely, the way that...

Marriage — Debate (10 Feb 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester for securing this debate and introducing it with great passion and eloquence. I would have liked to speak about the role of marriage and marriage support in general, but I am struck by one absence in the debate as well as in the work that has been done. If one looks at the Hart report, there is virtually nothing about ethnic...

Local Authority Grants: Impact of Cuts — Debate (9 Dec 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Thornton for securing and introducing this debate. It could not be more timely or on a more important subject. Local authorities will suffer an overall reduction of 26 per cent in their revenue funding over a period of five years, which averages about 7.25 per cent a year. They will also suffer a reduction in capital expenditure of 30 per cent. I do not...

Active Citizenship — Debate (18 Nov 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Maclennan of Rogart, for securing and introducing this debate. Citizenship is obviously about rights and obligations, but active citizenship is about much more than that. It involves taking an active interest in the life of the community, participating in its affairs, criticising it when it is acting unjustly, and protesting when the Government will not...

Diplomacy — Debate (11 Nov 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, for securing and introducing this debate. As he rightly said, we are a middle-ranking power with limited resources but, thanks to our history, we have a global presence and a good reputation. Although our uncritical support for the US-led invasion of Iraq did us great damage, we are widely respected for our commitment to certain values and...

Media: Ownership — Debate (4 Nov 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I am sorry for that prelude to my speech. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, on securing the debate and I thank him for introducing it with the clarity, wisdom and eloquence that we have come to expect of him. In the UK, the national newspaper industry is run by eight companies, one of which-namely, News Corporation-has 35 per cent of the national newspaper market. This is...

Education: Pupils and Young People — Debate (28 Oct 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Perry, for securing this debate and introducing it with the clarity that we have come to expect of her. I may not agree with everything she said but she presented some extremely interesting views on what we ought to be doing. I think we all agree that we have one of the most unequal systems of education in the world. Our best schools are...

Women in Society — Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Giddens, who has brought an unusual perspective to our debate today and showed the subtle and elusive forms that patriarchy takes in our society and how it perpetuates itself. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon, on her wonderful maiden speech and the very considerable insights and passions that she has...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Jul 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Strathclyde, for arranging this debate and introducing it in a most constructive tone. Since he is for change and is welcoming suggestions, I shall add a few more to those that he has already received in this long debate. During the 10 years that I have been in this House, I have often had occasion to wonder whether our practices might not...

Economy — Debate (25 Mar 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market, for securing this debate. He took one view of the British economy under the Labour Government's stewardship and will appreciate that I do not share that view. In fact, I take the opposite view-more like that of the noble Lord, Lord Giddens. Labour has made many mistakes, but on balance, it has got most things right. I mention...


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