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Results 101–120 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

British Humanist Association: Reports: Debate (18 Mar 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I am delighted to be participating in this debate. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for securing it and introducing it with great energy and eloquence. I had hoped to take one line in this debate, but since it has gone almost entirely one way, I thought that I should tilt the balance and try to raise issues that are in danger of being ignored. In recent years we have witnessed...

International Women's Day — Debate (4 Mar 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Miller of Hendon, on securing this debate. When a similar debate took place about six or eight months ago, there were 12 speakers and only one of them a man: that was me, and I felt extremely uncomfortable. Today, we have 26 speakers and five of them are men, so we have certainly made some progress, but it also goes to show how far we have to...

Education: Teaching Excellence — Debate (4 Mar 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Shephard of Northwold, for securing this debate and introducing it with the commitment and wisdom that we have come to expect of her. It is also a pleasure and privilege to follow two of my very distinguished friends and colleagues, the noble Lords, Lord Giddens and Lord Norton of Louth. There is no premeditation or conspiracy in the three of us...

Higher and Further Education: Funding — Debate (25 Feb 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Baker of Dorking, for securing this debate and for introducing it with the eloquence and insight that we have come to expect from him. The Government have announced cuts amounting to about £900 million out of a total budget of £12 billion over three years, which comes to something like 8 or 9 per cent of the universities' state-funded...

Constitutional Reform — Debate (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for securing this debate and for introducing it with considerable passion. Demands for reform in almost every aspect of our political and constitutional life are in the air and the question is how we respond to them. The noble Lord outlined a syllabus of reforms, and there are many others. We can approach and discuss these reforms in one of two...

Equality Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (15 Dec 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I greatly welcome the Bill and see it as a tribute to the Government's commitment to equality. The Bill does a number of things that are long overdue. It comes as a climax to a long struggle for equality, which began nearly 45 years ago. As time is limited, I shall concentrate on those aspects of the Bill which puzzle me and where I would like some clarification and possibly some...

Fast-track Legislation: Constitution Committee Report: Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, like noble Lords before me, I too begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Goodlad, for chairing the committee and introducing the report with the clarity that one has come to expect of him. I feel slightly strange in that I seem to be the only person who is not a member of the committee to be speaking in the debate. On one level I feel like an intruder, while on the other I feel that...

Immigration: Migrant Workers — Question for Short Debate (27 Oct 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, for securing this debate and introducing it with the kind of conviction and commitment that we have come to expect of him. Since those days in the 1980s when there was a lot of privatisation and liberalisation, much work has been done by successive Governments to protect employees, but sadly not in relation to...

UN: Responsibility to Protect — Question for Short Debate (30 Jun 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Jay of Ewelme, for securing and introducing the debate. I extend a particularly warm welcome to my noble friend Lady Kinnock of Holyhead. She brings to this House great experience, wisdom and courage as well as a fine record of commitment to the cause of justice. I endorse the United Nations report on the responsibility to protect. It identifies four...

UN: Responsibility to Protect — Question for Short Debate (30 Jun 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I want to end by saying that we need to explore non-military forms of intervention.

Government Communications — Motion to Take Note (7 May 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, for introducing the report of the Select Committee on Communications with the clarity and fluency that we have come to expect of him. He will forgive me if I do not agree with all the party political points that he made. Many of the recommendations of the committee are well taken and well argued, and I hope that the Government will give them...

Afghanistan and Pakistan — Statement (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, does the Minister agree that Pakistan should not be used as a means to our war on terror but that it should be made to realise that fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda is in its own interest? If Pakistan is seen to be doing that as an instrument to our objectives, there would be a strong national reaction. That is to be avoided. As for Afghanistan, I should have thought that our main...

Africa: Governance and Law — Debate (5 Mar 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Earl, Lord Sandwich, on securing the debate and thank him for introducing it with the wisdom and concern that we have come to expect of him. Although the subject of the debate is Africa, all noble Lords but two have concentrated on sub-Saharan Africa, as I, too, shall do in my nine-minute presentation. Sub-Saharan Africa includes...

Children: Good Childhood Inquiry Report — Debate (12 Feb 2009)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester for introducing this most impressive report with great wisdom and eloquence. This is the first time that 11 leading experts debated the subject among themselves, spoke to nearly 30,000 children, adults and professionals, and took three years to identify the problem, trace its causes and propose solutions. It is a...

India — Debate (18 Dec 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, on securing the debate and I thank her for introducing it with the passion and conviction that we have come to associate with her. I should also like to welcome my noble friend Lord Paul in his new incarnation. I wish him well, and it is by serendipitous coincidence that he should be presiding over the House on a day when we are debating...

Queen's Speech — Debate (5th Day) (10 Dec 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I shall begin with an apology. Although I have a very bad throat, I put my name down to speak in this debate because it raises some extremely important issues on which I want to share a few thoughts. The gracious Speech commits the Government to creating a single equality Act. In so doing, it redeems the Government's pledge given in the 2005 election manifesto. The proposed equality...

Britishness (19 Jun 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Taylor of Warwick, for initiating this debate. He has given us a good-humoured and personal statement of what it is to be British and I cannot presume to match it. I am afraid that I am going to be boringly academic and try to look a little more critically and closely at the idea of Britishness. I am not happy with the term "Britishness" that we are...

Education and Skills Bill (10 Jun 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I very much welcome the basic objectives of the Bill and many of the details, and I commend the Government for introducing it. In my brief comments, I shall concentrate on one major aspect of the Bill which worries me—Part 1. I have no difficulty with increasing compulsory education until the age of 17 or 18. As the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, said, the case for it is...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (13 Mar 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, on securing this debate and I thank him for introducing it with the commitment and erudition that we have come to expect of him. Many noble Lords have talked about the mechanism of interdepartmental co-operation and staffing within the FCO. I had hoped to do the same, but in light of the fact that many noble Lords have already...

NHS: Patient Care (28 Feb 2008)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Eccles of Moulton, on securing this debate and introducing it so very well. There is no doubt at all that the NHS has improved considerably during the past few years. The infrastructure has improved, staffing is better than before and the basic NHS culture is undergoing some extremely important and desirable changes. I welcome all...


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