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Climate Change (9 Feb 2004)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, may I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Members of this House and to its officers and staff for the way in which I have been welcomed and guided both at my introduction and subsequently? It was particularly gratifying tonight to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Byford. I thank her for her kind and welcoming remarks. As the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, pointed out,...

Marriage (17 Mar 2004)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I too welcome the opportunity for debate provided by the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne. He is right to say that healthy marriages are good for children and adults and to point to the importance of supporting marriage and enhancing awareness of its benefits. Whoever said that marriage was not so much a noun as a sentence got it badly wrong. Marriage remains the major institution of...

Central Government and Local Communities (5 May 2004)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, for initiating the debate. It is, after all, at local level that the fabric of our civil society is maintained and developed. As the Home Secretary has written in the report of the Home Office's Civil Renewal Unit: "Building the capacity of both individuals and groups within communities is central to the process of civil...

Immigration and Asylum (23 Feb 2005)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, for bringing these matters to our attention. It was just over 30 years ago that the Leicester Mercury carried a notorious front page headline, "No room here". It was sending a signal to Ugandan Asians seeking a new home after Idi Amin's expulsions. For three decades the city has repented of that headline even as the process of...

A-levels and GCSEs (5 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the Church of England's commitment to education for the whole child? Will he join me, with the Church of England, in congratulating the teaching profession on its contribution to the raising of standards?

Slavery (7 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, on 19 June 1816 William Wilberforce made a telling contribution to parliamentary debate. "They charge me with fanaticism," he said. "If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large." I very much welcome this debate, especially if it contributes to bringing this House, the...

London: Terrorist Attacks (7 Jul 2005)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the prayerful concern, sympathy and support from these Benches for all the casualties, and our absolute support and appreciation for the work of the security services? Will the Minister join me in assuring our friends and partners in other faith and minority communities in the cities of this country that we will do all in our power to ensure that nothing...

Prisons: Suicides (20 Oct 2005)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity that the debate affords us to raise profound questions and concerns about the use of custody for children and young people and its consequences for us all. I declare an interest as chair of the Children's Society. I imagine that we would all regard the recent increase in the use of custody for children as one of the most alarming developments in youth...

Christianity and Islam (23 Mar 2006)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, in line with many noble Lords today, I am grateful to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester for bringing one of the most fundamental and pressing issues in international relations today to the attention of this House. Perhaps it would be appropriate to begin from these Benches by conceding to the noble Lord, Lord Taverne, that both Christianity and Islam—and, indeed,...

National Lottery Bill (23 May 2006)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I thank the Minister for tabling the amendment and, in their absence, I express the gratitude of the right reverend Prelates the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham and the Bishop of Sheffield, who, as the Minister mentioned, spoke at earlier stages of the Bill in favour of such an amendment. I express my satisfaction with the assurances given by the Minister in Committee and on...

South Asia Earthquake (24 May 2006)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware of the meeting between the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Prime Minister of Pakistan in March this year to discuss the contribution made by Christian minorities in that country to earthquake relief? Furthermore, is she aware of the very positive effects of UK governmental aid and charitable support for earthquake relief on interfaith...

Courts: Sentencing Guidance (19 Jul 2006)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware that, where continuing care of children is an issue, the prisoner often receives no information and requires urgent reassurance? Will she therefore assure the House that a family member or trusted friend of the prisoner would be allowed a reception visit within 24 hours to communicate about care arrangements?

Children: Custody (29 Jan 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, figures released in October 2006 show that more than 3,350 children and young people were held in the secure estate. It is overwhelmingly clear that any improvements to custodial regimes are extremely difficult to effect with such overcrowding. What do the Government propose to do to ensure that custodial sentences are passed only as a last resort, in line with the United Nations...

Welfare Reform Bill (29 Jan 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for introducing the Bill to this House. I want to speak at rather greater length than the noble Lord, Lord Oakeshott, about the housing benefit sanctions placed on those who have been evicted for anti-social behaviour. In doing so, I affirm the aspirations set out in the Government's Respect Action Plan, in which they write: "We want to create a decent,...

Energy: Light Bulbs (14 May 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Church of England is eagerly awaiting an outright ban on incandescent light bulbs having recently encouraged all its 16,000 churches and the people worshipping in them to exercise a voluntary ban? Is it because Australia has been subject to a 10-year drought that it has been brought face to face with the reality of global warming, in a way we in this...

Asylum Seekers: Torture Victims (17 May 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, can the Minister tell us how many asylum seekers who are currently in detention centres are known to have recorded independent evidence of having been tortured? What is the average length of time that they spend there in those circumstances?

Cluster Munitions (17 May 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Elton, for bringing his account of the Oslo conference to our attention, and for bringing to our attention the uncomfortable, troubling and disturbing facts behind it. I speak today as a lay person on this subject. I speak as one who has been confronted by stories of human lives brought to an end; of children and adults indiscriminately maimed;...

Debate on the Address (8 Nov 2007)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, many of us on this Bench add our congratulations to the Government on their plans for legislation as outlined in the gracious Speech. There is much we welcome here, and we look forward to making our contribution to the debates on the many Bills that will come before your Lordships' House. However, there is no greater duty placed on a Government than that of their care for their most...

Higher Education: Foreign Funding (28 Apr 2008)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that, when an academic institution is funded by a faith organisation from overseas, provision is made in terms of governance for students to engage with other faiths and with wider society generally?

Housing and Regeneration Bill (28 Apr 2008)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I add my welcome in principle for the Bill, which has already been widely expressed by noble Lords in this debate. The Government have rightly set an ambitious housing target, and there is clearly an overwhelming case for more housing. Bishops can well recognise the social and economic pressures that are intensifying as they are well placed to witness the effects in rural and urban...


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