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Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister and to noble Lords who contributed to this debate. The noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, underlined my concern about lone parents and reminded us that the effect of the Bill compounds the effect of so much other legislation that is going through at the moment. In particular he made the point that universal credit is the central architecture of welfare for the...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I shall speak to Amendments 4, 5, 16, 18, 20 and 21, which are in my name, and I am grateful to other noble Lords for adding their names to some of them. These amendments seek to make two key changes to the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill. The first is to ensure that universal credit rates, including work allowances, are uprated with inflation. This will protect the future value of...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2013)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Adebowale, who speaks with real authority and experience in this matter and who came to speak in Leicester this time last year to a group exploring the public responsibility for the poor. It seems to me that, from time to time, it falls to these Benches to raise questions about the moral responsibility of this House and perhaps today...

Equal Marriage Consultation — Statement (11 Dec 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, those of us on these Benches entirely share the view of the noble Lord, Lord Laming, that we are all equal in the eyes of God. That is why many of us supported civil partnerships, as we believe that the rights and obligations that flow to those who wish formally to mark and celebrate their commitment to each other should not be denied to people simply because of their sexuality....

Treatment of Homosexual Men and Women in the Developing World — Question for Short Debate (25 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, for spelling out so powerfully and persuasively the scale and horror of the threats faced by many gay people around the world. Noble Lords will be aware that in 1967 it was the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, who spoke in this House to support the decriminalisation of homosexuality in this country, thus making a clear...

Children: Looked-after Children — Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, it is a privilege and somewhat humbling to follow the noble Lord, Lord Laming, who has made such an impassioned speech. I express my gratitude to the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, for tabling this important debate, for his eloquent and passionate introduction and for his clear explanation of what it takes to introduce a damaged young person to the idea of trust and love as a basis for...

NHS: Children's Congenital Heart Services — Question (25 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: To ask Her Majesty's Government why the removal of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation equipment from Glenfield Hospital does not form part of the review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel into children's congenital heart services in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

NHS: Children's Congenital Heart Services — Question (25 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his Answer. In the east Midlands we appreciate the Secretary of State's decision to review his predecessor's decision on the future of children's congenital heart services in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. However, in view of the unique and exceptional network of expertise with a world reputation supporting the so-called ECMO...

NHS: Children's Congenital Heart Services — Question (25 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, is the Minister aware, in spite of the technically clear Answer that he has given, that the overwhelming medical opinion is that the removal of this unit could lead to significant loss of children's lives? Are he and the Secretary of State able to contemplate that possibility with equanimity?

Unemployment: Young People — Question (24 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, could the Minister tell us what the Government are doing to ensure that the most vulnerable young people who enter the Work Programme are not simply parked by contractors because it is not financially viable to invest the resources needed to support them into work?

EAC Report: Development Aid: Motion to Take Note (22 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I add my thanks to those of this House to the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor, for bringing the subject of development aid to our attention. Crucial to the public discussion of this subject is a central question, to which the noble Lord, Lord McConnell, drew attention earlier, about how the debate is framed-the question raised in sharp terms by the report of the Select Committee. Are we,...

Education: English Baccalaureate — Question (22 Oct 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, in the light of the Minister's reply to the noble Lord, Lord Singh, will he assure the House that religious education will not eventually disappear from the qualifications register and thus disappear from school timetables altogether?

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (27 Jun 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, I am grateful to the Leader for his clarification of the Government's proposals. We on these Benches recognise the need for some reform of this House, and welcome the opportunity that the Bill will give for a thorough debate about the future of Parliament. In particular, we are pleased to see that the Government endorse the Joint Committee's recommendation on the continuing...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, as a member of the Joint Committee, I add my tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Richard, as chair for his skill, staying power, stamina and achievement in delivering a report on time. I recollect that the retiring most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury recommended that his successor should have the skin of a rhinoceros and the constitution of an ox, and it occurs to me that...

Welfare Reform Bill: Report (1st Day) (12 Dec 2011)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, it is a privilege to speak in support of the noble Baroness's amendment. Her evident mastery of the subject has impressed the whole House, as it certainly impressed everyone involved in Committee. I do not have a great deal to add to what she said except that, in reading the transcript of that Committee, it struck me that two things did not emerge clearly enough, particularly given...

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL] — Order of Consideration Motion (21 Oct 2011)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, the position of this Bench has consistently been, over many years, that considerations of Lords reform should pay careful attention to both the effectiveness of this Chamber and questions of the people's confidence in the parliamentary system. What is proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, addresses both those issues effectively. We have a responsibility to the House to support the...

Sure Start — Question (17 Oct 2011)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, in the light of the recent riots and mounting evidence that the first three years are crucial to personal development, do the Government have any concerns about any possible correlation between social unrest and the closures that we have been discussing?

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, it was Archbishop William Temple, one of Beveridge's key associates, who first coined the term "welfare state". He asked how one could justify an individual giving up some of his or her autonomy to the state. He contrasted the welfare state, in which Government gained legitimacy from their commitment to the welfare of the people, with the power state, epitomised by the fascist and...

Children: Parenting — Question (11 Jul 2011)

the Bishop of Leicester: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the thrust of the Good Childhood report, published by the Children's Society a couple of years ago when I was chair, that argued that if PSHE education is to be undertaken in schools it is absolutely vital that it is undertaken by properly trained and qualified teachers who have as much experience and qualification as in other major subjects?


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