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Freedom of Religion or Belief - Question (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, in congratulating the noble Lord, I also recognise the excellent work that his predecessors, including the noble Baronesses, Lady Warsi and Lady Anelay, from this House have done on inter-faith relations. I am glad that he recognises the links between the domestic agenda and the international agenda. Does he see part of his role to explain to significant foreign Governments the...

National Life: Shared Values and Public Policy Priorities - Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2016)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...such as Judaism and Islam. Some very interesting and enthusiastic young Muslims came to talk to me the other week about developing a liberal approach to Islam. I know that the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, has just written a book on aspects of that, which I very much look forward to reading. Of course, these are also humanist values. I strongly agree with the noble Baroness that these are...

Conflicts and Violence: Religion — Question for Short Debate (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...of inequality all matter, as do open societies and open media. I ask the Government: how far is this an element in their foreign policy as well as in their domestic policy? The noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, with whom I thoroughly enjoyed working in government, did some very useful work on this. She spoke in Istanbul, in the Grand Mosque in Muscat and elsewhere about the need for mutual...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (28 May 2015)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...in that respect. I compliment her in particular for maintaining the important work on interfaith relations, both domestically and internationally, which her predecessor—the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi—undertook. I hope that that will also continue under this new Conservative Government. I want to talk about the area of the Queen’s Speech on international affairs and the insistence...

Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...than it was when I was a child—and ensure that we help to understand what is shared between Islam, Judaism and Christianity and not what is incompatible. I pay tribute to my noble friend Lady Warsi for the work that she did as a Minister in promoting interfaith dialogue, and the work that my noble friends Lord Ahmad and Lady Anelay are still doing on it. My noble friend Lady Anelay told...

Soft Power and Conflict Prevention — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: .... The Government can assist in this regard. There are now university centres for Islamic theology and one needs to take that further. I take the opportunity to praise the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, for the work she did, and the speeches she made, on tolerance to Muslim audiences in Istanbul, Oman and Kuala Lumpur as well as for the speeches she made in Washington and Rome on interfaith...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Ministers (30 Jul 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: There are 22 Cabinet Ministers and 11 Ministers attending Cabinet. There are two House of Lords Ministers attending Cabinet: the Leader of the House of Lords and Baroness Warsi, as set out on the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/government/ministers.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...on every point that has been made. I apologise for that. I was also going to apologise that, in this instance, I am summing up on something that is so very much the subject of my noble friend Lady Warsi. In preparing for this debate, I read the speeches she made in Georgetown, at the Pontifical Academy in Rome, in Oman and Kuala Lumpur. After that, my high respect for her rose further. It...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...we cannot get away from and have to address. There are many who do a lot of good work in that respect in the United Kingdom. I recall Tariq Ramadan, now on the panel of the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, saying that he sees Europe as the society within which the necessary reconciliation between Islam and modernity will take place. Let us all work for that. A large number of countries have...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Religious Intolerance (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: Freedom of religion or belief is a human rights priority for this Government and a personal priority for my noble friend the right Hon. Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Ministerial Week at the end of September, Baroness Warsi convened her second meeting of international leaders to discuss what more the...

Human Rights: Burma — Question (18 Jul 2013)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...the noble Lord with a specific answer to his question, but I can confirm that Alan Duncan, from the Department for International Development, was in Rakhine state in June, that my noble friend Lady Warsi was looking at the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar shortly before that, and that British officials are very regularly in and out of Rakhine state.

Egypt — Question (10 Jun 2013)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...also the internal divide between a relatively liberal urban elite and a much more conservative peasant class from outside Cairo. We have intervened on a number of occasions. My noble friend Lady Warsi made a major speech at the organisation of Islamic states conference on the importance of freedom of religion and belief, and my honourable friend and colleague, Alistair Burt, has spoken to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: China (10 Jun 2013)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: I refer my noble friend to the Answer given by the Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right honourable Baroness Warsi, on 21 January (Official Report, col. WA164). We remain very concerned about Liu Xiaobo. We most recently raised our concerns about Liu Xiaobo and our broader concerns about freedom of expression in China in the Foreign and Commonwealth...

Israel and Palestine: Balfour Declaration — Question (28 Nov 2012)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, I should perhaps explain that the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, was taken unwell this morning and I am therefore standing in her stead at short notice. The British Government have not organised any events to mark the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. However, the Attorney-General and the British ambassador in Tel Aviv attended a dinner event on 12 November in Tel Aviv,...

EU: UK Membership — Question (22 Oct 2012)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, I say on behalf of my noble friend Lady Warsi that she answered three debates last week and she will be here tomorrow. She has other responsibilities. On the question of defending our position within the EU, the Government have made it clear through a number of senior Ministers, not just the Prime Minister, that we intend to stay in the European Union-rather more clearly than...

Immigration — Debate (21 Oct 2010)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...multiculturalism. We do so happily. I come from a party whose previous party president was the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia. I am now in coalition with a party whose chair is the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi. We live and work in a happily multicultural society, although we recognise the complexities of multicultural society and of societies that continue to undergo new waves of immigration. I...

Middle East and Afghanistan (23 Oct 2007)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...valuable EU Committee report on the Middle East peace process with this debate. We have had two excellent maiden speeches. I was especially interested by the references of the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, to women's rights, an issue that she is fully engaged in. It is also an issue in this country. Last Friday night, in Bradford, I was interested to hear about a speech that she had given...


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