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Results 1–20 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Soulsby

Foreign Affairs and Defence (18 May 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I should like to begin my first speech in the House with an apology to my hon. Friends. As the new Member for Leicester, South, I can claim credit for being the Labour gain on 5 May. I was also, however, the candidate who did not win the by-election last July. My thanks are therefore due to my many hon. Friends who campaigned for me last year, and my apology goes to them for being 10 months...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: When he last met representatives of the Palestinian Authority to discuss progress on the Middle East peace settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: In his initial response to the question, the Foreign Secretary indicated that this is indeed a unique opportunity to move forwards in the middle east and to move towards a two-state solution that protects the interests of the Israeli Government while securing justice for the Palestinians, but in his response to the supplementary he dealt with one of the issues that threatens that progress. I...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: My constituency is one of the most ethnically diverse of any represented in this House outside London. In the last census in 2001, more than 40 per cent. of its population described themselves as other than white British, and the proportion is probably somewhat higher today. In giving that description, they used many different criteria, the two most notable being race and religion. It is not...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: Certainly, because I realise that my hon. Friend may feel that I have misrepresented him slightly.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I entirely accept that that was my hon. Friend's point and that he was welcoming the extension; my argument is that it should be extended to other religious minorities, which is the purpose of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: No; my point was that a significant proportion of my constituents and others identify themselves primarily by their religion, and that that identification that they have of themselves and that others have of them should be protected.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: The fact is that the law preventing the promotion of hatred on the grounds of race deserves to be extended to those who suffer from the promotion of hatred on the grounds of their religion. Members of certain religions are not protected when, as they increasingly perceive to be the case, extremists promote hatred of them and of their friends, families and communities on the grounds of their...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: That was precisely my point about the way in which the law has been extended, is capable of being extended to prevent attacks on Jews and Sikhs and should be extended to prevent such attacks on Muslims and members of other religions in future. The Bill will not prevent anybody from being criticised or joked about. However, it makes a clear statement. It will provide a legal framework and help...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill: New Clause 2 — Protection of Freedom of Expression (11 Jul 2005)

Peter Soulsby: At the heart of the hon. Gentleman's argument is the assertion that a person's religious belief is, in many respects, very similar to that person's political belief or—this example was given earlier—his or her support for a football club. Does he accept that many people's religious beliefs are much more fundamental than their political beliefs, or even their support for football clubs?...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill: New Clause 2 — Protection of Freedom of Expression (11 Jul 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I certainly do not think that a religious outlook needs be immutable, but I believe it to be fundamental. It is, I believe, fundamental to how people identify themselves, and fundamental in a way that is particularly relevant to the Bill—fundamental to how others identify them and promote hatred of them. Surely the purpose of the Bill is to protect those who are identified by others, and by...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill: New Clause 2 — Protection of Freedom of Expression (11 Jul 2005)

Peter Soulsby: The point made in Committee that still applies now is that it is not just a question of giving protection to white Muslims. There are many Muslims in many mosques, just as there are many Christians in many churches: people from many different racial backgrounds are represented. Somalis, Pakistanis, Kosovans, Indians, Bangladeshis, people from Saudi Arabia and from many other countries are...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Parliamentary Approval for Participation in Armed Conflict) Bill — Order for Second Reading read. — [Queen's Consent, on behalf of the Crown, signified.] (21 Oct 2005)

Peter Soulsby: It is significant that, with a couple of notable eccentric exceptions, the majority of Members who have spoken against the Bill have done so not on the basis of principle—parliamentary scrutiny and approval of proposed armed conflicts—but on the two themes of necessity and the problems associated with implementation. I shall deal with those themes one at a time. On necessity, it is argued...

Avian Influenza (26 Oct 2005)

Peter Soulsby: My right hon. Friend will agree that there have been some astonishing scare stories and headlines in the press about avian influenza. She would probably also agree that, as a result, there has been widespread fear and public confusion, in about equal measure, about these issues. Does she agree that, although such scare stories might sell newspapers, it is vital that her Department undertake a...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I had the privilege of leading Leicester city council for some 17 years. It has been said that that is longer than a life sentence, and at times it certainly felt like it. But in that capacity my city and I survived the rating system, the savage revenue and capital cuts of the early 1980s, and the rate capping and attendant confrontations that took place in what was a pretty painful period....

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: As I understand the proposals in the White Paper, the Government envisage a new role for local education authorities. I do have some concerns about what that role might be. However, I look forward to a vigorous debate over the White Paper to ensure that local education authorities continue to play a vital role on behalf of local people who elect them to serve their local communities. I look...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. That was precisely the point that I was making. I welcome the Minister's commitment, in introducing the debate, to a continued role for a property tax in the funding of local government. I welcome it because a property tax is predictable, collectable and just—albeit sometimes a rough justice. I urge Ministers to pass the message back to the Lyons review about...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I shall certainly take your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and stick to the matter in hand—except to acknowledge that I agree with my hon. Friend's point. If, as I hope will be the case, the Bill is successfully enacted, I hope that the Government will recognise that the postponement reinforces the need for them to look into the inequities of the present system of support for local government...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I would give the same reason that Ministers have already given—that we have a unique opportunity to review the role and functions of local government, not just the method of financing it. I greatly welcome that opportunity. As I said earlier, I have spent a large proportion of my adult life engaged in local government and over that time I have seen how local government has become...

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill (7 Nov 2005)

Peter Soulsby: Does my hon. Friend agree that the problem with council tax is the imbalance between the funding that it provides at a local level and central Government funding? She has provided an example of a council that receives more than 80 per cent. of its funding from central Government and less than 20 per cent. of its funding from council tax. Does she accept that, where that imbalance exists,...


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