Results 21–40 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

Social Care: Funding - Question for Short Debate (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, on securing this debate, although it is slightly overshadowed by the following debate, which seems to be concerned with the same issue. As a result, attendance in this debate is slightly thinner than it should be. Nevertheless, the noble Baroness has addressed an important question and I am happy to participate in the debate. For...

Part-time and Continuing Education and the Open University - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, on securing this debate and introducing it so well. I am only sorry that it has taken so long to organise. We are also limited to about to about three minutes, which is hardly enough to cover an issue of this importance. That is, however, where we are and where I will begin. We all agree that we live, as the noble Baroness...

Immigration: Hostile Environment - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank and congratulate my noble friend Lord Bassam on securing this debate and introducing it so well. I will concentrate on a slightly different aspect of this whole thing, namely, the hostile environment: why did it get created and who created it? In so doing, I will look at the assumptions and attitudes we have brought to bear on this question of immigration. The “Empire...

Social Workers - Question for Short Debate (16 May 2018)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking my noble friend Lord Kennedy of Southwark for initiating this debate so well. I am disappointed that the debate has been so poorly subscribed today, especially as this is a subject of such great importance. But that is for reasons on which I can only speculate—maybe it is the end of the day, or maybe the European Union debate took up a lot of time. Had I not...

The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (26 Apr 2018)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I too begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Patel, and his committee on this report on the long-term sustainability of the NHS and adult social care. When Lord Beveridge submitted his report, he told his 26 year-old research assistant, Harold Wilson, the following: “From now on, Beveridge is not the name of a man; it is the name of a way of life”. It is important to bear...

Education and Society - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury on securing this debate and, more importantly, on introducing it with a beautiful blend of insight and compassion. The one disadvantage of being the last Back-Bench speaker of the day is that you are not quite sure what you are going to say. Every time you hear a speaker, you cut out a paragraph from...

Islam: Tenets - Question (7 Dec 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by complimenting the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, on securing this debate. His introduction was quite interesting, although I was a little disappointed that what began as a calm disquisition on Islam turned, as it moved on, into a kind of diatribe. That is an inevitable danger. If one talks about Islam as a whole, rather than concentrating on a particular aspect of...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I offer my sincerest apologies to the noble Lord, Lord Scriven, for attempting to jump the sequence of speakers. The idea was not to usurp his place; I was simply impatient to get what I wanted to say out of the way. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, on securing the debate and introducing it so well. I express my great delight and pleasure at the presence of the noble...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords—

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: I thought I was jumping the queue

Education: Early Years - Question for Short Debate (29 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by complimenting the noble Lord, Lord Storey, on securing the debate and introducing it so well. When we talk about childcare and early years education, we need to bear in mind the context. If one looks at the social situation, the following facts are striking: 10% to 15% of pregnant women suffer from depression and anxiety, a third of the violence against women is committed...

Commonwealth Summit 2018 - Question for Short Debate (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, on securing this debate and introducing it with such charm and erudition. Anything that is done to improve the role and functioning of the Commonwealth is to be greatly welcomed, especially if it brings it closer to the people who live within it. We have learned this lesson particularly painfully in the case of the European Union, which...

A Manifesto to Strengthen Families - Motion to Take Note (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I too welcome the Minister to his new appointment. I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Farmer, and his colleague in the other place, Fiona Bruce, for drafting the manifesto. It presents a very depressing picture of what is happening to family in our country. We are almost a world leader in family breakdown, and in economic terms the estimated cost of family breakdown is about...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, this is a momentous debate, in which the House and Parliament as a whole are trying to turn our back on over 40 years of our history and strike out on our own in a highly dangerous and volatile world. This is the result of the referendum. Some people outside the House, and some of your Lordships as well, have tried to question the democratic legitimacy of the referendum on the...

EU Referendum and EU Reform (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2016)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I have been in this country for more than 50 years and I cannot recall an equivalent occasion when it was likely to take such a momentous decision as to whether we should remain in or leave the European Union, on the basis of a rather shallow and polarised debate conducted in a mood of panic created or exploited by a motley crowd of politicians who are prepared to change their...

Black and Minority Ethnic People: Workplace Issues - Motion to Take Note (3 May 2016)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the Minister on introducing the debate. I remember sponsoring a similar debate in this House about 12 to 13 years ago. I was struck by the fact that almost all the speakers came from the Lib Dem and Labour Benches, with hardly anyone from the Conservative side. The shadow Minister was the only one. In his sovereign loneliness he struck us as rather a...

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jan 2016)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I express my deepest gratitude to the noble Lord, Lord Dholakia, for introducing the Bill, and, more generally, for his persistent advocacy of the cause that informs it. I am also delighted to be following four noble Lords who have done splendid work in this area, and whose contributions I recognise. Naturally, in a debate that has gone on for some years, many of the arguments made...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank my good friend, my noble friend Lord Turnberg, for introducing this debate with great wisdom and erudition. While I entirely agree that the principle underlying the NHS is noble and widely acclaimed, in practice it leaves much to be desired. Noble Lords have concentrated on funding and other things but I want to concentrate on the more elementary aspect of some of the...

Pornography — Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2015)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester and congratulate him on securing this debate. He introduced it with great clarity and compassion. He presented a general picture of malaise in our society and did so very movingly. While I agree with the general malaise in our society and the way in which sexuality has become such a dominant part of our life, I am not entirely...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question for Short Debate (22 Oct 2015)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord, Lord Morris of Aberavon, for securing this debate. As he rightly pointed out, no other inquiry in our public life has taken so long. It was announced in June 2009 and it is now 2015. I have two questions to ask. What explains the delay? Was that delay justified? It seems to me that five factors are responsible for the delay in submitting the...


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