Results 41–60 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

Media Plurality: Communications Committee Report — Question for Short Debate (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I agree with a good deal of the report, but there are four areas where I have small disagreements. First, plurality is not enough. You might have several points of view, but if those points of view do not communicate with each other or do not understand what each is enough, the plurality can be a recipe for social fragmentation. Therefore plurality should be accompanied by mutual...

NHS: Medical Competence and Skill — Question for Short Debate (7 Jan 2015)

Lord Parekh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain and, where necessary, improve the level of medical competence and skill in the National Health Service.

NHS: Medical Competence and Skill — Question for Short Debate (7 Jan 2015)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is an honour and a privilege to introduce this debate. I thank in advance all those Peers who will speak in the debate for the significant contributions that they will make from their respective points of view. The NHS is one of our finest achievements. No pain goes unrelieved for lack of money. Its staff are dedicated, driven by a sense of calling, and their level of competence...

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

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking and congratulating the most reverend Primate on securing this debate and introducing it with very considerable eloquence and wisdom. Today’s debate could not have been more timely and morally more engaging. Over the past few years we have become so used to violence that we resort to force every time we want something. This is true of private individuals and...

House of Lords: Procedures and Practices — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, at a rough count, I think that we spend 15% to 20% of our time on debates. The specific question I want to address is this: are our debates as effective as they could be and are we getting as much out of the time we spend on them as we should? My feeling over the past 10-odd years that I have been here is that we are not. I shall make four or five suggestions for improving the way...

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, for securing this debate and introducing it so well. I want to concentrate on two major points. When we talk about religion, there is a danger of homogenising it, assuming that religion more or less takes the same form in all societies or that all religions are basically the same. In the United Kingdom, there are...

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

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, for securing this debate and introducing it so well. The freedom to profess and practise religion is obviously a fundamental human right, so I will not spend any time emphasising its importance. The noble Lord, Lord Alton, gave us a catalogue of all the various countries where this right has been systematically violated,...

BBC World Service and British Council — Motion to Take Note (10 Jul 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, on securing this debate. I shall introduce three reservations about the discussion that we have had. First, I do not think that it is a good idea to couple the BBC with the British Council. We should not lump them together because they play different roles in our policies. The British Council is expected to promote...

Middle East: Jihadism — Question for Short Debate (19 Jun 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, for securing this debate, and I congratulate him on introducing it with such eloquence. Rightly, he referred to the war on Iraq. I shall not talk about that at length, but I will begin by saying that, although Mr Blair led us into the war, the Conservative Party had already agreed to support it. Therefore, it was not merely the Government or the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (11 Jun 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I want to address two issues arising out of the Queen’s Speech. One relates to foreign affairs and the other to constitutional matters. By and large we have enjoyed very good relations with India. The recent election of Mr Modi as the Prime Minister presents us with a unique opportunity in India’s history to deepen and expand our relations with that country. Mr Modi has brought...

Development: Post-2015 Agenda — Question for Short Debate (2 Apr 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Flather. I cannot promise to measure up to her formidable indictment of the male half of the human species and her fervent call to women to unite using almost Marxian language: “Women of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains”. I want to begin by thanking my noble friend Lady Kinnock of Holyhead for...

NHS: Seven-day Working — Question for Short Debate (6 Feb 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ribeiro, for securing this debate and introducing it so well. A case for seven-day working in the NHS seems so overwhelming that I am surprised that it has taken us so long to raise it. I can think of half a dozen powerful reasons why seven-day working is an absolute must. As the noble Lord, Lord Ribeiro, has said, it reduces mortality, which can rise by...

Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, we have had an absolutely fascinating and rich debate, led brilliantly by the noble Lord, Lord Lang. While listening to this debate I asked myself a simple question and conducted a simple experiment. The debate is intended not merely for our edification; it is intended to influence people on the other side of the border in the hope that they might act in a way that we would like...

First World War: Personnel from the Indian Subcontinent — Question for Short Debate (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, next year we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, which until 1939 used to be called the Great War. The Government, the British Library and various organisations have provided a syllabus of a wide range of activities that should be undertaken, and adequate resources for this. I welcome this, but have two reservations. First, I am not sure that those organisations are...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow my noble friend Lord Patel. I begin by congratulating the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, on securing this debate. In the three minutes that I have at my disposal, I want to make five very quick points. First, I think that prosecution has to be far more vigorous than it has been. In order that that can happen, we need to do two things: medical professionals and...

Human Rights — Motion to Take Note (21 Nov 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Alton of Liverpool, on securing this debate and thank him for introducing it with such passion and wisdom. We are right to concentrate on the promotion of human rights rather than on the promotion of democracy, which has been in the air for quite some time. The rights are easy to identify and monitor, and there is greater international agreement...

Magna Carta — Question for Short Debate (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd, for securing this debate and for introducing it with such eloquence and wisdom. When looking at the 800th anniversary celebrations of Magna Carta, it is important to bear in mind four or five features of the charter which are in danger of being ignored. First, it is not a democratic document. Democracy is the rule of the...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 Jul 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I support the Bill introduced by my noble friend Lord Dubs. Ever since I became a Member of your Lordships’ House, I have asked myself why we are not allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. In fact, the first Question that I asked, on 17 January 2001, was precisely this: that on the grounds of human rights and equality of treatment, we ought to be able to vote. The debate...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 Jul 2013)

Lord Parekh: I am sorry. May I just finish this argument? When we are told that we are here in person and therefore need not be represented by the parliamentary election, we are making an important assumption: that the two Houses have equal powers. If they do not have equal powers, that argument collapses. If the Commons could do certain things that this House cannot do, then the fact that we are here in...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (5 Jul 2013)

Lord Parekh: If we were allowed to stand, we could certainly vote for ourselves too. Logically, the argument that we are here in person and therefore should not be allowed to vote because we do not need to be represented is a flawed one. Once you undermine that argument, there seems to be no logical basis for us not being allowed to vote. There are of course other arguments: that one should not make a...


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