Results 61–80 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

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

Lord Parekh: The noble Baroness makes a fascinating point but there are two simple answers. She says that we are already Members of Parliament. Technically, I am but I cannot say that I am an MP. “Parliament” is used in two senses, one in the narrow sense of the House of Commons and one in the wider sense of both Houses. More importantly, if we say that we are Members of Parliament the point I would...

Immigration Rules: Impact on Families — Question for Short Debate (4 Jul 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hamwee, for introducing this debate on changes to the Immigration Rules. I will concentrate on three areas that worry me greatly. The first has to do with the way in which one is not allowed to bring one’s parents and grandparents from the country of one’s origin. The new Immigration Rules require that if your parents or grandparents are over the...

Education: Citizenship — Question for Short Debate (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a great privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Cormack. I congratulate, and thank, him not only on securing this debate but on introducing it with such commitment and wisdom. The noble Lord has spoken about a citizenship programme. I will talk about that in a moment, but I begin by talking about citizenship education as it exists in our schools and where I think it can be...

Women: Developing Countries — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Loomba, on securing this debate. It is important to bear in mind, when we talk about developing societies and developed societies, that the picture is quite complex. It is never the case that developed societies have been able to achieve equality for women or that the women’s status in all areas is necessarily better. After all, it is...

Business and Society — Question for Short Debate (12 Jun 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a pleasure to be participating in a debate initiated so eloquently by the noble Lord, Lord Sacks, and in which my good friend the noble Baroness, Lady Bottomley, spoke so wisely. I want to concentrate in the next two minutes that I have on the paradoxical relationship between business and society. Business simply cannot survive without three conditions. One is an educated...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I oppose the amendment not because I disagree with its principle or disapprove of it, but because I believe that it is trying to go about achieving it in the wrong way. The basic premise is that there is still a small amount of the practice of untouchability in Indian society in Britain and that it must be countered. I agree entirely. However, by using caste as a general category,...

United Kingdom: Future Demographic Trends — Question for Short Debate (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, for securing and introducing this debate. During the 13-odd years that I have been in your Lordships' House, this is the second time that I have spoken in two debates in a row, and the first time that these two debates have been within 20 minutes of each other. If today's experience is any guide, I would not want to repeat it...

Afghanistan — Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, who has introduced the subject with the characteristic fairness which we have come to expect of her, and with a great deal of historical learning. If I disagree with her from time to time those disagreements are largely minor and serve only to correct-as I see it-certain interpretations. The UN-mandated military operations...

International Women's Day — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2013)

Lord Parekh: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell of Beeston, for securing and introducing this debate, which she has done marvellously. As we celebrate International Women's Day, I want to introduce a note of caution. It is quite common to talk about "the woman", which leads one to think that all societies think of women in more or less the same way. Coming as I do from India and as a student of...

Crime: Sexual Violence — Question for Short Debate (6 Mar 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Wakefield for securing and introducing the debate. Sexual violence tends to occur in conflict situations far more than in others. That is so for three reasons. First, the perpetrators of sexual violence think that they have a right to the bodies of their victims, either because they have subdued them in war or because they have spared...

Kashmir — Question for Short Debate (23 Jan 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I begin by thanking my good friend the noble Lord, Lord Ahmed, for securing this debate and introducing it with the passion and eloquence that we have come to associate with him. He has been a good champion of his people and I admire him for that, although I do not agree with most of the things that he has said. Relations between India and Pakistan have passed through several...

Freedom of Religion and Conscience — Question for Short Debate (22 Jan 2013)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Guildford for securing this debate and introducing it with such wisdom and eloquence. As the subject of the debate rightly points out, freedom of religion and conscience is both a human right and a source of stability; in other words, it is desirable in principle as well as for its consequences. I have two small but critical footnotes...

Israel: Arab Citizens — Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter on securing this debate and on introducing it with great passion and erudition. I would make one small point of clarification. In the Motion, as well as in what has been said so far, Arab citizens of Israel are all being referred to as "Israel's Arab citizens". It is worth bearing in mind that they do not identify...

Ugandan Asians — Motion to Take Note (6 Dec 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Popat, for securing this debate. He is himself an excellent example of the subject of our discussion. He came to this country traumatised and penniless, and is now a successful businessman and a member of your Lordships' House. Over the centuries, Britain has welcomed and given a home to many persecuted minorities. It is striking that Ugandan Asians have...

Foreign Affairs: Global Role, Emerging Powers and New Markets — Motion to Take Note (6 Dec 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, for securing this debate. It was really nice to see him shed the constraints of office and reflect creatively and independently on some of the larger issues of the world today. As he rightly pointed out, the international landscape is undergoing profound changes. It is undergoing profound changes at a superficial level in the sense...

Education: Early Years — Motion to Take Note (8 Nov 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, on securing this debate and introducing it so well. Common sense tells us that early years lay the foundations of our intellectual and moral life. If you go beyond common sense and look at research, it confirms what common sense tells us. Obviously, there are some important disagreements among researchers about which early years are...

Higher Education: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Hornsey, for introducing this report. I welcome the report of the EU Committee on higher education with two minor reservations. First, it talks about modernisation of higher education. Whenever I have come across the word "modernisation" as a social scientist, I have found it to be loaded and rather disturbing. It is disturbing because it...

Global Fund: AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — Question for Short Debate (4 Jul 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, for securing this debate and for introducing it so well. Since he has provided a large number of relevant statistics, I am spared the trouble of having to rehearse them. I think that the Global Fund has been doing excellent work, largely because of its overall strategy. It is innovative and engages in demand-driven financing. Its funding is based...

Gaza — Question for Short Debate (8 Feb 2012)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I do not think I need to argue at length that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is unlawful because it violates Israel's general obligations as an occupying power; that it is unethical because it is causing immense hardship to a large number of people, including ordinary civilians, and amounts to collective punishment; and that it is counterproductive because it only builds up hatred and...

Christians in the Middle East — Motion to Take Note (9 Dec 2011)

Lord Parekh: My Lords, I congratulate the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury on securing this debate and on introducing it with the great wisdom and compassion that we have come to expect of him. There are 14 million Christians in the Middle East, which is roughly equal to the number of Muslims in the European Union. In recent years, they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment...


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