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:Lord Sheikh

Debate on the Address (16 Nov 2006)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset, I apologise for my late arrival this morning. I take this opportunity to thank noble Lords for the very warm welcome that I have received. I also thank all the attendants and staff of the House for their courtesy and friendly reception and for the great help and assistance that I have been offered. I am naturally proud to have received the peerage and I hope, in...

Employment: Office Cleaning (10 Jan 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I declare an interest. I am the chairman and chief executive of an insurance broking organisation that provides insurance cover to the cleaning industry. Our organisation is also a member of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, which is broadly supportive of daytime cleaning. Some 900,000 people are employed in the cleaning industry in the United Kingdom, but only 24 per...

Economic Competitiveness (11 Jan 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, one of the great challenges that the UK faces is the way in which it engages with globalisation and makes it work for the benefit of the British people. A significant proportion of global trade is won by service industries such as financial services and the industry in which I work, insurance. I am the chairman and chief executive of an insurance broking and independent financial...

Palestine: Occupied Territories (11 Jan 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, almost four decades of protracted occupation and conflict have left the Palestinian territories with what might be best described as a "war economy", with all the implications that has for social, economic and political development. The Palestinian economy relies heavily on donor aid, including the temporary international mechanism devised by the European Union and the World Bank,...

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (26 Jan 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, as the chairman of both the Conservative Party's Ethnic Diversity Council and the Conservative Muslim Forum, forced marriage is an issue I deeply care about. Thus, in principle I support the Bill proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Lester. Forced marriages are an abuse against an individual's human rights. International law is clear. As the Universal Declaration on Human Rights says:...

Taxation: Inheritance Tax (1 Feb 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman and chief executive of an insurance broking and independent financial advisory organisation. We are also involved in financial planning work for our clients. The amount of inheritance tax revenue raised is small compared with other taxes. During 2005-06, inheritance tax was less than 1 per cent of total tax receipts. At present, only 38,000...

Health: Hospital Cleanliness (7 Mar 2007)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many hospitals are being cleaned to the National Health Service specification for cleanliness published in December 2004.

Health: Hospital Cleanliness (7 Mar 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that response. I declare an interest as my company provides specialist insurances to the cleaning industry. We all appreciate that there are problems relating to hospital cleanliness. Does the Minister support the conclusions of the recent Patient Environment Action Team survey, which shows a better performance from contracted-out cleaning services?

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, in preparing for this debate I was reminded of the old adage, "If it's not broken, don't fix it". There is nothing wrong with the present composition of this House and I would prefer to leave it unchanged. Any debate about this system would lead to a frustrating inability to achieve any consensus on moving in one direction or the other. In these new circumstances, we should...

Human Rights (22 Mar 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, historically, the people of Britain were protected not by a written human rights Bill but by ancient statutes such as the Magna Carta, the 1689 Bill of Rights and the principle of habeas corpus. However, as we approached the 21st century, it became necessary to offer a more structured definition of the rights of the individual and how these should be protected in our modern society....

Greater London Authority Bill (28 Mar 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, serious questions need to be raised concerning the contents of the Bill. My main concerns centre on the crucial issues of housing, planning, waste and the role of the Greater London Authority under the new system. On the issue of housing, the responsibilities of the existing London Housing Board will transfer to the mayor, and he will be responsible for publishing a London housing...

Offender Management Bill (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this Government have the reputation of sometimes passing Bills and enacting further legislation as an answer to situations. There appears to be a desire to legislate in order to give the impression that there is control, but in fact the ideas put forward are counter-productive and not effective. This Bill proposes the fundamental reform of a service, one of great importance to the...

Flooding: Management and Defence (18 Apr 2007)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on flood management and defence in 1997 and 2006; and how much capital was invested in preventive measures in those years.

Flooding: Management and Defence (18 Apr 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that response. Does he agree that spending on flood defences needs to rise from the current level of £590 million to £750 million a year by 2011, which is an increase of around 10 per cent each year, so that people and businesses can continue to feel secure in the knowledge that the Government have a long-term, planned and sustainable approach to...

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] (20 Apr 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman and chief executive of an insurance broking and financial services organisation. The Government currently provide compensation for British nationals who become victims of terror within the United Kingdom. They also provide compensation to non-British citizens of terror in this country; for example, all victims of the 7/7 bombings have been...

Pensions Bill (14 May 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I declare an interest: I am the chairman and chief executive of an insurance broking and financial advisory organisation. In principle I support the Bill, in regard to both the changes to the state pension arrangements and the establishment of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority. Having said that, I am sure that the Minister will anticipate that there are issues which need to...

Olympic Games 2012: Security (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the comments made by the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers, what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the Olympic security preparations; and whether they have proposals for legislation on this subject.

Olympic Games 2012: Security (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that response. Has a decision yet been made on the budget figure for the security provision? Will he confirm that the organisation that takes responsibility for overall security provision will have total control of, and accountability for, the budget?

Skills Base (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Leitch, on his presentation today and his excellent report. I should like to talk about the skills issue in the sector in which I have worked all my life, insurance and financial services. I have been very actively involved in training and the improvement of standards in my industry. I have held senior positions with the Chartered Insurance...

People Trafficking (28 Jun 2007)

Lord Sheikh: asked Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to address the causes and impact of human trafficking. My Lords, I was born and brought up in Africa, which has been ravaged by the evils of slavery. In addition to appreciating the remarkable work accomplished by William Wilberforce, I pay tribute to the historical figures General Gordon and Dr David Livingstone, who both died in...


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