Results 281–289 of 289 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

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...

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?

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...

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:...

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,...

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...

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...

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...


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