Results 61–80 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

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I recently spoke in your Lordships’ House on issues currently facing British Muslim communities following Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech. I briefly touched on the positive contributions made by Muslims in the United Kingdom. I shall expand on this. I am chairman of four companies. I am also the president of the Conservative Muslim Forum and have been involved extensively in...

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: Before the noble Baroness sits down, where does she get the information that women are not allowed in mosques?

Gaza — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, for securing the debate. Achieving lasting peace between Israel and Palestine must remain a significant priority for the international community. The issues in the Gaza Strip are far-reaching and affect us all, not least the Muslim and Jewish communities. Last month, the Daesh insurgents threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their...

Trade and Investment — Motion to Take Note (15 Jun 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I begin by welcoming my noble friend Lord Maude to your Lordships’ House and congratulate him on his appointment as Minister of State for Trade and Investment and on the excellence of his maiden speech. He did great work in the other place, and I am sure that he will continue to play a key role in his new capacity. I am glad to have the opportunity to speak on the subjects being...

Gurkhas: Anniversary — Question for Short Debate (10 Jun 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to participate in this important debate and thank the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, for bringing it before your Lordships’ House. I have always been a strong supporter of the Gurkhas. I have an extremely high regard for their loyalty and dedication to the British Army. I also hold a great fondness for the Gurkhas’ original home, Nepal. I am a member of the All-Party...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (2 Jun 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, Her Majesty, in her most gracious Speech, said that measures will be brought forward to promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism. Any proposed provisions will affect the Muslim community, so I will focus my comments today on issues relating to our community. I wish to make several points about the Muslim community, and I ask that your Lordships kindly permit...

CIA: Torture — Question (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report prepared by the United States Congress on CIA involvement in torture.

CIA: Torture — Question (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that reply. Will our Government undertake an independent, judge-led inquiry to examine possible British complicity in the programme of torture, secret detention and rendition? Will our Government also provide all suitable help and assistance to UK citizens and residents who have been detained to enable them to seek justice and remedies? I point out that...

UK and Sri Lanka: Bilateral Trade — Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

UK and Sri Lanka: Bilateral Trade — Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring this important subject before your Lordships’ House. I have been a friend of Sri Lanka for several years and have visited the country on two recent occasions. I have met and spoken to several Sri Lankan government Ministers in London as well as in Sri Lanka, including the President, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. I have previously raised issues...

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady King, for securing this debate. I have spoken several times in your Lordships’ House on these issues. It is of course dreadful that women in our communities and in our society face homelessness, domestic violence and social exclusion. We will all have witnessed the effect these can have on women and those around them. What is most unfortunate...

Middle East and North Africa — Motion to Take Note (30 Oct 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, today I would like to focus particularly on the role of Islam in the conflicts we are seeing in the Middle East. I believe that it is important for the honest, peace-seeking, law-abiding majority of Muslims in this country and overseas to speak out against those who commit evil in the name of our religion. The so-called jihadists in Iraq and Syria do not understand the principles of...

Young People: Alternatives to University — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I, too, would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Monks, for tabling this debate and to commend him on his excellent speech. This is an important subject. It is essential that we discuss the alternatives for young people who do not attend university, and even more important that young people not attending university are themselves aware of these alternatives. Our vocational...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, not only am I opposed to the Bill but I am completely opposed to the principle of assisted suicide. The Bill would completely change the state’s role in people’s lives, the role of doctors in care and the way in which we look at the ill and the sick. The duty of a doctor is one of care and protection of life. A doctor is trained to do that. The doctor/patient relationship is an...

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

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to speak in this debate. I think that we all appreciate the importance of soft power in the modern world. We must therefore make friends and influence people overseas. I am very supportive of the BBC World Service and believe that it provides a truly valuable service, but I shall focus today on the work of the British Council. The British Council is the UK’s...

Economy: Manufacturing — Motion to Take Note (3 Jul 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is a very important debate about the future of our nation’s economy. I would like to commend my noble friend Baroness Wilcox for introducing the subject and for her excellent speech. Without seeking to rebalance our economy we will struggle to secure the long-lasting recovery that we seek. It was the manufacturing sector that made our country great and it can do so again. In...

Sri Lanka — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current action to resolve the dispute between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil community.

Sri Lanka — Question (2 Jul 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer. What is Her Majesty’s Government’s assessment of the positive actions taken by the Sri Lankan Government in implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, particularly in regard to demining, the resettlement and rehabilitation of Tamils, infrastructure development and steps taken to improve the...

Education: British Values — Question for Short Debate (26 Jun 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Storey for securing this timely debate. Education is extremely important to me. My personal coat of arms reflects this. It contains the motto “iqra”, which means “read”. It also shows a peacock holding two quill pens with a row of books. I should add that I have a business as well as an academic background, and for many years I was a...

Armed Forces — Motion to Take Note (23 Jun 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is an important debate and one in which I am pleased to get the opportunity to speak. The contributions of our Armed Forces need to be recognised and respected. We have a duty to repay their courage and commitment, including after their service, and we also have a duty to their families, who also pay a price on our behalf. I record my gratitude for the risks that they bear, and...


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