Results 81–100 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

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech contains some very welcome measures that will protect the most vulnerable in our country and advance the cause of a fairer society. One such measure that I particularly welcome, and the subject on which I will speak today, is the inclusion of the modern slavery Bill. Modern slavery is an appalling crime that has no place in today’s society. The...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (27 Mar 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to speak in this debate and pay tribute to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for another successful Budget. Under this Government our economy is on the mend. The problems inherited from the previous Government were greater than we had imagined, but slowly things are turning around. This Government are striving to be the most pro-growth in living memory. However, tough...

South Sudan — Question for Short Debate (24 Mar 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Chidgey for initiating this short but important debate. I was born and brought up in Africa and still have many connections throughout the continent, so I feel particular resonance with this debate. I have visited Juba, as my family undertook business in that part of the world. I also declare that I am the chairman and a funder of a charity...

Employment — Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Freud for introducing this subject and for his excellent speech. I speak as a businessman and as somebody who has employed many people through several business ventures. At the outset I take the opportunity to commend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his Budget Statement. I hope to speak more on this subject during the impending debate next...

Sikh Community — Question for Short Debate (3 Mar 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Singh of Wimbledon, for initiating this debate. I am close to the Sikh community, and I enjoy good relations with it. In fact, I am patron of two Sikh organisations. Sikhs have played a vital part in the life and history of the United Kingdom. The first Sikhs settled here 160 years ago, in 1854. Since that time, waves of Sikh migrants have come here and...

Water Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at Second Reading I welcomed the Bill but outlined some concerns. I am extremely grateful to my noble friend the Minister both for the remarks he made during that debate and for the correspondence I have received since then. Indeed, he was able to alleviate a number of my concerns. However, there is one area where I still have a slight concern, which relates to the effect this...

Small and Medium-sized Businesses: Access to Finance — Question for Short Debate (30 Jan 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I should like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, for introducing this debate on an important subject. I express an interest in this debate as the chairman of an insurance organisation that helps smaller organisations to place their insurance covers. I have always supported the cause of SMEs. I echo the words of the Prime Minister earlier this week when he said that SMEs are key...

Water Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2014)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I commend the Government on this most important piece of legislation. Through the Bill, we are able to address a number of issues, and I believe it will improve the health of both our economy and our environment. It should also reduce water bills for consumers in the long term. It is clear that our water industry is in severe need of reform. Greater investment in our water and...

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

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the role of armed forces and other personnel from the Indian sub-continent in the First World War.

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

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased that this important subject was called for debate today. The centenary of the First World War is almost upon us. This war saw conflict and suffering on an unprecedented scale. The four war years serve as both a reminder and a commemoration of the struggles and the sacrifice of so many people across the world. I hope that time will encourage us all to honour and...

Syria and the Middle East — Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I welcome this debate but I am extremely regretful of the circumstances that have triggered our discussions. I thank my noble friend the Minister for introducing the debate. Today we are focusing on the Middle East as a region but there is no doubt that the appalling situation in Syria is currently taking centre stage. I am horrified on a daily basis at the news reports of both the...

Intellectual Property Bill [HL]: Second Reading (22 May 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I must begin by congratulating and extending a very warm welcome to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, to your Lordships’ House. It is a pleasure for me to follow his maiden speech in today’s debate. He brings with him an excellent array of credentials in the field of law, the depth and quality of which I think we all agree was reflected in his marvellous...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am very pleased to speak in this debate. Last week's gracious Speech was rightfully centred above all else on the economy. It was a reminder to us all that although we have made some progress, there is still much to be done and our Government are committed to staying the course and maintaining our disciplined approach of austerity. Even more than that, it was about managing our...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Mar 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was able to speak in last year's post-Budget debate. Twelve months ago, we all hoped that we would now be in a healthier economic position. We have admirably cut our deficit by a third and seen more than 1 million new private sector jobs created. However, the wider global situation, particularly in the eurozone, remains such that full recovery is still some way off and the...

Commonwealth and Commonwealth Charter — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to speak in this timely and most worthy debate. I thank my noble friend Lord Wallace of Saltaire for introducing it. I have been clear in this House previously about my admiration for the Commonwealth. For me, it is a network of countries that strikes the right balance between sharing a commitment to democracy and the rule of law and celebrating the diversity that...

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

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Stowell for securing this timely debate. We are here to pay homage to the achievements of women all over the world, as marked by this annual celebration, as well as to emphasise the progress that needs to be made and the challenges that lie ahead. Women play a central part in keeping families and communities together. There is a strong link between...

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

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, rape and other forms of sexual violence have been used as weapons against women in conflicts all over the world. The militias in eastern Congo are violating women as a means of exerting control, humiliation and submission. The abuses in the region are said to account for the majority of the work carried out by international aid organisations. The level of brutality is alarming and...

First World War: Centenary — Question for Short Debate (4 Mar 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I pay particular tribute to the contribution of our Indian soldiers during the First World War, as the significant part they played is not widely acknowledged. This is of personal significance to me as my grandfather served in the Indian Expeditionary Force E in Palestine. India raised the world's largest volunteer army of 1.5 million during the First World War. They provided...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Report (2nd Day) (4 Mar 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate and thankful to the Government for introducing this Bill, which will support British businesses in cutting unnecessary costs and red tape, boost consumer confidence and help to create more jobs. I wanted to speak briefly on the amendment of the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, relating to the inclusion of...

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Feb 2013)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I welcome the Bill as it will restore fairness and simplicity to the process of social security payments. It will also deal with the question of affordability. It is important for a Government of any persuasion to show that they empathise with taxpayers who are essentially paying for welfare handouts. The concept of fairness is one of the reasons for proposing this Bill. It is worth...


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