Results 121–140 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

Gaza — Question for Short Debate (8 Feb 2012)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, after the tragic death of eight Turkish humanitarian workers in 2010 our Prime Minister David Cameron said in Ankara that the situation in Gaza has to change and that humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. He further commented that Gaza must not be allowed to remain a prison camp. Yet nearly two years later, there still remains crude restrictions to the flow of...

People Trafficking — Question for Short Debate (2 Feb 2012)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate as I have a long-standing interest in human trafficking. Some 200 years since the abolition of slavery, it is depressing that there is a continuing need to confront this evil. I very much appreciate the efforts made by the Government to address this problem, and I support the human trafficking strategy launched last July. The...

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Bill — Second Reading (27 Jan 2012)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I begin my remarks by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Laming, on presenting this Bill to the House. I warmly welcome the opportunity to debate it and I am a strong supporter of measures which assist the prosecution of people who hurt children or vulnerable adults and those who stand by and allow such acts. Maintaining a wall of silence should not be a way to escape...

Prevent Strategy — Question for Short Debate (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Sheikh: You have made a statement about mosques. Where is your evidence?

Prevent Strategy — Question for Short Debate (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this coalition Government spent over a year reviewing the Prevent strategy and produced a clear, focused strategy on tackling extremism, as well as focusing resources on key institutions like universities, prisons, schools and colleges. This strategy looks at countering the ideology rather than just the violent action of extremists. This is the fundamental difference between the...

Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (25 Nov 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to have this opportunity to congratulate my noble friend Lord McColl of Dulwich on bringing forward this Bill for your Lordships' consideration. I have taken a long interest in the subject of human trafficking, as it is the cause of much suffering to large numbers of vulnerable people. I have spoken on the subject several times in your Lordships' House. Despite...

International Development — Question (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that funds allocated to international development are spent in accordance with their objectives.

International Development — Question (21 Nov 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. The Public Accounts Committee in another place found recently that DfID had no systematic or comprehensive approach to quantifying the extent of foreign corruption and was unable to provide an estimate of the scale of leakage. Does the Minister agree that this is not acceptable, and what action are the Government taking to put this right to...

Building Stability Overseas Strategy — Debate (6 Oct 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Falkner for securing this debate. This is an important and timely debate and an area of policy in which I have had considerable interest for a long time. The Building Stability Overseas Strategy is of great importance to our domestic and international interests. It is focused and comprehensive in identifying three pillars upon which the strategy is...

Kosovo — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am interested in the Balkans and some years ago I used to handle the insurance account of Yugotours, a state-owned travel company which specialised in arranging holidays to Yugoslavia. During the existence of Yugoslavia I visited Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia. Since the independence of Kosovo, I have known the Kosovan ambassador and met him on several occasions. In fact, I saw him...

Welfare Reform Bill — Second Reading (13 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this Bill is one of the boldest attempts to repair and restructure a welfare system that has essentially failed taxpayers and jobseekers. Welfare reform is an important plank of this Government's programme. The current system has resulted in welfare provision that is not always distributed to the recipients who are most in need. It is also a system that favours reluctance among some...

Multiculturalism: Interfaith Dialogue — Question for Short Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I was brought up in Uganda, where there were people of different racial and religious backgrounds. I learnt to speak several languages and developed an understanding of, as well as respect for, all religions. I am a patron of several organisations which include Muslims as well as groups of other religions. I believe that there are more similarities than differences between people...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association — Debate (8 Sep 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My lords, I also thank my noble friend Lady Hooper for securing this timely debate ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next month in Australia. I strongly believe in the Commonwealth and I have spoken in your Lordships' House and elsewhere on this subject many times. I personally know high commissioners of several countries and have met leaders of their diasporas in the...

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice by insurers of introducing customers to personal injury lawyers in exchange for a fee.

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. I should like to declare that I am the chairman of an insurance broking and financial services organisation

Personal Injury Lawyers — Question (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend the Minister for that reply. Lord Justice Jackson's review of civil litigation costs prescribed a reduction in fixed costs and hourly rates for solicitors, as well as a ban on referral fees. Does the Minister agree with this position, and will he indicate whether the issue will be addressed in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (6 Jul 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is an important and timely debate, and I very much welcome the Bill. The issues with which it grapples are fundamental to our democracy and our beliefs. The contribution of our Armed Forces needs 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...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am thankful to the noble Baroness, Lady Rendell of Babergh, for giving us this opportunity to discuss and raise the awareness of female genital mutilation. We all hear harrowing stories of unthinkable cruelty to women around the world, but female genital mutilation has to be one of the most disturbing and dangerous practices still very much ongoing. As we all know, it is not just...

Palestine — Question (16 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the proposed Palestinian statehood declaration, which is planned to be placed before the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Palestine — Question (16 May 2011)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his response. Does he think that the agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas is a step in the right direction for the attainment of statehood? Does he also feel that the work done by the Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, in building the Palestinian institutions and economy has created the apparatus of a state, and that these achievements need to be recognised?


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