Results 161–180 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

Charitable Sector — Motion to Take Note (5 Oct 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Taylor of Holbeach for securing this important debate. The charitable sector is of great benefit to society and of specific importance to those communities that are most in need. The Government's support for an enhanced role for our communities provides a unique opportunity to promote a creative approach to social empowerment through the charitable...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL]: Second Reading (27 Jul 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I welcome the Bill as there is a general consensus that greater measures are needed to assist in the fight against global terrorism. Terrorism is one of the greatest threats that we face in the 21st century. This legislation will make an important contribution to our national security by helping to ensure that funds are not used to perpetrate terrorist activities. I also welcome the...

Terrorism Act 2000 — Statement (8 Jul 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I note that the Government will introduce interim guidelines and that a review of counterterrorism legislation will be undertaken. I have spoken in your Lordships' House about the use of Section 44 powers and the fact that a very high number of people from ethnic minority communities have been stopped and searched. Can the Minister assure me that under the interim powers, people...

Africa: Post-conflict Stabilisation — Debate (8 Jul 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Chidgey, for securing this debate. The noble Lord is well versed in the complexity of the challenges facing this vast region of Africa. It includes two countries that are close to my heart: Kenya, the place of my birth, and Uganda, the country where I spent my formative years. We need to recognise how the continent of Africa has changed in recent years....

Foreign Policy — Debate (1 Jul 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this is a most timely and important debate. The world is transforming before our eyes and Britain must be capable of setting its foreign policy in the context of these changes. Over the past 12 months, I have visited East Africa, Russia, Syria, Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, India and Egypt. I went to these countries to speak at...

Poverty — Question for Short Debate (15 Jun 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, for securing this important debate. Previous Governments have tried to tackle this issue with the best of intentions. However, the complexity and scope of this problem have often meant that past strategies have not been successful in addressing this matter. I intend to focus my contribution primarily on poverty among children and...

Zimbabwe — Debate (10 Jun 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord St John of Bletso, for securing this debate. Africa is a continent close to my heart. I was born in Kenya and spent my childhood in Uganda. His Excellency the Ambassador of Zimbabwe is in the Chamber, and I welcome him to your Lordships' House. About three weeks ago, I was asked by my Chief Whip to attend the sixth Consultative Assembly of...

Finance Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (8 Apr 2010)

Lord Sheikh: Can the Minister say whether the employers and the heads of the various companies, when making a statement against the increase of the NIC, were deceived?

Crime and Security Bill: Second Reading (29 Mar 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, this Bill covers many areas of importance that have a significant impact on our civil liberties and our fundamental human rights. These are the very principles on which our democracy was founded. I hope that this legislation will make a contribution to tackling the injustices in our society that it highlights. Clause 1 relates to the amount of information that officers would be...

Economy — Debate (25 Mar 2010)

Lord Sheikh: I thank my noble friend Lord MacGregor for securing this timely debate. At present, we have one of the largest budget deficits in the developed world. I am deeply concerned about the state of British finances and the impact of the national deficit on our GDP. Government debt currently stands at more than 50 per cent of GDP, and the deficit this year will be £167 billion, which is a record...

Anti-Slavery Day Bill — Second Reading (5 Mar 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I begin by paying tribute to the honourable Member for Totnes in the other place for his prudent stewardship of this important Bill, which I wholeheartedly support, and also to the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss, for introducing it to your Lordships' House. I also congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Young of Hornsey, on her excellent speech. I sincerely believe that...

Flood and Water Management Bill: Second Reading (24 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, at the outset I declare an interest: I am the chairman of an insurance broking organisation. I welcome this Bill as I recognise that a binding agreement on flood risk management is long overdue. The recent floods in Cumbria caused widespread devastation, surpassed only by the 2007 floods which resulted in 13 deaths and extensive damage to properties at a cost of over £3 billion....

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I certainly welcome our increasing involvement in Islamic finance. We have the largest finance industry in the western world and are very keen to promote this. I see us as being the stepping stone into more penetration into Europe. Islamic finance is taken not only by Muslims but by non-Muslims because of its ethical nature and the fact that it is mutual. Therefore, the idea of...

Fiscal Responsibility Bill: Second Reading (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, fiscal responsibility should be the first duty of any Government in macroeconomic matters. The entire credibility of our economy is founded on that, as is our ability to engage with other partners in a global world. No one can object to the principle of fiscal responsibility. Indeed, even the current Prime Minister, on taking office as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, promised...

Sri Lanka — Question (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the treatment of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka — Question (10 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. Does he support the view that the Government should put pressure on President Rajapaksa to address the plight of Tamils in internment camps as a matter of urgency and arrange for the displaced persons to return to their homes? Secondly, what steps will Her Majesty's Government take to ensure that President Rajapaksa makes reconciliation...

National Security Strategy — Debate (4 Feb 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord King for initiating this timely debate. The main threats to our national security in the 21st century come from an array of challenges such as nuclear proliferation and energy security. However, terrorism stands out as a tangible threat, as we sadly experienced in July 2005. On our military involvement in Afghanistan, Members in the other place paid...

Sudan — Debate (7 Jan 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, for initiating this debate. Achieving peace and stability in any region that has been ravaged by war and has a wealth of cultural differences is always a challenge. In this region of Africa, the task is that much greater as these variations are coupled with intense poverty and tribal intolerance. Since independence from Britain in 1956...

Child Poverty Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (5 Jan 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I support many aspects of the Bill as a means of addressing the injustice of child poverty in our communities. We have a moral duty to bring the issue of child poverty to the fore while ensuring that the remedies to this endemic problem are implemented by both central and local governments. In the United Kingdom at present, 4 million children are living in poverty, after housing...

Terrorism: Aviation and Border Security — Statement (5 Jan 2010)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, as a Muslim I totally condemn any form of terrorist activity. We must appreciate that nearly all Muslims are law-abiding citizens, but I accept that we have a problem with a tiny minority. With regard to profiling, I would like to hear from the Secretary of State that Muslims are not going to be targeted with regard to profiling, about which there has been some talk recently in the...

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