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Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

the Bishop of Bristol: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Shinkwin, for introducing this Bill. I understand that its focus is the principle of disability equality, not some underhand attempt to limit women’s access to abortion services. Noble Lords will, of course, have a variety of opinions on the ethics of abortion, but that is not, in principle, the focus of the Bill. It needs to be said...

House of Lords Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...because it deals with a topical and, I think, urgent issue on which this House must take a lead. I am also delighted that the noble Baroness the Minister and I are able at last to reflect the women in the House. If we do come to any method for reducing the numbers here, a gender allocation will be high on our list of considerations. The noble Lord, Lord True, referred to selection being...

Speaker’S Statement (Select Committee Chairs): House of Lords Reform and Size of the House of Commons (19 Oct 2016)

Michael Ellis: I need to make some progress, if I may. Time is moving on, as Mr Speaker said. The coalition Government also introduced some small-scale reform under the Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015— the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) referred to bishops—which fast-tracks female bishops into the House of Lords by prioritising them in filling vacancies for the...

Brexit: Peace and Stability - Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2016)

Baroness Goldie: six missions around the world. We know that stability and prosperity go hand in hand, and we remain committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas development. We remain a passionate advocate for the women, peace and security agenda and the sustainable development goals. We are working hard to increase women’s participation in all areas of life to stamp out...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (18 Oct 2016)

the Earl of Listowel: ..., I thank the Minister for his reply and I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate: the noble Lord, Lord Watson, the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester and other noble Lords. I appreciate their contributions. I am grateful to the Minister for his interest, his sympathy and his offer of a meeting, particularly to discuss...

Housing - Question for Short Debate (11 Oct 2016)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...over the period when this problem has been growing. A range of noble Lords referred to demographic changes and population growth, which have exacerbated the issue. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Rochester, the noble Lords, Lord Borwick, Lord Sharkey and Lord Farmer, and others referred quite rightly to the fact that the problem has become accentuated because of the demographic...

Sexual Violence in Conflict (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (10 Oct 2016)

the Bishop of Derby: ...the importance of faith groups. I am not talking about this simply because I am a faith person. Actually, we are talking about the need for deep cultural engagement, under the banner of faith, in all kinds of places where women and girls are abused and, as the noble Baroness, Lady Kinnock, said, excluded; along with the terrorisation of men and boys in these situations, that is just...

Quantitative Easing (15 Sep 2016)

Roger Mullin: ...economies would be experiencing weak growth, low business investment, collapsing prospects for pensions, near negative interest rates penalising savers and a huge increase, as the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) said, in wealth inequality. I would like to add something else to the equation. We need to recognise the political instability that has arisen. People are feeling...

Tributes: Baroness D'Souza and Lord Laming (5 Sep 2016)

the Archbishop of Canterbury: the Lords spiritual, who normally arrive with even more trepidation and less familiarity with the processes of a House such as this than anyone else coming here. She has been assiduous in seeing new bishops and advising them, and then advising them later when they did not quite make it—something that I appreciated on more than one occasion. She always did it with the greatest tact...

Palestine: Children - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness Mobarik: noble friend Lord Polak and the noble Lord, Lord Collins, for their kind words of welcome. The Occupied Palestinian Territories are suffering from a protracted crisis in which the rights of men, women, boys and girls living under occupation are not protected. The lack of political progress towards a two-state solution and an increasingly volatile region pose significant risks not just...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Earl Howe: ...more than one nuclear power in NATO makes it more difficult for adversaries to predict how the alliance might respond if threatened, so the deterrent effect is stronger. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester and the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, questioned how nuclear weapons help us to fight terrorism. The noble Lord, Lord West, put it very well....

Iraq Inquiry - Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2016)

Lord Bridges of Headley: Iraq and to those who still bear the scars of the conflict today. Whatever our views on the conflict, we can surely all agree on one thing: the bravery and courage of British service men and women in Iraq was exemplary. They did their duty and, as my noble friend Lord Howe said, their record is not the slightest bit stained by the issues that the report highlights. We all owe it to...

Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: an opportunity to do some of that. We have already heard the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, refer to the extension of the role of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. We have also heard some concerns raised by the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Derby, my noble and learned friend Lady Butler-Sloss and others about other issues in the Bill: everything from domestic visas to the national...

Historical Child Sex Abuse - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Cormack: ...had been able to advise him. I was brought up—these things have been referred to before—to regard two propositions as being utterly necessary foundations for any civilised society. Any man or women is innocent until proven guilty, and it is better that a guilty man or woman goes free than an innocent one is punished, and we should all bear that in mind. In recent years, in the...

Female Genital Mutilation - Question for Short Debate (9 Jun 2016)

the Bishop of Derby: ...making the point that we need to keep this subject in the public domain to raise awareness and challenge people. I want to offer some perspectives from my experience in Derby, where I operate as a bishop at grassroots level, to try to help understand why we are in this position and how we might best tackle things. Your Lordships will know that FGM is a very ancient practice going back to...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)

Lord Davies of Oldham: My Lords, my first task is to congratulate the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Newcastle on her inspiring contribution. I have a very close friend who is a Geordie. I fear he spends rather more time at St James’ than at St Augustine’s, although he is a fairly regular churchgoer. I will certainly be able to give his spirits a little lift—and, by heavens, those who went...

Immigration: Detention of Pregnant Women - Question (25 May 2016)

the Bishop of Southwark: My Lords, I would be grateful if the Minister would detail the criteria and give examples of the exceptional circumstances that justify the detention of pregnant women under the Act.

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (24 May 2016)

Viscount Waverley: My Lords, all forms of extremist behaviour are to be deplored. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Southwark, who is not in his place, was absolutely right to draw attention to the challenges of defining extremism. However, when he went on to refer to the need to defend the freedom to speak fearlessly, I say to him with respect but concern that that should surely be only within the...

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