All 1 Debates between Baroness Flather and Lord McKenzie of Luton

Welfare Reform Bill

Debate between Baroness Flather and Lord McKenzie of Luton
Monday 23rd January 2012

(12 years, 4 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Flather Portrait Baroness Flather
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My Lords, I will just say a few words about what has been said about my amendment. I was very surprised to hear the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie of Luton, say that the Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Indians all have the same aspirations. I am sorry to say that I do not agree with that. I am afraid the aspirations of Indians are very high, but the aspirations of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis do not come up to the same level, as they do not have as much interest in education as in Indian communities. The Indian communities are mostly in work—more in work than any other community except for the Poles. A survey by Channel 4 said that the highest number of taxpayers of the immigrant communities were the Indians and the Poles. I would like there to be a little more consideration of the fact that Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in Tower Hamlets, in Yorkshire and in Lancashire are not doing well. Whatever way could be found to help them to do well would be a good thing.

Lord McKenzie of Luton Portrait Lord McKenzie of Luton
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: My Lords, I do not wish to be unkind, but we do not have to subject ourselves to this nonsense, do we? This is absolutely outrageous.

Baroness Flather Portrait Baroness Flather
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My Lords, forgive me, but I thought I was a Peer here, and being a Peer means being equal.