Results 1–20 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

Christmas Adjournment (16 Dec 1999)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, on behalf of my Chief Whip, we on these Benches echo the sentiments of the Government Chief Whip and the Opposition Chief Whip. In some ways this has been an exciting but difficult year. Perhaps I may pay two personal tributes. First, I believe that in every way the Government Chief Whip has behaved with extreme courtesy and sensitivity throughout the difficult changes to the...

Millennium Wheel (18 Jan 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, will the noble Lord tell us approximately how long it will take for the Wheel, with or without assistance from the wind, to make a complete revolution when it is fully loaded?

Betting on Horse Racing (25 Jan 2000)

Viscount Falkland: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve and increase the control and regulation of betting on horse racing in order to combat any increase in criminal activity. My Lords, this is a debate about racing and betting. I readily acknowledge that it is not an easy subject for the Minister who has the difficult task of replying to the debate. I can encourage him only to...

Public Lending Right Funding (8 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, can the Minister give the House some statistics--I know that is a speciality of his--on how remuneration to authors compares with remuneration to any other section of society?

Millennium Dome Experience: Ticket Sales (10 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, may I ask the Minister a question that relates to one I put to him some time ago? He gave me a very reasonable answer at the time. The question I then asked was: what would happen if the projections in terms of turnover were not met and the sponsors became restive? I presume that they have agreed to the content, to which they have contributed money. However, now we are in the...

St John's Wort (17 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, does the Minister agree with me that, on listening to these exchanges, one might be led to believe that one needs to distinguish between clinical depression--we have all known people who suffer from that grave malady--and what Sir Winston Churchill used to call "black dog", from which all of us suffer from time to time? Indeed, should not young people today, especially those looking...

Newly Qualified Drivers (17 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, if the idea of plates finds favour with your Lordships, would it not be a good idea for those who use mobile telephones to have to use a plate showing, let us say, a red telephone? That would give others the opportunity of avoiding them earlier than otherwise would be the case.

National Museums and Galleries: Free Admission (21 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it remains their policy to introduce free admission for all to national museums and galleries.

National Museums and Galleries: Free Admission (21 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. It did not exactly answer the Question on the Order Paper, but I understand the Government's difficulties in giving free access to all. When the Government have to be selective about where they will give free access, will they always bear in mind that access to picture galleries for young people, whether they are students or young people in...

Sex Education (22 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, does the noble Baroness accept that, without criticising the phrasing of the Question, many of us who are parents and grandparents take a more positive view than that which is contained in it; in other words, we are much more concerned about guidelines to explain and give young children an understanding of homosexuality than guidelines to discourage the promotion of homosexuality to...

Child Prostitution (23 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, has it not always been a reality throughout history that, unfortunately, many young people will drift into prostitution through economic necessity, actual or perceived? Child poverty is a big problem in this country and the Government are rightly addressing it. Where does that come in their action plan to tackle child poverty?

Cultural Property: Illicit Dealings (29 Feb 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, can the Minister comment on the 1995 Unidroit Convention, which is closely related to this convention and which we also have not signed? It deals specifically with stolen and illegally exported cultural objects--crimes which are growing apace in the world.

Films (Modification of the Definition of "British Film") Order 2000 (3 Mar 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches support the order. I congratulate the Government on taking such a sensible and pragmatic line in making the definitions appropriate to British film endeavour at this time. The Minister explained clearly this quite narrow adjustment. It is consistent with that aim. It is sensible that the adjustment should be made in order that individuals may be able to work on...

Hotels: Accommodation Grading (15 Mar 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the Minister speaks of standards. Standards may well be high, but so are costs, and people who want to book hotels are surely most in need of objective, rather than subjective, ratings. At present, many of the voluntary ratings leave great areas of doubt. One couple's idea of a "well-furnished" bedroom may be very different from that of another couple. Does the noble Lord agree that...

The Arts (15 Mar 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, this has been an unusually distinguished debate. It is the first time that I have spoken in a debate in your Lordships' House when there has been absolute equality between the number of noble Baronesses and noble Lords who have spoken. That is the kind of balance that I like to see in this House. This debate on the arts was most ably introduced by the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh,...

Museums and Galleries: VAT (29 Mar 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the plea put so eloquently before us by the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, is narrow and precise: yet many contributions made by your Lordships have, quite understandably, gone way beyond the narrow confines of his Motion. I shall not, however, attempt to go down the paths already trodden by so many earlier speakers. Let me say at the outset that I have looked very quickly through my...

Museums and Galleries: VAT (29 Mar 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, there you are! There is a very good example and a foretaste of the very good-humoured answer we are likely to get from the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh. I think he is probably going to answer us as a Minister for the arts, representing the DCMS. We shall have the advantage, with all his experience, of receiving his advice on how the matters before us can be resolved, if indeed they can...

Essential Local Services (3 May 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I should like to talk about the role of the public library system in our country and its relevance to the important dissemination of information. It has always been one of the aims of the British public library system to make information available to the widest number of people. That is one of the most important features of a democratic and prosperous society. Those who disturbed...

Looted Art: Claims Panel Timetable (11 May 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, as noble Lords will agree, this is a complex and sensitive matter. The Question on the Order Paper relates to British collections. However, works of art that were looted from victims of the Holocaust could have gone to collections all over the world. Is there any liaison or contact between the department of the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, and similar authorities in other countries?

Export of Works of Art (18 May 2000)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the House will be grateful once again to the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, for introducing an arts debate on another important issue. I have to say that I found the time spent in my preparation for this evening's debate rather uplifting, although the story underlying the review committee's report is sombre in that losses continue owing to lack of funds. Nevertheless, the report itself...

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