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NHS: Doctors — Question for Short Debate (23 Mar 2009)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I think that we shall, unhappily, be a reduced number in a few seconds. I shall try to explain to the House why my debate probably has a small number of people who will be contributing, but to whom I am enormously grateful. I knew very little about this subject until a few months ago, so I can understand people's bemusement when they read on the Order Paper what we are debating. My...

Schools: Boxing (17 Jan 2008)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider placing boxing within the physical education curriculum in schools.

Schools: Boxing (17 Jan 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that encouraging and surprising Answer. I say that because there has been, as it were, a cold shouldering of boxing over the years, and not just in education. However, it has proved to be quite useful in leading young people from relatively deprived backgrounds into an activity that is disciplined, encourages fitness and can take them away from a path...

Disabled People: IT Training (3 Mar 2008)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government what steps they propose to take to support the training of disabled people on computers in their own homes. My Lords, tonight I am introducing a short debate that has had some delay before reaching your Lordships' House. I have no quarrel with that; the Government have difficulty in getting time for their business. We have been moved a couple of times, but we...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, my old Chief Whip, the late Lord Harris of Greenwich, when I was his deputy, used to say to me when a difficult vote was in the offing: "Do stop them listening to the debate". My natural tendency in your Lordships' House, probably appropriate for a generalist and hereditary Peer, is to listen to debates. I have listened to this debate with great care, and I have to say something...

Cycling (2 Apr 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I am not a Whip; I am revisiting ancient times because no one else was prepared to speak on cycling. I have been cycling all my life, but more particularly for the past nine years since I was diagnosed with diabetes. At the time I was three stone overweight and I was told that I had to do something about the way I conducted my life. I have done that and kept my weight down, mostly...

Categories of Casino Regulations 2008 (15 May 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, perhaps I may be allowed to chew—for the last time, I hope—on what the noble Lord, Lord Mancroft, called "this old bone"? Those of us on the Joint Scrutiny Committee have been chewing away on this bone and there is not much meat left. If I may take a subjective view, I was on the Front Bench, now ably replaced by my noble friend, who has spoken so well today, I was on the Joint...

Health: Diabetes (23 Jun 2008)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the scientific basis for the National Health Service's recent announcement that self-testing of blood sugar levels by type 2 diabetes patients is unnecessary.

Health: Diabetes (23 Jun 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for her Answer. Diabetics such as me will be reassured that NICE has come out with the decision that she has announced. NICE is not known for making hasty decisions. The decision is certainly in conflict with what was reported in the press. I am sure she is aware that diabetics have a difficult job combining exercise, diet, medication and monitoring, which...

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the result of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty, what steps they are taking to promote greater understanding of the political and social aspects of the European Union.

EU: Public Understanding (24 Jun 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for that reply, but it does not quite address the question which I thought I had put. Is it not the case that in the three referenda that have taken place, if the question had been whether people wanted to stay in the European Union, they surely would have said yes, they would like to stay in the Union, but they have voted no on the detail? The devil...

House of Lords: Life Peerages Exhibition (25 Jun 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the Works of Art Committee. We will continue to meet the expectations of Parliament to create or take part in the creation of exhibitions so that the public can learn more about the House of Lords; but, at the same time, will the Chairman of Committees take particular note of the point made by other Peers that, as we have learnt from earlier...

Parliament Square (14 Jul 2008)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, it is difficult to better the description that my noble friend Lord Wallace of Saltaire, gave of the buildings that comprise the Westminster estate and of the palace and St Margaret's. It seems to me that anybody arriving here as a tourist or visitor from another country must be amazed at the way in which this unique and historic group of buildings is presented. Many tourists come...

Gambling Bill (22 Feb 2005)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, first of all, I apologise. I missed the first few minutes of the debate today as I was unexpectedly delayed in getting to the House. I shall read the Minister's speech, although I think I am familiar with much of its content, having served on the pre-legislative scrutiny committee, as mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Mancroft. I do not know how many of your Lordships have read the...

Gambling Bill (22 Feb 2005)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I am sorry. I did not look up at the clock. Anyway, children represent a very large problem in regard to gambling. Whether it is possible to stop children gambling in amusement arcades, I do not know. I honestly think that the culture is too deeply ingrained. Children ought, however, to be taught about gambling and its dangers. Having said that, I shall take the advice of the noble...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Viscount Falkland: I find the amendments in this group curious. They invite Second Reading speeches. One can find plenty of faults with the Bill as a whole, but surely nobody can fault the objectives of the Bill, which are well conceived and well drafted. Of course, there will be an increase in gambling in this country—that is what the Bill intends. Furthermore, the Bill intends to ensure that the damage that...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Viscount Falkland: I see where the noble Lord is going and from whence he is coming. I agree that there is a danger to children, particularly in technology gambling such as slot-machines—not so much in traditional forms of gambling such as horseracing, which was mentioned in the evidence that we had in the committee from those who worked at Gordon House. Slot-machines were the main cause of concern in...

Gambling Bill (10 Mar 2005)

Viscount Falkland: The noble Earl has made some interesting points and asked some searching questions. I understood him to say that his intention, at this stage, was simply to obtain answers from the Minister. The change of description for the largest category of casino from a resort casino to a regional casino surprised many of us. The Minister may say that that term seemed more appropriate. A regional casino...

General Practitioners: Appointments (14 Jul 2005)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, what action would the Minister recommend to GPs and medical centres where each month a large number of appointments are not kept? There are recidivist patients, if I may say so, who repeatedly do not turn up for appointments.

London: Terrorist Attacks (21 Jul 2005)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the recent terrorist explosion on a London bus, they will consider the case for having a trained employee on each bus in addition to the driver so as to increase security.


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