Results 1–20 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

Bee Population - Question for Short Debate (19 Jun 2018)

Viscount Falkland: I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Bloomfield, for the opportunity to speak on the wonderful subject of bees. I came across her by chance in the Tea Room and she said she was going to speak on this subject. I was particularly upset that day by some acerbic remarks in a Brexit debate and I thought this would be a gentle outing. I then suddenly realised that I did not know much about bees. I...

Bee Population - Question for Short Debate (19 Jun 2018)

Viscount Falkland: I am very cheered by the reception that I got there—whether it was honest or not, or just good banter, I do not know. I am very much for banter, particularly since the House was advised to discourage banter among the staff. I actually rang up the company involved, which had been consulted at great cost, which said that banter must be discouraged. Mainly—I do not know why I have gone on...

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility - Statement (17 May 2018)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I congratulate the Government on finally taking action on the casino gaming machines in betting shops. One must not be too harsh about the bookmakers, because the history here is of course that betting on horses and greyhounds—the traditional betting in betting shops—has declined enormously, as people tend now to bet more and more online. This will be a sad day for bookmakers,...

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility - Statement (17 May 2018)

Viscount Falkland: Does the Minister agree that the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Foster, on the question of whether horses are valued more than people and the dangers of addiction and racing are somewhat misplaced? Racing has the greatest difficulty in funding national competitions. Could the Minister comment on that?

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] - Committee (27 Apr 2018)

Viscount Falkland: Absolutely. The connection, which may upset people, is that I think the Bill is total nonsense in the way it is being followed through. I do not think that the teachers of this nation, most of whom are very dedicated people, are meeting the requirements—which they could do if they “get real”, to use the phrase of the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, again. My daughter, through what she does,...

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] - Committee (27 Apr 2018)

Viscount Falkland: I take the noble Baroness’s hint. I shall wind up my discourse by saying this. If we are to see in children of the background that I have described a change in their behaviour, their mood and, one hopes, their enjoyment of life, the best way to bring it about is to get people such as my daughter who are volunteers to do the work in the home, because the parents will not be any good at doing...

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] - Committee (27 Apr 2018)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I rise to speak in your Lordships’ debate with some trepidation because education is not my subject and never has been. First, I follow my noble friend Lord Bird in apologising for not having spoken at Second Reading. I followed that debate quite closely and I think the best words I can use to cover my feelings about it are those of the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, in debate on the...

Museums and Galleries - Question for Short Debate (23 Jan 2018)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, first, I join the thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, if not for this debate, for how much he has put into Parliament by way of the arts. For me, it is always a pleasure to go to one of the early morning visits to various galleries and museums that he and the noble Lord, Lord Crathorne, arrange for us: it is a great boon and joy to this House. Thank you. To take up a point that...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (13 Dec 2017)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, this is the first time I have intervened on the Bill. I confess that I am one of those who has been lobbied, as suggested by the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan. I will speak about horseracing uniquely, which is different from the kind of doping to which the noble Lord addressed himself. Doping has of course gone on ever since the early 18th century, when horseracing as we know it started...

Royal Marines - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to come into the debate so thoroughly and ably introduced by my friend and former noble friend on the Liberal Democrat Benches. It might be timely to repeat, if I may, the remarks of the Admiral of the Fleet, Lord St Vincent, when the Royal Marines were formed. He said: “I never knew an appeal made to them for honour, courage or loyalty that they did not...

Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017 - Motion to Approve (29 Mar 2017)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the last time many of us who are in the Chamber tonight spoke was in 2014, during the licensing and advertising Bill. Many of the topics that we are touching on today we discussed then. But as the song goes, times are a-changing. The great change, of course, took place in 1963 when the levy was born and betting shops arrived on the scene. At that time, which I remember well, when I...

Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (20 Dec 2016)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, using a handheld telephone in the car, unlike wearing a seat belt, is a breach of good manners on the road. People apparently feel empowered nowadays to use a mobile telephone at any time they feel they need to communicate with someone. If the House will indulge me, I will relate my own experience with my 21 year-old goddaughter. I took her and her parents to the theatre in Paris....

National Lottery — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, not least for giving me the opportunity that I had been hoping for to congratulate the National Lottery and its funding arm on its extraordinary collaboration with the British Film Institute. Not surprisingly, this was touched on by the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, in his speech, and I am sure that the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of...

Health: Diabetes — Question for Short Debate (2 Jul 2015)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for again giving us the opportunity to discuss diabetes, and I congratulate him on the very comprehensive way in which he introduced the debate. I do not think anybody reading his opening remarks in Hansard to find out what this is all about could get anything better online. Education, which is part of the title of this debate, is so important,...

Health: Diabetes — Question for Short Debate (2 Jul 2015)

Viscount Falkland: Diabetes UK is an excellent organisation and I congratulate the noble Baroness. The last time we had a debate on this, I think she was only just starting in her role. Having heard her excellent speech today, I would say that she has obviously been on a very successful learning curve. I was very interested in everything that she said. I now find myself at the age of 80, which is around the age...

Visitor Economy — Question (18 Mar 2015)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, on the basis of his last visit to one of our excellent museums and galleries in London or elsewhere, they are always almost full of foreign visitors? Long may that continue, but perhaps now is the time for a tweak of the arrangements whereby they get free entry to our galleries and our museums, whereas when we go their countries almost inevitably there...

Written Answers — Department for Culture Media and Sport: Film (17 Mar 2015)

Viscount Falkland: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect the United Kingdom's film and audiovisual sector, in the light of the digital market proposals suggested by the European Commission; and what steps they plan to take in Brussels to uphold contractual freedom and market-driven solutions in respect of that industry.

Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (16 Mar 2015)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I am a non-smoker but having been in your Lordships’ House for some years one thing that concerns me about this measure is the unintended consequences. One is always worried in this House about them and so we should be. It seems very odd that so few people have expressed the view that tobacco is a legal product. How can you interfere with the marketing and the sales of a legal...

Government Support for Artists — Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2015)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Clancarty. As the noble Baroness said, he keeps the arts alive in your Lordships’ Chamber and I am glad that that is so. I say that rather ruefully because when I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, which was by and large a very enjoyable time, it was not easy to deal with the arts in the way that I should have liked—as a spokesman...

Culture: Cinema — Question for Short Debate (2 Apr 2014)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I apologise to the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for having arrived a few moments late. I will look at Hansard to see what I missed. The business of culture is a difficult subject which is far too involved to be dealt with in this evening’s debate, an issue which a number of noble Lords have already addressed. My own view was implied by the noble Baroness, Lady Bakewell, in that the...

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