Results 61–80 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

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...

Gambling: Gibraltar (5 Dec 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, following those remarks, does the Minister agree that Gibraltar has self-interest in firm and strong regulation? It is hard to believe that it would not be keen for such regulation, because it derives considerable economic benefit from having these sorts of operations. Can we do anything to encourage Gibraltar to strengthen those areas highlighted by the noble Lord who asked the...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (30 Nov 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Selsdon, is a hard act to follow. I did not realise that he was what one might term "an ermine anorak", in knowing everything about us, but it does not surprise me. Before I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Steel, on introducing the Bill, perhaps I may agree with the noble Lord, Lord Selsdon, that it is not a Bill in the normal sense; it is really an attempt by...

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy (18 Oct 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Avebury for giving me the opportunity to debate with other noble Lords this problem of alcohol in our society. I pay tribute to his work—of which noble Lords may not be aware—having worked with him on the recent, dismaying alcohol Bill and seen the amount of badgering he did of Ministers, officials and police officers, and the amount of information...

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy (18 Oct 2007)

Viscount Falkland: Absolutely, my Lords, I agree with the noble Lord. He and I share a position as patrons of a treatment centre that is probably one of the most successful in the country and he knows as well as I do the importance of the business of clamping down on retailers who sell illegally. I absolutely agree with him. The other issue is the use of units in health. I do not think that units in health are...

Gambling: Sport (11 Oct 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we have reason to thank the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner, not only for introducing the debate but for the incredible amount of work that he has done to try to generate understanding of betting today, with its new technologies and the difficulties linked to human fallibility and criminality which they have created. I am surprised that the Government have not sought to counter the view...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (20 Jul 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, by whichever path one comes into this House, one is immediately made aware of the importance of this institution in our parliamentary democracy. What concentrates the mind even more when one comes into this House is when one is asked to explain either to individuals or to groups exactly how this institution works. It is my view that, together with the other pillars of our...

France: Intergovernmental Meetings (11 Jun 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the Minister mentioned enlargement. Can he say what the attitude is towards Turkey joining the European Union? Mr Sarkozy is on record as being doubtful about the wisdom of supporting Turkey, and we differ somewhat in that view.

Gambling: Betting Offices (4 Jun 2007)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to place appropriate limits on the number of betting shops, particularly in inner cities.

Gambling: Betting Offices (4 Jun 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that full Answer. Does he agree that the situation needs very careful watching? It seems unfair to criticise the bookmakers by implication after they have had such a bad weekend, but the turnover for horse racing and dog racing has fallen considerably and the main contributor to betting shop profits is what are misleadingly called "fixed-odds betting...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Gambling: Addiction (29 Mar 2007)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the British Medical Association's report Gambling Addiction and its Treatment within the NHS, whether they have made an assessment of the adequacy of funding for the treatment of gambling addiction.

Civil Servants: Employment in Private Sector (20 Mar 2007)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the restrictions on civil servants taking employment in the private sector following termination of their service in areas where they have had experience during their service.

Civil Servants: Employment in Private Sector (20 Mar 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. Does he agree that it would be naive to think that the public service and private enterprise have not come closer together? There is nothing wrong intrinsically in that, but public perceptions are such that they require safeguards to be put in place, as they have been; the code suggests two years, as he says. Is he happy that two years is...

House of Lords: Reform (12 Mar 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, my Chief Whip has just told me that, on the face of it, I have an hour and a quarter in which to talk to your Lordships about the matter before us. I assure you that I shall not. Most of the points that I want to raise were made in the excellent speech of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Irvine of Lairg, with whose views I have a great deal of sympathy. I came into this House as a...

Health: Sports Medicine (22 Feb 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, is it not the case in National Health Service practices that an increasing burden of administration is falling on the doctor and that more and more treatment is in the hands of the practice nurse? That trend seems irreversible. Admirable though practice nurses are, if you have a sporting injury you would be lucky to find one who would be able to give you the advice that you probably...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Energy: Electric Vehicles (20 Feb 2007)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have discontinued end-user grants through the Energy Savings Trust for electric vehicle technology.

Police: Art and Antiquities Unit (20 Feb 2007)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, is the noble Lord not concerned about the dispersal of police expertise in this area, following the experience of police officers who have been released from the stolen vehicles squad, with the resulting increase in crime in that area? Is he confident that this group of very expert and experienced police officers will remain in place and will be able to prevent the kind of...

EU: Regulation (12 Dec 2006)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept Commissioner Verheugen's estimate that European Union regulation is costing €600 billion per annum to European Union member states' economies.

EU: Regulation (12 Dec 2006)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Whatever the exactitude of the figure that has been quoted by Commissioner Verheugen, is it not curious that against the Commission's intention to reduce the administrative burden in Europe by 25 per cent in the medium term, his concerns about competitiveness in relation to the costs of regulation have met with such hostility? Do the Government...


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