Results 101–120 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

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 (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...

Casinos (9 Dec 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, it was noticeable that, in response to the timely Question of the noble Lord, Lord Hanningfield, the Minister did not use the term "super" casinos, which is used in the Question. Is it not the case that the term "super" casino reflects neither the Government's aims, nor indeed is it in current usage among those who served on the pre-legislative committee or within the industry? Is...

Teenage Pregnancy (17 Nov 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, can the noble Baroness tell us whether there is a link between under-age conception and under-age drinking?

English Heritage (17 Nov 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, will the Minister go a little further than the purely economic arguments here? One quite authoritative press commentator said recently—by way of a joke, I suppose; or maybe not—that the Government were not really interested in our built heritage because, for them, history had started only in 1997. Is there any truth in that? While I do not expect the Minister to say that there...

ITV Regional Programming (8 Nov 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, can the Minister go a little further on an aspect of the proposals that extends a little from the Question on Ofcom's suggestions about ITV's public service remit obligations? Is it not suggested that, as well as there being a reduction of those obligations, a discount will also continue in terms of ITV's access to the airwaves? How will that work? It continues what already exists,...

Waterways Museums (4 Nov 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, is it not the case that for the principle of free admission to work properly, there needs to be a much closer relationship between government funding and actual visitor figures, rather than forecast visitor figures? It is a case, if I may suggest, of the Government needing to do some fine tuning. Unless that happens, one will get a shortage of funding, which will result in suffering...

British Grand Prix (21 Oct 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, although it is sad and rather puzzling that Mr Ecclestone and Mr Mosley have not concluded an agreement for the continuation of the Grand Prix with the BRDC, that, as the Minister said, is a commercial negotiation that he cannot enter into. However, are there not two other matters that must concern us? Those are, first, the amount of public money that has been given to the BRDC,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Tote (11 Oct 2004)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the sale of the Tote to a racing trust will involve a percentage of the consideration being reserved for the staff of the Tote; how that amount is likely to be divided; and in what form. Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (14 Sep 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches understand that the transfer of the Tote from whatever it was—through the nationalisation process to the private sector—is a complex and unusual matter. It is very necessary. The reasons for it being in the Labour Party manifesto are well understood. It is long overdue that the Tote should be out of the purlieus of government in the way that it has been. The...

Dictionary of National Biography (10 Sep 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I, and I think others, have looked forward to this debate for some days. I do not think that any of us have been disappointed. The noble Lord, Lord Baker, who admirably introduced the debate, paid tribute to those speakers who put their names down. I do not think he will be disappointed either because the display of erudition and wit has been a real treat, certainly for me and I...

Dictionary of National Biography (10 Sep 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for that enlightenment. Celebration is certainly in order, whether the Minister can tell us that the Government will give it their support or not. I know that he has enjoyed this debate as much as I have because I have watched the expression on his face from time to time—one could hardly fail to do so. It is an unparalleled undertaking. I hope that those who...

Food Labelling Regulations (9 Sep 2004)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether current food labelling regulations are adequate in view of current concerns about fat, salt and sugar content in foods.

Food Labelling Regulations (9 Sep 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that quite lengthy and comprehensive Answer. I declare a personal interest, as one of the many people who has developed what is known as late-onset diabetes. It is common in this country, particularly among older people and many immigrant groups. It is crucial for us to avoid foods with added sugar. We spend a lot of time—many of us with failing...

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (19 Jul 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches have little to add to what the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan, said. We agree that, if the Government were able to give us some assurances now, it would be unnecessary for us to proceed further with this amendment, which we are inclined to support. The transfer of the Tote to the Racing Trust has been well discussed in Grand Committee and it is not appropriate now to...

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (19 Jul 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I had not intended to enter into this debate, but since my name was mentioned in reference to the debate in Committee, I thought that I would reinforce the point that I made then with the additional point that in this country we have gone down a road that is uncommon, if not unique. We have bookmakers who offer odds to the betting public in competition with the Tote, which offers...

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (19 Jul 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan, on so fully and comprehensively explaining his amendment. His arguments were persuasive, as I am sure the Minister will acknowledge in his response. We are talking about an exceptional institution. Those of us who have had the privilege of visiting it know that it is a centre of excellence. It has scientists of the highest repute...

Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 (7 Jul 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, these Benches have a difficulty with the Motion proposed by the noble Viscount, Lord Astor. Although the matter has been put fully by the noble Viscount, a passport is simply a document that states whether a horse may be eaten—whether it will enter into the human food chain. That seems a reasonable requirement on the face of it. I have to say that I do not know why I am a...

Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 (7 Jul 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, that is not a delicacy that I have had the pleasure of eating and I do not intend to seek it out. Perhaps I may leave the matter there. Generally, we are disposed to support the drift of these regulations. If the Minister can satisfy us on some of the points that I have raised and those raised by the noble Viscount, we would not be moved to join the noble Viscount in the Lobby,...


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