Results 121–140 of 376 for speaker:Viscount Falkland

Broadcasting (Original Productions) Order 2004 (25 Jun 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches thank the Minister for explaining complex material in, I believe, just inside 10 minutes. I do not think that any of us would benefit from probing into that any further other than to ask one or two brief questions. In common with, I believe, the BBC and others involved in broadcasting, we welcome the order. It makes appropriate provision for the definition of...

Regulatory Reform (Museum of London) (Location of Premises) Order 2004 (25 Jun 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches think the general purpose of the order entirely sensible. By introducing the order, the Government seem to have laid the foundations of the possibility of greater success, not only for the Museum of London but in the general area of museums. It makes perfect sense that the Museum of London and the Museum in Docklands together can increase the attraction of both...

House of Lords: Display of Historical Documents (22 Jun 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord on conveying what is, overall, a very sensible solution to a delicate problem. However, will he bear in mind that those of us who for a number of years have been taking parties and individuals around the Palace of Westminster, many of whom come from foreign countries and have a deep interest in our history, feel that there is nothing better than to show...

Driving Disqualifications (16 Jun 2004)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: What benefits will result from the power given to magistrates' courts by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to impose driving bans for offences outside normal traffic infringements.

Driving Disqualifications (16 Jun 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. However, I may be wrong, but does she not agree with me that to the man or woman in the street—or even to a child—the handing out of driving bans for offences that are not connected with driving seems to lack one of the main elements of natural justice? Is the Minister aware that since the guidelines to magistrates have changed, there...

Iraq: Security Situation and Allegations of Mistreatment (10 May 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, all Members of your Lordships' House will be extremely disturbed by the allegations and rumours that have been spreading about British troops in Iraq. Will he take it from me that among those most devastated by this are those who at some stage have themselves had military training, who have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, or whose fathers, sons or other close relatives have...

Libraries: Libri Report (6 May 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, will the Minister encourage the House, and the wider audience, by saying that, although the developments in the way in which computers are now used in libraries are highly admirable, it is still the book that is the thing, particularly for older people? In many libraries there is a notable absence of buying of new titles. Would he agree with me that books, apart from information,...

BBC Charter (21 Apr 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, noble Lords on these Benches congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Barnett, on getting this slot today, not least for mentioning, in such favourable terms, his impression of the Liberal Democrat views about public service broadcasting. We are grateful for his reference to my honourable friend's remarks in The House Magazine and elsewhere. They were reinforced by my noble friend Lord...

Road Accidents Involving Police Vehicles (6 Apr 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, if the noble Lord has the statistics before him, can he tell us how many accidents have as their root cause poor maintenance? Further, can he tell us whether there has been any evidence of a drop in the standard of maintenance of police vehicles where PFIs have been put in place and where maintenance is contracted out rather than carried out in-house?

Library Service (17 Mar 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we must thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, and congratulate him on his good fortune in securing this debate. We commiserate with him, of course, in so far as he has attracted few speakers. I know not whether that is due to the Budget or to Cheltenham races. Nevertheless, the noble Lord has had the good fortune to hear from one of the greatest experts on the matter, the noble...

Film Production Tax Relief (4 Mar 2004)

Viscount Falkland: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider transitional arrangements following the termination of film production tax relief for investors so as to allow current projects to continue without the need for financing packages to be restructured.

Film Production Tax Relief (4 Mar 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the Minister has attributed to me an objection to matters that I had not intended to raise. He must know that the sudden end to what was accepted by the film industry as being quite a reasonable closing of a perceived and actual tax loophole was not expected to be introduced as abruptly and with such a retrospective flavour as it was. As I am sure the noble Lord knows, it has caused...

Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (2 Mar 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, I wish to deal with the part of the Bill which deals with the transfer of the Tote to a private trust. My noble friend Lord Addington dealt admirably with the part of the Bill which deals with the Olympic lottery. As no one else has done so, perhaps it is appropriate to sketch the background of racing against which the proposals are set. Racing in Britain is some 250 years old. I...

Prisoners: Gambling Addictions (2 Mar 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, as all those serving sentences in prison are probably no strangers to the world of betting, should not those whose crimes have resulted directly from their pathological gambling addiction be of most concern to us? Does the Minister have statistics showing the number of prisoners whose crime is directly related to pathological gambling?

New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiative) Order 2004 (20 Jan 2004)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we on these Benches also thank the Minister for explaining the order. I have to confess we have little enthusiasm for it. It continues the practice we deplore—the use of lottery money as a substitute for Exchequer spending. We have had discussions on this in the past. The New Opportunities Fund will now be permitted this additional project—a young people's fund—to add to the...

West End Theatre (12 Nov 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, the report mentions the expectations of theatre-goers. I think that the noble Lord will agree that most regular theatre-goers temper their expectations with moderation, because they are in very old buildings, many of which are listed, and do not have the facilities that we expect today as they were built for a different public. Does he not agree that, if we are to modernise...

Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003 (28 Oct 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, we are grateful to the Minister for explaining so clearly what is contained in the draft instrument. I shall not even attempt to rehearse the details of what is contained in the order as it has been done so well already by the Minister and the noble Baroness. We are dealing here with a balance which has been struck by the Government—who I know I have been pressed for some time by...

Alcohol: Binge Drinking (16 Oct 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that the term "binge drinking" has been somewhat misused? It usually relates to licensing arrangements of one kind or another, and we have a change imminent. In fact binge drinking—to anyone who knows anything about the history of this country—has been part of our drinking habits for hundreds of years. It is a cultural matter: people drink to get drunk...

Horse Passports (16 Oct 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, is it not the case that the almost universal derision with which this measure has been met—certainly within the horse community—is due to the fact that most people realise that, for a human, obtaining a passport is a voluntary act? If you wish to travel, a passport provides you with government protection. However, apparently horses and donkeys are made compulsorily to have...

Motorsport (8 Sep 2003)

Viscount Falkland: My Lords, can the noble Lord help the House by telling us to what extent this very successful automotive sport contributes to employment and the economy in this country?


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