Results 1–20 of 104 for speaker:Lord Bragg

BBC: Government Support - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Dec 2021)

Lord Bragg: I thank everyone who took part in the debate. There were a lot of interesting speeches. It shows that I am a bit taken by surprise when I use the word “interesting”, because it is an easy and ordinary word. It was fascinating to hear the level of support for the BBC; I had not quite expected it to be so warm and deep. It was equally intriguing to hear people criticise the BBC in such a...

BBC: Government Support - Motion to Take Note ( 2 Dec 2021)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I thank the House very much for the opportunity to introduce this debate. It is a privilege to open a discussion on such a subject. I work for BBC Radio 4 and Sky Arts as a freelancer. I joined the BBC in 1961 as a trainee. My first television posting was to Huw Wheldon, editor and presenter of “Monitor”, the arts programme. Huw was a man full of terse advice, chiefly plucked...

BBC and Public Service Broadcasting - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Mar 2020)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, first I thank my noble friend Lord Young for calling this important debate, and for speaking so well and covering so much ground. It is a starting shot in what will be a long and, regrettably, corrosive ideological battle. I declare an interest: I work as a freelancer for BBC Radio 4. My greater interest is that, as far back as I can remember, the BBC, one way or another, has...

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, for his stirring and comprehensive opening and for this debate. I declare a couple of interests: I work for BBC Radio and for Sky Arts. This debate has covered a wide and impressive canvas, but I am going to stick to the BBC licence fee, an issue which is current and of great importance in my world and many of our worlds, including those...

Mental Health of Children and Young Adults - Motion to Take Note (16 May 2019)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, and congratulate her on introducing such an important subject at a particularly apposite time. Her comprehensive speech was compelling. I declare an interest: from 1996 to 2011 I was president of Mind, the leading mental health charity in the UK. In 2011 I handed over to Stephen Fry, but I have continued to work for Mind and its CEO, Paul...

Arts: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Bragg: I thank your Lordships. I have been heavily warned that we must finish at 5.43 pm, so I will stick to that. I have very little to say because much of what I wanted to say has already been said extremely eloquently in a beautifully one-sided debate that leaves no room whatever for doubt. Does that matter? I think it does, because we matter as a House. As for the referendum being final and...

Arts: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, the impact on the arts of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will be dire. From every corner comes hard evidence that Brexit will do great damage, yet we are told that the referendum cannot be challenged. We are told that it was the will of the people—in my view, of crucially underinformed people. Even so, 48% were against the withdrawal, a minority far greater than...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) ( 1 Mar 2017)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, 3 million foreign nationals in a population of about 65 million represents a minority. This country has benefited greatly from minorities for centuries. Sometimes they are minorities of a people fleeing tyranny; most markedly in the middle of the last century, the Jews came to this country and enriched it immeasurably. Sometimes they are minorities who fight for the rights of their...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) ( 1 Mar 2017)

Lord Bragg: I thank the noble Countess. I have a short speech—about as third as long as the previous speech—and I have nearly finished it. I was wondering why the Prime Minister did not lead the remain campaign after we had become a minority. Why did she not fight on, as so many other minorities have successfully done, to achieve what they honourably and passionately think is best, as we all do, for...

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Massey of Darwen, on bringing this debate to the House. In my view, nothing is more important for the future economic well-being of this country than the wholesale energising of the proven and potential power in the north of England. As Brexit draws ever nearer, it is urgent that the IPPR’s well-thought-through and detailed report be taken...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Committee (1st Day) ( 9 Jan 2017)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I support the amendment put forward by my noble friend Lord Stevenson and his colleagues in what promises to be a full-scale and important debate on higher education. It is indeed odd, and even extraordinary, that universities are not mentioned in the Bill. I declare an interest, having been chancellor of Leeds University for the last 16 years. En passant, I note the spectacularly...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note ( 3 Nov 2016)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Soley, for securing this very important debate and for his excellent speech. I declare an interest: I have been chancellor of the University of Leeds for the past 16 years. During that time I have seen it transformed, along with so many other British universities. It has become part of the outstanding global success of our universities, as outlined so...

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

Lord Bragg: The Minister seems to take for granted that grammar schools will raise the standards at comprehensive schools when again and again pupils from comprehensive schools are outgunning those from grammar schools wherever you look. He is just wrong about that. I am awfully sorry to say that—no, I am not all that sorry: he is wrong about that.

Grammar Schools - Motion to Take Note (13 Oct 2016)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I hope it is not out of order to say that I simply cannot understand why a Government faced with the greatest constitutional, economic and intellectual upheaval for more than 70 years should want to spend so much time and energy on the future of grammar schools. I congratulate my noble friend Lady Andrews on an excellent opening speech, in which she picked apart the Government’s...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I declare an interest: I work for the BBC as an independent contributor. Another interest is that at different times in my life I have been educated, entertained and informed by the BBC in a way that I believe is not available in any other way in any other country. As has already been said, it would puzzle an outsider to unravel why there are any doubts about the value and the...

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Best, on securing this debate at a particularly timely moment and for his Communications Committee’s first-class charter review. There is so much that I agree with that, if I were to talk about it, I would just say “Tick, tick, tick”—I am sure that your Lordships do not want that. In this debate, I hope that there is room to proceed by...

Trade Union Bill: Second Reading (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Bragg: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to congratulate my noble friend Lord Watts on his maiden speech. I agree with every word of it—that helps—and clearly with the influence of Liverpool above all. Local government, the House of Commons and chairing the PLP—wow. That is enough of an introduction to this place, and I hope that he intervenes a great deal more often. On Sir Christopher...

BBC: Finance and Independence — Motion to Take Note (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Bragg: I do not think it was a deal; it was a demand. We should use words carefully in this House.

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