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Theatre Market - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

the Earl of Glasgow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the theatre market in (1) London, and (2) elsewhere in the United Kingdom; and what steps they are taking to ensure that theatre is accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Theatre Market - Question for Short Debate (11 Jun 2019)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, several of the Liberal Democrats think it is high time we had a debate on the state of British theatre, particularly the London theatre, which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. London is now generally accepted as being the theatrical mecca of the English-speaking world. I will start with the good news. London theatre is booming. In fact, some say it has never...

Theatre Tickets: London - Question (28 Feb 2019)

the Earl of Glasgow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to address the cost of theatre tickets in London and any effect this has on theatregoers.

Theatre Tickets: London - Question (28 Feb 2019)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, as the Government are almost certainly aware, West End theatre is thriving at the moment. However, the price of a decent seat in the stalls, for example, has nearly doubled in the past three years. The Government may not be aware that the main beneficiaries of these higher prices are not so much the producers of the plays and musicals, but rather those who control access to...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, before the Christmas Recess I had convinced myself that there was no point in adding my name to the long list of speakers taking part in the Brexit withdrawal debate. Potentially, every view had already been expressed anyway but now, as the Brexit situation worsens and time is running out, I feel the need to make a brief contribution—“brief” being the crucial word—and put...

Breaching of Limits on Ticket Sales Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (13 Jun 2018)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, it is very important that the draft regulations laid before the House on 26 April should now be approved, and therefore I enthusiastically support this Motion. Bots in particular must be abolished. They were a method by which digital touts, which is what I call them, could acquire tickets for sporting and cultural events for the secondary ticketing market and resell them at greatly...

House of Lords: Lord Speaker’s Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (19 Dec 2017)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I think that most of us are embarrassed and often inconvenienced by the absurd size of our House, and so the Burns report is to be greatly welcomed. In nearly all respects it proposes a sensible, fair and practical way of reducing our numbers without having to resort to primary legislation. It recommends a cap of no more than 600 Peers and a method for how this could be achieved. I...

Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate (6 Mar 2017)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I have long associated myself with the campaign to legalise assisted dying in Britain—as long, of course, as the necessary safeguards are in place. Judging by a number of polls taken over the last 20 years, more than 75% of the public also want to see assisted dying legalised. They believe, like me, that in the right circumstances it is a compassionate and humane way of...

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (8 Feb 2017)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I support Amendments 230 and 231, to which my noble friends Lord Clement-Jones and Lord Foster of Bath have put their names. I am very aware of the time, so I am going to be very brief. Most of what I wanted to say has already been said. The intention of the two amendments, as I understand them, is to help prevent fans who are keen to attend a concert, sporting event or popular West...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I support the amendment of my noble friend Lord Bradshaw and the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. This seems an eminently sensible suggestion. At the moment, people are trying to make out that this is an attempt to delay HS2; that is the last thing that I would like to do. The amendment would in fact allow it to go ahead. They are talking about a temporary terminal there, for possibly...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Report (24 Jan 2017)

the Earl of Glasgow: There is a huge amount of work to be done in building HS2 and we should be able to get on with that. If what the noble Lord is saying is correct, I may have misunderstood.

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (Continued) (5 Dec 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, unlike the majority of my fellow Liberal Democrats, I have never believed in an elected second Chamber. However such a Chamber might be constituted, it seems self-evident that two elected Chambers in the Palace of Westminster would be asking for trouble—a guaranteed recipe for conflict. People argue that an elected House of Lords could simply continue to perform the same important...

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Second Reading (14 Apr 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, it is a great honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, whose knowledge of railways is second to none. I, on the other hand, will speak simply because I am a great enthusiast for HS2. It is the most exciting engineering project since Crossrail and it is expected to benefit the Midlands and north of England as much as, if not more than, London and the south-east....

BBC Charter — Question for Short Debate (10 Mar 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, the BBC is not perfect. I have worked for it as a documentary film-maker and have been the subject of one of its programmes. That programme turned out to be very different from what I had been led to believe, so I know that the BBC is capable of doing things in bad faith. However, the BBC is an institution admired and trusted throughout the world. One of the reasons it is trusted is...

Tourism — Question (8 Feb 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, 20 years ago there were hundreds of tourist information centres all over Britain. They are now becoming very rare because local tourist boards and councils cannot afford to maintain them. I hope that the Government will agree that tourist information centres are really important to tourism in this country. Is there anything that the Government can do, possibly through VisitBritain,...

Airports: Expansion — Question (4 Feb 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are fully committed to choosing either Heathrow or Gatwick for airport expansion, or are still considering other options.

Airports: Expansion — Question (4 Feb 2016)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Unfortunately I am disappointed by it. There is some confusion in my mind, and perhaps in that of the Government as well, as to whether this airport expansion is primarily to provide extra capacity for the crowded south-east or whether it is to establish an up-to-date hub airport to rival those in Europe. If it is to establish a first-class,...

Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design — Question (3 Dec 2015)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, the Sir John Cass faculty is one of the most successful and highly regarded educational institutions in London, maybe even in Britain. Part of its success has always been attributed to its location in the East End close to the City, where it has thrived for more than 250 years. It seems that it is now likely to be forcibly moved out to Holloway, due mostly to London Metropolitan...

Economic Case for HS2 (Economic Affairs Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2015)

the Earl of Glasgow: My Lords, I find the report of the Economic Affairs Committee on High Speed 2 a rather negative and depressing one. It certainly does not express much enthusiasm for this very exciting project. It seems to be endlessly demanding more hard proof that the enterprise really will bring more prosperity to the north of England; that it really will free up more capacity for the overcrowded existing...

National Gallery: Visitor Services — Question (5 Feb 2015)

the Earl of Glasgow: Are the Government considering allowing these changes to be made because they are dissatisfied in some way with the visitor service being provided at the moment, or is it done for ideological reasons?

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