Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, will my noble friend--
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that the synchrotron project at Daresbury has operated highly successfully for more than 20 years? Is he aware that the Government's decision to resite the project at Oxford has been regarded in the North West as virtually a government vote of no confidence in the scientific future of the region? Can the Minister explain why the Government allowed...
Lord Evans of Parkside: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the Prison Service has made in the past year towards improving its environmental performance.
Lord Evans of Parkside: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will report on the performance of Her Majesty's Prison Services in 2001–02.
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, will the noble Viscount make it quite clear that when he refers to "clubs" he is referring to night clubs and not to working men's clubs?
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, perhaps the noble Lord will reconsider what he has just said. Is he aware, for instance, that all registered non-profit making members' clubs—in other words working men's clubs—are affiliated to the Performing Right Society Limited and pay due dues to that society. Unless he is referring to some other form of club, it does not affect working men's clubs.
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, this Bill is wide-ranging and complex and I suspect that it will need considerable thought, debate and discussion as it goes through its Committee and Report stages. The Bill provides new regulations for the sale and supply of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment and late-night refreshments. The licensing objections are set out in Clause 4 and I will refer to them...
Lord Evans of Parkside: moved Amendment No. 135A: Page 40, line 16, at end insert— "(ab) the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of the club to a member of the club in person for consumption off the premises where the supply takes place, or"
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, I declare an interest as an active member of the Parliamentary All-Party Group for Non-Profit Making Members' Clubs. This is a straightforward amendment to correct an omission in the Bill. If Clause 69 is passed in its present form, members' clubs, including organisations such as the CIU, the Conservative Association, the Labour and Socialist Clubs, the Liberal Democrat clubs, the...
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, I ask my noble friend to withdraw the remark about guests. Guests have no right whatever to purchase alcohol in a club for consumption on, and definitely not, for consumption off the premises. The right of an individual member to purchase alcohol for consumption off the premises has existed for over 40 years, and exists today, and has never constituted an abuse at any time under any...
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, I appreciate the difficulty of my noble friend in that he is not particularly au fait with the whole situation with regard to the club movement. I confess my dismay at his reply but, as I say, I understand his difficulty. Will my noble friend Lord Davies and my noble friend the Minister consider the matter further before Third Reading? I shall certainly consult the clubs association—
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend for that remark. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.
Lord Evans of Parkside: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the Criminal Records Bureau's Corporate Plan for 2003–04.
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for accepting the spirit of the amendment that I moved on Report. I also thank Ministers for their courtesy in meeting me and representatives of the various club organisations. We are grateful for what my noble friend has done on behalf of all the club organisations in Great Britain.
Lord Evans of Parkside: My Lords, briefly, I strongly support the amendment. I am the trustee of a large community and sports club in the village in which I live that provides sport for the entire village: tennis, rugby, soccer, badminton and bowls. A huge number of sports are provided and the whole village uses that club. I know how difficult and bizarre it is to try to reach agreement with the local authority...
Lord Evans of Parkside: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Prime Minister will publish the full membership and terms of reference of ministerial committees of the Cabinet.
Lord Evans of Parkside: asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Attorney-General will publish the review of his current panels of junior counsel to the Crown?