Results 1–20 of 607 for speaker:Lord Birt

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bridleways and Public Footpaths: Motor Vehicles ( 5 Apr 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the scale of damage to public footpaths and bridleways caused by four-wheel drive vehicles and scrambler bikes.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (26 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay on 13 March (HL2878), how the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the independence of the BBC should be exercised.

Train Operating Company Contracts - Question (25 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, last year, my wife and I spent a delightful three weeks in Japan visiting the ancient cities and gardens, travelling extensively by bullet, regional and local trains. We laughed increasingly loudly as every train, without exception, arrived on time, exactly to the minute. By contrast, almost every wait at a UK train station—including my journey here today—is punctuated by...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Standards (25 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what percentage of trains on Network Rail did not arrive at their destination on time in the last four-weekly period for which data are available.

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Drax Power Station: Timber (14 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by BBC Panorama that Drax power station is burning wood from forests defined by the government of British Columbia as "old growth" primary forests which provide unique habitats, structures and ecological functions.

Biomass: Power Generation - Question (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: Has the Minister actually studied the detailed and evidenced findings of the last few weeks from “Panorama”, confirmed by the Government of British Columbia, that Drax is, in fact, burning wood from old-growth primary forests—rich, diverse habitats that are over 150 years old and will take 80 years or far longer to grow back—and that it is doing so in defiance of its 2017 commitment?...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Royal Mail: Standards (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Royal Mail are not meeting their delivery targets for letters.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Department for Culture, Media and Sport: BBC (13 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments made by the retiring Chair of the BBC about the increasing frequency of interventions on BBC matters by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Written Answers — Treasury: Private Rented Housing: Heating and Insulation (12 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to allow landlords of rented properties to claim (1) adding insulation where there was none before, and (2) upgrading a central heating boiler from an older, less efficient model, as expenses.

Operation Conifer - Question (11 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, for decades, Edward Heath was guarded day and night by police and supported by domestic staff. As a young television producer, I met him many times. Indeed, I made a one-hour documentary about him while he was Prime Minister, spending a lot of time in his presence and talking widely, during the course of the making of this, to many people who knew him well. I find it hard to...

Heat Pumps - Question ( 6 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, we languish not only very close to the bottom of the European league table of heat pump installation but at the bottom of another European league table: the ratio of the price of electricity to gas, with electricity being far higher. The Minister has discussed the matter before. When will we rebalance that imbalance in the UK?

TV Licence Non-payment: Women - Question ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, this is indeed a troubling and concerning matter. Does the Minister think there is a case for moving the licence fee to a monthly payment, paid by standing order, in line with other broadcast subscriptions? At the moment, that would mean a payment of £13 per month.

Written Answers — Home Office: India: Fraud ( 5 Mar 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the large-scale online organisations identified by the BBC's Scam Interceptors programme, which seek to defraud UK internet users and which operate out of Kolkata.

Media Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, I will start by saying that I think the arguments of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, are absolutely unanswerable. This Bill includes some welcome measures in support of our public service broadcasters, particularly on prominence, but I intend today to identify the issues that the Bill should address but does not. One hundred years ago, both main parties had the wisdom, in contrast to...

Written Answers — Treasury: Economic Situation (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the analysis by Goldman Sachs which found that the economy is five per cent smaller than it would have been if the UK had remained within the European Union.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Communication (26 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the account of the workings of the communications function across Government set out in the chapter entitled “Government (Mis)Communications” in Dame Kate Bingham’s book The Long Shot.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorway Service Areas: Charging Points (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 7 February (HL1914), what assessment they have made of recent findings by the RAC that only 39 per cent of motorway services in England have at least six rapid or ultra-rapid chargers for electric vehicles; and what assessment they have made of why their target for 100 per cent of motorway services in...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorway Service Areas: Charging Points (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government how many motorway service stations do not have chargepoints for electric vehicles.

NHS Dentistry - Question (19 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: My Lords, while working at No. 10 in the early noughties, I was involved in a strategic review of the NHS and was shocked, at the time, to discover how poor the long-term workforce capacity planning was. The total number of dentists currently working in NHS England—around 25,000—has not changed by more than tens or hundreds over the last five years. In that period, more dentists have left...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rivers: Sewage (14 Feb 2024)

Lord Birt: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence presented in the BBC Panorama programme, The Water Pollution Cover-Up, broadcast in December 2023, on sewage pollution in rivers.


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