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British Steel - Statement (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, many Members of this House have had to live with the fact that in their area of work, and in many instances the jobs they had, closures have taken place in the steel industry. It is a shocking state of affairs that still remains. I am pleased with the comments that have come from the Minister this afternoon. However, for goodness sake, this Government—any Government—must ensure...

Road Safety - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I just wonder, looking at my noble friend’s Question, are we talking about the United Kingdom? Are we talking only about England? Are we talking about Wales? Are we talking about Scotland? Are we looking for common unity on this issue?

Religious Persecution - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Brookman: The noble Lord is well over time.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 4 (9 Jul 2019)

Lord Brookman: Did you pay?

Schools: Careers Advice - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords—

Schools: Careers Advice - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords—

Schools: Careers Advice - Question (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I wanted to say a few words to let people know that I am still alive. In the House of Lords there are a variety of people, many of whom I know, who have made their way in life. Is it necessary to have a strict regime for education to allow children—my children and your children—to get forward in the future with the best interest of themselves and their families in mind? Am I...

British Steel - Statement (22 May 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I would like to make a brief point. I do not want to be criticised as I was recently with shouts of “Order”, or “Question”, but I want the Minister to know that I am pleased on behalf of the steelworkers involved in this crisis, that they have been shown unanimous support. Nobody is arguing that the listed steelworks are not good and should not remain. The trade union...

Defence: British Steel - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, steelworkers throughout the country will be pleased that my noble friend Lord Hoyle has tabled this Question. It has been a long time coming round, but it will do so again and again. My noble friend and I have a great deal of respect for the trade union leadership in the steel industry, which covers all the various unions involved. They continually face capacity and manpower issues,...

Defence: British Steel - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Brookman: I am just coming to my question. I recall a debate held some years ago in this Chamber in which the issue was raised. There were 19 speakers all talking in the same vein as we are today: save the steel industry, look after the jobs and get the people working. Someone came up to me afterwards and said—

Defence: British Steel - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Lord Brookman: I am coming to it. He said, “Keith, that was all right, but you must realise that we live in a post-industrial society”. If that is the case, we have a dim future in front of us.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel: Manufacturing Industries (7 Jan 2019)

Lord Brookman: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to protect the British steel industry from cheap imports of foreign steel.

Fire Safety: Schools - Question (3 Jul 2017)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, with many other Peers of the realm, I sit on the All-Party Group for Fire Safety and Rescue and sprinklers and the Fire Brigades Union and so and so forth. I have to tell the House that the most frustrating of meetings take place because these people who are really keen on having sprinklers all over the country, not in Scotland or Wales but excluding England, are very frustrated...

Steel Industry - Question for Short Debate (25 Apr 2017)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I was a steel-worker from Ebbw Vale in south Wales. My first Member of Parliament was Aneurin Bevan. Growing up as a young kid, I listened to him in the Palace cinema. He was a wonderful man. The works is no longer there. Many people became unemployed, including many of my relatives, so I know a little bit about the difficulties that steel-workers have had in the United Kingdom. I...

Pensions: Tax Relief - Question (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Brookman: My Lords—

Pensions: Tax Relief - Question (6 Dec 2016)

Lord Brookman: As someone who worked in manufacturing in the steel industry, and would have had a pension, had I not left to become a full-time official of the union—I got a better one—I remember gatecrashing the pensions management committee, on which we had representatives. I shall come to my question in a second. This is a true story. The character running the pension scheme asked, “What are you...

Defence Contracts: British Steel - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I am rather surprised by the Minister’s response to the question posed by my noble friend Lord Hoyle. It is a serious situation; it is not as simple as the Minister describes. Only last week, or the week before, the general secretary of Community, which used to be the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation—a union of which I was a fully paid-up member and still am—wrote to the...

Work Capability Assessments - Question (8 Nov 2016)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, many of us do not speak very often, so maybe I could get in for once. I heard the noble Lord speak yesterday, several times. Nissan has been mentioned. I am interested in the Government’s view on directing steel manufacturers in the UK to produce steel for the Nissan cars in Sunderland. Is that discussion taking place?

Affordable Housing — Question (7 Mar 2016)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, has raised a very interesting point. It has been on my mind for quite a considerable time, with grandchildren growing up and so forth. The situation is very difficult, there is no doubt about that. Where I and many in this Chamber are from—thankfully—in the valleys of south Wales, an affordable, detached house is about £80,000. Where I live, in...

Steel Sector — Statement (18 Jan 2016)

Lord Brookman: My Lords, I wanted to hear what the Minister had to say because I was general secretary of one of the unions involved in the steel industry. As the Minister said, it is devastating news, but it is not unusual news for the steel industry. I am reminded of something I said a few weeks or months ago, about when there were 270,000 employees in one company in the steel industry in the United...


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