Results 1–20 of 1088 for speaker:Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Urgent and Emergency Care Recovery Plan - Statement (2 Feb 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the plan and hope that the Government can keep to the targets they have set. I had experience of being in a major London hospital recently, spending five hours in A&E. It was the first time I had been in A&E for a long time. I was surprised at the number of young people there. When eventually I was seen by a nurse, I asked why so many young people were there. She said,...

Online Safety Bill - Second Reading (1 Feb 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I generally welcome the Bill and I pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, for the great work she has done. In the Bill, I particularly welcome the movement towards greater protection for children than we have had hitherto. I share the concern of the noble Baroness, Lady Benjamin, that there may be difficulties, including the age-verification system, which was raised by the...

Local Councils: 2023-24 Budgets - Question (25 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister agree that one of our problems is that the current council tax structure is well past its sell-by date and needs changing? In those circumstances, and building on the noble Lord’s suggestion about a referendum, would they permit a council to run a referendum for a restructuring of its council tax?

Times Health Commission - Question (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the establishment by the Times of the Times Health Commission on 15 January.

Times Health Commission - Question (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that quite positive reply but, first, given our long history of political failure to tackle the increasingly serious care and health problems facing the country, will the Government set out in more detail what support they will give to this initiative? Secondly—this is perhaps more difficult for the Minister—will he seek support from his...

Alcohol Duty Bands - Question (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the top rate of the new alcohol duty bands, forecasted to take effect from August 2023.

Alcohol Duty Bands - Question (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her reply but she seems to have missed the Question; the Question is about the top band, and she made no mention at all of that. The reality is that a new system is coming in, which I generally welcome, that will actually yield less tax to the Government—which is a surprise, given that we cannot pay nurses enough but are not taking the taxes that...

Industrial Action - Statement (11 Jan 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I regret that we are having the strikes; I speak with some background in the trade union movement. I urge the Government to be careful. They have had great difficulties in dealing with climate change demonstrators—it is extraordinarily easy these days to disrupt the operation of business in this country. I do not know what the Government would do if they set their minimum levels...

Cross-government Cost-cutting - Question for Short Debate (21 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the House for allowing me to nip in quickly. I just want to express a few words of thanks. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for introducing the debate and, as usual, for being provocative on what is needed much more from the Government these days and which seems to be absent—some attention to common sense. So many of our policies seem to go awry and we...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Sugar: Consumption (20 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish the fourth and final report from their Sugar Reduction Programme.

Written Answers — Home Office: Crimes of Violence: Crime Prevention (20 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Home Office Introducing Public Health Measures Impact Assessment 2019, published on 4 July 2019, which found that the Cardiff Model for violence reduction would cut the costs of violence by £858 million over 10 years if five per cent of Community Service Partnerships implemented it, what plans they have to extend its use throughout (1)...

Written Answers — Treasury: Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties (14 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review the proposed new alcohol duty bands, and (2) to increase the top band, so that the reforms will increase the yield to the Exchequer rather than reduce it, as presently forecast.

School Meals: Funding - Question (13 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Given that we now have the world-leading position of having the earliest onset of type 2 diabetes among our children, leading all countries in the world, whether you are having a free meal or not, what is the Government going to do about the quality of the meals being served, which are abysmal?

Probate: Waiting Times - Question (8 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the Minister for that offer, because my niece has been told that she will wait two years for probate. In the meantime, she is having to care for a bungalow that was left—she has to pay for the heating and the insurance on the property, but she has very little money to do that. There was a problem with the probate service in 2018, which was pre-Covid. The problem arose...

Prison Capacity - Statement (6 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, will the Minister look at, and be so kind as to bone up on, the draft mental health Bill? A section of it deals with the prison population and the inadequate treatment currently given to those with mental health problems. There are some beneficial changes coming, but we need much more. They address only the really vulnerable, and there are many people in prison with serious mental...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Trade with EU: Exports (2 Dec 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to return the level of exports from to UK to countries in the EU to the exports level prior to the UK leaving the EU.

Net Migration - Question (29 Nov 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is it not true that one of the great attractions of this country is that people can come in and get employment without any real problem whatsoever, and that the major error that we have had is the abandonment of the policy we had in 2010 to have a form of identity for every individual in the country? This has now been exposed as a major failing of the then Tory and Lib Dem...

Tobacco Control Plan - Question (23 Nov 2022)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The Government also lose a lot of income through illegal importation. If the Government are working very hard indeed to prevent it, can the noble Lord please spell out what they are doing? As I understand it, the number of staff involved at the ports is being cut.


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