Results 1–20 of 991 for speaker:Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Net-zero Carbon Emissions: Behaviour Change - Motion to Take Note (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I too am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Blackstone, for her introduction and for giving us this debate. I think we need to spend more time on this question because effecting behavioural change, as many of us know, is very difficult indeed. The biggest change in my lifetime that affected most people was the Second World War, which brought great social changes but also took...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Social Prescribing (15 Sep 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the timetable for the rollout of social prescribing plans as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Second Reading (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I have been on many demonstrations in the past and I have caused a lot of trouble in my previous life. There is some of this Bill I dislike—that has been well examined so far today and will be further examined, and I will support that examination—but there are parts of the Bill that I like too. As I get older, I get more and more modest in my aims and I am particularly pleased...

Flu Vaccination and Blood Test Cancellations - Question (14 Sep 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the Minister answer the question asked by my noble friend Lady Thornton about the BMA’s feeling sufficiently concerned that it suggested a meeting of COBRA? COBRA could have discussions with the Armed Forces and perhaps we could use some of their drivers. There are answers to some of these problems.

Standards in Public Life - Motion to Take Note (9 Sep 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, like others, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Blunkett for introducing this debate in such a magnificent way, based on his long experience in politics. It was a great blessing for us. I am grateful, too, to the Library for the briefing note that it provided, which reminded me to spend a little time looking at the seven principles. In that context, it is interesting that the new...

Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for in effect taking up much of my speech, so I will not repeat it, because I would be speaking broadly in favour of what the Government are endeavouring to do, but arguing, as I have done in my amendment, that they have not gone far enough. The Government’s Achilles heel is that they do not yet move on labelling on calories in sugar and in alcohol,...

NHS Update - Statement (22 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s offer to meet the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, to discuss her devastating report. We should be ashamed to see the way some of our people with learning disabilities and our autistic young people have been treated. I would like to know whether the Government’s action plan can give some realistic dates on when there is likely to be proper service and...

National Food Strategy Independent Review - Question (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take in response to the recommendations of the National Food Strategy independent review, published on 15 July.

National Food Strategy Independent Review - Question (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. There was considerable dismay in many quarters last week at the Prime Minister’s public perfunctory dismissal of the National Food Strategy’s recommendations on the need for sugar and salt taxes. Can the Minister ensure that all levels of government understand that the sugar tax on soft drinks that this Government—or, I should say,...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Rehabilitation (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 February (HL13296), whether work on producing a cross-addiction strategy has now resumed; and if so, when such a strategy will be published.

National Lottery - Question (14 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the objectives of the National Lottery.

National Lottery - Question (14 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply, but I hope that she may be prepared to reflect. The National Lottery has not been quite so successful in recent years; life has changed and we should have new objectives. The big change has been the problem with the nation’s health. We have the worst number in Europe of deaths from Covid. I believe that the Government should review the...

Women’s Health Outcomes - Motion to Take Note (8 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I join others in expressing my gratitude to the noble Baroness. She is a great campaigner and is prepared to reach out across all Benches. That is much required with the problems we face. I think I am probably the first to mention football, but I mention Denmark and congratulate it on the work it does with women. Denmark ranks the highest in the whole world in presenting a community...

Emergency Covid Contracts - Commons Urgent Question (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I hope that the Government will seek to establish why there have been these administrative errors and give a full report to both Houses. I recognise that the Government had to act urgently in the circumstances in which they found themselves, but I see no reason why they needed to break existing rules. The previous Secretary of State used a personal mobile in a way that was in...

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] - Second Reading (25 Jun 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for presenting the Bill. He is a great, doughty fighter, and I very much support what is in the Bill. I have listened carefully to the arguments advanced about what we can and cannot expect and how we can and cannot plan for the unexpected. We need to be very honest about politics, and we are not honest enough in politics. While I...

Social Care and the Role of Carers - Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, for giving us this debate, and for the contributions made by other noble Lords. In particular, I picked up what the noble Baroness said about care homes and the number of unfilled beds. Having watched television and seen people who have gone through the difficulties of Covid, I am not surprised that many questions are now being raised...

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Morris of Yardley for an outstanding speech based on great knowledge and experience; it is one we have had before, but they get better. I offer many congratulations to her on her birthday today. I normally speak on health issues and I was going to, but I decided against it. I look to the Minister to see whether she can make my noble friend Lady...

House of Lords: Remote Participation and Hybrid Sittings - Motion to Take Note (20 May 2021)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, first, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord McFall, on his election as Lord Speaker. I hope the House noted that when it was announced, he stated that one of his aims was that the Lords should be taken to the people so that they might better understand what we do, to try to meet some of the criticisms of us which have been made of late. Secondly, I congratulate the chief clerk, Simon...


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