Results 1–20 of 1150 for speaker:Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Pupil Mental Health, Well-being and Development - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett of Manor Castle, for her stimulating and challenging speech introducing this interesting debate. I also thank the House Library and the several organisations that have provided most helpful briefings, all pointing, regrettably, to the increasing mental problems among children and young people. I will not repeat the catalogue of...

Water and Sewage Companies: Directors’ Remuneration - Question for Short Debate (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Sikka for securing this debate and for his powerful speech, the majority of which I support. Like him, I will make a suggestion, and will add to his contribution—although I suspect that it will not find any great favour with the government spokesperson. The background to this is that about three weeks ago, our shadow Minister for Defra, Mr Steve Reed...

Pavement Parking - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, we are told in so many areas that we are awaiting the results of consultations and that we do not have the resources to undertake them more speedily. Are the Government exploring the possibility of using AI to do a quick analysis of many of these responses and get the results faster?

Premature Deaths: Heart and Circulatory Conditions - Question ( 6 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Can the Minister say why the Government are refusing to review the regulations governing children’s meals? We know that the sugar content in them is too high and that our children are eating too much sugar. This needs to change, yet the Government refuse to look at the regulations and enforce them properly.

Child Obesity - Question ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to require reformulation of children’s food and drink to reduce child obesity.

Child Obesity - Question ( 1 Feb 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, as the Minister is aware, I have been pressing the Government to reformulate, removing sugar and using healthy alternatives. The Government are unwilling to do that, yet they are now prepared to spend £40 million on an experiment with the anti-obesity drug Wegovy. Why can they spend that money in that area but not spend it on exploring the possibilities of using alternatives to...

Climate Risk Models - Question (25 Jan 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lilley, said that the Bank of England has to take into account a variety of issues. Can the Minister say what work it is doing on AI? Is it in a better position than we are to see what is happening and the consequences?

Driving Licence: Young and Newly Qualified Drivers - Question (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one of the major factors leading to the death or serious injury of those aged between 17 and 24 is a higher incidence of drink and drugs among that cohort, which is well known by the insurance industry? Does he recognise that we have the weakest rules relating to the amount that one can drink in the whole of Europe, apart from Malta? Is it not time that,...

AI-generated Public Services - Question (14 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, was the noble Baroness briefed on a question which I asked on the last occasion when this topic came up? I asked if the Government were looking at developments with Paradot. The Minister who was answering did not know anything about it. Paradot is an online buddy. I have a therapist friend who believes he will be out of business in five years’ time because of the way in which...

Representation of the People (Overseas Electors etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (12 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I will be very brief, because I know your Lordships wish to move to the vote. I will just follow up on some of the points made by my colleague. The real problem we have is that the 2010 coalition abandoned all the work that Labour was doing on establishing a national identity. If that had proceeded, we would have created a national identity for every individual. We would have known...

Home-ownership Rates - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords—

Home-ownership Rates - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords—

Home-ownership Rates - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, may I finally get in with a question? The noble Lord, Lord Naseby, mentioned the benefit of complete full relief on all mortgage interest that many of us had when we were purchasing. Why cannot young people have that?

Department for Work and Pensions: AI - Question ( 5 Dec 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Has the Minister seen the Paradot website? If not, will he look at it? Is the department examining whether the buddy concept developed there could be used in the department that he represents and in other government departments, and what the consequences of using that in government service would be?

Early Years Education - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Baroness. What a fascinating and wide-ranging debate this has proved to be. I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Andrews for securing the debate and for the excellent way in which she introduced it. I note that I am the first male to speak. I spoke to her about whether I should put my name down as I thought I would be rather wide of the...

National Health Service: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath for his—as expected—truly amazing speech. He is a man with great experience of the health service, both before he came into this House and, in particular, while he was serving here as a Minister. He is a man of great value; he is one of the few politicians around who resigned on principle on an issue. He resigned over...

Workers’ Rights - Question (23 Nov 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The noble Lord mentioned the carer’s Act. Does he recognise that we have millions of workers in this country who are paid nothing at all? It is high time we started paying more attention to carers and giving them support. Looking to the future, is one way we could do this not to have a universal wage rather than a minimum wage? In due course, as AI spreads, there will be less requirement...

Local Government Finance - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, there are avenues that the Government are not exploring. We have an increasing amount of retail accommodation which is now empty and an increasing amount of office space in many cities which is not being utilised. What is the Government’s policy around trying to put that to good social purpose? Why are they not thinking about trying to create public-private partnerships to use...

Schools: Food Standards - Question (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the regulations relating to standards for food in schools, and in particular whether they plan to reduce the amount of added sugar they allow.


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