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Results 1–20 of 897 for speaker:Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Planning — Question (22 Jan 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that images submitted as part of planning applications for building developments are accurate.

Planning — Question (22 Jan 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful for my noble friend's reply, because it indicates slight movement since my previous exchange with her. Is she aware that computer-generated images of building or wind farm proposals superimposed on to wide-angle landscape photographs can give a misleading impression by minimising the apparent bulk, scale and height of developments, making them seem further away than...

Railways: Investment — Statement (12 Feb 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I join others in welcoming the Statement and am especially pleased that we have long-term investment and the opportunity to create much-needed jobs in future. In his capacity as the Minister responsible for the rail network, perhaps my noble friend can slow the pace down from high-speed to slower paces and consider the preservation and heritage railways. If we are looking to create...

Postal Services Bill [HL]: Second Reading (10 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the Bill. That will come as no surprise to colleagues on these Benches as I have previously advocated a public/private partnership as the way forward for Royal Mail—preferably one which extends some element of ownership and greater involvement to its staff. The last time we had a major debate on this there was no prospect of a PPP in sight. So I am pleasantly surprised...

Allotments — Question (16 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the city neighbouring where she lives—Brighton and Hove—has long waiting lists for allotments but has increased the number available substantially by splitting the existing number of allotments when they become available and on the market again? Will she ensure that that is looked at in her review?

House of Lords Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (19 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Submitting late amendments obviously gives rise to suspicions. I had a little suspicion, particularly after I heard the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, say that a debate on an elected House is for another day, that if this were adopted it would prevent us from debating the amendments in my name.

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I shall respond to the invitation of the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, to look to the future rather than to the past. I have a couple of questions on these amendments, following up on the final point that my noble friend has just made. When the report is delivered to Parliament, what would happen to it? What would change? So far as I can see, nothing in the Bill would require anyone to take any...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I will be brief and do not wish to repeat all that has been said by my noble friend Lord O'Neill. I covered my view fairly clearly at Second Reading in support of the Bill. It was principally on two grounds—the nitty-gritty, to use the phrase of my noble friend Lord Lea. The first was investment and where it would come from. That is a fair question to put to the noble Lord, Lord Morgan....

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: We are all trying to get the same objective delivered at the end of the day; the defence of the universal service is certainly paramount to us. However, is my noble friend denying the projected loss for Royal Mail next year in figure 19 of the Hooper report? Present expectations are that the losses will be £52 million, £43 million in the following year, £86 million in the following year,...

Postal Services Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (24 Mar 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Before the noble Lord speaks, I listened to the questions that he posed, and he wished to hear the Minister's response to them. I was particularly taken by the point made by my noble friend Lord Clarke concerning consultation and the fact that there should be an opportunity for consultation. I understand that the Minister has undertaken to write to all the parties involved on the specific...

Alcohol: 15 and 16 Year-olds — Question (1 Apr 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords—

Alcohol: 15 and 16 Year-olds — Question (1 Apr 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the Minister agree that some of the responsibility for our problems rests with the drinks industry? How is the voluntary code on alcohol labelling working in the industry as she sees it? Is she content with the progress being made? If not, what steps are the Government taking to make sure that the drinks industry implements the voluntary code? If it does not, are the Government...

Houses of Parliament: Use of CS Gas — Private Notice Question (1 Apr 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if CS gas can only be used in the most extreme circumstances, to use the noble Lord's phrase, why have the media not reported what those extreme circumstances were in the Commons?

Banks: Lending — Question (17 Jun 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, my noble friend did not mention—

Banks: Lending — Question (17 Jun 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, my noble friend did not mention a meeting with Northern Rock. Newspaper reports indicate that it is likely that Northern Rock will be sold. Would it not be beneficial if he had a meeting with Northern Rock and they talked about perhaps using it as the experimental base to try to advance lending both to people seeking to purchase a home and also to businesses as well?

Comprehensive Spending Review — Question (2 Jul 2009)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does my noble friend the Minister share my view that the public view with some distaste the likelihood of having a Punch and Judy show between now and the next general election on the issue of costs, expenditure and cuts? I welcome his statement on when the Comprehensive Spending Review will appear. In the mean time, will the Government, given their desire to try to increase...

Allotments (10 Jan 2008)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, are the Government concerned that in many parts of the country we have allotments that are overgrown and unworked, particularly in the south-east—I come from the Brighton area where we have a substantial number that fall into that category—yet we are desperately short of land for housing, particularly social housing? Is it not time that we had a flexible approach on some of...

Schools: Boxing (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is it not true that training for boxing can be non-combative and is one of the most exhilarating and demanding exercises one can undertake?

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Earlier, the noble Lord, Lord Steel, argued that the change that had taken place since Second Reading was the Administration Committee's report. Would he not agree that that report goes wider than the four issues that he is endeavouring to ensure that we stick to within this Committee? Therefore, if he calls that report in aid, surely he should be prepared to accept that we go wider than the...

House of Lords Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2008)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I would like to support my noble friend, but I, too, have my doubts too about the wisdom of this course. In 2002, I was on the Joint Committee on the future of the House of Lords that produced seven options. We had seven "No" results in the other place. The question that came to my mind immediately was what we do if we produce three options and at least one of the Houses decides that it does...


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