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Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) (14 May 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, my introduction to this place was prefaced with the most pleasant prophecies: that I would be given a very warm welcome; that the staff would go to great pains to help with everything from map reading, with which I still struggle, to paper procurement. So it has been. In addition to being both humbled and honoured to be here, I feel hugely grateful for all the kindness and help that...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I have been moved and very humbled by the intensity of the letters that I have received on this subject, on both sides of the debate. I have huge respect for the conflicting and deeply felt views. I have enjoyed some excellent speeches today. The contributions of those such as the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, are the best possible response to alleged mistakes by some Members of this...

Economy: Culture and the Arts — Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, for airing this important subject. I will keep my speech short. I was pleased to read in recent speeches by government Ministers a declared belief in the value of the arts and their importance to the economy. However, by their deeds shall they be judged for, like all good artists, we must be not simply self-congratulatory...

Tourism: Music — Question for Short Debate (11 Jul 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it has been extremely pleasant to hear such endorsements of the profession of which I am delighted to be a member. I started off with a score in mind, but this concert, so ably conducted by the noble Lord, Lord Storey, has been through virtually all the possible movements. I am reminded that music is essentially a form of variation; everything is a variation of what has gone before....

Tourism — Question (8 Oct 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree with me that the arts play an incredibly important role in tourism, and the arts are very much under threat at the moment, as he knows. However, given that the BBC, in the form of the promenade concerts, is a boilerplate for tourism in this country, perhaps this is a good moment to welcome the return to Reithian ethics—education,...

Economic Inequality — Question (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, do the Government agree that the recent hike in energy prices is going to increase inequality in our society, and, if so, what do they propose to do about it?

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I would like to follow up on that point and also agree with the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. I feel I represent people in mid-Wales—another area which is profoundly threatened with pylons and wind farms. When I get my council tax bill, the police, the fire services and everything else is listed in just the way the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, is suggesting. I do not really see any...

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, earlier this evening, I found myself in agreement with the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, about transparency. I feel even more strongly about this issue. It seems that we are challenging the rule of law. I know that a lot of people in this country feel that their ability to object to something is often overruled by big business and large amounts of money, and that they do not really have...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there have been no prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is welcome news that there is very likely to be a prosecution, but we have to put this in the context that this practice has been illegal for more than a decade, an estimated 60,000 women in this country have suffered this barbaric practice and 30,000 young children may be at risk of it. I fear that we may be dealing with a cultural tradition. I know that this is a very difficult...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I thank and congratulate my noble friend Lady Cox on again airing this important subject. It is outrageous that such a practice should be happening in what we like to think of as a civilised society. Having said that, I do not doubt for one minute that the Government and the various departments involved find this as shocking as the rest of us. However, it is not resulting in...

Employment: Tourism and Hospitality — Question (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the arts in the widest sense play a terribly important role in tourism, whether it is the West End theatre, the National Gallery or the Royal Opera House? These things are very important and a lot of organisations are quite stretched with declining subsidies. Given what he has just said, does he agree that subsidies should be seen as an investment?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, may I add a small rider to what the noble Lord, Lord Deben, has just said? I have been involved to a certain extent with raising funds, mainly in the arts, but also for charitable work. One of the questions that people are most frequently asked is: how much of the money will go on administration and bureaucracy? We must bear that in mind and minimise it as much as possible.

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Would “distress” not cover that?

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime andPolicing Bill — Report (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, if I may make one small point—

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox for bringing to bear her expertise, which I hope to test further towards the end of my three minutes. Education is at the root of so much with which we concern ourselves in this House. What is the greatest prerequisite of education? I say that it is curiosity. When we think that, thanks to the web and the internet, I can in a second summon up a...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness. These clauses are linked in a way that has not yet been stated, in that through cultural development, through talking about literature, reading novels, studying and acting in Shakespeare and listening to Mozart, we get to talk about sex and relationships in a way that has been considered by geniuses down the ages. This is a way into sexual education...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am pleased to hear that. I was going to conclude with a point to do not only with sex, but with violence and self-control. On Sunday on Radio 3, the actor Michael Sheen said that he was brought up in Port Talbot, and because of the drama provision in that school, he, and before him Anthony Hopkins—and, before him, Richard Burton—found a way out of a society so disadvantaged that he did...

Hillsborough — Statement (12 Feb 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I congratulate the Government and express my sympathy to the families involved. There is one other wider point of importance that comes out of this, which the Minister touched on. I wonder whether he would agree with me that even since Hillsborough and with the lessons that we have learnt, many people distrust bodies investigating themselves and other bodies investigating bodies that are only...


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