Results 41–60 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Jan 2018)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: For clarification, the Oxford English Dictionary defines “journey” as the act of travelling from one place to another. The point made by several noble Lords, including my noble and gallant friend Lord Craig, and the noble Lords, Lord Balfe and Lord Rosser, is that this is still a little vague in regard to, for example, a flying lesson, which starts in one place and returns to the same...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: This is not simply about money; it is what it does to your reputation. That is much more important than money.

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I have listened to the debate for several hours and I am growing increasingly worried about one or two things. In a sense I am going to act as a devil’s advocate. I believe passionately in a free and inquisitive press. For many years, I was one of its number both in the written and the spoken word. I believe that the press is absolutely vital to holding us all to account. But I...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (13 Dec 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am grateful to the noble Lord, who obviously knows a great deal about the matter—more than I do. I still think that we should question the ability for this to happen in the future. Surely the whole point of the Leveson inquiry was to tighten things up so that this would not happen so much. When I listen to people talking about what happened to them and how they felt that they had very...

Randox and Trimega Laboratories - Statement (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I completely take the Minister’s point about the difficulty in finding a system that is totally fool-proof, but it would seem from what we have heard that the vetting of personnel could well be the central issue here. Could she tell us, or possibly write to us about, how that vetting might be improved?

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) (Disabled Access) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (24 Nov 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is a privilege and, indeed, humbling to follow the noble Lord, Lord Shinkwin. I am not in a position to comment on his disturbing speech: others will, I am sure, do so. It is humbling because it is a fact that, until disability directly affects us or a close family member, we simply cannot understand the frustrations of everyday life for the disabled. I sometimes think that if...

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Fund - Question (2 Nov 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, given the quite magnificent array of women artists in this country—painters, sculptors, writers and, of course, composers—might it not be appropriate to commission a memorial to Emily Davison, who took her suffragette protest to the Derby and was killed by the King’s horse, having hid here the previous night in a cupboard in the undercroft?

English Baccalaureate: Creative and Technical Subjects - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury, and his love of “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky, which I, too, studied at school. I welcome the enterprise of the noble Baroness, Lady Stedman-Scott, in bringing this vital issue before us today. I always try to avoid being overly melodramatic when speaking in your Lordships’ House, but I have to...

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, this is a timely debate for which I thank the noble Lord, Lord Chadlington—timely because I too believe that gambling advertising has reached saturation point, especially for those for whom sport on television is a wonderful way of being where physically one cannot be. I could not have been in the southern hemisphere for the recent feast of world-class rugby there. Even if I had,...

Digital Understanding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, as we have heard, digital technology has transformed our lives, with the same import as the invention of the wheel. My noble friend Lady Lane-Fox of Soho has reminded me of the important strictures of one of my composition teachers—that you will only ever get out of any venture rewards in direct correlation with what you put in. That lies at the heart of this timely debate. For...

Prisons: Overcrowding - Motion to Take Note (7 Sep 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I will focus on one aspect of my noble friend’s Motion. My only real experience, I am glad to say, of prison life comes from the many years I spent as a trustee of the Koestler Trust, which the Minister will know seeks to provide prisoners with access to the arts and the means to participate in the arts: competitions and material, for example, for the visual arts, music and...

Education: English Baccalaureate - Question (3 Jul 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, given that the Government frequently salute the creative industries for what they bring into the Exchequer and the tourists they bring to this country, is the Minister not concerned about the next generation of creative artists, who are not getting the necessary inspiration they need while at school?

Brexit: European Union-derived Rights - Motion to Resolve (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, my first point echoes nicely the noble Lord, Lord Judd, in that a prime example of the uncertainty facing EU nationals is to be found in the world of music and other artistic institutions and places of learning. Many professional and visiting professional posts are filled, vitally, by artists from the EU. They enrich our lives immeasurably. Indeed, this artistic intercourse—it is...

Digital Economy Bill - Report (3rd Day) (29 Mar 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, in supporting my noble friend Lord Best, I point out that the reprehensible situation in which we found ourselves the last time that the licence fee was discussed discredited not only the Government but managed to discredit the BBC as it put the director-general in a very difficult position for which he received a great deal of criticism. Nobody came out of that process very well....

Rural Areas: Income - Question (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, given what the Minister has just said, is he concerned by the fact that in many rural and underprivileged areas libraries and leisure centres are under threat? These are the very places that offer a glimmer of light to people who lead rather dark lives in terms of entertainment and education.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (28 Feb 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am very attracted to the amendment. I agree with everything that I have heard, and I am encouraged. I know the Minister is himself very keen on trees, green spaces and ancient woodland. It is terribly important, given what the noble Baroness was saying, not to forget how, especially in underprivileged areas, trees and green spaces have been shown in recent research to have a quite...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates: Greater London (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect small businesses in London from closure owing to the rise in business rates.

Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day) (8 Feb 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I will make one brief point as a broadcaster who works for the BBC. When we speak about transparency, I completely agree with what I heard about transparency from the point of view of the public. However, I make a plea for transparency from the point of view of the BBC over being able to budget. That means knowing in good time what it will get. More and more, we have heard about...

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, as a past trustee for many years of the Koestler Trust, which puts the arts into prisons and encourages prisoners to take up music, painting and writing, I support my noble friend Lord Ramsbotham and his important Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill. One of the most telling results of the work of the Koestler Trust is the bestowal of the gift of hope, the possibility of...


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