Results 61–80 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

Wales Bill - Third Reading (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, having observed the passage of this Bill from the Welsh Marches, as it were, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Bourne, for the way in which he has led his team through. I want to make one small plea—that he might be enticed to taste the menu put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Hain, regarding that tied vote. I know that it has come at a late stage in the day, but I feel that it...

Surrogacy - Question for Short Debate (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to contribute to the timely debate of the noble Baroness, Lady Barker. Not being a lawyer, I want to focus on the particular aspect of public perception of surrogacy and the law surrounding donation. My parents had a great friend who was a doctor. He was a huge inspiration to me as a child and young man. Patrick Trevor-Roper, brother of the historian, Hugh, was an...

House of Lords: Size - Motion to Resolve (Continued) (5 Dec 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: On that point about having time to come here, when I was appointed by the Appointments Commission, rather like my noble and learned friend Lady Butler-Sloss, I was extremely worried, because I had composing and broadcasting commitments and I felt that I could not give the House what it might need. The chairman at that time, who is sitting here today, said, “If you have a commitment to...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (30 Nov 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, listening to this debate, I found myself wondering, like the noble Lord, Lord Harris, exactly what the Government were hoping to achieve. To be generous, I imagine that they were trying to assist with the rights of the defendant as well as help the police. I can understand if that was the aim but, from what we have heard, neither of those objectives will be secured in this way....

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, if EU investment in south Wales suffers, as some of us fear it might, we could find ourselves with some very dire unemployment problems. Therefore, we will need every penny possible to reinvest in that area.

Education: A-levels in Creative Subjects - Question for Short Debate (3 Nov 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am most grateful to be allowed to speak briefly in the gap. I absolutely endorse what we have just heard, as well as the concerns about music articulated by the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton. There are two particularly important dividends from giving students access to music and the arts. The first is social. As a schoolboy, I have to admit, I was a late developer...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (2 Nov 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I do not think any noble Lord wishes to see Tasers used in hospital settings except under the most extreme circumstances. However, I am very persuaded by what I have heard from other noble Lords, including my noble friend Lord Dear. I would like to put the position slightly from the point of view of the patient. When I was a young man, I had quite a lot of experience of psychiatric...

Contracting Out (Functions relating to the Royal Parks) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I agree with all the speakers who have pointed out that the Royal Parks have done a good job up until now. They are quite wonderful places to visit. However, I was concerned by the report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on two points in particular. It says: “Given that there has been no public consultation process, however, we question whether the changes in...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am very sorry to interrupt, but I must make one small correction. It is absolutely true that I did say that at one point. However, I was very convinced by what I heard from the noble Lords, Lord Grade and Lord Patten, and from my noble friend Lord Birt. Therefore, I would slightly retract from the position that I took. I think there is a danger that this disclosure could create an uneven...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I begin by picking up on some points that noble Lords have made. I was very interested in what my noble friend Lord Birt said about trying to be distinctive, because in some ways you can try too hard. Noble Lords may remember the BBC’s excellent coverage of Wimbledon last year—and then it put on, on BBC 2, “Wimbledon 2Day”, which was terrible and execrable. But it had the...

BBC Charter - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am very grateful to my noble friend for amplifying so articulately my feelings on this subject.

BBC - Statement (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I declare an interest as a contributor to the BBC; however, the happy news is that I can assure your Lordships that I will not be entering the ranks of the plus-£150,000, and nor will anybody I know on Radio 3. On a serious point, and addressing the noble Lord who spoke last, I have no objection to people knowing what I am paid by the BBC. We can read about the Minister’s salary...

BBC - Statement (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Those of us—

Tax: Avoidance and Evasion - Question for Short Debate (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I might give a brief example which demonstrates exactly what he was saying and which the Minister might care to reply to. A couple of years ago, my family attempted to give the Revenue a considerable amount of money for something that we realised was a benefit in kind which we owed. It took it over a year to answer, let alone to deal with it. It occurs...

Warm Home Discount (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016 - Motion to Approve (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, any of us who have witnessed genuine fuel poverty—disabled pensioners, for example, saving pennies to try to keep warm—will not fail to have been deeply moved. Therefore, in the light of what we have heard, will the Minister tell us whether it might be possible to make sure that this coming winter we are able to assist those people by bringing forward the Government’s plans?

Litter - Question (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I think there is an anomaly in the law regarding fly-tipping. If a fly-tipper were, for example, to tip on the Minister’s land—let us hope that this does not happen—then the Minister would be responsible in law rather than the tipper. Is this not an anomaly?

Female Genital Mutilation - Question for Short Debate (9 Jun 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in the light of NHS statistics showing that in 2015 over 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation were reported every three months and the lack of any successful prosecutions to date.

Female Genital Mutilation - Question for Short Debate (9 Jun 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, in 2003 the late Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, introduced the Bill making female genital mutilation illegal. To date, there has not been a single successful prosecution—a fact made all the more shocking, seemingly, by NHS statistics showing that, in 2015, over 1,000 cases were reported in each three-month period. Are the Government surprised by these figures and how...

Armed Forces Bill - Report (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I have been listening with great interest to this debate and been persuaded by what has been said on all sides of the Chamber, but one thing occurred to me when we were debating Amendment 2. The Minister said he was not really aware of a lack of confidence in the system but I have to say that the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, is right. It is not just in the Daily Mail. Whenever you read...


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