Results 81–100 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

BBC Charter Review (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 Apr 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I must at once declare a dual interest, having been a presenter for the BBC for some 40-odd years—like other noble Lords—and also a recipient of several commissions, including one for this year’s Proms. Indeed, I look forward to seeing noble Lords of a brave musical bent at the Royal Albert Hall in July. I contend that my declaration of interest amounts to something of a...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (4th Day) (20 Apr 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, if I might share just one thought with the Minister, does this amendment not chime nicely with the Government’s oft-stated desire to empower local communities at grassroots level, as we have heard, and to give them a voice in these contentious planning decisions? The Government seem to have talked quite a lot about this in recent months and in building up to the election.

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I very much take on board the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, about showmen and the storage of their equipment—and we heard that from the other side of the House, too. I would like to elaborate on one very important point. I am sure that the Government wish to diminish prejudice and friction between communities, Travellers and show people. Where there are no sites...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (8th Day) (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I cannot too strongly support the views expressed by the noble Baroness, Lady Parminter, and the noble Lord, Lord Deben. As somebody who has fought to preserve environmental and natural habitats, I know that we are talking about something that can easily become the thin end of the wedge. We should be trying to make it the thick end of the wedge. This country is not that big. As the...

Trade Union Bill - Report (16 Mar 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I think that it is the turn of the Cross Benches. The noble Lord, Lord Cormack, will be pleased to hear that I am wearing a tie that is both blue and red, and it is in that spirit that I offer these thoughts. Nothing enrages the public more than the way in which some parts of this Chamber are constituted through party-political funding. It seems to me that, until we can revamp the way in...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (6th Day) (14 Mar 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I agree with everything that has just been said. One other point might complicate matters. Should we leave the EEC, the effect on subsidies to farming would make this whole area even more volatile.

Arts: Business Rate Relief — Question (10 Mar 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, given the parlous state of many of these bodies, as we have heard, have the Government made a precise assessment—or will they—of exactly how much this relief helps these organisations and how they would be affected should it be cut?

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 — Motion to Annul (2 Feb 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I crave the indulgence of the House, as I missed the opening of this debate, but I did take part in the last one.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Report (2nd Day) (27 Jan 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I ask for a little clarification. I was somewhat astonished by my noble friend Lady Meacher referring to patients with multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s, and diseases that can in fact be terminal. I understand that there is a distinction between the point at which people are diagnosed and the point at which they might be assessed as being able to work, but...

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (25 Jan 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, may I make a point, not as an expert on the figures—we have heard from them in various parts of the House—but to suggest that the Government might be walking into a false economy here? I say this as someone who, as a broadcaster, has talked to artists, musicians, novelists and other people who have made the creative economy glow—a glow in which the Government frequently feel...

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2016)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Just before the Minister answers that question, and at the risk of throwing another Berkeley into the hat and confusing life still further, I have listened to the debate this evening and am confused by the point that the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, wishes to clarify: how this will affect members of the United Kingdom. I do not really feel that I have got an answer to that. It seems to me that...

Tourism — Question (22 Dec 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, given that the Government warmly welcome the contribution of the creative industries to tourism, and will, I am sure, seize the opportunity to do so again today, is it nevertheless a matter of regret that the five core subjects announced in June for the baccalaureate for secondary schools exclude music and art?

Daesh in Syria and Iraq — Statement (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, talking as the Minister did about the fear and success in avoiding civilian casualties and given the figures she gave, I get the impression that extreme caution is being shown about air strikes in Syria—we had the oilfields. This may be partially because in Syria we do not have people on the ground for precision-point targeting in the way that we have—or perhaps I should say,...

Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design — Question (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, does the Minister appreciate that with this move we will lose the only musical instrument building course in the country at a time when the Chancellor is quite rightly, and very admirably, focusing on building up the arts? But this is about the next generation. How are we going to train people for the future?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Musical Instruments (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the availability of musical instruments and instrumental teachers in schools.

Rugby World Cup 2015 — Question (11 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords—

Rugby World Cup 2015 — Question (11 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Does the noble Baroness accept that in order to safeguard for the future this cornucopia of heritage of which we are all so proud, we must invest more heavily in the arts and sciences in our schools?

House of Lords: Questions — Question for Short Debate (9 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I thank the noble Earl as that has explained something which I have been trying to fathom. As I suggested, the Companion could be a little clearer about this, because if you are a new Member of this House, it is quite difficult to work these things out.

House of Lords: Questions — Question for Short Debate (9 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, just on that last point, if we had a count-down, noble Lords might be like football match attenders counting down, “Five! Four! Three! Two! One!”. I am not sure that we want to go down that path. I must make a confession before I say anything else. When I saw that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, had tabled this Question, for which I am very grateful, I thought to myself, “I must be...

Olympics 2012: Regeneration Legacy — Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, the noble Lord mentioned provision of the arts, for example, for deprived people in the East End. Perhaps I may invite him to recognise and applaud what I think is a very important development. Mudchute is an inner-city farm where children who have never seen farm animals can experience what it is like to be close up to these creatures. It is the result of the amazingly civilised...


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