Results 101–120 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

Royal Gallery: Daniel Maclise Paintings — Question (2 Nov 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, there is a very powerful artistic reason for undertaking this conservation. These pictures are not simply triumphalism; they have a kind of visionary humanitarian quality to them because they depict the suffering, and what Wilfred Owen called the pity, of war. However, because the colours have faded so much, that precise aspect is very downgraded, so this is very welcome news.

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 - Motion to Annul (27 Oct 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I will just add something very briefly to that. I was extremely disturbed personally by what happened in this House yesterday: my heart was very much with a lot of the opposition amendments but my brain said that I should observe the conventions I signed up to when I joined this House in 2013, although we can all interpret those in different ways. However, in the light of that, I...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (19 Oct 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: In order to save the Minister from popping up and down like a jack-in-the-box, perhaps I may add one point which may help my noble friend Lord Alton. If by civil society one were able to define that by ruling out commercial interests, that would go a long way towards meeting the point being made.

Future of the BBC — Question for Short Debate (14 Jul 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, the BBC is subjecting itself to the most stringent housekeeping. Outrageous pay-offs have stopped. Middle and upper management, for many years top-heavy, have been pruned, while on the shop floor as it were—in the studios—the programme makers, engineers, producers and presenters have been pushed to the brink by cuts. Travel for a programme is seldom possible and contributors are...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, not having worked in local government but having sat on boards that involved public money, such as that of the Royal Opera House, I very much like to see open debate. On the other hand, I think the point that the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, made is very pertinent. Sometimes, if people cannot think outside the box, as we had to when the Royal Opera House was faced with closure, what...

Concessionary Television Licences — Statement (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Is the Minister aware that very considerable cuts have already been made? He will know that recently it was discovered that the BBC is already going to lose a huge proportion of the licence fee. Do the Government feel happy about seeing the squandering of a national asset through 1,000 slashes? As I say, cuts have been made and I am prepared to reveal to the House as an example—and here I...

Energy: Onshore Wind — Statement (22 Jun 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister would agree that there is another reason why this move is to be welcomed. He talked about democracy and giving more regard to local people’s opinion, and the amount of subsidy has a direct bearing on that. I have some experience of this. Local people trying to fight one of these wind farms—in my case, overlooking Offa’s Dyke and a grade 1 Humphry...

Economy: Creative Industries — Motion to Take Note (18 Jun 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I cannot disagree with a single word that I have heard so far. In fact, when the noble Lord, Lord Bragg, mentioned repetition in: “A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”, I felt that the only retort I could make would be a vocalisation of the opening of Beethoven’s fifth symphony—ba ba ba bom, ba ba ba bom! Those notes were a great beacon to the civilised world in the...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (3 Jun 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, listening to the various topics debated this week, I could not help but think about how interrelated so many of them are. Indeed, these days of consideration of the gracious Speech provide a valuable opportunity to foster joined-up thinking where, in the coming months, we may sometimes suffer from tunnel vision. I am always exhorting students to look beyond their own sphere of...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 Mar 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, as the noble Lord, Lord Bates, knows, I have taken a great interest in this subject. I am in favour of the Government taking every action they can, but having listened to my noble friends on these Benches, I have to say that we should row back from this new clause. As I listened to my noble friend Lord Patel, I could imagine the circumstances of a seriously ill child whose parents...

Serious Crime Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (2 Mar 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I welcome the Government’s move in this direction whereby children are regarded as victims. We all know that a 14 year-old can be manipulative, but the important point about these amendments is that they put the onus on the adult not to transgress. In other words, they must make sure that they are not committing a crime and I am sure that this is what the Government wish to see....

Deregulation Bill — Report (2nd Day) (5 Feb 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am grateful to the noble Baroness for giving way. I have just one simple question. I do not think that this amendment is about decriminalisation, it is simply about timing and budgets. The Government have often said that business and arts institutions need to know what lies ahead in terms of budgeting. It may well be that decriminalisation should happen, but as I understand it, that is not...

Broadcast General Election Debates (Communications Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (21 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Before the Minister sits down, perhaps I may point out that he touched, almost inadvertently, on a rather important point. In mid-Wales, it is quite hard to catch political broadcasts or, indeed, anything else on the radio because of the terrain. The Minister cannot do much about that this evening, but I thought he might like to reassure your Lordships’ House that the sheer beauty of the...

Government Support for Artists — Question for Short Debate (19 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Clancarty for focusing our attention on artists. I was pleased to hear my noble friend Lord Falkland mention education, because that is the most important aspect of what I want to say—indeed, of what many of us have to say—but I must take him to task for just one moment for flying a very dangerous balloon. That is the idea that better art...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: The noble Lord said earlier that he gave his patient a huge dose of heroin. He used the words, “whatever the cost”. If it had killed her, would the noble Lord feel that he had assisted, maybe nobly, in her dying?

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: As in so many things, there is a line here which is difficult to draw. However, doctors in this House have privately told me of occasions when they have treated people with appalling pain in a way that they knew was likely to finish their life. It is very hard to put it more precisely. They would not guarantee that it did because, as we have heard from the medical profession, nobody can...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, unlike the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, I have always welcomed and embraced the Bill, or certainly one very like it. One of the great qualities of your Lordships’ House is that, especially on an occasion like this, we listen to the arguments and are prepared to mould what we are trying to achieve. When I listened to Amendment 13 from the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, and especially...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords—

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Williams of Elvel, for getting us to think about this terribly important subject. Many noble Lords have expressed the opinion that perception is very important; that is, the way the country sees us. What I think the noble Lord is saying, if I understand him correctly, is that we should do our own housekeeping. We should not necessarily need...

House of Lords — Motion to Take Note (6 Jan 2015)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I apologise for intervening but there is one question that the noble Baroness might be able to inform the House on. Did Mr Miliband consult the Labour reform group before saying he would like to see a senate in this House?


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