Results 121–140 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

Written Answers — House of Lords: Female Genital Mutilation (15 Dec 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in securing convictions for female genital mutilation.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, the noble Lord is quite right. In my experience—which I am sorry to say is rather larger than I would like—of local communities in mid-Wales fighting, for example, wind farms, a lot of households give a few pounds, but a judicial review becomes possible because one or two people who really do wish to remain anonymous give significantly more. Many of these people have been...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Commons Reasons and Amendments (9 Dec 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I want to make one simple point. Even if the noble Lord is right that there are some cases of abuse—there are in every sphere of life including the police or indeed Parliament itself—is it not worth paying that price for the man in the street or the small community to feel that they have some way of redress against large institutions, government and big business? Many people feel it is...

Schools: Arts Education — Motion to Take Note (27 Nov 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I agree with everything that the noble Baroness, Lady Sharp, has said. I regard this subject, the provision of arts—and, in my case, music in particular—in schools as vital. Thus I am much indebted to my noble friend Lord Clancarty for securing this debate. I cannot endorse more warmly his plea for the appreciation of contemporary arts, because it is not just in Shakespeare that...

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Third Reading (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I congratulate the Minister on listening to the points that a lot of us in this House made. As a rider to what has been said, a very important part of forestry—speaking as someone who has some—are those strips of land where you can extract timber to cut it up and prepare it to go to the timber mill or wherever it is going. This area that we talk of as waste is vital. To people in the...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: On a point of information, given my noble friend’s enormous experience, I would be very grateful if she would say whether she has ever been in the position—or what she would do if she were in that position—where she has felt that she should give a patient a dose of analgesia that might end their life. How would she deal with that situation?

Infrastructure Bill [HL]: Report (2nd Day) (5 Nov 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I missed the opening of this debate because I was upstairs at a meeting of the APPG on arts and health, at which a series of experts in mental health said how important people’s surroundings—whether they were in the East End or the countryside—were to their good health and the well oiled working of society. As someone who has the privilege of living a lot of the time in the...

Music Education — Question for Short Debate (28 Oct 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, when I made my maiden speech in your Lordships’ House I mentioned that one of the most moving experiences I had had recently was to receive a letter from an inmate of Wormwood Scrubs. I had been working with the Koestler Trust to put instruments into prisons. This man wrote to say that he was incredibly grateful to have been able to use a guitar and that had he had this instrument...

Energy: Onshore Wind Farming — Question for Short Debate (15 Oct 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I know and love the Belford area and I objected to the wind farm there, just as I did to one in mid-Wales which is close to Offa’s Dyke and the grade 1 Repton-designed gardens at Stanage Park. Everyone has made the point that this is not about denying the need for renewables, but about trying to look at their value, particularly when we do have offshore as another possibility and,...

Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure — Motion to Direct (14 Oct 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, perhaps I may add a word from someone who was brought up in the Catholic Church and to whom, therefore, the ordination of women was very foreign. However, one word sums up much of what I have heard, particularly from the noble Lords, Lord Cormack and Lord Tyler, and that word is love. Recently, my wife was buried by a lady vicar, who also christened our grandchild. In the course of...

Wales Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (13 Oct 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, we live in an ever changing world. One thinks back over the last year and the issues that we have debated in this House, be it assisted dying or gay marriage, and it is clear that we live in a world that is changing very fast. What do we want of young people? Do we want passion? Do we want interest? Do we want commitment? If we want those things, the way to get them is to reward...

Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am sorry to interrupt. This may be a point that the Minister has covered; if it is one that she is about to come on to, I await the answer eagerly. If the research which she has said will be undertaken to see how the policy works finds that there has been harm, will a compensation scheme be brought about to compensate right holders who have been found to have lost out?

Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I suppose I should declare an interest, being both a composer and a broadcaster. I am grateful to the Minister for underlining once again the Government’s support, commitment and gratitude to the creative industries. I am not surprised at that gratitude, since they bring in a huge amount of money to this country and, perhaps even more important, a huge amount of cultural kudos....

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, they said that this would probably be the hottest day of the year and, emotionally and intellectually, I think they were probably right. The noble Lord, Lord Alli, hit the nail on the head when he said that there are no absolute rights or wrongs in this; we all bring our own feelings to it and it is impossible to say something is absolutely right or absolutely wrong. The letters we...

Serious Crime Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (15 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, the Minister will know that I have spoken on this subject several times in the House and asked Questions on it. Female genital mutilation is one of the most shocking things that is happening in our society. I would very much like to endorse the words of my noble friends and anything that brings home to the general public the seriousness of this offence. At this very moment, in our...

Health: Polypill — Question for Short Debate (7 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, perhaps I might say a few words since we have a little time in hand. I am very interested in the points raised by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, because preventing cardiac disease is something that we should be considering for the future. Indeed, I think we are all agreed on that. However, I can see many of the problems. I very much agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, that we...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question for Short Debate (1 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I wish to say, not as a politician but as a member of the public, that the explanations that the Minister is giving are extraordinarily helpful—which is why this debate in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, is very useful. The more that that can be got across to the public—the complexity involved, and the secret documents—the better it will be. I still feel very strongly that we...

Chilcot Inquiry — Question for Short Debate (1 Jul 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Dykes, for raising this pertinent Question. Before I make the very brief points I would like to make, perhaps I might, by way of a small tribute, say how said it is that Sir Martin Gilbert, a member of the Chilcot inquiry, has been taken so gravely ill that he is unlikely to return to that kind of work. We have recently been...

Tourism and Hospitality — Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Andrews, since she talks about an area I wish to pay particular attention to. I am delighted that the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, has given us this opportunity to raise these matters. The Minister might expect me to talk about music, the arts and their value to tourism. However, he has heard me talk on that subject many times. There...

English Parish Churches — Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow my composing colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Lloyd-Webber. I agree wholeheartedly with everything he said, especially about protecting works of art. One encouraging little point is that tomorrow morning I will be at King’s College, Cambridge, with Stephen Cleobury and a couple of hundred local children, recording a small piece only for an app. The...


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