Results 141–160 of 165 for speaker:Lord Berkeley of Knighton

Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014 — Motion to Approve (14 May 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the Minister on being extremely constructive in his attention to comments made by the music industry. Speaking as a composer, I sometimes feel on the horns of the dilemma that he faces. I would love to make my music completely free to schools and educational institutions but my publishers say, “It costs us money to produce it”, and the record people say,...

Privileges and Conduct Committee:15th Report — Motion to Agree (13 May 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I very much welcome the proposal of the Chairman of Committees. It is the least that we can do regarding prison sentences. I am sure the noble Lord will agree that, among the general public, there is an absolute incomprehension that people who have been convicted of serious crimes, and have therefore served prison sentences, can go on being Members of this House. I have had that...

Schools: Bad Behaviour — Question (25 Mar 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, a lot of research has shown that exposure to music and drama in young children tempers behaviour. I wonder whether the Government would like to commit to supporting music and drama in schools and, indeed, increasing it?

Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Consumer Council and Transfer of the Office of Fair Trading’s Functions in relation to Estate Agents etc) Order 2014 — Motion to Approve (11 Mar 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I shall help the noble Lord, Lord Borrie, on one small point. Being Lord Berkeley of Knighton, I reside in Powys and have had considerable dealings with Powys County Council and indeed the trading officer. I was slightly pricked by the noble Lord’s comments, and should like to inform him that Powys is quite a long way from Anglesey. Having said that, I feel that I am not expert...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question (6 Mar 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, does the noble Baroness accept that, given the growing disquiet in the country thanks to the efforts of Members of your Lordships’ House and the other place, even if the Government just said that they were going to look at the possibility of mandatory examination of young girls, that would send out a real warning signal? Parents thinking of doing this would know there is a real...

Hillsborough — Statement (12 Feb 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I congratulate the Government and express my sympathy to the families involved. There is one other wider point of importance that comes out of this, which the Minister touched on. I wonder whether he would agree with me that even since Hillsborough and with the lessons that we have learnt, many people distrust bodies investigating themselves and other bodies investigating bodies that are only...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness. These clauses are linked in a way that has not yet been stated, in that through cultural development, through talking about literature, reading novels, studying and acting in Shakespeare and listening to Mozart, we get to talk about sex and relationships in a way that has been considered by geniuses down the ages. This is a way into sexual education...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: I am pleased to hear that. I was going to conclude with a point to do not only with sex, but with violence and self-control. On Sunday on Radio 3, the actor Michael Sheen said that he was brought up in Port Talbot, and because of the drama provision in that school, he, and before him Anthony Hopkins—and, before him, Richard Burton—found a way out of a society so disadvantaged that he did...

25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web — Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Lane-Fox for bringing to bear her expertise, which I hope to test further towards the end of my three minutes. Education is at the root of so much with which we concern ourselves in this House. What is the greatest prerequisite of education? I say that it is curiosity. When we think that, thanks to the web and the internet, I can in a second summon up a...

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime andPolicing Bill — Report (2nd Day) (14 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, if I may make one small point—

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Report (1st Day) (8 Jan 2014)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: Would “distress” not cover that?

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (18 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, may I add a small rider to what the noble Lord, Lord Deben, has just said? I have been involved to a certain extent with raising funds, mainly in the arts, but also for charitable work. One of the questions that people are most frequently asked is: how much of the money will go on administration and bureaucracy? We must bear that in mind and minimise it as much as possible.

Employment: Tourism and Hospitality — Question (16 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the arts in the widest sense play a terribly important role in tourism, whether it is the West End theatre, the National Gallery or the Royal Opera House? These things are very important and a lot of organisations are quite stretched with declining subsidies. Given what he has just said, does he agree that subsidies should be seen as an investment?

Female Genital Mutilation — Question for Short Debate (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I thank and congratulate my noble friend Lady Cox on again airing this important subject. It is outrageous that such a practice should be happening in what we like to think of as a civilised society. Having said that, I do not doubt for one minute that the Government and the various departments involved find this as shocking as the rest of us. However, it is not resulting in...

Female Genital Mutilation — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there have been no prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, it is welcome news that there is very likely to be a prosecution, but we have to put this in the context that this practice has been illegal for more than a decade, an estimated 60,000 women in this country have suffered this barbaric practice and 30,000 young children may be at risk of it. I fear that we may be dealing with a cultural tradition. I know that this is a very difficult...

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, earlier this evening, I found myself in agreement with the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, about transparency. I feel even more strongly about this issue. It seems that we are challenging the rule of law. I know that a lot of people in this country feel that their ability to object to something is often overruled by big business and large amounts of money, and that they do not really have...

Energy Bill — Report (3rd Day) (6 Nov 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, I would like to follow up on that point and also agree with the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth. I feel I represent people in mid-Wales—another area which is profoundly threatened with pylons and wind farms. When I get my council tax bill, the police, the fire services and everything else is listed in just the way the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, is suggesting. I do not really see any...

Economic Inequality — Question (23 Oct 2013)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton: My Lords, do the Government agree that the recent hike in energy prices is going to increase inequality in our society, and, if so, what do they propose to do about it?


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