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Modern Slavery Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (17 Nov 2014)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I am a great supporter of the Bill, although I am very sad that there is such a need for it. I particularly welcome the option for life sentences for those caught in this awful crime against humanity and the provisions and protections in place for victims of slavery. Slavery, as we have heard several times today, has been with us for thousands of years, although I do not know how we...

Armed Forces: Discrimination — Question (27 Jun 2012)

Lord Luke: My Lords, this discrimination is quite deplorable. Could more not be done in local communities to help?

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (17 May 2012)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I am honoured to be able to contribute to the defence part of the debate on the Queen's Speech. I am becoming much more positive about the direction in which British defence is going. Far too much money was wasted under the previous Administration, and I am pleased to see the coalition taking a common-sense approach to procurement and making sure that the defence of our country and...

Schools: History — Debate (20 Oct 2011)

Lord Luke: My Lords, this has been a most elevating afternoon. I very much enjoyed all the speeches and learnt a lot, which is always a good thing. The debate shows how important history is in the House. On a Thursday afternoon, the number of noble Lords who spoke was amazing, and I am extremely grateful to them. I will finish by saying that my noble friend Lady Benjamin summed up what I think about...

Schools: History — Debate (20 Oct 2011)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords in advance for their contributions to today's debate. I have believed for some time that some vital improvements are overdue in the teaching of, and the importance placed on, history in the United Kingdom. The knowledge afforded to us from learning history forces us to think about who we are; to consider our national identity and responsibilities; to decide...

Human Trafficking — Debate (14 Oct 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, on securing this most important debate on human trafficking and on her wide-ranging speech. Given that it is one of the most ancient and lucrative criminal activities in the world, it is with the utmost urgency that we in the United Kingdom do our best to combat modern slavery. As the other place takes note of anti-slavery day today-I...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (26 May 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, if your Lordships have read the newspapers over the past few years, you could be forgiven for believing that we had an army, possibly a small air force, but probably no navy. Yet our Armed Forces, as we all know, are an integral whole and are always dependent on each other for support in the various diverse circumstances when they may be called upon to fight for Queen and country....

British Film and Television Industries (Communications Committee Report): Motion to Take Note ( 6 Apr 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, and the Communications Committee for this comprehensive and thought-provoking-and, I fear, a little worrying-report into the British film and television industries. First of all, like other noble Lords, I congratulate the right reverend Prelate on his excellent maiden speech, and suggest he might like to join the Tourism Group-the...

British Film and Television Industries (Communications Committee Report): Motion to Take Note ( 6 Apr 2010)

Lord Luke: Why not? As many noble Lords already know, the film and television industries make a significant contribution to the British economy. The combined workforce of these industries is more than 110,000 people, including actors, directors, producers, reporters, cameramen, animators and make-up artists, as well as staff in post-production studios and special effects, and those working behind the...

Schools: Truancy — Question ( 6 Apr 2010)

Lord Luke: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest truancy rate for schools in England and Wales.

Schools: Truancy — Question ( 6 Apr 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. At the same time, I should like her to consider that some 67,000 children miss school every day. Is it not high time that we got bureaucracy off the backs of schools and gave head teachers and teachers full authority locally to tackle truancy, not "unauthorised absence"?

Culture as a Front-Line Service — Debate (18 Mar 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I should like first to thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Liverpool for introducing this debate and giving us all the opportunity to discuss the year of Liverpool's triumph as European City of Culture in 2008. It seems amazing that it is already two years since this great event. I believe that it has had considerable results. As we all know, the title European Capital of...

Afghanistan: Improvised Explosive Devices — Question (22 Feb 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, first, we associate ourselves with the condolences read out by the Minister concerning the casualties in Afghanistan. Given the very grave public concern surrounding the improvised explosive device threat, can the Minister be a little more specific about the work being undertaken in the UK, and with our NATO allies, to deal with the IED threat, and the timescales to which they are...

Constitutional Reform — Debate (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, like others who have taken part in this important debate, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Tyler, for tabling this Motion. It has obviously been justified by the number of Peers who have put their names down to speak, even though there seems to be a rather disproportionate representation by the Liberal Democrats. Many of us think that this country has suffered from rather too much...

Video Recordings Bill: Second Reading (18 Jan 2010)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we on these Benches are most grateful for the opportunity to put on record our absolute support for the speedy passage and implementation of the Video Recordings Bill. I underline the fact that we endorse the purpose and intentions of this Bill. It is most regrettable that there has been uncertainty in criminal proceedings, and so we look forward to reinstating the legislation in...

Olympic Games 2012 — Debate (18 Jun 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, first, I must mention my father, who, with the late Lord Exeter, as members of the International Olympic Committee, struggled for many years to try to bring the Olympics back to Britain. How proud he would have been of the efforts and success of my noble friend, whom I thank for introducing this important debate. I congratulate him on his leadership and his impressive and continuing...

Digital Britain — Statement (16 Jun 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. He must be a little disappointed that he was not able to give the Statement himself. It is his report and his speciality, but the DCMS is one of the few departments where the Secretary of State continues to reside in the House of Commons. His introduction to the Statement has been pre-empted not only by the Secretary of State in...

World War II: Bomber Command — Question for Short Debate (14 May 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Richard, for introducing this debate. It is a subject which has caused controversy since 1945 and will continue to do so until formal recognition is granted to the immensely brave men and women who died for our freedom. On 31 May 1992, Her Majesty the Queen Mother dedicated a statue of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris. Her Majesty...

Sport: British Formula 1 Grand Prix — Question for Short Debate (23 Apr 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Astor for introducing this interesting debate. I do not know whether noble Lords are aware of what a great ally of motor racing he is. He has made an exceptional appeal today and I hope the Minister will be able to reassure us. British Formula 1 racing should be entering a golden period in its history today, with British-built cars dominating and two...

Categories of Gaming Machine (Amendment) Regulations 2009: Motion to Approve (21 Apr 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we on these Benches agree by and large with these changes, as they will help the UK gaming industry, but deplore the fact that the Government have ignored the more urgent calls for category B3 machine changes and have failed to review the muddle of UK gambling as a whole. They have said that they will consult on category B machines but, to help the industry, that should already have...

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