Results 181–200 of 369 for speaker:Lord Luke

Defence (13 Jan 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I am grateful indeed to the Minister for that confirmation. When the project to build these carriers as replacements for the Invincibles was announced, I, like I suspect many of your Lordships, was delighted. However, I wondered even then whether there might be problems with funding and we might find ourselves with only one or even none. I also wondered where they might be built....

Media Ownership (Local Radio and Appointed News Provider) Order 2003 ( 9 Dec 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for his, as always, most coherent explanation of the provisions set out in this draft order. While the introduction of a less restrictive regime for commercial radio companies should be welcomed, as they are on these Benches, I have one question which I should like the Minister to address. In the brief provided for this order by the Commercial Radio...

Bus Services (14 Nov 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, like all other speakers, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, for giving us the opportunity to debate the matter. I wish to reflect on the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner: why do we not discuss the subject more often? It is clearly of great interest to quite a few noble Lords and many people in the country. Let us hope that we will debate it in future. Stimulating...

Bus Services (14 Nov 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I agree that, in that sense, they are. The importance of rural bus services cannot be overestimated. For many, the existence of an affordable, reliable and regular bus route is essential to establish a decent quality of life and maintain contact with the wider community. That is particularly the case for the most vulnerable in society who have no car at all. But the problem spreads...

Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003 (14 Nov 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we support the reasons behind the regulations. I have a couple of, I hope, easily answered questions. The Minister said that the aim was not to impinge on the law-abiding citizen. There are law-abiding citizens who inadvertently forget that they should have licensed their vehicle. People may be away on holiday for a long time—over a month, perhaps—and there is always the...

Battlefields: Protection (17 Sep 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we welcome the Government's initiative in bringing together these matters, and the forthcoming publication of a White Paper. On the other hand, does the Minister not accept that valuable work has been done by metal detector clubs, particularly in helping to delineate the boundaries of some sites, especially, in many cases, battlefields where documentation is extremely sparse? Does...

Written Answers — House of Lords: History Teaching ( 8 Sep 2003)

Lord Luke: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans for a review of the teaching of history in schools; and, if so, with what purpose.

Lords Amendment (16 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, it is not necessary for me to say anything at all at this stage except that we on these Benches support all three amendments.

Lords Amendment (10 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches, I support what the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, has said about this amendment. My noble friend Lord Astor could not be in his place today, but I am sure he would agree with me that the Minister has shown that the Government have good intentions on this matter. If the countryside agencies work, the matter will be on its way towards a solution. If they do...

Communications Bill ( 1 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I associate noble Lords on the Conservative Benches with the sending of best wishes to the noble Baroness, Lady Wilkins, and hope that she will be back with us before too long. We support Amendment No. 118 in principle. I was most interested to hear the noble Lord, Lord Carter, say that the technology—I hope I have this right—with regard to the digital teletext is there, but...

Communications Bill ( 1 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I beg the pardon of the noble Lord, Lord Carter. Nevertheless, I just want to say that we support the amendment and hope that the Minister can give us some joy on what is being delivered. It is very important that the discrimination described by the noble Lord, Lord Ashley, does not take place. I am not sure that I go along with the idea of suing, but certainly we wish to see...

Communications Bill ( 1 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, while I thank the Minister for that answer, I found it pretty unsatisfactory. I cannot understand why it is inappropriate to compare the S4C and the Gaelic situations merely because one is one-tenth the size of the other. It still should be considered and surely it should have the same amount of money that was designated for it in 1990. The fact that it lost so much of its value...

Communications Bill ( 1 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: moved Amendment No. 113: Page 182, line 42, at end insert— 'the retail prices index' shall have the same meaning as in section 19(10) of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (c. 42) (additional payments to be made in respect of Channel 3 licences);"

Communications Bill ( 1 Jul 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, in moving this amendment, I wish to speak also to Amendment No. 114. Amendments Nos. 211, 212, 214, 215, and 216 are consequential. As your Lordships are aware, Amendment No. 113 relates to Clause 205. We on these Benches strongly support the aims of the Government in creating the new Gaelic media service. I shall not try to pronounce it in Gaelic. While we feel that the provisions...

Literature: Removal of Barriers ( 8 May 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, it is a great privilege for me to follow the noble Earl, Lord Russell. He has a completely unique way of putting his arguments and making us think. We are all most grateful, of course, to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for raising this important matter and making an eloquent speech. There are, as we have heard, over 2 million people in this country with uncorrectable sight loss,...

Communications Bill ( 6 May 2003)

Lord Luke: moved Amendment No. 31: Page 7, line 33, at end insert "; and (c) to seek the views of persons providing services and facilities in relation to which OFCOM have functions on which of these functions should be subject to review."

Communications Bill ( 6 May 2003)

Lord Luke: I shall speak also to Amendment No. 32. I suspect that the importance of ensuring that the regulatory regime keeps pace with advances in the industry will become a recurring theme in our discussion of the Bill. Amendment No. 31 is designed to ensure that the regulator consults the communications industry on those regulatory functions that should be subject to review. It is most welcome that...

Communications Bill ( 6 May 2003)

Lord Luke: I am grateful to the Minister for that explanation. Although he spoke mainly to Amendment No. 33, which I shall not mention, it appears that everyone is keen on self-regulation in one form or another. No doubt we shall return to the matter at a later stage of the Bill. In the meantime, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Railways and Transport Safety Bill ( 1 May 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we have had a most refreshing debate. As so often happens in your Lordships' House, speeches have reflected the knowledge and expertise that is the great strength of the House. I simply want to reiterate some of the points made by the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, and other speakers. My noble friend asked a large number of questions, and I hope that the Minister will be able to answer...

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003 (27 Mar 2003)

Lord Luke: My Lords, this draft order covers several different areas. The general public will be happy to see questions being allowed with regard to spent convictions in certain cases. We support the order.

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