Results 21–40 of 369 for speaker:Lord Luke

Internet: Online Piracy — Debate ( 2 Apr 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lloyd-Webber for giving us this opportunity to debate this important issue. As he has so clearly highlighted, Britain's creative industry contributes a remarkable amount to our culture and our economy. To sit back and do nothing while online piracy sucks the profitability out of such a productive sector at any time would clearly be irresponsible, even...

Communications: Digital Britain — Statement (29 Jan 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement and for the advance notice of both the Statement and his report. However, I am sorry to say that it was something of an anti-climax. The report will be greatly disappointing for anyone looking for concrete action from the Government to equip Britain for the digital economy. We all recognise the huge value of the digital and...

Tourism — Debate (22 Jan 2009)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we have had a most interesting debate. I join other noble Lords in welcoming the noble Lord, Lord Carter, to his first tourism debate. I thank the noble Earl, Lord Glasgow, for giving us such an excellent opportunity to debate this subject at this time. It is even more important now than it has been. Tourism in this country is the fifth largest industry. It is massive, and it seems...

Afghanistan: Helicopters — Question (10 Dec 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, will the noble Baroness enlighten us further on what she said in July about the six additional Merlin helicopters that were coming from Denmark and the modification of the eight Chinook aircraft by Boeing? What is the progress on that?

Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effect System (26 Nov 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, at the specific request of my noble friend Lord Astor, I beg leave to ask the Government the following Question: When they expect the first vehicles under the future rapid effect system to come into service with Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effect System (26 Nov 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we on these Benches should like to associate ourselves with the remarks of sympathy for the family and friends of Marine Lucas. I am grateful to the Minister for that Answer. However, if the in-service date for the FRES Scout is likely, as we have heard, to be 2015, what interim solution does she intend to employ considering the now desperate state of the Scimitar CVRT, which has...

Armed Forces (24 Nov 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I am most happy to add my wholehearted support for all the men and women who have served or are serving right now in the regular and volunteer forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bravery and dedication of these troops and the valiant support of their families is something of which we should all be extremely proud. We welcome the White Paper and I thank the noble Baroness, Lady...

Palace of Westminster: Visitors (27 Oct 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, what effort is made to inform parties of visitors about the work of the House, not just of its history? When will the projected education centre come on stream?

Armed Forces: Wellington Barracks ( 8 Oct 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, following on from my noble friend's question, can the Minister confirm that money raised from the sale of the Chelsea Barracks site is ring-fenced for spending on military accommodation renovations and will not be appropriated for other purposes by the Treasury?

Armed Forces: Joint Warrior (18 Jun 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, on behalf of these Benches I offer most sincere condolences to the families of the four soldiers whose sad deaths we heard about today. Is there a definite rule concerning consultations in circumstances such as those mentioned? Is there, indeed, an established method of communication between local military bases and the relevant local authorities as well as those further afield? I...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Artists: Resale Rights ( 6 Mar 2008)

Lord Luke: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue to extend the derogation from the European Union directive on artists' resale rights, which limits the impact of the right to the work of living artists.

Museums and Galleries ( 7 Feb 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for initiating this interesting debate. It had one or two problems at the start. I would like to say how sad I am that we cannot hear contributions from such distinguished colleagues as the noble Lords, Lord Smith of Finsbury and Lord Lloyd-Webber. However, rules are rules and I understand that this one is strict. Perhaps it should be reviewed...

Energy: Wind Farms ( 7 Feb 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, can the Minister answer what seems to me to be a fairly obvious question, bearing in mind that the Times on 4 and 5 February said that the trials which have been taking place under the auspices of the MoD were in 2004 and 2005? Did the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform consult with the MoD before he announced in December the draft plans for major...

Government Archives ( 5 Feb 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank, for introducing this short but most useful debate. All of us ought to be interested in our forebears and history. I am therefore most disappointed in the small number of noble Lords present, particularly on my own Bench. As an amateur historian, I have always been fascinated by the parliamentary archive and in the...

Iraq (24 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend on introducing this debate. When we consider the situation in Iraq, it seems to me to be a good idea to look at some of the historical trails that have formed the country and at its geographical position in the Middle East. Mesopotamia, as it used to be called—the noble Lord, Lord Owen, mentioned that so effectively by quoting Kipling—lies broadly...

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers (24 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the signing of the contract for the two new aircraft carriers.

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers (24 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. I should also like to join these Benches with the condolences that she expressed to the family of Corporal Darryl Gardiner. Can the Minister say whether the strong rumours circulating that half a billion pounds have to be found in the procurement budget are correct? If so, from which programme will that come?

Armed Forces: US Missile Defence (10 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I should like to start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, for securing the debate, which at the very least has shown how many different and strongly held opinions there are on this important subject. I am very aware that it is not an easy task to debate this question. It brings with it some uncomfortable truths. The international community is not a safe place and...

Crossrail Bill ( 9 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, as most noble Lords have stated, Crossrail has been a very long time coming, and has not been without issues along the way. I am sure that the debate about its route and possible extensions will continue well beyond its in-service date when services begin in 2017. As the shadow rail Minister in the other place put it in the remaining stages debate on 13 December, the Conservative...

Armed Forces: Harmony Guidelines ( 8 Jan 2008)

Lord Luke: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lord Astor of Hever and at his specific request, I beg leave to ask the Government the following Question: How many soldiers were deployed on overseas operations in the course of the year 2007 in breach of the harmony guidelines; and what proportion of the trained strength of the Army this figure represents.

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