Results 161–180 of 369 for speaker:Lord Luke

Defence Projects: Funding ( 1 Feb 2005)

Lord Luke: My Lords, in view of the slightly unrevealing nature of his answers to my noble friends' questions, can the Minister give us an assurance that the in-service or commission date for the first of the two carriers is still 2012?

Defence (17 Jan 2005)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for this very important opportunity to discuss defence matters. First, however, I should like to add something about my noble friend Lord Burnham. My first job on the Front Bench eight years ago was as his Whip. I was absolutely terrified. He was very kind and taught me well. Like everyone else, I shall sorely miss him. This has been a most interesting...

Eurofighter Programme (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I also should like to thank the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, for initiating this debate, on an issue which, judging by the press it is constantly receiving, can indeed be considered topical. It has been a most interesting and exceedingly well informed discussion covering a range of points which are most pertinent to the subject. I will not try to reiterate too many of those...

Drug Tests: Drivers ( 6 Dec 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Dixon-Smith is unable to be present today to ask his Question. On his behalf, and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name on the Order Paper: How many individuals have been prosecuted and convicted following roadside drug tests since the introduction of such tests.

Drug Tests: Drivers ( 6 Dec 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer, but is not the only way to catch motorists driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol effective road-traffic policing? Does she agree with me that the 11 per cent fall in the number of road traffic police officers since 1996 and their apparent replacement by speed cameras means that perpetrators are less likely to be apprehended?

Churches (25 Oct 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, before the Minister sits down and with the permission of the House, I should like to correct one thing. Although I am a very bad Christian, I am not an atheist.

Churches (25 Oct 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I would like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for initiating this debate and to thank all those who have contributed to it. I say once again that I very much enjoy these Unstarred Question debates. If I may so, the quantity of speakers is not very great but the quality of the speeches is enormous. We are having a debate about the state of England's churches and we can rustle...

Civil Contingencies Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Lord Luke: I support my noble friend's amendments very strongly indeed. I would almost say that I would like to start by quoting the speech of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Archer, in its entirety because I agree with every single word he said. He really covered the ground. So what I am going to say will be very short indeed. I have some experience. I was commissioner of St John in Bedfordshire and,...

Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amendment of Minimum Age) Order 2004 (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving us such a clear and detailed explanation of the order. We are prepared to accept this order but have some concerns and questions about the safeguards that should be in place before the provisions are implemented. As the Minister explained, the order reduces the age at which a penalty notice for disorder can be given from 16 to 10 years of age. These...

Dictionary of National Biography (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we are all most grateful to my noble friend for initiating this debate. It has been absolutely fascinating and also a very educational experience, at least for me and I expect for all your Lordships. These stories of tremendous achievement will be of immense value to everyone in Great Britain and Ireland and those who live in the old empire. We have heard contributions from a very...

Dictionary of National Biography (10 Sep 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I have made the most frightful mistake; of course I meant Richard III. I thank the noble Lord for the correction. Debunking famous lives is a very active industry; indeed, the more famous the individual, the more diverse and divergent are the views concerning that person's life. So I hope that at least some of the articles will solve some of the contentious views concerning our...

Mersey Tunnels Bill (28 Jun 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, like the noble Lord, Lord Alton, I find it pleasant to be here with what I might call "Liverpool supporters" from both sides of the House. I remember well the debate we had about Liverpool and the City of Culture. Many of us were delighted that Liverpool won that competition. What I want to say is in no way anti-Liverpool. Unfortunately, we are talking about money raised to cross a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aircraft Carriers ( 7 Jun 2004)

Lord Luke: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the planned two new aircraft carriers will be designed to use the conventionally launched variant of the joint strike fighter if the manufacture of the short take-off and landing variant does not proceed.

Engineering (31 Mar 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I very much welcome this short debate and congratulate my noble friend Lord Astor of Hever on providing an opportunity to discuss whether enough is being done to encourage young engineers to come into industry. The term "engineering" incorporates many different components within one larger industry. These sectors include aeronautical engineering—developing future air...

Library Service (17 Mar 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, it was in respect of targets.

Library Service (17 Mar 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, I very much welcome this debate and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, on giving us the opportunity to assess the impact of this DCMS publication, Framework for the future. As noble Lords know, this report was actually published over a year ago. The noble Lord, Lord Harrison, said that there had not been any debates about libraries since then, but in fact there was a debate...

Railway Rolling Stock (26 Feb 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, can the Minister tell us why so many of these new trains, which we all welcome, break down? Could it be because Network Rail is unable to supply track and other facilities for effective trials to take place before they come into service?

Mersey Tunnels Bill ( 9 Feb 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, several noble Lords have said that they do not know the Merseyside area very well. I can at least say that I have been through one of the tunnels—I notice that that creates surprise—but I am afraid that it was so long ago that I cannot remember which one. This has been an interesting debate and has been sharply divided between those supporting the promoter of the Bill, the noble...

Rail Transport (21 Jan 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, we on these Benches also welcome Professor Goodwin's report. We are grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Lea of Crondall, for asking this Question. The Statement made on Monday by the Secretary of State, Mr Darling, clearly showed that this is an important topic which comes high up not only on the political agenda, but also strikes a chord with a large majority of the public and the...

Defence (13 Jan 2004)

Lord Luke: My Lords, first, I want to associate myself with the remarks made by the Minister and other noble Lords concerning the late Lord Hardy of Wath. He was an excellent chairman of the House of Lords Defence Study Group and a very nice man who I was proud to count as a good friend. As has been emphasised in several excellent speeches in this timely debate, including that of my noble friend Lord...

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