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Results 261–280 of 700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Vocational Qualifications Reform Plan — Statement (5 Mar 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, it would be churlish not to acknowledge that the Government have substantially increased the number of apprenticeships since they came into power. I am a member of European Union Sub-Committee B, which is currently undertaking a review of a directive that is coming on unemployment for young people. We have been taking a substantial amount of evidence in this country. Would the...

School Pupils: English Speakers — Question (3 Mar 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The House will be grateful to the noble Lord the Minister for the statistics that he has given us. More importantly, what is the estimate of the number of children who are now going to school who cannot eat properly, have not been toilet trained properly and cannot cope with healthy foods by comparison with what they are accustomed to eating? What are the Government doing to help parents to...

Vocational Training: Young People — Question (27 Feb 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords—

Travel to School: Rural Areas — Question (26 Feb 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that there are similar problems in cities, particularly for the young unemployed, who often have great difficulties finding the money to get to interviews that they have been required to attend to ensure they get their benefits? Given there is a possibility that benefits may be withdrawn from those over 18, is it not time to have a complete review of the...

Food and Soft Drink Industry: Sugar — Question (11 Feb 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the Minister please explain why in his first Answer he referred only to the food and soft drinks industry? Why did he not refer to the alcoholic drinks industry? Is it not true that, in the 130 meetings which the Government have had with the drinks industry since 2010, no progress whatever has been made on persuading it voluntarily to show calorific effects and sugar content on the...

Flooding — Question (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House is very pleased indeed with the information given to it about the actions being taken by the Government. However, to take the Minister back to the question asked by my noble friend Lord Harris, to which no basic reply was given, why have the Government decided that the review of improving the Thames Barrier should not take place until 2070? In fact,...

Public Health Responsibility Deal — Question (14 Jan 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if individuals are required to take responsibility but they do not know what they are consuming because the manufacturers or producers do not let them know, or indeed the Government are complicit in not pressing those manufacturers to let people know what they are consuming, should there not be a responsibility on the Government? For example, no one knows the calories in alcohol....

UK: EU Membership — Question (7 Jan 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, given the leadership role that the noble Baroness has just outlined for Britain regarding a number of countries in Europe, can she say whether that leadership will be advocating to those countries that they should undertake a referendum in the form that we are?

UK: EU Membership — Question (7 Jan 2014)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I will repeat the question and try to put it in simple terms. Are we as the new leaders of a grouping in Europe advocating that others should undertake a referendum in the form that we are likely to take in this country?

Apprenticeships — Question (12 Dec 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that recent research indicates that among 14 to 16 year-old youngsters at school only one in five knows of the existence of apprenticeships? He will, however, be aware of the recent Ofsted report which criticises the Government for their failure to provide proper career guidance. What do the Government intend to do in response to the Ofsted criticism?

NHS: Walk-in Centres — Question (10 Dec 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if there is an expectation that there should be consultation with patients and it does not take place, who is accountable for that failure?

Health and Social Care Act 2012: Risk Register — Question (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now publish the risk register prepared in advance of the passage through Parliament of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Health and Social Care Act 2012: Risk Register — Question (4 Dec 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, the House will be grateful to the Minister for reminding us of the Government’s position and of what is in the public domain, but I remind him that the Question is about what the Cabinet and the Secretary of State decided should not be in the public domain. Is there no shame or embarrassment on the part of the Government, who have imposed, quite rightly, a duty of candour on the...

Energy: Gas Storage — Question (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to hear from the noble Baroness that the Government say that an increase in storage is on line. Will she be good enough to tell the House what the ultimate percentage is that they hope to achieve by creating storage, what the timetable is, and, if she does not have the figures available now, will she put them in the Library so that we can all see them?

EU Report: Effectiveness of EU Research and Innovation Proposals — Motion to Take Note (21 Nov 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am also a member of Sub-Committee B so I declare an interest there. I join the noble Lord, Lord Kakkar, in expressing our gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, for leading us through this exercise, which was not easy. I express our grateful thanks, too, to our clerk, Nicole Mason, and our policy analyst, Paul Dowling. Additionally, I express my gratitude to the...

Start-up Loans — Statement (20 Nov 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, the noble Lord expressed a hope that banks may be persuaded to return to their former glory, when they operated at local level and were very much available for local businesses. Will he tell us what the Government intend to do to make that a reality? The reality is that in many areas the banks have loads of money to shell out. I recently purchased a new kitchen. At the end of the...

Unemployment: Youth Unemployment — Question (18 Nov 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the noble Lord misleading the House to a degree in quoting the figures? He referred to figures from 1997 which included and counted 16 to 18 year-olds who were unemployed, not in education and not undertaking any training. Now, because the Government no longer pay any benefits to 16 to 18 year-olds, there are literally thousands and thousands of people—the department does not know how...

Identity Cards — Question (16 Oct 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister not agree that it is ludicrous to believe that the people who create difficulties with security, problems with immigration, difficulties with claiming benefits in certain areas, and who abuse the NHS and claim benefits from it when they should not are the kind of people who—on a voluntary basis—are going to take out an identity card? As the Government present different...

Tobacco Products Directive — Question (15 Oct 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the Minister take note of the fact that people have moved from heroin to methadone, which is less dangerous to them than heroin? In fact, we now have hundreds of thousands of people parked on methadone and there is no way in which we can get them off it. That is extraordinarily expensive for the country and bad for their health.

Licensing Act 2003 — Question (9 Oct 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I acknowledge that the Government have made some changes. However, is the noble Lord content that the rebalancing has moved sufficiently? Many people believe that it has not. During the debates in the Commons on the Bill to which he has just referred, there have been attempts to extend the way in which licensing authorities can take into account public health issues. Given the...


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