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Results 281–300 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

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, first, I am grateful to the Leader of the House for the statement at the beginning of the debate today, and I particularly welcome the indications from the Government that they have slowed down their approach and will take more time to deal with this issue. That has been welcomed by the House and the country generally. Secondly, I urge that we ensure that as we slow down and examine...

NHS: Foundation Trusts — Question (16 Jul 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, given the Government’s commitment to the duty of candour in the NHS, can the Minister give us an indication of some of the reasons why there has been a long delay in the production of Sir Ian Carruthers’s report?

Alcohol: Minimum Pricing — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to their consultation on the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Alcohol: Minimum Pricing — Question (10 Jul 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful for small mercies. Will the Minister confirm that the principal problem leading to more than 10 million people drinking excessively is the easy availability of cheap alcohol? Will he also confirm that that is still the central plank of the Government’s policy in their alcohol strategy? Secondly, when are we likely to start to see some progress on this issue, and will the...

Council Tax — Question (9 Jul 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the noble Baroness saying that the Government do not know whether or not council tax arrears have gone up? If she does know, will she tell the House, and if they have gone up, will she say what steps the Government will take to ensure that councils can get them down?

Spending Review — Statement (26 Jun 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, the Chancellor said in his Statement: “The first line of national defence is sound public finances”. Following the theme of the noble Lord, Lord Higgins, why can the Chancellor then go on to boast that we have one of the largest defence budgets in the world? Here, I do not speak on behalf of my party but as an individual member of the community in this country. However, I...

NHS: Accident and Emergency Units — Question (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, will the Minister be kind enough to enlighten us as to whether Ministers are under instructions these days to blame the NHS and its different levels for failings but to accept no responsibility for putting it right? I watch with increasing fascination the number of Ministers who are now attacking the way that A&E operates, although they are to blame. I heard a Minister the other day...

Railways: East Coast Main Line — Question (4 Jun 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, given that some of our current independent franchisees are classed as private companies but are foreign and indirectly owned by foreign Governments, such as the German Government, why are we prepared to accept that they can compete by taking British lines and running franchises, yet not prepared to contemplate extending some competition between the public and private sector owned by...

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (3 Jun 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I will continue in a similar vein. Regrettably, the noble Lord, Lord Dear, is not with us. I had a number of letters from him seeking to persuade me to his view, that I should vote for what I now see as his wrecking amendment to the Bill, even though the Bill had been adopted by a very sizeable majority in the elected Chamber and, unusually, on a cross-party basis and without the normal,...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (9 May 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I intend to speak on two home affairs issues, one of which, immigration, is in the Queen’s Speech. To my surprise, I will be speaking in a not dissimilar fashion to the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, because I want to say something about the efficiency and effectiveness of the government machine that we have in place relating to immigration. My second topic relates to something...

Taxation: Income Tax — Question (6 Mar 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is it not true that the 5 million people who may have benefited from the changes have in fact had to pay extra VAT since this Government came to power? They are all paying 2.5% extra in VAT. Could we not look for a reduction in the VAT rate, which in turn would then be a great stimulus to the economy?

House of Lords: Membership — Motion to Agree (28 Feb 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, would the noble Lord be kind enough to give us the details of the average attendances from 1997?

Health: Anorexia — Question for Short Debate (25 Feb 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble friend Lord Giddens for promoting this very important debate. I commence by declaring an interest as a trustee of the charity Action on Addiction, which provides day and residential accommodation for people suffering primarily from drink and drug addiction, but additionally we have many people who are cross-addicted. We deal with people with eating...

NHS: Healthcare UK — Question (14 Feb 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, given that EU funds for investment and research will be increased between 2014 and 2020, and given the reluctance of British companies to participate in drawing down on that research money, will the Minister ensure that in the health service field we get involved, we partner with others and we use it to our best advantage?

NHS: Private Companies — Question (11 Feb 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, as the Government are contemplating introducing a new factor into contracts in which government work is let out to international companies to ensure that they are paying their tax properly, what will they do about the NHS? Have they any plans to apply that kind of system to letting contracts for NHS services?

Health: Sugar Consumption — Question (6 Feb 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the noble Earl know that drinking alcohol is a big factor in introducing sugar into the body? The drinks industry is totally exempt from any requirement to show the calorific effect of alcohol, or indeed its energy factors. Is the Minister happy that the partners in the responsibility deal within the drinks industry are taking no action on that issue, or is he prepared to say that the...

NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question (16 Jan 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, as patients are to be at the heart of the new NHS from April, will it be the Commissioning Board or the Government who are responsible for advising patients throughout the country of their rights and responsibilities?

Procedure of the House — Motion to Agree (9 Jan 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I will speak on the same theme. As a previous member of a Leader's Group, I want first to make a plea to the Chairman of Committees, who made an excellent presentation in the circumstances. I plead with him to reflect on his decision not to call an earlier meeting of the Procedure Committee and leave it as presently scheduled. We should have an earlier meeting, and he should reflect...

Procedure of the House — Motion to Agree (9 Jan 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I have seen the names of the people who participated in the Procedure Committee and I wonder whether my noble friend Lord Hunt's question can be answered. Was thought given to a survey among Members?

Taxation: Tax Havens — Question (9 Jan 2013)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, although the additional £900 million being allocated to HMRC for tax investigations is to be welcomed, will the Minister confirm that the department is also being required to effect very substantial savings which will in fact lead to several thousand staff leaving over the next three years and that this, in turn, could interfere with its means of operating? Is not the root of the...

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