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Results 321–340 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

House of Lords: Reform — Question (21 Jun 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the Leader of the House aware that some Members of this Chamber believe that the present composition is unsustainable and needs reform? Is he also aware that it is my birthday today too?

Civil Service Reform — Statement (19 Jun 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I welcome parts of the Statement, and I welcome the conversion of the Minister who made the Statement in the other place. He was the man who was in charge of the Next Steps programme in the 1990s, which broke the Civil Service down into smaller pieces and split it up. He is now happily seeing the errors that were made, and bringing parts of it back together again. I am concerned about the way...

European Rail Market: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I commence by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain, for keeping us on the rails all the way through this exercise, and keeping us pointed in the right direction in a non-bullying way. I thank, too, our clerks, who gave us such great assistance during the course of the committee, and I particularly thank colleagues who have left the committee since we concluded the report, as...

European Rail Market: EUC Report: Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I was not aware of that, my Lords, but it is a very important and significant point indeed. This will presumably be quite an obstacle to making progress and introducing the new extended lines for which many noble Lords have been calling. More recently, and thirdly, we have seen the announcement-the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, mentioned it, and I think that my noble friend Lord Berkley may...

Health: Local Healthwatch Organisations — Question (11 Jun 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, on the same theme, if patients are to be at the centre of the new arrangements, and the Government are handing this over, at least for the time being, to local authorities to ensure that they are participating in the new structure, is the Minister content that this arrangement will truly ensure full patient involvement right across the whole country? When will there be a review of...

NHS: Risk Register — Question (15 May 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, last Thursday I asked the Minister a question that he answered in part. The part that he did not answer was whether the transitional risk register drew to the Government's attention the risk that patients would have to wait longer to see their GP. Speaking as someone who uses the NHS and as part of the British public, I fear that the delays are getting longer and will continue to do...

Aviation Policy — Question (14 May 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, can the noble Lord say how many international flights have migrated from the hub at Heathrow to Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt since the coalition came to power?

Health Transition Risk Register — Statement (10 May 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: As the legislation focuses so much on GPs, can the noble Earl say whether the risk register made an assessment that there would be increasing delays for patients in getting to see their GPs during the transitional period and that those patients would be put at risk? Given that the Government abandoned the previously set targets for the time limit in which GPs have to see their patients, is he...

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Motion to Take Note (30 Apr 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I declare an interest as a supporter of the Campaign for a Democratic Upper House, and as a long-standing member of the Labour Party-a party which, within its DNA, has sought to reform the House of Lords and to move towards an elected second Chamber in this country. That is not to say that I am in agreement with everything that the Campaign for a Democratic Upper House has been...

Arrangement of Business (26 Apr 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if the Sunday trading Bill goes through without any great difficulties, will the noble Lord tell the House what time he is planning to hold the Prorogation on Tuesday?

Transport: Automatic Number Plate Recognition — Question (24 Apr 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if we have so many facilities for tracking these people and bringing them to charge, why is the system not operating? What will the Government do to use the facilities properly? Will they not consider employing people who are unemployed to chase these people, which will make the system cost-effective at the same time?

Alcohol: Strategy — Question (27 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I have a brief question. Will the Government legislate to show energy and calorie levels on the labelling on alcohol products?

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (5th Day) (20 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I, too, welcome the Government's statement. I am one of those who have been on this journey since we commenced it in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Browning, I want to express my support for and gratitude to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay. Her single-mindedness and determination have been extraordinary. She has been willing to accommodate...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (5th Day) (20 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I support the line taken by our Front Bench. Without any question, there are risks with referral fees but they are fairly minimal. The questions that the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, and others should ask themselves are whether they believe that there will be more of the kind of litigants who at present benefit from the union offering these services, admittedly through using referral...

Police: Vehicles — Question (14 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: On the day when it has been announced that 2.7 million people in this country are unemployed, and the likelihood is that that figure will continue to rise for some time, is it not important that we take such factors into account when we address issues such as public procurement? Can one conceivably believe that the French, German or Belgian Governments would do some of the things that we do...

Planning: Ancient Woodland — Question (13 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Like other noble Lords I have been waiting patiently for the noble Earl to respond to the other question from the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, about whether he will contribute to the fund that has been established.

Railways: Great Western Franchise — Question (6 Mar 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I will keep my question brief and simple. Will the Minister confirm that the present rolling stock on the line is quite inadequate, and that it would be totally unreasonable to expect it to continue to be used until electrification in 2018? In the circumstances, and with reference to his first Answer, will he confirm to the people in that part of the country who use the line that...

Cyclists: Accidents — Question (8 Feb 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords-

Health: Diabetes — Question (1 Feb 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister agree-I am sure that he does-that the recommendation that there should be more comprehensive and effective preventive care is an important part of the report, and that it is important to highlight the link between obesity and this illness? Does he agree that it is now high time for the Government to introduce calorific labelling of alcohol products so that people know the...

Employment: Sickness Absence — Question (25 Jan 2012)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I welcome the report and the update that the Minister has given us on the process for its implementation. He mentioned early interventions in this context, and in the debates on Monday he spoke frequently about the need for early interventions with certain families to try to get them on the right track. That is a lot of additional work coming the way of the Civil Service. Is he confident that...


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