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Results 341–360 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

Thames Tunnel — Question (19 Dec 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, while I recognise that the planning process is still under way, could the Minister, who is very popular in the House, not agree with the view of my noble friend Lord Berkeley that, in addition to spoil, efforts should be made by the contractors to use the river more than they are doing at the moment? Could he not just simply drop a little Christmas note to them to that effect?

Phone Hacking — Question (6 Dec 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the noble Lord stating that the Government have no interest in what is happening with any other newspapers unless individuals produce evidence themselves?

Jobseeker's Allowance: Interns — Question (30 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The Chancellor announced yesterday that he is asking the public service independent pay review bodies to examine by next July the possibility of introducing regional or local pay. Could the Minister please confirm that the Government have no plans to follow the logic of that and in turn to examine the possibility of paying allowances and benefits, such as the jobseeker's allowance, on a...

Gambling Commission: Health Lottery — Question (28 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, are the Government content with the system that they have in place for monitoring the operations of the Gambling Commission and, if not, what can they do about it? Are they content that Mr Desmond is a fit and proper person, given what was said at the Leveson inquiry last week and the failure of his organisations to associate themselves with the independent press commission, and...

Transport: Fuel Prices — Question (24 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the noble Baroness confirm that the number of staff engaged by the Office of Fair Trading has been reduced?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (6th Day) (16 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I hope that the noble Earl will accept these amendments. In many respects they are very modest. I have grave doubts about the extent to which we will be able to influence the course of events in this arena with the changes that we have before us. I am grateful to him for responding in his long letter of 20 October to all of us who raised a variety of questions at Second Reading. He...

Procedure of the House (Proposal 1) — Motion to Resolve (8 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am finding this a very strange debate indeed. I always thought that when we had a Leader's Group, the Leader of the House was on the group and presented the report to the House. Then it went back to the Procedure Committee. The Procedure Committee then went through the report and then presented its report with recommendations which it unanimously backed. We knew precisely where we...

BBC: Licence Fee — Question (7 Nov 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, as the BBC is anxious to achieve economies, and as the BBC now knows what fees it will be charging licence fee payers over the coming years through to 2017, why does it send out reminders in February and March every year asking individuals to pay their licence fee when it could now say, "Please pay for five years at X amount", which is probably less than the amount that people pay...

Eurozone Crisis — Statement (27 Oct 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords-

Eurozone Crisis — Statement (27 Oct 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful and I will be brief. I should like further clarification on the position of the IMF, which has been significantly involved with these negotiations. As I understand it, the IMF is already subscribing to three country adjustment programmes and will continue to do so. It has indicated that it may be required to look for more money from members of the IMF to put more cash into those...

Companion to the Standing OrdersQuestion (25 Oct 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if there is an agreement between the usual channels to breach the Companion, should we not have an arrangement whereby the agreement of the House is sought?

Health: Obesity — Question (19 Oct 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, will the noble Earl please explain how people can be expected to take personal responsibility for sorting out their health problems when so much information about the food and drink they consume is kept from them? Can he please also explain why the Government are failing to press the drinks industry to show the number of calories in alcoholic drinks on the labels, and declining to...

Health and Social Care Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (11 Oct 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I want to address my remarks to Clauses 8 and 9 on protecting and improving public health. As we all know, if we could move public health policies higher up the agenda and seriously start to address some of the fundamental health problems facing us, the savings that would accrue would not only lead to a better lifestyle for many of our population but go a long way towards easing the...

Police Federation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: In the light of the response that the noble Baroness gave to my noble friend Lord Richard, will she copy the letter that she is sending to him to the rest of the House? That is precisely what the Question is about.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Are the Government contemplating putting into legislation the package that the noble Baroness is talking about, or will it be run on a voluntary basis? If it is the latter, why is it not attached to what is before us now?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Report (5th Day)(Continued) (14 Jul 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am very pleased to add my support to the excellent response that the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, has prepared to the points that arose in Committee. I was one of those who met Professor Keith Humphreys, who is the senior adviser to President Obama on drug and alcohol abuse, who gave us a very helpful presentation indeed on what they are doing in the States. They have made very...

Coroners' Inquests — Question (12 Jul 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, will the Minister explain why Governments get themselves into such a pickle? The idea that the amount spent on this is likely to disturb the economy of the country is ludicrous. The public can see that we spend millions on pointless referenda yet, on an issue that affects the whole country and for which there is widespread support right across the party front, the Government dig in...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I hope that you will forgive me for intervening as I did not speak on Second Reading. Under this heading, I wonder whether the Minister can clarify whether there is an exemption on petitioning and on moving to have a referendum on car-parking charges. I discovered that my area in London recently increased car-parking fines to £130-a phenomenal increase. I gather that many of these...

Localism Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (30 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the noble Lord for helping me to differentiate between charges and fines. I was indeed referring to fines and, as somebody asked me which was the borough, I say that it was Wandsworth. It has the lowest council tax in the country, but some of the highest fines and charges. Was he saying to me that, in his view, an attempt to have a referendum in that area would probably be...

House of Lords: Working Practices — Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I, too, welcome the proposals of the group and, like others, extend my congratulations to the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, and his colleagues, on such a comprehensive review. I also extend my gratitude to the Leader of the House for keeping to his word and establishing the Leader's Group. Some of us thought at one time that we might lose it but he has happily redeemed himself. I will...


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