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Results 361–380 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 — Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am in the minority in the House and on the speakers list, although I am much comforted by some of the speeches that I have just heard. It is both right and just that those who have power over the lives of others and who can make and amend laws-and we in this House do have powers-should be subject to the will of those people, the electorate. Therefore, in principle I seek a...

Southern Cross — Statement (16 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for his Statement. I listened carefully to what he said about the need for clarity on where responsibility lay. He also stated that there were lessons to be learnt. Will he say when the Government will conclude their review of these lessons, and when and how they will make them public? With the imminent privatisation of the Royal Mail, which has a lot of...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (16 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I support the noble Lord, Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville. There is a range of issues here that cannot wait five years to be reviewed. The amendment proposing a review after two years would be far more acceptable. I also want to draw the attention of Ministers to reports produced by this House way back in 2002, when the European Union Select Committee reviewed drinking and driving...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (6th Day) (16 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I do not think that the Minister needs to apologise to the House for the line that she is taking. If I could catch her attention, I would congratulate her on being very bold. Perhaps I will be accused of being a Puritan today. I will come back to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, in a moment and try to prove to him that I am not. In Committee, I was invited by the noble Lord, Lord De...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (6th Day) (16 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if the analysis of the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, regarding a change in government policy is correct, I welcome it. It is what the public want and, although some in the business sector will be unhappy about it, I think that overall this set of amendments would undermine the Government's attempt to respond to the clamour which has increasingly grown up among the public at large and...

Environment: Drought — Question (14 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: At one time there were plans for a salination plant to be built in the Thames-

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the noble Lord aware that the Scottish Parliament has already drafted one?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity to support Amendment 237A and Amendment 244, tabled by the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff. I will not repeat all the problems we face with regard to alcohol because we are all fully apprised of them. We know also that there is no simple solution, and in that context I look forward to the Government's alcohol strategy, which I believe is...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (5th Day) (Continued) (9 Jun 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I support all of the amendments of the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, and I shall speak particularly to those in my name. In response to the noble Viscount, Lord Astor, without doubt there is a frequent link between drug taking, drinking, nicotine and a range of other addictions, including gambling. However, alcohol is on a quite different scale to drug taking. Even though drug taking...

Banking: Savings Accounts — Question (23 May 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: As we have a majority share in two major banks in the country, could the Minister not press them to implement the very interesting suggestions put forward by his noble colleague?

Electoral System: Alternative Vote Referendum — Question (11 May 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords-

Fraud: Staffing Levels — Question (9 May 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the noble Lord be prepared to place in the Library the response that he gets from his colleagues to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Newby? Secondly, in that reply, will he give details on the number of HMRC revenue offices that will be closing annually between now and 2014?

Postal Services Bill: Report (1st Day) (4 May 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I support my noble friend Lord Stevenson. I do not think that there has been any conversion on the part of the Labour Party. I was an employee when NATS was a PPP. I was an employee share representative acting on behalf of the employees and I was a partnership director. It is true that the employees had 5 per cent of the shares, which is less than what is on offer at the moment, but...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Second Reading (27 Apr 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I shall limit my contribution to Part 2 of the Bill, which deals with licensing. Given the way in which alcohol licensing policy impacts on lifestyle, health and safety, I suspect that many members of the public will have stronger feelings about the need for change on that issue than about police commissioners. I was reinforced in that view listening to the most moving maiden speech...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (4th Day) (6 Apr 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I shall speak briefly in support of Amendment 24PB, which has already been spoken to by my noble friend Lady Dean. I await the Minister's response with interest because that will give an indication of the Government's view not just on how they will tackle this particular piece of legislation, but their more general view on the problems we face in many other areas of society related...

Flooding: Defence — Question (29 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: What advice will the Government give to those who are having difficulties getting home insurance in the light of the deferment?

Postal Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to all who have contributed to the debate. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Razzall, for contributing but not for what he said. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Young, for his support. I say to the noble Lord, Lord Christopher, and the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, that I accept the Minister's view that in many respects the form of the transaction will...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 21ZB. They are tabled in the name of my noble friend Lady Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, who regrettably and unavoidably cannot be here today. She sends her apologies. My noble friend is currently a partnership director of National Air Traffic Services. Had she been here, she would have been able to give us the benefit of her current experience and no...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I understand why the noble Viscount, Lord Eccles, should be concerned about the uncertainty, but the one thing we know is that whoever buys this company will know perfectly well-it will be on the face of the Bill-that 10 per cent of the shares will be owned by the employees. That is definite, and similarly-I will be speaking later in subsequent amendments about how this might be handled-if a...

Airports: London — Question (16 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the Minister agree that aviation is one of the most successful industries in this country? In the light of what he just stated, what are the Government doing to grow it, or does he propose to reduce it? Can he also explain how much is saved by forcing more and more business from Heathrow to Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle or Frankfurt? What is the saving in green terms?


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