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Results 381–400 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

Postal Services Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (14 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I agree with the principal point that my noble friend Lord Clarke of Hampstead made about the universal service. As the House knows, I was one of those who recognised the problem that Royal Mail was facing and who was in favour of substantial capital investment to try to help with modernisation and moving forward, but I was not in favour of 100 per cent privatisation. There is a difference...

Big Society: Britain in Bloom — Question (9 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: What will the Government do about those councils that are slashing their budgets and their expenditure on plants and flower displays?

Postal Services Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I, too, support the amendment and agree with the line taken by the noble Lord, Lord Cotter. As the Minister knows I was a partnership director of NATS, where, when the PPP was created, 5 per cent of the shares were allocated to the employees. I acted as the director responsible for that element of the share distribution and had conversations with the staff about it. However, it was not...

Postal Services Bill: Committee (1st Day) (8 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if the Royal Mail had gone bankrupt as so many people predicted it would, a value would ultimately be placed on it. Administration would see to that, and we would all know what it was worth at the end of the day. I believe that the government shareholder executive, which holds the shares for Royal Mail, will broadly have some idea of what Royal Mail is worth at the moment and of...

Health: Alcohol Minimum Pricing — Question (1 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords-

Health: Alcohol Minimum Pricing — Question (1 Mar 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, now that the Minister and the Government have accepted that raising the price of alcohol is one of the ways in which we can minimise harm to those who are abusing alcohol, why have the Government's recent proposals been so minimal? The cost of a can of lager will be increased, or minimised, to 38p under the new arrangements. This is hardly going to make any change whatsoever. We...

Postal Services Bill: Second Reading (Continued) (16 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lords, Lord Empey and Lord Dobbs, on their excellent maiden speeches and look forward to listening to them again in the not-too-distant future. I was one of those who spoke strongly in favour of the Labour Government's 2009 Bill, notwithstanding my trade union background. I did so principally because of my experience in working with the NATS public/private...

Airports: Heathrow — Question (15 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the noble Lord aware that the simple problem is that we do not have enough tarmac or concrete at either Gatwick or Heathrow to get more planes in and out? Therefore, we either expand facilities in terms of more tarmac and concrete or we accept that the answer to the Question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Spicer, is that, no, Heathrow will no longer be the busiest airport in the world.

Companies: Executive Remuneration — Question (9 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I raised this question previously with the noble Lord, Lord Sassoon, and I referred him to the Private Member's Bill of the noble Lord, Lord Gavron. His response was that it was too radical. Does the Minister share that view?

EU: Emissions Trading Scheme — Question (3 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the Minister aware that, in 2008, Sub-Committee D of your Lordships' European Union Committee undertook a review of the revision of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and that it produced a significant amount of evidence, part of which was from bankers who themselves complained about the inadequacy of the regulation governing ETC trading? Will the Minister look at that report? He will...

Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland — Question (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The Minister has described the nature of the relationship between the Government and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Is he content with the composition of remuneration committees attached to public limited companies? Given the widening gap between the better paid and the lower paid, is there not a case for a change in the diversity of the people who sit on remuneration committees? Are the...

Roads: Charging — Question (1 Feb 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister agree that the most advanced and used system in Europe is the German one, which is not based on paper, or even on registration recognition, but on satellites; that that is the way forward; and that that is what the previous Government were exploring and it has been abandoned by the present Government? Will they not go back to look at the longer term and to try to get the...

Airports: Heathrow — Question (31 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the last Government also placed 51 per cent of the shares of National Air Traffic Services in the hands of the public through the Government? The Government are contemplating privatising NATS. Would he assure the British public that it will not fall into foreign ownership?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (14th Day) (Continued) (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I support the amendment of my noble and learned friend Lord Falconer. As the noble and learned Lord, Lord Woolf, said, we trust that the Government will be prepared to look on it with some sympathy. I was very surprised indeed when I saw that, particularly from our Liberal Democratic friends, there was support for a change of this nature. I will say a few words about what I would...

Elections: Second Home Owners — Question (26 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the noble Lord not agree that the real problem that real democrats are concerned with at the moment is that 3.5 million people are not registered and are therefore not entitled to vote? Could he update the House on what the Government are doing to try to reduce that number?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (19 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: It strikes me that it might also be useful if we could have any information that you may have on the amount of research that has been undertaken in this area on the number who are registered. It seems that the problem may not be on quite the scale that some people think, given that earlier we were debating the problems relating to 3.5 million people who are denied votes-I do not want to go...

Deficit Reduction — Question (18 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the Minister give a straight answer to the supplementary question of the noble Lord, Lord Barnett? Will he also give a commitment that the Government will set out how the proceeds will be used?

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My noble friend may not be aware that we have had similar problems in the past in this House. About four years ago, the Conservative Party was unable to meet its requirements to take up all its places and fill them regularly on the European Union sub-committees. When I first came into this Chamber we had 12 members for the EU Standing Committee and its sub-committees, but that had to be...

Monday 17 January 2011 (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Would the noble Lord not agree that we should place on record what happened to our legislation 12 months ago? At that time the Labour Government had a majority in the Commons. When this House dealt with these constitutional issues, on the occasions when the Lib Dems and the Conservatives chose to come together, they had a majority and defeated us frequently.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (Continued) (17 Jan 2011)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady McDonagh, for the way in which she moved her amendment, which I am strongly inclined to support. I come here-as I often do to debates in this Chamber-not having made up my mind in advance and wanting to listen to the debate. Further amendments have been tabled and I will listen intently to the expositions that will be made, but at the moment...


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