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Results 81–100 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

NHS: US Companies - Question (22 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The Minister will be aware that I have had a number of exchanges about the likely agenda for the negotiations on the USA-UK trade deal. I have been seeking to establish whether the NHS will be part of those negotiations, and I have been told that vigorous protection will be given to the NHS. Is not the most vigorous protection that could be given not to have it on the agenda at all?

Gender Equality: Pay - Question (21 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, where does the Minister suggest that we look for the next steps and action to be taken in those areas where equal pay still does not exist? Returning to our backyard, the public service—she just mentioned local government—is it not true that there are still significant elements of unequal pay within the Civil Service, the public service and local government? This is an area...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (19 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, it is this side. I have been waiting patiently on this side. I am grateful to the noble Baroness; you will have your chance. I support the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Warner, signed by several other noble Lords. The UK is a leader in public health. We have done extraordinarily well on the world stage and within Europe. I trust that the Minister will have no problem with the...

Prescription Drugs: Dependence - Question (19 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is there not a case for a wider review of addictions in general? Public Health England did a review of alcohol and the Government ignored the report. A public health review in this area may be ignored entirely and there is nothing to make the Government do anything about it. We have just heard about what is happening with gambling; the Government have succumbed to the blandishments...

Integrated Communities - Statement (15 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the report. I would like to refer particularly to chapter 6, where I sense a weakness. “Education, education, education” is very good indeed but, if there is no employment at the end of it, it can lead to disillusionment and further problems, so I am very much in favour of “Investment, investment, investment”. Could the noble Lord give some indication of the kind...

Meetings with Ministers - Question (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, in 2013 the now noble Lord, Lord Lansley, introduced the lobbying Bill in the other place. It does not extend to activities such as those that the Minister just mentioned. Is that a satisfactory state of affairs? Should we not amend the lobbying Act to cover more of the activities now being revealed by the press?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment standing in my name on the Order Paper. Amendment 144 (to Amendment 142) withdrawn. Amendments 145 to 147C (to Amendment 142) not moved.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (14 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am pleased to follow my noble friend Lord Monks. I support the fundamental aim of Amendment 142 that Parliament should be empowered to determine the mandate for the Government to follow in the talks about the UK’s future relations with the EU. Amendment 144 seeks to place a requirement on HMG to secure mutual recognition of professional qualifications. The Government have agreed...

International Women’s Day: Progress on Global Gender Equality - Motion to Take Note (8 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, for giving us the opportunity for this debate today. I express my gratitude to her, to women in general and to some particular women too. I start, rather like the noble Baroness, Lady Browning, with an expression of gratitude to my mother. Had she been alive, she would have been 113 this week. She bore three sons within three...

Finance (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (8 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, could it be perhaps that noble Lords wish to speak in the next debate, which they see as more important?

Emergency Hospital Admissions - Question (7 Mar 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the Minister aware that in 2016-17, 30% of admissions to A&E of people aged 65 and over were alcohol-related? Is he further aware that, given the need for the services of psychiatrists to look after those people, training for psychiatrists has reduced dramatically in the past 10 years and we have no facilities available to look after them? Turning to a longer-term public health policy,...

Alcohol: Minimum Unit Pricing - Question (28 Feb 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, has not the Minister just made the case for minimum unit pricing? Could I remind him to cast his mind back to all the arguments advanced by his side against changes to tobacco and smoking—that everybody was going to be hurt by it if we increased the price? We had to increase the price for the benefit of everyone, and the same now applies to alcohol. All the evidence that he is...

NHS: Charitable Donations - Question (22 Feb 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 20 December 2017 (HL4078), why they have no plans to provide patients with the costs of their treatment in order to encourage charitable donations to the National Health Service.

NHS: Charitable Donations - Question (22 Feb 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the Minister agree that we have a great gift in the NHS and that great gifts become even greater if one can make a return contribution to the giver? Why will the Government not reveal the cost of treatment to people—after they have had it, not before, and only to those people who request it—so that in turn they may make a voluntary contribution, either in full or in part,...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the Bill generally. As the Minister stated when she moved the Second Reading, the Government have said that, by 2050, nearly all cars and vans should be zero-emission vehicles. As other noble Lords have said, that is not a particularly stretching target compared to the ambitions that are being laid down by many other countries, but to reach even this goal we will need...

Rail Update - Statement (5 Feb 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, the Minister in the other place set out some admirable principles that should be observed: protecting the interests of passengers; preserving the interests of taxpayers by ensuring value for money; and supporting investment and improvement. Looking to the future, the Minister has indicated a possibility that the current east coast franchise may stay with Stagecoach, under a very...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, unlike the noble Lord, Lord Hague of Richmond, who brought two new items to the debate, I do not anticipate that I will add anything new. There have been some outstanding contributions and I particularly commend the outstanding speech from my noble friend that we have just heard. Yesterday I was particularly moved by two speeches. The first was the speech from the right reverend...

NHS and Social Care: Winter Service Delivery - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, for initiating this debate and to everyone who has participated in producing a set of solutions which, if they were brought together, would solve the problem. I feel sorry for the Minister, who has had little support from any quarter today for his problem. Everyone knows that much more money is needed. There is a 2% gap that...

Brexit: European Travel Information and Authorisation System - Question (17 Jan 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, what plans do the Government have for explaining to the British people the consequences of any eventuality that we may face?

Licensing Act 2003: Post-Legislative Scrutiny (Licensing Act 2003 Report) - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Wales has taken the decision to proceed with introducing a minimum unit price, but it is not entirely free to implement it without the authority of the UK Government. Will it be required to wait until the Scottish review has been completed?


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