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Results 161–180 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

Litter - Question (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, this issue relates not just to the education of children but to the conduct of adults in this country. Is it not an issue of values? One can go to other continental countries and see no rubbish whatever, yet in the UK one can find it strewn all over the place. As the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday, is it not high time that we started a major debate...

Public Health England: Alcohol - Question (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect Public Health England to publish its independent evidence-based report on alcohol.

Public Health England: Alcohol - Question (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the Minister for that response and I look forward to the report. Is he aware that the latest statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that hospital admissions due to alcohol-related illnesses are continuing to rise and are now more than 1 million, that the number of deaths arising from alcohol continues to go up, and that the cost to the NHS of...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Are these the polling companies that forecast the outcome of the last general election and the result of the referendum?

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving me a peg on which to hang another item that relates to the fundamental subject that he has raised. I give notice that in September this year I will introduce a Private Member’s Bill that seeks to amend existing legislation on lobbying, transparency and openness. If we are truly to have a better relationship with the public, I hope that...

Public Institutions - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for letting me intervene. I am in receipt of a pension from a Civil Service trade union and I regularly participate in debates relating to employment. I observe that there are scientists in receipt of pensions who participate in debates in this House. I notice, too, that there are people in receipt of health service pensions. In general, rather than...

HMRC: Call Waiting Times - Question (29 Jun 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is the noble Lord aware that many older people are having increasing difficulties in dealing with HMRC, notwithstanding what he has just reported? If more offices close, that means more difficulties for them in the future. Is he aware that a special service needs to be provided for such people, and that there is in fact a charity, Tax Help for Older People, with 600 to 700 people working in...

Health: Alcohol - Question (12 May 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to alert the public to the dangers of alcohol and its causal links with hypertension, depression, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Health: Alcohol - Question (12 May 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the Minister for his Answer and for the efforts which I know he makes on this topic. Is he aware that we now have 9 million people suffering from hypertension, that the number of people with depression has doubled since 2005 and that the evidence now quite clearly shows that 62 illnesses are related to alcohol? Given the amount of money which the drinks industry spends on...

Economy: High Street Trade - Question (10 May 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is it not true that online trading is going to grow notwithstanding what might happen in the high streets? Is it not also true that while online trading is welcomed by many people, there are also drawbacks, not the least of these being growth in traffic—white vans are everywhere now—that is creating congestion and poisonous air in the communities? What are the Government going to do to...

Elections: Campaigning - Question (5 May 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister recall that the Prime Minister himself and Mr Clegg, when the coalition Government were elected, were looking at the possibility of having transparency of business lobbying and looking for a register then? Nothing happened in the course of the coalition Government. “We are still looking”, according to the Minister. Can he please give us a clearer idea of when this...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I thank those who have intervened in this short debate. I am grateful to hear from the Minister that positive steps are now being taken to embark on a discussion with the Scottish Government. Amendment 1 agreed.

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I shall speak also to Amendment 2 standing in my name. These amendments are consequential to the amendments I moved in Committee. Technically I should have moved them then, and I apologise for not having done so. However, the merit of moving them now is that I have the chance briefly to express regret that in Committee the Minister firmly reiterated the Government’s unwillingness...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his intervention, but times are changing. A lot of things were different 23 years ago. My noble friend Lady Hayter on the Front Bench says that she wrote to the noble Lord. I will leave him to sort that one out afterwards. In Committee on 11 March, the Minister stated: “The Government … maintain … that lowering the limit in itself is not going to...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to my noble friend for that helpful intervention and I share his view. Unhappily, many deaths, accidents and injuries still occur as a result of drinking and driving. As I have argued previously, there has been little change since 2012—in fact, there has been a plateau—and the Government’s current policies are not really making any great difference. Therefore, I believe it...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful for that intervention but I cannot give a precise figure. However, if the noble Lord will be patient, I will come to tell him not only how the number of jobs in the hospitality industry will be secured but will, I hope, be increased. The simple fact is that the drinks and hospitality industry will have to change its attitude, as it had to do with the smoking ban—when people...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to my noble friend for that intervention. I do have that concern, but equally I have a very big concern about the cost to the National Health Service and the whole country. That cost bears down on the shoulders of all sections of the community.

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] - Report (22 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I was endeavouring to be brief but I did not expect so many interventions. These are technical amendments that follow from those I moved previously. They are straightforward and I am sure there will be no objection to them from the Minister. I am probably going beyond my brief at this point in the debate but I hope I can encourage the Minister to be more supportive than he has been so far,...

Airports: London - Question (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: On the decision that may be taken in the summer on the third runway and Heathrow, is the Minister aware that, for more than a decade, air pollution around Heathrow has been way above acceptable levels and little has been done by any Government? Regardless of the decision, will any steps be taken to try to solve that problem and ease the poisoning that is taking place, particularly of children?

Companies: Remuneration — Question (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to legislate to introduce secret ballots for all employees to ratify decisions made at a company’s annual general meeting on the remuneration of that company’s directors and its five most highly paid employees.


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