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Results 1–20 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

Drugs: Methadone - Question (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assess the regulation, and the general effectiveness, of methadone.

Drugs: Methadone - Question (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. I am disappointed that the Government are not prepared to undertake a review. I do not want methadone treatment to end, but I believe that the cost is now becoming astronomical and have sent the Minister questions about this previously. People in the industry say that it now costs £1 billion a year, yet an increasing number of people...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I congratulate the Government and welcome their initiative on the NHS. I assure them that, if they have the chance to put this in place, some of us on this side will ensure that it is well scrutinised and applied. I also welcome the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill. I hope that both Houses can come together to find the best way to ensure that this scourge is brought to an end. I...

Frequent Flyer Airmiles Schemes - Question (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Is it not the Government’s responsibility to ensure that anybody going on a flight should know what damage is being done to the environment as a consequence of that flight? Is it not time that each individual should have on their ticket or in the email sent to them the amount of carbon that they will be using on that flight? Is it not right that we should have an international scheme...

Psychiatrists - Question (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I declare an interest as the Royal College of Psychiatrists provides me with a psychiatrist to help me with my work here. While working with psychiatrists and the royal college, I have learnt that, although understandable concern exists about the dangers of technology for children—particularly gaming—there is also a body of evidence that technology can be very useful in dealing...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am pleased to speak again on this topic. In September, contrary to my party’s viewpoint at the time, I said that I thought, when I revisited Mrs May’s deal, that it was worthy of support and that it offered an opportunity, given the Commission’s offer to take a look at the backstop. In the event, we now have a change and we have a further deal. It is interesting to see the...

Museums and Galleries: Financial Sustainability - Question (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister share my view that the experience of visiting galleries and museums has changed quite radically in recent years since we saw the introduction and extension of the iPad and iPhones? Often when we try to see a picture we are surrounded by people taking selfies in front of it. It has changed completely from what it used to be. There is a great opportunity for museums and...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I was in the Commons and—I think probably like the country—welcome the more conciliatory approach that the Prime Minister adopted. He was asked whether, in the light of trying to secure the majority which he needs at the other end, he would be willing to put the Whip back on those he had expelled. He did not give a straight answer—indeed, he dodged it, which was to be expected. Equally,...

Nuclear Power Stations - Question (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, perhaps I may press the Minister to go back to the Question and to the question asked by my noble friend Lord Whitty. We rely to a fair degree on electricity from nuclear power stations in France. What assessment has been made of the position if the French, because of climate change, should decide that they cannot maintain the same level of supply as in the past? What guarantees do...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, yesterday I raised the issue of the opportunity that rests within the political declaration for a solution to the problem which the country faces. The offer from the Commission is still open for the Government of the day to hold discussions and negotiations to find a way through on the backstop, linked to the political declaration. I asked the Minister twice yesterday why the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister agree that Europe offers further negotiations on the backstop in the political agreement? If so, why are we not picking that up?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: The noble Lord said that there is no incentive for Europe. All the incentives are there for Europe to negotiate a deal with us and it has made an offer to which we have not responded, unless the Minister tells us that we have.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to speak. I have not spoken for two years on European issues, and I certainly will not speak for 15 minutes. I accept my responsibility. I have been a pro-European all my life. I have been very active in the House of Lords in European Union committees and am very much in favour of staying in Europe. But I was responsible in part for us...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I have not spoken on a European issue for two years—

HS2: Cost - Question (24 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is there not a problem with the way we keep the cost of these projects under review? We had the same difficulty with Crossrail and, as I understand it, people have been raising questions from within the HS2 project since as far back as 2015, complaining about how it has been managed financially. Many of them have left and been required to sign nondisclosure agreements. Why are they...

Trade Unions - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I too am grateful to my noble friend Lord Jordan for promoting this debate and for the powerful introduction which he gave to it. I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken because we have covered a wide range of topics today, not just the ILO but British society, its trade unions and the future. I was very grateful to be reminded of Lord Brett and the great contribution he...

Multi-academy Trusts - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, following on from the question of the noble Baroness, Lady Watkins, which I presume relates to the length that people continue in post, could the Minister say—I am sure he wants to continue to improve governance—whether he has looked at the Cadbury principles and seen whether they could be applied in certain areas of trusts?

NHS: Future UK Trade Deals - Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who participated in the debate; it has been very helpful indeed. It needed airing and there is further work to be done. I will need to read in detail the noble Earl’s response in Hansard to see precisely what assurances he gave or what he was instructed to read. There is a good deal of agreement across the Chamber, which is very comforting. None of...

NHS: Future UK Trade Deals - Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, it is my privilege to move this Motion. I am grateful to my party for giving me this opportunity to speak on this issue, to the House’s Library for the comprehensive briefing it prepared, and to others who have sent in briefings, particularly the BMA. It is important that we have this debate to give us a chance to shine a light on the challenges and threats that we may soon have...

Asthma - Question (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: In view of the gravely damaging effect of asthma on children, does the Minister agree that the abolition by the former Mayor of London of the west London zone for congestion charging has increased the amount of air pollution in London over recent years? Many children have died and many people have suffered as a consequence. Will she ask the candidates for the Tory leadership whether they are...


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