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Results 41–60 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: Waiting Times - Question (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of NHS Foundation Trusts offering private healthcare services on waiting times for NHS patients.

NHS: Waiting Times - Question (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his Answer. I declare an interest: I am an ordinary user of the NHS. I do not have any private medical care, nor do I make any private payments. Is it not true that there are now over 4 million people on queues waiting for treatment in the NHS? Did he see the article in the Times last Thursday headed “Patients pay £1bn to jump NHS queues”? Chelsea and...

Young People - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I, too, am very grateful to my noble friend Lady Armstrong of Hill Top for introducing this excellent debate with such an outstanding speech, and I am grateful to other speakers. I shall speak about obesity and its relationship with mental health. Tackling childhood obesity is one of the biggest challenges that face us and, in turn, young people. The Royal College of Paediatrics and...

Childhood Obesity - Question (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made, if any, in discussions between the BBC and Public Health England regarding a joint strategic plan on childhood obesity.

Childhood Obesity - Question (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to hear that there have been three meetings since we met in July. Unfortunately, the latest statistics on obesity in children aged from 12 to 16 show a further deterioration. It is time we really got something moving in the form of a national campaign on obesity. The BBC has an important part to play in that. Will the Minister persuade his Secretary of State to lean on the BBC...

Exiting the European Union - Statement (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, in answer to a Question from one of her Back-Benchers on the economic consequences of the deal, the Prime Minister said that the people will be no poorer than they are today. Is that what the Government believe the people voted for two years ago in the referendum? Now that we face a decline in standards over time, should not the people be given the opportunity to have a second say?

Diesel Emissions - Question (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the news that there will be research in London. Will any assessment be made of the number of deaths and the damage to health in London due to Boris Johnson’s refusal to apply the congestion charge to west London?

Verify: Digital Identity System - Question (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, can the noble Lord explain what Verify will do to make our borders safe after Brexit? Will he now review his position on compulsory and voluntary ID and agree that the only way for us to have safe borders is by a compulsory form of recognition?

Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the committee for its excellent report. I am also grateful, in the main, for the Government’s response. I must confess that I could not say that about their response to the committee’s concern about inequality, which was dismissed in two sentences, virtually. When we look at what has happened in the past 50 years and how we have changed fundamentally on the...

Brexit: Preparedness for EU Exit - Private Notice Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am not sure if the Minister was present earlier at Question Time when my noble friend Lord Blunkett asked his Question. We cannot cope at the moment at the border. If noble Lords read this report—the Minister is not prepared to say whether he agrees with it—it indicates that we have severe problems facing us next year. Yes, it is prudent and responsible to take the appropriate...

Obesity - Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord McColl, for securing the debate and for the wise words he always gives us on this topic, from an authoritative position. Like him I look forward greatly to the maiden speech of the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott. I am sure that she will add greatly to our deliberations not only today but in the future. I shall focus on child obesity. I am sorry...

Obesity - Question for Short Debate (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: We have some more business, do we? Then I withdraw that comment. I shall focus on the child obesity plan. Contrary to some of the criticisms I have made in the past—although I shall make a few today—I share the view of the noble Lord, Lord McColl, that we are at last moving in the right direction. I believe that the publication of chapter 2 of the plan, which came out not too long ago,...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Darzi for a towering speech, made with spirit and committed to the fundamentals of the health service. We are extremely grateful to him. I express my gratitude to all who work in the NHS for all the outstanding work that they continue to do, often in difficult circumstances. I wear no badge today, but I have a kind of badge on my head, as I am...

High Street Retailers - Question (4 Jul 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, is it not true that there will be a change on the high street, we have to deal with the reality and we should start planning for it now? Many high streets will be decimated and will not be what we have known in the past. That means that there will have to be investment. Given that we have Brexit coming and we will have freedom on VAT, are the Government, as part of their review,...

Childhood Obesity Strategy - Statement (25 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the proposals for further action, but I am sorry that the Government have not seen fit, if they are taking this really seriously, to make a Statement about it without the requirement for an Urgent Question to elicit a response. I have two points. I regret that there is still no mention of the point that the noble Lord, Lord McColl, has been pressing so vigorously—that...

Childhood Obesity: Yoga - Question (21 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the benefits of yoga for obese schoolchildren.

Childhood Obesity: Yoga - Question (21 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful for the noble Lord’s observation. Is he aware that the largest NGO in India, the Kripa Foundation, uses yoga as a means of attracting young drug addicts, drunks and people with HIV into recovery? Given the success there and the problems we have with our current obesity plan, which fails to get into the heads of young people—we have great difficulty in making...

Trades Union Congress 150th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I too would like to express my gratitude to my noble friend Lady Prosser for initiating this debate and I add my congratulations to the TUC on reaching the ripe young age of 150. As we have heard, the trade union movement has gone through some difficulties in recent years. I was around when we celebrated 100 years of the TUC, when we were substantially bigger in terms of...

Psychiatrists: Referral Fees - Question (7 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, as someone who has been in this area for quite some time, this exposure in the Sunday Times comes as no surprise whatever—it has been going on for many years. More importantly, is the Minister aware that there is a growing crisis in the private sector provision of alcohol and drug treatment centres? The numbers are declining and many are closing. The CQC produced a very critical...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, having been critical, I now extend a word of gratitude. In particular. I welcome subsection (1)(b) of the proposed new clause in the amendment to which the Minister drew attention, because that will definitely be needed in the future. It is a very helpful amendment indeed.


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