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Results 101–120 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

Mental Health Services: Black and Minority Ethnic Communities - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I too thank my noble friend Lord Boateng for promoting this important debate and for the very masterly way in which he introduced it. I also welcome the return of the noble Baroness the Minister. I normally speak on alcohol and drugs issues but there is a very strong overlap here with mental health, and I hope to speak on mental health more in the future than I have in the...

Brexit: Mental Health Research Funding - Question (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to match the current European Union contribution towards United Kingdom mental health research funding after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Brexit: Mental Health Research Funding - Question (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the Minister recall the Government’s promise in the May manifesto: “We will make the UK the leading research and technology economy in the world for mental health”? I am reassured by some of the Answer he gave, but he has not given a firm commitment that this will continue after Brexit. Will he give such a commitment; and given the promise that was made in the manifesto,...

Young Women: Self-Harm - Question (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, if I may bring the Minister back to his area of responsibility, is he aware of recent research indicating that at primary level, references by doctors to mental health services are least in the deprived areas in the country and those are the areas where the self-harming is rising most of all? Can he tell the House what steps he is taking to halt that and move it in the other direction?

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Question (30 Oct 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Does the Minister accept that there is a wide variation in the offering of services between one geographical location and another? Will the Green Paper which is being prepared address this, and how quickly will it be resolved?

Sterling: Euro Exchange Rate - Question (9 Oct 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Will the Minister explain to the House why we have been downrated?

Health: Obesity - Question (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, does the noble Baroness accept Public Health England’s view that sugar in alcohol is a major contributor to obesity? I welcome the Government’s announcement this week of a drugs strategy. When will they turn their attention to the alcohol strategy, which is now well out of date and badly in need of attention?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 Jul 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I welcome the Bill. I do not bring a great deal of experience of the military to the debate but I bring a degree of experience in negotiating. In my former life as a general secretary of the Civil Service trade union, I negotiated on part-time and flexible working. I was seen as quite progressive in the 1970s when I pressed for a move from full-time employment in the public services...

Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices - Statement (11 Jul 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I have not read the report yet, so I would be grateful if the Minister could put me right. Not all western countries are in the difficulties that the States and the Anglo-Saxon type economies are in. Sweden does not have the kinds of problems that we have. It has some, but not on the scale that we have. The major difference between Sweden and similar countries is that the difference...

Public Sector Pay Cap - Statement (5 Jul 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I will return to the Minister’s point about productivity. I have raised questions previously about the extent to which public servants are being encouraged to work and change their productivity and to find ways in which they might be rewarded. Can the Minister say whether any instructions are being sent to the pay review boards about this, to search for better productivity? There...

Alcohol: Children’s Health - Question (3 Apr 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the way in which supermarkets and convenience stores display and promote alcohol can endanger the well-being and health of children.

Alcohol: Children’s Health - Question (3 Apr 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I take it from that reply that no research has been undertaken on this. In those circumstances, I wonder whether the Minister is prepared to commit himself to the Government undertaking such research. If they are not willing to do so on their own, will they enter into discussions with the drinks industry—probably the Portman Group, which represents the drinks industry—to see...

Alcohol: Children’s Health - Question (3 Apr 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I want to come back to the Public Health England report that the Minister mentioned, of which I am aware. Would he concede that many issues are raised in that report? For example, it recommends that minimum unit pricing should be introduced, but it is not being introduced. When I am in my local Co-op, I am surrounded by alcohol as I queue for the checkout. I am also surrounded by...

Premium Bonds - Question (23 Mar 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am not sure whether the Minister is old enough to qualify for the silly £10 a year Christmas bonus that most of the people in this Chamber will receive. Apparently it was introduced decades ago and if it had been updated with inflation it would now be worth £187 a year. Building on the suggestion of the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, why should that not be converted into savings...

Sky and 21st Century Fox: Proposed Merger - Statement (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I would be grateful if the Minister will endeavour to answer my questions, which I pose on behalf of the ordinary—“ordinary” is very much the in word these days—consumer. Does the Minister believe that the ordinary consumer has the confidence in Ofcom and in the CMA that he and the Government share? I am worried about Leveson, but I do not believe that the ordinary consumer...

European Council - Statement (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, following my noble friend Lord West’s question on NATO and security, I wonder whether we are confident that the strength of our forces is sufficient to deal with all the problems that we currently face—because, without any doubt, we face more divisions in the country than we have done for many years. In speaking to others, did the Prime Minister make any inquiries of the Swedes...

Health: Duties on Food and Drink - Question (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include, within the recently announced review of VAT, a consideration of the levels of customs and excise duties applied to those drinks and foods which research suggests are most responsible for avoidable deaths and chronic illnesses; and if so, whether they have any plans to hypothecate the yield to the National Health Service.

Health: Duties on Food and Drink - Question (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for her reply, but disappointed. I wonder whether she might be persuaded to reflect on the need for a further examination of the subject. Does she agree that Brexit provides the opportunity for us to look at VAT, customs and excise duty, and a whole range of taxes in a much more flexible way than we have been able to when linked to Europe? Does she...

Industrial Strategy: Engagement - Question (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, will the Minister have a look at a Private Member’s Bill that was introduced here twice previously by the now deceased Lord Gavron, who was very prescient in seeing the difficulties arising from the growth in the salary gap between CEOs and their employees? That Bill was supported by noble Lords all around the House. It would be well worth the Minister’s while to look at it. He...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken in what I suppose will be described as this great debate. I am particularly grateful to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope of Craighead, who, regrettably, is not in his place at the moment. I felt that he raised some fundamental issues yesterday. He posed questions to the Minister; I subsequently had a word with him and said that I...


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