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Results 141–160 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

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Committee (18 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his comments. Again, they are acceptable. I will also move Amendment 31 in this group, which makes a minor amendment to take into account that this would extend the scope from the present arrangements to cover in-house lobbyists too, if it becomes law. It is an appropriate technical amendment to make.

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Berridge, for bringing this amendment. I have long form on this one. I first chaired an EU sub-committee in 2001 that recommended we should fall in line with what was happening in Europe and go down to 50. I moved a Private Member’s Bill—this year or last year, I forget—that ended up going through Committee stage and everything....

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, when I was speaking, the Minister was nodding so much that I thought she was agreeing with everything. I now realise she was trying to fend off her cold, but I was pleased to hear that the Government are not unsympathetic to the health objective in Amendment 211, and I am aware of the difficulties of putting this in place; it is not easy. I am also aware of the work being done by...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I now speak to Amendment 212, which is on placing child protection as a statutory consultee for statements of licencing policy. The background is that, if we come back to the Licensing Act 2003, this is a modest attempt to add another objective. We have the protection of children from harm as one of the existing four. Despite the existence of this objective, and the fact that...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, that is very kind of the noble Lord; I apologise for not being in my place. I shall speak to my Amendment 211. In doing so, I declare my interest as a patron of the British Liver Trust and several other charities related to health issues that arise from alcohol abuse. In particular, as I said earlier, I declare my membership of the House’s Select Committee on the Licensing Act...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, briefly, I am also one of the members of the Select Committee under the great guidance and wisdom of our chairman. I share the views that have been expressed and I shall not repeat them. Why was this particular area selected from the document on modernising the police? Why have a host of other amendments not been tabled to pick up the other recommendations that the police want to...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to noble Lords who have contributed to the debate. I am particularly grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for her support. As noble Lords might expect, I am disappointed with the Minister’s response. Alcohol in its present form is very badly regulated in a number of areas. A Health Minister is present who knows about the major problems we experience with...

Policing and Crime Bill - Committee (4th Day) (9 Nov 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I beg to move that the clause do not stand part of the Bill and, in short, that it be deleted. If carried, the clause means that the definition of alcohol will be extended to cover all forms in which it might be presented. Specifically, it will cover powdered alcohol and vaporised alcohol, and it follows that they will then become regulated for sale in the UK under the Licensing Act...

European Council - Statement (24 Oct 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I think it is generally accepted that there will be great difficulty for either the Commons or this House to scrutinise what the Government are doing. Although we all understand the Government deciding not to give a commentary on how the negotiations are going, earlier today we heard from the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, that he is running around the country attending meetings. I...

Community Pharmacy - Statement (17 Oct 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: I know that my local chemist is very upset about what may happen to him. He talks about areas where money is wasted by the NHS and where efficiencies could be effected. Has the Minister had discussions with the representatives of pharmacists who have opposed this proposal, to see whether they can come up with ideas on how efficiencies can be achieved?

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am grateful to all Peers who have contributed to this very interesting debate, and I will endeavour to answer as many of the questions they have raised as I can. I start with the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, who is opposed to the Bill. However, having heard him and then the Minister’s response, I rather wish that he was back in government. There is a balance to be struck. Often my...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: Not as an alternative, then, but as a way of addressing the failings of the Bill. Post-legislative scrutiny need not be undertaken until we finish with the present legislation. The noble Lord, Lord Bew, was very helpful, and I am grateful for such an authoritative contribution. He spoke in support of the general direction we are travelling in. Again, he made the point that definitions are not...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I am pleased to see so many noble Lords listed to speak, particularly as they are so experienced and respected—and it is particularly pleasing that they are from all Benches in the House. I look forward to their contributions and keep my fingers crossed that, after all have spoken, although it may not be the totality and there may be some opposition, overall we might have a Lords...

Civil Society and Lobbying - Motion to Take Note (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Hayter on securing this important and timely debate. I thank her, too, for giving prior notice to the House that we will have a debate tomorrow on a Private Member’s Bill that I have introduced. The Bill seeks to repeal the Government’s pale imitation of a register of lobbyists that came in in 2015, and to replace it with a credible register...

Policing and Crime Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, I want to speak to Part 7 of the Bill, relating to alcohol and the Licensing Act 2003. It is not a major part of the Bill but the misuse of alcohol carries a huge cost to the country in a whole variety of different ways, particularly in the context of policing, crime and alcohol-related poor health. The Minister mentioned it in his opening address, and I have been interested for...

Apprenticeships: Rural Economy - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: If that is the case, why did the latest survey on apprenticeships indicate that only one in four children between the ages she mentioned are aware of apprenticeships?

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?


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