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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

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.

Companies: Remuneration — Question (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, my question starts, “Does the noble Baroness know?”. However, does the noble Earl know that the UK now has very high income inequality compared with most other developed countries? Further, does he know that, even with the coming living wage increases planned over the next few years, it is possible that the wage gap will still be the same by 2020 as it is now and as it was in...

Aviation: Sustainable Fuel — Question (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, when will the consultation be concluded and when will the Government implement it?

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Committee (11 Mar 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, neither of the amendments today is contentious so they should not pose any difficulties for the Government, although I know that the purpose of the Bill does. I am grateful to the Minister for setting out again that the Government are endeavouring to limit the damage done to individuals by drunken drivers. However, I am sorry that they still maintain there is not sufficient cause...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Committee (11 Mar 2016)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe: My Lords, on the Second Reading of my amendment Bill on 29 January, I opened by saying that the Bill was precisely in accord with what had been piloted through the Scottish Parliament. As a consequence, it contained a provision in Clause 2 that permitted a person to elect to have a specimen of breath replaced with a specimen of blood or urine. However, as this former statutory option was...


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