Former Crossbench Peer
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My Lords, I, too, am grateful to my noble and gallant friend Lord Guthrie for initiating this debate because, not least as a result of the Select Committee report and the response that it has received from the Government, a number of important issues that have been discussed clearly remain unresolved. In today's changing world, with its complex and far less predictable security environment,...
I strongly support the amendment. With respect, I disagree with the noble Lords, Lord Garden and Lord Thomas. The reason is that this is not just about service ethos. It is about having members of a court martial who have a true understanding of the differences that surely exist in the operational environment, and in training for it, between the three services. When I became Vice Chief of the...
On Amendment No. 61 I understand the concerns expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Garden, that rules of engagement becoming part of the Bill itself could complicate them unnecessarily and make them, in practical terms, less useful. That issue surely needs to be addressed. However, on the need to incorporate that amendment into the Bill, in principle I think that there is a case for it. The...
Former Crossbench Peer
Entered the House of Lords in 1996
Left the House of Lords on 9 March 2016
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