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Results 1–20 of 2000 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 Moonie

Armed Forces: Army Basing Plan — Statement (5 Mar 2013)

Lord Moonie: My Lords, the Minister will be well aware that any development such as this is a compromise between the need to save money and the need to maintain the footprint of the Armed Forces throughout the United Kingdom. What account has been taken of the difficulties that we appear to be experiencing in recruiting, particularly to the Reserve Forces, when Scotland, for example, is one of the major...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2010: Motion to Approve (19 Jul 2010)

Lord Moonie: I rise briefly as a former Minister for Defence who was lucky enough to take two Bills through the House. This was quite rare: it was bad enough getting one, but to have two was an excessive pleasure. I rise to support this order and to say how important it is, at a time when our Armed Forces are under such pressure, that this Act retains support on all sides of the House and that the defence...

Orders of the Day — Gambling Bill: Clause 58 — Age limit for Category D gaming machines (24 Jan 2005)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I represent a constituency that has probably the longest continuous fair in Europe. It goes back 800 years. Clearly, when it started grab machines were not part of the entertainments. However, for as long as I have known it, they have been. One of my earliest memories is of walking through the amusement arcade in Dundee, which was in the basement of the town chamber—an odd place for it to...

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill: New Clause 3 — Emergency Powers Committee (24 May 2004)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I shall be very brief. This important Bill provides for the long overdue updating of two Government functions—the making of emergency legislation, and the planning framework for dealing with disaster—and it will create the conditions for an effective and resilient planning network in dealing with emergencies. As Chairman of the Joint Committee, I examined the Bill before it was...

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill: New Clause 2 — Emergency Public Education And Training Board (24 May 2004)

Dr Lewis Moonie: In the absence of any radiated fuel on the site, as is the case with a decommissioned power station, the risk from explosion is relatively minor.

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill: New Clause 2 — Emergency Public Education And Training Board (24 May 2004)

Dr Lewis Moonie: You are not going to die of purple flour.

Orders of the Day — Civil Contingencies Bill: New Clause 2 — Emergency Public Education And Training Board (24 May 2004)

Dr Lewis Moonie: The watchword in this debate, and in all debates on our response to potential acts of terrorism or disasters, is resilience. It is used advisedly, and I agree with the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Allan) that we should always remember that it is the key. I speak as one who has spent not inconsiderable time over the years looking at the way in which we respond to disasters—and...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: It falls to me to reply to this debate on the important topic of armed forces personnel, although, as is usual with defence debates, it has ranged fairly widely around that subject. I am genuinely grateful to all right hon. and hon. Members who contributed and who turned up. I do not know the reason for the absences on the Opposition Benches—presumably, on the Government Benches, it is...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: Strictly speaking, they are not recognised by the War Pensions Agency as suffering from it. I would have hoped that once somebody has clearly demonstrated such symptoms, the case could be reviewed, which, of course, is always an option. Again, I would hope that the better dissemination of advice that we are trying to carry out through the veterans initiative ought to make people more aware of...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I have only a limited time left, but the hon. Gentleman's experience in his regiment provided us with some advice on manpower.

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I promise to look at that, as I have responsibility for all personnel and recruitment matters, along with all the other things that I look after. Overstretch is a problem in specific units, rather than the forces overall, although up to 59 per cent. of the Army has recently been deployed on active service. Clearly, that cannot be sustained in the long term. We are trying to rotate personnel,...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: In case I do not get round to replying to the hon. Gentleman in my winding-up speech, may I say that he is making a very interesting point? Information is often not held centrally, and there are parliamentary rules about whether one can collate it, depending on the cost. I can, however, assure him that I am extremely interested in the matter myself, and I will examine it closely to see...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: When I joined the MOD I had five vaccinations on my first day and it did not do me any harm. The same applies to anyone else receiving the normal public health vaccinations. There is a big difference between those and some of the more unusual vaccinations that were given in 1991—in particular, anthrax—which is always given five days apart from other vaccinations. There is nothing wrong...

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: There was nothing cavalier about pointing out that it is normal clinical practice—as a doctor, I am well aware of that—to give cocktails of vaccinations, and it does no harm at all.

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: Will the hon. Gentleman give way again?

Armed Forces Personnel (12 Jun 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I would not wish to accuse the hon. Gentleman of misleading the House, but he deliberately failed to hear what I said. I said that anthrax inoculation is given with a five-day separation period from any other inoculation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Personnel (Gulf) (12 May 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: All personnel returning from Operation Telic, whether regulars or reservists, are being provided with appropriate support measures, acknowledging that each individual's experience of the conflict will be different. The procedures vary slightly between each service according to need, but are essentially similar and delivered in three stages: recovery, normalisation and after care. Support...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Personnel (Gulf) (12 May 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: This seems to be one of the many myths that the Opposition perpetuate. The body responsible for armed forces pay and remuneration last year conducted an independent study into the package of benefits available to all serving men and women in a vast number of countries, including the United States of America, and concluded that our package, taken overall, was the equivalent of all of them. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Personnel (Gulf) (12 May 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his support. The measures that we have introduced should go a long way towards allaying anxieties about the support that we intend to give people on their return from the Gulf. We must try to cover every possibility, but he makes a good point about the management of mental stress, especially post-traumatic stress disorder. We have come a long way in the past 10...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Service Personnel (Gulf) (12 May 2003)

Dr Lewis Moonie: Any environmental programme will have to be drawn up as Iraq develops under its peaceful administration, and we are well aware of our obligations to take part in that, but I make it clear to my hon. Friend that there is no evidence whatever from anything that I have seen in the records of our people that any of our soldiers have been damaged by contact with uranium, depleted or otherwise.


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