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Scotland Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2012)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I was never a Secretary of State for Scotland but I was the shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. I was to be relieved of the great burden of being Secretary of State by being moved to deal with wars, conflicts and troubles between states in the world. I found that an immense relief after nearly four years of looking after the Opposition in Scotland, against the noble Lords, Lord...

Libya — Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2011)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I also thank the Minister for the up-to-date briefing that he gave the House today. Many points have already been made in a debate that is going to stretch across a lot of talent and experience. I start by saying that I support the Government in what they are doing, through NATO, in Libya. There is absolutely no doubt that, had timely action not been taken, Benghazi and eastern...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (12 Nov 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: I just want to clarify that I was talking about the leadership in the Treasury, more than the people who executed the policy.

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (12 Nov 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I declare an interest as an adviser with the Cohen Group based in Washington DC which has a number of clients in the defence industry. I start by paying tribute to Senior Aircraftman Hughes, whose death has just been announced, and, indeed, to all those who have died and been injured in the conflict in Afghanistan. They died defending their country and its values. We should remember...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (12 Nov 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: I hear the ghosts of Christmas past behind me. However, I and my colleagues-some of whom are now in this House-saw off the Treasury. I, too, faced a legacy of a 30 per cent cut in the defence budget over the previous six years. That was done without any major defence review and left us a very difficult legacy with which to deal, not least in the area of defence medical services and the...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Statement (19 Oct 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, having done, with honourable colleagues, a strategic defence review that was consultative, inclusive, policy-led and convincing, perhaps I can say to the Leader of the House that I know a strategic review, I have done a strategic review, and this is not a strategic review.

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Statement (19 Oct 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: Instead, will it not been seen by the country as a cobbled-together exercise on the back of a letter from the Treasury calling for deep and random cuts in the defence budget? As such, it is unworthy of those who serve in Her Majesty's forces today. Is he not concerned about promoting a policy review that will have aircraft carriers without aircraft, an Army that is at war reduced by 7,000...

EU: European Defence Agency — Question (30 Jun 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I express my sympathy for the death that has been announced and recognised here today. Let us all hope that that death will not be in vain and that we continue to fight in Afghanistan for what we know is right in order that all these deaths will be seen to have been in the right cause. I congratulate the Minister on his statement today about the European Defence Agency. It seems to...

Strategic Defence Review — Statement (3 Feb 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: I also associate myself with the tributes paid by my noble friend to those who have fallen and been injured recently in Afghanistan. Their losses are not in vain. I am glad that today's Green Paper makes it clear that success in Afghanistan remains the abiding priority of the Ministry of Defence, and indeed of the nation as a whole. I welcome the Green Paper. In particular, I welcome the...

Nuclear Disarmament — Debate (21 Jan 2010)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: This is an important and urgent issue. I commend the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, for his initiative in persuading his fellow Cross-Benchers to devote some of their scarce time to a matter of such urgency. I came into politics demonstrating for unilateral nuclear disarmament at the Holy Loch when the American nuclear submarines arrived in 1961. When I told President Bush that in the Oval Office...

Nimrod Review — Statement (16 Dec 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I associate myself with the remarks about the two soldiers who died yesterday in Afghanistan. They died in a noble cause. I hope that their relations will feel that. Is the Minister aware that this Statement will be widely welcomed by all concerned, and especially by the bereaved families who simply look for the truth and for clarity? I commend the Government on a speedy response to...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Report (1st Day) (21 Oct 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I am tempted to say, "Here we go again", and suggest that the participants in this debate—we are virtually all the same—could say simply "Speech number 10" and sit down. First, I declare an interest as an adviser to Cable & Wireless. However, I speak not in that regard but with reference to the positions that I held in government and in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. I...

Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (Amendment) Regulations 2009: Motion of Regret (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I hope that I will be allowed to correct an omission regarding a registrable interest that I did not declare. I am a non-executive director of Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd, which operates ferries on the Clyde. Like the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, but at a much lower level, I am on both sides of the argument.

Merchant Shipping (Light Dues) (Amendment) Regulations 2009: Motion of Regret (9 Jul 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I start by declaring my interest. The noble Lords, Lord Sterling and Lord Greenway, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, and I are all distinguished Elder Brethren of Trinity House—unpaid, of course, but proud and pleased to be part of an organisation that has saved the taxpayer very considerable amounts of money, has been efficient and effective and goes back to...

Armed Forces — Debate (30 Apr 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, this is a timely and fortunate opportunity for us to debate the role of our armed services. I commend and thank the noble Lord, Lord King, for giving us this opportunity to talk about these serious issues. He and I have both had responsibility for the great office of state in charge of the Ministry of Defence and we know how complicated and difficult it can be. Since it essentially...

Afghanistan and Pakistan — Statement (29 Apr 2009)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, as someone who had a little to do with the decision by NATO to take on the ISAF in Afghanistan, I welcome the Statement, first, because it allows us an opportunity here to underline our support and sympathy for and congratulations to the troops who serve this country in Afghanistan and to recognise their sacrifice, underlined yet again today by another death of a British soldier,...

Armed Forces (24 Nov 2008)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I, too, welcome the debate and the White Paper on which it is based. With our troops engaged in armed conflict in two major theatres, it is absolutely right that we regularly look at all the issues concerning them. This applies not only to their physical and equipment needs, which are mightily important, but to the political and military background to what is happening and how we...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (24 Nov 2008)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I oppose the amendment. I declare a not very relevant interest: I am an adviser to Cable & Wireless plc, which is the second largest telecoms provider in this country. On a number of occasions, we have debated the use of intercept material and the implications for national security, especially for the sources of sensitive information on which we rely in this country and on whose...

Counter-Terrorism Bill (8 Jul 2008)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I add my congratulations to the noble Baroness, Lady Manningham-Buller, who has joined us today. She was a star in her previous job, and I hope that she will bring the same qualities here as well. She came to visit me when I was Secretary-General of NATO, and it was a breath of fresh air. I remembered the visit made to me by her predecessor, whom I had asked why my protection in the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (6 May 2008)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: The noble Lord, for whom I have great respect, has got this completely wrong. I put to him the answer to the question posed by the noble Lord, Lord Pearson of Rannoch: where do we get the money from? One of the ways that Europe can find the money for the required capabilities, including the heavy airlift planes that are currently so vitally necessary, is to do so collectively and not...


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