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Results 181–200 of 3937 for speaker:Lord Touhig

Armed Forces: Capability - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, like others, I must commend my noble friend Lord Robertson of Port Ellen for securing this debate and for the manner in which he introduced it. The title of the debate is most apt and highly relevant in today’s world. Change is sweeping the globe. People’s long-held views are changing, populism is in the ascendency and many political predictions have turned out to be false....

A159 Wildcat Helicopter - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in an uncertain world, Britain needs our Armed Forces to be well equipped, and they need the support of the men and women employed in our defence industries. If the noble Earl agrees with that, will he say what the Government are doing to ensure the highly skilled workforce at GKN is not lost to Britain’s defence? He and I both know we will need them in the years ahead.

Brexit: Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, for securing this debate and giving us the opportunity to discuss these important issues. I join in the congratulations to the noble Earl, Lord Cork and Orrery, on an excellent maiden speech which was well informed and contained some good ideas. I have always worked on the basis of never rejecting a good idea simply because I...

Royal Navy: Frigates - Question (8 Dec 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we welcome Sir John Parker’s report on the national shipbuilding strategy, but does the Minister accept his concern about the existing government policy? He said that fewer, more expensive ships are ordered too late and old ships are retained in service well beyond their sell-by date at a high cost, and that this “vicious cycle”—his words—is depleting the Royal Navy at a...

Armed Services: Claims - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is in debt to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, for securing this debate. We have seen throughout the wide range of experiences and backgrounds that have contributed to this most important discussion. On the eve of the battle for Iraq in March 2003, Colonel Tim Collins said: “We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in...

Royal Navy: Harpoon Anti-ship Missiles - Question (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, one press report described Harpoon as obsolete, but better than having nothing at all; another said that the Royal Navy without Harpoon was less capable of fighting an enemy vessel than our Navy in the 19th century; and a third likened it to Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar getting rid of his cannon and relying on muskets. That may be, but if we are engaged in a possible conflict,...

Defence Contracts: British Steel - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, earlier this year the Government issued new policy guidelines to ensure that UK steel suppliers compete on a level playing field with international suppliers. They said that this would feed into our national shipbuilding strategy and that the Government regarded British steel manufacturing as vital to this programme. On 4 November, when the Defence Secretary announced plans to cut...

Strategic Defence and Security Review - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are intending to review the Strategic Defence and Security Review in relation to maintaining the size of the army at 82,000 personnel and increasing the size of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Strategic Defence and Security Review - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: SDSR 2010 reduced the size of the Army from 102,000 to 95,000. Three years later, in Army 2020, this was further reduced to 82,000. Despite paying Capita £440 million to take over Army recruitment, this September we had an Army of just 76,000 trained personnel. But lo and behold, last Thursday the Government changed the definition of “trained personnel” and tell us that we now have an...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, how the Ministry of Defence plans to reduce its civilian staff to 41,000 by the end of this Parliament.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need to recruit consultants to advise the Ministry of Defence following the cuts in civilian staff.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy on the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 (1st Special Report, HL Paper 56), whether they intend to consider the core role of civil servants within defence before or after the planned reduction in civilian staff.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Staff (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the conclusion in paragraph 64 of the report by the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 (1st Special Report, HL Paper 56), how the work outlined will constitute a review of the impact of the proposed 30 per cent reduction in civilian headcount...

Defence Estate - Statement (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, which is an opportunity to pave the way for a more efficiently and better-run defence estate. When I served as Minister with responsibility for the estate, it was worth £15 billion. I understand it is now worth £31 billion. Our first requirement in maintaining a defence estate is to meet the needs of our Armed Forces for bases, for...

HMS “Ocean” - Question (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the role of HMS “Ocean” has been to provide the marines with a capability to deploy on land using landing craft and helicopters, and I understand that in future this will be provided by modifying one of the new Elizabeth-class carriers. Can the Minister say what these modifications will entail and how much they will cost? As has already been said, the Government have spent £65...

Royal Yacht - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I am sure there are many who see merit in commissioning a new royal yacht—for my part, I do not care one way or the other. However, I do care about the morale of our Armed Forces. The latest attitude survey revealed that 61% of all ranks serving in the Royal Navy say morale is low. Is it any wonder? We have no aircraft carriers; our Type 45 destroyers are plagued by technical...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Expenditure (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 13 September (HL Deb, col 1390), what the long-term strategy of the Royal Navy's expenditure plans is.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: RFA Diligence (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans have been put in place in the event of a mechanical failure of one of the Trafalgar Class submarines due to the withdrawal of the only Royal Navy repair ship RFA Diligence.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: RFA Diligence (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 13 September (HL Deb, col 1389), when a Royal Navy vessel requires repair and on-board engineers are unable to resolve the problem without the help of other, more specialist, engineers how this will be achieved without the support of RFA Diligence.


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