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 Astor of Hever

D-day: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (4 Jun 2019)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, my noble friend the Minister briefly mentioned Operation Bodyguard and the deception carried out surrounding the D-day landings. I want to say something of the small number of courageous and imaginative MI5 case officers whose work underpinned the success of D-day. My late uncle, Hugh Astor, was one of the British MI5 operators who ran a group of double agents feeding false...

Bahrain: Human Rights - Question for Short Debate (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, my interest in Bahrain is as vice-chair of CMEC, and goes back to when I was a Defence Minister and had some responsibility for defence co-operation between our two countries. We have vital national security and economic interests in maintaining and developing our relationship with Bahrain. I was involved in the early stages of setting up our strategically vital naval support...

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Question for Short Debate (28 Feb 2019)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Burnett, for giving me the opportunity to speak in this debate. I congratulate him on the excellent work he does as patron of the Tavistock team of Dartmoor Search and Rescue. My first experience of Dartmoor goes back to the spring of 1966 when, as a young Army officer cadet on our final training exercise, I spent a fortnight on the moor and...

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (5 Nov 2018)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, it is hard to imagine the mood of the country 100 years ago, when the hellish cacophony of gunfire gradually ceased on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, to be replaced by an almost equally deafening silence—not a peaceful silence, but the suffocating, overwhelming sense of emptiness that comes with grief. Over 6 million men in Britain served during the war and...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I support the Government’s objectives with the Bill. I also congratulate my noble friend Lady Meyer on her exceptional maiden speech. This Bill is the necessary first step towards establishing ourselves as an independent trading nation, but we must now make the necessary changes to face up to the challenges post Brexit and to make the most of the trading opportunities in future....

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, in an article in the Daily Telegraph last month, the Northern Ireland Secretary said: “This Government wants to do the right thing by our brave veterans and ensure that they have all the support they deserve”, so I hope she will do what she can, by whatever means, to prevent ex-servicemen being hauled through the court in their old age, having previously been investigated and...

The NHS - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Darzi. I was in the Chamber when he leapt across that Bench to save the life of a noble Lord who had had a heart attack, and a very impressive sight it was. I, too, have suffered a cardiac arrest and I received life-saving care from two wonderful paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service. My personal experience, not in a way...

Royal Marines - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I very much support what the noble Lord, Lord Burnett, said. As a young army officer many years ago, I served alongside the Royal Marines in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, and ever since I have had the greatest respect for them and their ethos. I believe that a serious cut to the Royal Marines would put our international credibility at risk. The noble Lord mentioned General Ben...

Railways: Reliability - Question for Short Debate (31 Oct 2017)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I also congratulate my noble friend on her appointment and wish her the very best in her new role. Rail is fundamental to the country’s prosperity, and I am delighted that the Government have a clear mission to put the travelling public first and to improve the passenger experience. I declare an interest as an occasional customer, with my children, of Southern Rail. My wife is a...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2017)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I want to speak briefly on the specific health issue of Lyme disease, which is a rapidly increasing health risk in the United Kingdom. If Lyme disease is not treated early, it can cause significant illness and devastate affected patients’ lives. This is what life has been like for my daughter, and I declare this personal interest. Many noble Lords will be aware that ticks harbour...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I echo the very warm words of the noble Lord, Lord Touhig, about my noble friend the Minister. I want to say a few words today about legacy issues arising from the Troubles in Northern Ireland. This is relevant to the morale and recruitment of our present-day Armed Forces. I pay tribute to all those who helped bring about the Northern Ireland peace process, and am aware of the huge...

Naval Warships: Repair at Sea - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, on behalf of my noble friend Lord Trefgarne and at his request, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in his name on the Order Paper.

Naval Warships: Repair at Sea - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, “Diligence” has provided wonderful support to Royal Naval ships. What is the cost of her recent refits and is my noble friend satisfied that her sale will not affect the maintenance of Royal Naval ships when away from home ports?

Health: Detection Dogs — Question (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the merits of using dogs to detect medical conditions.

Health: Detection Dogs — Question (17 Sep 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, each day that we sit in this House we trust dogs’ acute sense of smell of explosives to ensure our safety. Research shows that dogs detect human disease earlier than existing tests, which could increase survival rates and save the NHS millions of pounds. Will my noble friend’s department increase research capacity in this field and ensure that Britain remains a world leader?

Falkland Islands Defence Review — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his very kind, totally undeserved, words. The Falklands Islands patrol vessel capability will be retained when HMS “Clyde” leaves service in 2017. I assure my noble friend that we always have either a Type 45 destroyer or a Type 23 frigate available to reinforce the Falklands Islands.

Falkland Islands Defence Review — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his very kind words. I understand that the barracks are going to be refurbished. I can write to the noble Lord with specific details on the plans.

Falkland Islands Defence Review — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for his very kind words. As regards Russia, the Ministry of Defence undertakes regular assessments of potential military threats to the Falkland Islands to ensure that we retain an appropriate level of defensive capability to address any such threats. We remain vigilant and are committed to the protection of the Falkland islanders.

Falkland Islands Defence Review — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I pay tribute to those brave sailors who went down on the noble Lord’s ship. He asked me about the oil situation. The Falkland Islands Government have said that if the oil exploration is successful they would wish to share some of their revenues with the UK to offset the costs to Her Majesty’s Government of the defence of the islands.

Falkland Islands Defence Review — Statement (24 Mar 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: My Lords, I can assure the noble and gallant Lord that the destroyers and frigates are within a certain number of days’ sailing distance from the Falkland Islands—we are very insistent on that. I think he will agree with me that sometimes an invisible deterrent is as effective.


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