Results 1–20 of 112 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 Boyce

British Citizens’ Rights - Statement (18 Jun 2019)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister say what efforts have been made, if any, to communicate with UK citizens in Europe, or are they expected to track GOV.UK? He mentions how EU citizens in the UK are being communicated with regarding their applications. What is going on as far as UK citizens in Europe are concerned?

Aircraft Carrier Task Force - Question (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, does the Minister agree that one must be careful not to get seduced by the destroyers and frigates—much as I would like to see a bigger destroyer and frigate force? The Royal Navy consists of other vessels—for example, the important role of mine counter measures vessels in the Persian Gulf, and what our great RFA ships can do. They will all contribute to that statement that the...

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

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I am grateful to be allowed to speak in the gap. I would not like this debate to pass without mentioning the Kent Search and Rescue organisation. I am sure that the noble Lord, Lord Burnett, would be happy to agree that this fits into the wider remit of the debate. It is a lowland rescue organisation. I am grateful to him for having brought this important subject to the House. I...

Shipbuilding: Warships - Question (14 Nov 2018)

Lord Boyce: The Type 31 order seemed to have something of a derailment earlier this year. Will the Minister confirm that the original in-service stage is being held?

South China Sea: Royal Navy Deployment - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords—

South China Sea: Royal Navy Deployment - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, does the Minister agree that China’s annexing of large chunks of the high seas is completely unacceptable? Does she further agree that, as a nation that depends on over 90% of our trade by sea, we should exercise freedom of the seas wherever it is challenged, and therefore that the Royal Navy’s endeavours in that respect should be applauded?

Trident - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, the BASIC report suggests in two or three places that the Government’s commitment to the continuous at-sea deterrent may no longer have the same priority that it did. Will the Minister acknowledge the remarkable achievement of nearly 50 years of unbroken continuous at-sea deterrence, which is ongoing, and repeat to the House his unequivocal assurance that CASD will still have the...

Offshore Patrol Vessels - Question (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Boyce: If the patrol vessels are to work in the EEZ, which would be highly desirable, there are of course multifarious parties and agencies that also work there—the Navy, the Border Force, customs, Defra, HMRC and so forth. Which government department has the overall lead on such matters as command and control, training and funding for the activities that will be done in the EEZ?

Royal Navy: Deployment - Question (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, does the Minister agree that if the Government are to continue to have global aspirations and global influence, the Royal Navy must train where, in the final analysis, it might have to fight? The oceanographic and climatic conditions in the Atlantic are not the same as in the South China Sea and the Pacific.

Defence: UK Military Status - Private Notice Question (26 Jun 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, we seem to be skating around the definition of what tier one Armed Forces are supposed to be. Does the Minister agree that the outline of what Force 2025 should be, set out in SDSR 2015, is tier one—and if we fall away from that, we are no longer tier one?

Defence Modernisation Programme - Statement (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I guess we welcome this quasi-defence review, although it would probably not have been needed if SDSR15 had been properly funded in the first place. If the NSCR is to be a benchmark for this review but will not be published until the spring, and noting that the Secretary of State for Defence in his Statement is encouraging contributions and consultation, how can sensible...

Armed Forces: Investment - Private Notice Question (22 Jan 2018)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, setting aside potential cuts, there is no speculation about the cuts in train now, particularly those affecting the training of our Armed Forces. Will the Minister comment on this, which is affecting our fighting efficiency and morale?

Royal Navy: Operational Capability - Question (20 Dec 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, the training budgets of all three services have been heavily reduced by savings measures, imperilling operational capability across our Armed Forces. Anti-submarine warfare is an art form as much as it is a science, and sufficient training is absolutely critical. Will the Minister say whether anti-submarine warfare training has been affected by the cuts I have just mentioned and by...

UK Defence Forces - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Soley, for this debate and for his speech. Being this far down the speakers list, I make no apology for a certain repetition of what has been said: I agree with just about everything that every speaker has said. As we have heard, the defence budget is not in a good place and soothing words from the Government that all is in order run counter...

Overseas Aid and Defence Expenditure - Question (13 Nov 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, if the Minister believes that there is no problem with the defence budget, why at the moment are illustrative savings being looked at, for example to close out an Army brigade, do away with the Army Air Corps, and completely undermine and shred our amphibious capability?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Third Reading (25 Oct 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I remain to be convinced about the need for the Bill. The services already have an ability to operate flexible working. I lament, and certainly remain dismayed by, the continued use of the expression “part-time” to characterise the nature of what the Bill entails. I recognise the amendment on this point was defeated on Report, but it required a Government three-line Whip to...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Report (11 Oct 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I support the amendment moved by my noble and gallant friend Lord Craig. I remain to be convinced the necessity of the Bill, as the Armed Forces are already empowered to allow flexible working. Some might argue that the Bill will allow the Armed Forces to be brought in step with modern working practices, which will be an important improvement to quality of life and hopefully will...

Shipping: Safety - Question (27 Mar 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a past chairman of the RNLI. The International Maritime Rescue Federation has been looking at the vexed subject of how one retrieves hundreds if not thousands of people from a ship which has been evacuated on to the sea. Has it made any sensible progress and is it still working well with the IMO?

NATO: Eastern Flank - Question (30 Jan 2017)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, does the Minister agree that part of the NATO eastern flank includes maritime and the eastern Mediterranean? Will he say whether we are contributing our Royal Navy to NATO in that area, and if not whether we would have the capacity to do so if we were so asked?

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

Lord Boyce: My Lords, Russia is growing in intent and capability. We are not only not matching either but we are shrinking in both. We do not have enough numbers in the RN and the RAF to man properly the equipment we have today. Brexit will surely demand that we be prepared to operate more autonomously. Surely the Government must realise that SDSR 2015 is not fit for purpose.

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