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Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (18 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to amend the Army Act 1955, the Air Force Act 1955 and the Naval Discipline Act 1957 in relation to custody, the right to elect court martial trial and appeals against findings made or punishments awarded on summary dealing or summary trial; and for connected purposes. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read a...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, it is a privilege for me to open this important debate on the last gracious Speech of the current millennium. The Government's aim in the Queen's Speech is clear: to set out a radical and reforming programme of legislation built around enterprise and fairness and creating a modern Britain. I look forward to the debate and, in particular, to the maiden speeches from the noble Lord,...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, perhaps I may put the record straight. I did not say that Britain needed to pull more weight; I said that Europe needed to pull more weight.

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (18 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I do not intend to go over the whole of the speech that I made earlier today. If the noble Lord cares to read it properly and listens perhaps a little more carefully in future, he will see that I was making very specific points about Europe's armed forces needing to be restructured, needing to be able to meet the requirements of the next century and needing to be better deployable....

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The gracious Speech has as the governing principles of our legislative programme the themes of enterprise and fairness and the creation of a modern Britain. Most of the legislative proposals that we are bringing forward fit into that framework, and I believe that the Bill we are considering today does so too. Our Armed Forces...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, we have had a useful and constructive Second Reading debate on the Bill. We have had many useful insights into some of the issues that are likely to be debated in Committee. I had anticipated that the quality of attention brought to the matter by noble Lords would more than make up for any shortfall in the number of those contributing to the debate. I am pleased to say that that has...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, if we take into account what we are trying to achieve in the Bill before us, we do not believe that that will be necessary. I should like to develop the point a little. The noble Lords, Lord Burnham and Lord Wallace of Saltaire, asked whether this would be the end of what we must do in terms of Armed Forces discipline in order to comply with the ECHR. I believe that there is still a...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I heard with great interest the point made by the noble and learned Lord in his earlier intervention. This issue is about the balance referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Renton, in his brief intervention. We believe that the clause is compatible with the ECHR; but at the same time, we wish to see it compatible in such a way that it upholds the authority of the commanding officer. As...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Lord was admirably clear in his remarks. He left the House in no doubt that his judgment was as he has just reaffirmed it. My point in mentioning the noble Lord's intervention was that I thought it crystallised absolutely the argument about the Bill; namely, whether we have struck the right balance between justice to individuals on the one hand and Armed Forces discipline...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (29 Nov 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I undertake to look closely at all the points raised by noble Lords and noble and gallant Lords this afternoon. The noble Lord is quite right, the clause imposes a time limit of 21 days. As I said in relation to other time limits, we do not want to run up to that limit; of course we want the matter dealt with as expeditiously as possible. I shall certainly look at the point. On...

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the review of the Armed Forces pension scheme announced in September 1998 is under way. A review of this magnitude, which considers wide-ranging and complex issues affecting a wide range of groups, necessarily takes time. It is expected that the review will report next summer.

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I am very glad that my response is a familiar one; I hope that that at least has the merit of consistency. We shall carry forward this review as quickly as possible. It is a complex issue and needs a considerable amount of work. In a seasonable spirit, I say to the noble Baroness that I believe that there are two reviews which are of interest to those concerned. The noble Baroness...

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I do not want to prejudice the outcome of the review next year but, of course, the noble and gallant Lord is quite right. There is an abatement of salary of members of the Armed Forces to pay for their pension. In that respect, it is similar to the Civil Service pension scheme and, indeed, to a number of other public service pensions. The abatement reflects the view of the Armed...

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I hope that the review of the Armed Forces pension scheme--not the review about compensation but the second review about which I spoke a moment or two ago--will deal with the question raised by the noble Countess. If there is any reason for me to revise that answer, I shall make sure that I write to her as quickly as possible. However, it is my understanding that that is indeed the case.

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in answer to a recent Written Question, I informed Members of your Lordships' House that the adjustments to be made to the pay of the Armed Forces will now take place in the year 2001. I shall write with further details because the explanation is rather lengthy. The noble Lord could look it up in Hansard, but I shall be very happy to write to him giving proper details of what that...

Armed Forces Pension Review (7 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I believe that the noble Lord will find that the differential to which he refers has in fact been rectified. An announcement was made about three or four weeks ago, but I shall write to the noble Lord with the details.

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (15 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. Moved, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order: Clauses 1 to 10, Schedule 1, Clauses 11 to 13, Schedule 2, Clauses 14 to 25, Schedule 3, Clauses 26 and 27, Schedule 4, Clause...

Rolls-Royce Nuclear Energy Services Ltd (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, Raynesway is a civil site operated by Rolls-Royce to produce fuel for nuclear submarines. It is subject to UK civil nuclear regulations which are among the most stringent in the world. It is inspected regularly by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, which is part of the Health and Safety Executive. The Government are satisfied that the NII would not allow operations at the...

Rolls-Royce Nuclear Energy Services Ltd (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Methuen, is referring to a good deal of press coverage which was generated after the Tokaimura incident. That occurred in October this year. The main thrust of the arguments put forward in the press at that time was that Rolls-Royce were keeping their activities secret and that local residents were at risk because they did not know what was going on. There are...

Rolls-Royce Nuclear Energy Services Ltd (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I regret to say that risk is part of our everyday experience. I dare say that all of us on our way to your Lordships' House today ran some risk or other just in relation to traffic. When we are dealing with enriched uranium, which is a dangerous material, there must of course be stringent controls. The controls that the United Kingdom has in place are among the most stringent in the...


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