Results 1–20 of 687 for speaker:Lord Craig of Radley

Ministry of Defence: Diversity, Equality and Inclusion - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, what progress has been made on the 67 recommendations of the Haythornthwaite review of Armed Forces incentivisation, published last June? Has the first stage of establishing momentum been achieved? In particular, has the review contributed in any way to improvements in retention and recruiting?

Red Sea Update - Statement ( 5 Feb 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. In the interests of legal clarity for our Armed Forces, this Statement confirms the right to self-defence, which is well recognised internationally and in proportion. The Houthis launched an attack on HMS “Diamond”, which was successfully repelled. This gave firm legal grounds for our first kinetic response. Have further attacks...

Action Against Houthi Maritime Attacks - Statement (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords—

Action Against Houthi Maritime Attacks - Statement (24 Jan 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, the RAF operations have been widely publicised, and they have come from Cyprus. Are the Government absolutely satisfied that any necessary defence of our facilities in Cyprus is in hand and will continue to be in hand as long as we operate against the Houthis?

Defending the UK and Allies - Statement (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords—

Defending the UK and Allies - Statement (15 Jan 2024)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, the Statement mentioned that the performance of the Royal Air Force was supported by Australia and three other countries. That sort of support is very important to the crews, and I thoroughly encourage that as much of that sort of international support is obtained as is possible. Media reports suggested that France may have been approached but did not wish to support the RAF attack....

Ministry of Defence: Equipment Plan - Question ( 7 Dec 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that none of the cost of the equipment provided to the Government of Ukraine has been or will be met from the defence budget, and that that will include any restocking of war stocks that have been gifted to Ukraine?

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I too warmly welcome the noble Earl to his new appointment and join in the praise and admiration for his predecessor’s work in the Chamber and beyond. She was quite outstanding. One much-invoked word in speaking about security issues is “strategy”, often coupled with another word, such as “defence”, “diplomatic”, “economic” or “operational”, or even “grand”...

War in Ukraine - Commons Urgent Question (25 Oct 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, UK defence spending needs long-term clarity. What assessment have His Majesty’s Government made of the cost of current levels of support for Ukraine over the next two years and its impact on provision for UK defence over a similar period?

Armed Forces - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Sep 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Soames, on his fine introduction to this important debate. Two MoD reports published this summer received much less attention than the revised DCP. These were concerned with personnel issues, the continuous attitude survey, and the very comprehensive Agency and Agility report. No matter how much is spent on equipment, fighting platforms and...

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 ( 5 Sep 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I thank the Minister very warmly and sincerely for a very comprehensive response. It will need reading again in Hansard to take the full strength of it. She has been very courteous and kind, and I appreciate the effort that has gone into making this response. I am well aware that any amendment to a Private Member’s Bill could lead to its death before Prorogation. This Bill, under...

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 ( 5 Sep 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I wish to speak to my probing amendment. I had thought to speak in the gap during this Bill’s Second Reading when I suddenly realised that there was a connection with an issue that I had dealt with some 15 years ago. However, regrettably, I arrived too late, having missed the opening remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Lancaster. I am therefore most grateful for the indulgence of the...

Ukraine: Ammunition and Missiles - Question (24 Jul 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, how many of the various types of ammunition and other missiles that were ordered were ordered from UK producers and how many from overseas?

Defence Command Paper Refresh - Statement (19 Jul 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, the refresh paper makes ambitious and encouraging claims for improving many defence issues. I am told, indeed, that the paper says “We will” nearly 300 times. Let us hope that the many advances in defence outlined will remain fully funded, and that it does not suffer the underfunded fates of so many of its predecessors. Can the Minister confirm whether the improvements trailed...

Defence Policy (International Relations and Defence Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (30 Jun 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble Lord, Lord Anderson of Swansea. As everyone would expect, this is a comprehensive and critical commentary on the Government’s published views on defence and security. It was very ably introduced by the noble Baroness, Lady Anelay. At times, it does not land its punches quite as trenchantly as it might and as the situation demands. There is no...

War Widows’ and Widowers’ Pensions - Question (18 May 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I strongly welcome this long- awaited decision—and bully for the military covenant, which has been shown at last to have some teeth. For the avoidance of doubt, will the Minister confirm that widows in this class are those whose spouse died as a direct result of their service before 6 April 2005, and not just those whose spouse died on an operation for which a campaign medal was...

Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme - Question ( 3 May 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, the Minister made clear Warrior has a critical role at the present time in the British Armed Forces. Have any Warriors been gifted to Ukraine and, if so, how many? Is there any intention to gift any more to Ukraine, to help them in their struggle against Russia?

Ukraine - Commons Urgent Question ( 2 May 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, media reports suggest that Russia has made increasing attacks by air on Ukraine. What assessment have His Majesty’s Government made of Ukraine’s ability to resist these attacks and not submit to a loss of air superiority against the Russians?

Top Secret Document Leaks - Commons Urgent Question (20 Apr 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: Media reports suggest that the individual originally responsible is an American of considerable youth who still had access to a great number of very sensitive files. Can the Minister confirm that that indeed is the case and further confirm, as regards the Ministry of Defence and our coverage, that it is not as exposed as the American one seems to have been?

Ukraine: Arms Supplies - Question (19 Apr 2023)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, it is well known that much equipment is being provided to Ukraine by its allies. Will that be sufficient to ensure that Russia does not embark on further offensive action?


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