Results 1–20 of 490 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 Craig of Radley

Defence: Expenditure - Question (11 Jun 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, is it true that additional resources will be required to fund the existing proposed defence programme?

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

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, it is fitting to remember the 75th anniversary of D-day, not just because it was an amazing feat of arms by the allied forces involved but because it gives the nation a chance to honour those still alive who fought at the time, and to remember with everlasting gratitude the thousands who lost their lives making the supreme sacrifice or who have since died, some facing and coping...

Parliament: Freedom of Speech and the Rule of Law - Motion to Take Note (23 May 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I congratulate the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, on arranging this important and topical debate. While aware in general terms of the concept and protection provided by parliamentary privilege, I was grateful for the additional information in the helpful Library briefing note provided by Nicola Newson. Rather than dwell on any specific instances of...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (20 Feb 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I support this legislation. Other noble Lords and I have pressed on a number of occasions for new arrangements to deal with the difficulties that Armed Forces involved in conflict experience with human rights legislation. Such difficulties are well known to this House. What steps are Her Majesty’s Government taking to address them, hopefully with a view to introducing such a...

Military Equipment: Sales - Question (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, what steps did the Government take to find out where the Times got its information? Are they satisfied that that information was totally inaccurate?

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, many noble Lords will recall the story of when Queen Victoria was on the Throne and a storm cut the radio link between Europe and the British Isles. The next day, a Times headline reported the breakdown: it read “Continent Isolated”. That sense of superiority, once referred to as “All foreigners start at Calais”, is long gone. Now it seems to some that Brexit has turned that...

Modernising Defence Programme - Statement (18 Dec 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for repeating the Statement. There are some bits of the Statement that are, of course, welcome, such as further thought and action on cyber and on space. The noble Earl mentioned improved resilience, but I see very little indication of that. Will he spell out a little more what he means by improving resilience? One word that was not mentioned, either by the...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, two years ago almost to the day, on 1 December 2016, I spoke in a debate on the Brexit UK-EU relationship. I said, “one issue, little debated, is a presumption in discussions about Brexit that the EU is a known, unchanging quantity—an edifice of predictable structure”,—[ Official Report, 1/12/16; cols. 342-43.] and future. Since then—nor in the time before the...

Trident - Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, does the noble Earl agree that the credibility of the nuclear deterrent is very much dependent on a strong conventional capability? Are the Government satisfied that the conventional capability today is adequate?

Armed Forces (Terms of Service) (Amendments Relating to Flexible Working) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: Will the pensions and pay abatement regulations be put before Parliament or will they just be handled internally? In order to avoid any delay, perhaps the noble Earl would like to write to me?

Armed Forces (Terms of Service) (Amendments Relating to Flexible Working) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I welcome the detail with which the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has gone into this, particularly the assurance that no individual will be required to undertake part-time service. That is a most important assurance, and I was glad to hear it from the noble Earl’s lips. He mentioned pensions and the abatement of pay. This seems but one part of a story, and each individual who will...

Brexit: Financial Settlement - Question (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: Galileo has been mentioned. Can the Minister give the House any information as to the likely future involvement of this country in Galileo after Brexit?

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

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I too commend the noble Lord, Lord Dannatt, for highlighting this disgraceful, dishonourable treatment of veterans. Yes, PSNI should seek to uphold the law, but the investigations are a travesty of justice, jumping from the failure of the Historical Enquiries Team to the failed Legacy Investigation Branch, both now superseded by the Historic Investigations Unit—HIU. It is odds on...

Space Policy - Statement (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I very much welcome the Statement, which is forward-looking and much more proactive than is sometimes the case in this field. Will this site be used entirely for civilian activity or will there be room for Ministry of Defence activity as well, if its northerly latitude does not prevent the launching of MoD-type satellites, which normally go up from nearer the equator?

NATO Brussels Summit 2018 - Statement (16 Jul 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, the 2% for NATO is well understood, but the United Kingdom aspires to much more than just operating in the NATO context. There is now talk of a global Britain post Brexit, with deployments to the Far East of maritime and air forces, and we have already seen some of that. Surely 2% is not enough to cover such commitments and more should be made available to defence.

Afghanistan Update - Statement (11 Jul 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, can the Minister explain the legal status of our forces in Afghanistan? Is there an MoU with the Afghan Government? Do they work entirely under a NATO umbrella? What is their position? If they were to get involved in hostilities, what further legal protection would be required?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Third Reading (13 Jun 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, we have concentrated very much on charging points, but the Bill was amended on Report to cover hydrogen refuelling points. They may not need exactly the same thing, so I would like an assurance that the way they are treated will take account purely of what they are for rather than making the broad assumption that they are charging points and therefore...

Airports National Policy Statement - Statement (6 Jun 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, which talks about ensuring timely delivery. One aspect of this will be a large number of legal challenges. What powers do the Government have, if any, to ensure after due process that this very expensive and ambitious programme will continue and be completed on time?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Report (5 Jun 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, on the subject of title change, I think the Minister is absolutely right. I have some previous experience of trying to change the title of a Bill: the department was quite determined that the title could not be changed but further advice from the clerks of this House assured me that it could be, and that was accepted. So I hope there will be no misunderstandings this time.

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill - Committee (1st Day) (9 May 2018)

Lord Craig of Radley: On that point, the Minister says that the Government cannot introduce regulations at this time. Will it be primary legislation to do that, or does existing legislation give them the opportunity to produce regulations as and when required?


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