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Results 1–20 of 467 for speaker:Lord Garden

Written Answers — House of Lords: Aviation: Galway Air Show (4 Jul 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the circumstances of the incident at the Galway air show on 24 June when the door to a Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter in flight was reported to have fallen off and injured three civilians on the ground; and whether a board of inquiry has been convened.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Elections: Armed Forces (13 Jun 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 15 May (WA 21), when the results of the Ministry of Defence survey of December 2006 into Armed Forces electoral registration levels and registration awareness will be available.

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, these Benches also add our condolences to the families of the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Last week was a difficult week for the multinational forces in general both in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is very heartening that the Fulton inquiry has reported so quickly, given that it comprised just Lieutenant-General Fulton and his major. It was an unusual process. Do we now expect...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Royal Air Force: No. 6 Squadron (21 May 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: What cost benefits were achieved by relocating No. 6 Squadron from RAF Coltishall to RAF Coningsby in April 2006 rather than retaining it at Coltishall until disbandment 12 months later.

Cluster Munitions (17 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, can the Minister explore that point a little more? Surely the essence of what we are talking about is the difference between precision bombs which hit a point and aerial weapons which disperse bombs over a wider area. These are different sorts of weapons.

Cluster Munitions (17 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Elton, on securing this debate at such an appropriate moment. After the progress at the Oslo conference, we now have the opportunity to take a significant step forward in Lima next week. It is telling that all noble Lords across the House have spoken in support of a ban. In December, at the Second Reading of the Cluster Munitions (Prohibition)...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Iraq: Helicopters (16 May 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: What category of damage the two United Kingdom Puma helicopters sustained in the collision north of Baghdad on 15 April; and when each is expected to be available again for operations.

Iraq: Field Hospitals (15 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, the Question recognises the increasing hazards to our forces and the welfare support forces as we draw down our bases in Iraq to a single base. This raises another strategic question. Can the Minister assure the House that there are forces on call at high readiness to provide rescue and casualty evacuation capability in the event of a major contingency?

Written Answers — House of Lords: Elections: Armed Forces (15 May 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have taken to assess the effectiveness during the 3 May 2007 elections of the new arrangements for voting by the Armed Forces; and when the results of any assessment will be available.

Afghanistan: National Army and Police (10 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, the United States is reported to be spending $3.4 billion this year on training the police and army in Afghanistan and intends to increase that to $5.9 billion in the year beginning in September. What are the comparable United Kingdom figures and do we also intend to increase our spending in the coming year?

Afghanistan: Combat Vehicles (8 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, we on these Benches join in offering our condolences to the families of the three soldiers killed since we last met. The Minister will be aware that the reports in the press are drawn from the leaked document, Equipment Reverse—SITREP No. 2, which since the weekend has been in the public domain. It confirms what the Minister said—that the forces are well equipped on...

Parliament: Waging War (Constitution Committee Report) (1 May 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Holme of Cheltenham and the members of the Constitution Committee on their report. It is a pleasure to read an analysis of such clarity which distils the weighty, comprehensive and complex evidence in such an easily understood manner. However, as some other noble Lords have said, when I got to the end I was somewhat disappointed that we ended up...

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers (30 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, from these Benches we add our condolences to the family of the rifleman who was so sadly killed yesterday. The Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is an essential component of our carrier capability. In March 2007, the United States Government Accounting Office reported on it again and showed further cost growth. The GAO said: "Accurately predicting JSF costs and schedule and ensuring...

Armed Forces: Equipment (25 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, we on these Benches join in offering our condolences to the families of the three servicemen. Presumably, the Fulton inquiry into the hostage-taking by Iran, which is considering equipment, will be able to give some insights into the Question asked by the noble Baroness, Lady Sharples. Yesterday's Statement did not provide a full set of terms of reference; it described what was...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Forces: Illegal Drugs (25 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: Of those military personnel who tested positive for illegal drugs in 2006, how many have subsequently been required to leave the Armed Forces.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Forces: Drug Tests (18 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: What trends they have identified in illegal drug taking in the Armed Forces since random testing was introduced.

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, I am grateful for the Minister's assurance to the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, that the terms of reference for the board of inquiry will be made available. That is very important. Have they been written already and thus will they be available later today? If not, when does the six-week period start from? Does it start from yesterday, from when the terms of reference are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Forces: Drug Tests (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many random drug tests were performed on military personnel in 2006; how many of these were positive, and for which drugs or combination of drugs.

Cluster Munitions (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, in respect of Serbia, the United Kingdom should have detailed information about the cluster munitions that were expelled from the BL755 weapons used during the conflict over Kosovo in 1999. I was in that case surprised by the Written Answer provided by the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, on 10 January, in which he was unaware of "detailed information" on BL755 cluster munitions strikes....

Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Lord Garden: My Lords, I start by expressing from these Benches our relief over the safe return of the 15 sailors and Royal Marines who were taken captive. That feeling is of course tempered by our sadness over the nine personnel who have been killed in operations since we last met, and our sympathy goes out to the families who have suffered losses and to those further personnel who have been injured. I...


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