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Armed Force: Constitution Committee Report — Motion to Take Note (28 Nov 2013)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I first thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, for initiating this important debate and for the way in which she chaired the Constitution Committee, before which I appeared. The power to send men and women abroad into a situation of armed conflict is one of the most important decisions a Government can ever take. In a democracy, it is surely desirable that decisions by Governments to...

Armed Forces: Legal Challenge — Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2013)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I start with a blunt and basic point. For those who have not experienced active military service, it is difficult to understand the pressures and friction of the battlefield. Decisions have to be taken by men who are under stress, often under fire, on the basis of incomplete information. Those decisions have to be taken quickly. Delay could mean death or defeat. In an office it is...

North Korea — Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2012)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords-

North Korea — Private Notice Question (12 Dec 2012)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, having been to North Korea reasonably recently and had less than satisfactory conversations with politicians and the military there, I think that we ought to realise that the one thing that unites North Korea is hatred of the United States. We should do everything that we possibly can to try to get the United States to have a better dialogue with North Korea. Wherever you go in...

Defence: Military Covenant — Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2011)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, first, I declare two interests. I am president of the Army Benevolent Fund and colonel of a regiment, the Life Guards, which is currently serving in Afghanistan. Secondly, like other noble Lords, I thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Wakefield for introducing this extremely important debate. I am delighted that the Government are addressing seriously this very important...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (12 Nov 2010)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I shall make three declarations of interest. First, I am a non-executive director of an American defence company. Secondly, I am president of the Army Benevolent Fund, a soldiers' charity, and three regimental charities that have been formed to look after their casualties from Afghanistan. Also, I am a colonel of the Life Guards. Perhaps the most difficult and controversial decision...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (19 Nov 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I declare two interests as a non-executive director and adviser to a defence company and as the colonel of a regiment serving in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister is absolutely right to stress the importance of succeeding in Afghanistan, and to be disturbed by opinion polls here and in other NATO countries. The prospect of Pakistan collapsing-that is a real possibility, with an...

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, after eight years we are still talking about the same thing. Why can it not be done more quickly? As the noble Lord, Lord King, said, there is a way forward. It will cost money. The Minister says that the United States army uses helicopters in a different way. We would like to be much more flexible in our use of helicopters. We would like to be able to surprise the enemy, get behind...

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: If I may say so, that is an extraordinary remark. We are now talking about—

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: Will the Minister tell me when we can expect an answer and a reaction to the report and assessment made by General McChrystal, which is an extremely important part of the future?

Armed Forces: Future Defence Policy — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I declare two interests. I am a non-executive director of a defence company and an adviser and colonel of two regiments currently serving in Afghanistan. I want to comment on what the Minister said. I had the privilege of being chief of defence staff when the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, was Secretary of State. I believe that in 1998 the Strategic Defence Review was very successful...

Nuclear Proliferation — Debate (26 Mar 2009)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, like other speakers, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, for initiating this debate and express my admiration for the way in which she introduced this extremely complex subject. I declare an interest: I am on the advisory board of Thorium Power, which owns the technology for replacing uranium with a blend of thorium and uranium in large nuclear reactors, which could make it...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate. Both the noble Baroness, Lady Williams of Crosby, and the Minister have said that it was a significant and important occasion. It is very good that we have had significant and important contributions from all parts of the House, which I hope will be helpful. I thank the Minister for his response. The Government deserve great...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: rose to call attention to Her Majesty's Government's consultation paper on War Powers and Treaties (Cm 7239); and to move for Papers. My Lords, I declare an interest as the director of a United States defence company called Colt. I am grateful for being able to introduce this important debate on war powers and treaties. The excellent and helpful consultation paper produced by the Ministry of...

Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Park, for this important debate. First, I pay tribute to two soldiers from the SAS who were killed yesterday in Iraq. I am the colonel of the SAS, and I know that I speak on behalf of the whole House when I say that we sympathise. The two soldiers had very young children. I know, too, that Members of this House very much admire what we are...

Armed Forces (15 Mar 2007)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, like other Members of the House, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord King, for securing this debate. Also like others, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, on his promotion. I know that it will be much appreciated in the services, not only because he is held in great respect but because, for the next few weeks, he will be expected to celebrate by buying drinks in every...

Debate on the Address (20 Nov 2006)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, as the third noble and gallant Lord and former Chief of the Defence Staff—and the junior one—to speak, I am not altogether surprised that my superiors have stolen some of the best points I was going to make. It is very easy for the Government and the Treasury to say—as they have time and time again—that the military exaggerates its problems and always delivers when called...

Armed Forces Bill (14 Jun 2006)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, in general I welcome the Bill. I thank the Minister and his team for the trouble they have taken in briefing us on the progress of the Bill. Thank you very much indeed. This Second Reading is happening at a very difficult time for our services. They are involved in operations in Iraq which for many people in our country, perhaps the majority in our country, are unpopular. For the...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I do not approve of this Bill. I spoke previously to this effect, and I do not intend to repeat what I said then, but I would like to make two points. One aspect makes policing the Bill almost doomed to fail; post-event reporting. The monitoring commissions are to review after the event—the death—the decisions of doctors from documentation supplied by them. In other words, has...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill: Select Committee Report (10 Oct 2005)

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank: My Lords, I belonged for 44 years to one of the professions that see death at first hand more often than others. Like doctors, soldiers cannot afford to marginalise death as something that does not impinge on their life. I make that point because I know that that attitude exists in a large part of our society and because I am afraid that, if we are not careful, we might be tempted to focus on...


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