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Royal Marines - Question for Short Debate (28 Nov 2017)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it gives me the greatest pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Judd, who gives so much to your Lordships’ House and always speaks so well. It is always a pleasure for me to talk about the Royal Marines. My parent regiment is the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and after World War II we came even closer together. During that gloomy moment, when “Prince of Wales” and...

Armed Forces: Serious Offences - Question (23 Oct 2017)

Viscount Slim: Should the Government not have a care that there is a danger in civilianising the military system, which has worked well over the years—and have a care also that the military will be judged in a civilian way, when civilians have no knowledge of military procedure or the military system in battle?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, how pleasant to have a meaningful and good, short debate. I so agree with what has been said. The noble Lord, Lord Hain, was kind enough to mention the bad feelings caused by the hounding and prosecuting of British soldiers over matters of Sinn Fein and Ireland. I remind noble Lords that our Armed Forces are full of good Ulstermen and good Irishmen, and they need looking after and...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Viscount Slim: I am fully aware of that and of what other noble Lords, Ministers and Secretaries of State have done, and I thank the noble Lord.

Serious Disturbance at HM Prison Birmingham - Statement (19 Dec 2016)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I should declare that some years ago, after the comparatively easy escape by Blake and the subsequent Mountbatten report, I was instructed, with a small team, to speak to prison governors to see if we could make it a little harder to escape from prison. I was most impressed with the prison governors. We had a two-day seminar with every prison governor in Britain. I will not go into...

Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day) (7 Dec 2016)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I am rather disappointed about the police in this situation. Certainly in my life, junior NCOs have taken charge of situations similar to this and had to make decisions. There must be somewhere within the constabulary either a lack of training or a lack of selection of their junior leaders.

Brussels Terrorist Attacks — Statement (23 Mar 2016)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, we have to admit that our island—land, sea and air—is rather sieve-like, and those who really want to get into this country do so. In the front line that the Minister so ably talks about, the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, put his finger on an empty space at the moment. I refer to the Border Force, which I support very strongly. It is a matter of better tasking; better direction,...

Aviation: Sustainable Fuel — Question (22 Mar 2016)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I declare that some years ago I was the vice-chairman of the Air League. The Minister may wonder why, but the Air League has been going for many years. It was started by soldiers, not the light blue. We had certain very tough talks with the Government of the day on the taxing and pricing of aviation fuel. The Government of the day gave certain commitments, which I hope still stand....

Commonwealth War Graves Commission — Question for Short Debate (22 Jun 2015)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I look to Asia in my short speech. I thank the noble Lord for initiating the debate. In Burma the Army was nearly a million. It had men of every religion in the world and of none and who spoke some 30 different languages, which was quite a problem. It was totally integrated with the air forces who came from Britain, India, Canada and America. They fought together, trained together,...

Gurkhas: Anniversary — Question for Short Debate (10 Jun 2015)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bilimoria, for the chance of a debate about Nepal and the Gurkhas. He mentioned that he particularly wished to raise the issue of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Noble Lords have done that. One thing should be known at the start, which is that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been extremely good to a number of military charities, and the Gurkha Brigade has...

Al-Sweady Inquiry Report — Statement (17 Dec 2014)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I ask noble Lords to think carefully and—as you always do—sensibly about this business of tactical questioning. This could have been an action with a wider content in the overall Iraqi plan. Further down the road or within 24 hours another major ambush such as this may have been contemplated, was being prepared for and would take place. Therefore, the immediate tactical...

Al-Sweady Inquiry Report — Statement (17 Dec 2014)

Viscount Slim: In World War II, we all joined up as private soldiers and the lucky ones later perhaps became officers, which was extra responsibility. I myself was an unpaid lance-corporal.

Gaza: Reconstruction — Question (29 Oct 2014)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is a known fact that the Palestinians inside Gaza are not in control of their own destiny. Hamas dictates in Gaza. Unless Her Majesty’s Government, and DfID in particular, are very careful, they will discover that most of this reconstruction money goes towards the rebuilding of Hamas’s destroyed houses and, as one noble Lord said, the tunnels and hides for its armaments and...

Afghanistan: Quarterly Statement — Statement (14 May 2014)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, we seem to be talking as if it is all over. It is not over until the end of the year and the withdrawal. In a withdrawal, there is often a temptation to think defensively, which can get you into a great deal of trouble. I ask the noble Baroness to ensure that the forces that we retain until the very end within Afghanistan have an offensive capability both on the land and in the air,...

First World War: Personnel from the Indian Subcontinent — Question for Short Debate (18 Dec 2013)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is with pride that I am able to speak to you today, because I was an officer in the Indian Army. We had quite a few here when I first came to your Lordships’ House, but we are withering away. I am old, but not old enough to have fought in the First World War. Lord Weatherill was probably the most famous officer of the Indian Army in World War II who has been among us. He had a...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL]: Third Reading (9 Jul 2013)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the Minister will be aware through conversations and debate in the Chamber that I strongly support this amendment. I know that he has been working on a plan along the lines that we asked for. Here it is. It is a good one; it should be trialled. Like the noble Lord, I hope that the Minister will see the sense in it and give his blessing to it. If not, I hope that the House will take...

Reserve Forces — Statement (3 Jul 2013)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the noble Lord is aware that the business community has culled and fined its companies in the matter of strength and management to get through this very difficult economic stage. As a number of noble Lords have mentioned, some sort of reward is essential for those companies which are taking part. I will say a little more bluntly that perhaps some tax benefit or some exemption from...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL]: Report (25 Jun 2013)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for the quick conversation that we had on this subject of veterans’ courts. From that conversation I took away two points. The first was that the Minister is still not overly keen on having a trial of veterans’ courts. Secondly, but perhaps more importantly, he said that something had to be done about this subject. I draw the noble Lord’s attention...

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (11 Jun 2013)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I support very much the speech by the noble Lord, Lord Beecham. I like the way that he has gone into the depth of the problem. I declare that I deal with veterans, from 18 year-olds with one leg to 90 year-olds who have been in various campaigns. I find that middle age is a tricky time for veterans, and it is a big problem. I do not want to rehearse all the arguments. I believe that...

Armed Forces: Army Basing Plan — Statement (5 Mar 2013)

Viscount Slim: The Minister made mention of training areas. To train an army properly with its ground-air support, great dedication must be given to the hours of darkness and night training. This always causes consternation among local government, various bodies and nearby inhabitants. What are the Government doing to ensure that night training is not sanctioned in any way in its most modern form today so...


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