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Nato — Debate (10 Feb 2011)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for achieving this debate. I also rather share with him the question: what is the threat? Let me tell your Lordships that I moved jobs in Germany as the wall came down. I went from being the corps commander to being the commander-in-chief. The first thing I did was to go and see the intelligence brigadier. I asked, "What is the threat"?...

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

Lord Inge: My Lords, may I, a bit belatedly, welcome the Minister to his job and say how grateful we are for the way in which he keeps us in touch with some of the issues being discussed? However, he will recognise from the tone of this debate all around the Chamber that there are deep concerns about the capabilities of our Armed Forces and about re-equipping them. I hope that he will take back the...

Piracy: Operation Atalanta (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2010)

Lord Inge: My Lords, first, I should say how much I enjoyed being a member of this sub-committee, unlike the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton. I learnt a great deal, although what I learnt rather depressed me. There is no doubt that the piracy problem in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean remains a significant threat to international shipping. We have to recognise that we are in this for the long haul;...

Personal Statement: Lord Inge (10 Nov 2009)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I should like to make a personal statement. Before the defence debate last Friday, I am afraid that I forgot to declare an interest. I am the non-executive chairman of a private security company.

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

Lord Inge: My Lords, the Minister may have wanted a debate on the future defence policy of this nation, but I hope that he is taking away a message that what is worrying the country much more is the conduct of the operation in Afghanistan. I have huge admiration for the bravery and fortitude of the men and women of our Armed Forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. However, I am equally disappointed by the...

Armed Forces: Parachuting — Question (14 Oct 2009)

Lord Inge: My Lords, will the noble Baroness explain what she meant when she said that morale had not been affected? What does that actually mean, and how is it judged?

Afghanistan — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Inge: My Lords—

Afghanistan — Question (13 Jul 2009)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is she saying in that answer that therefore she believes that we do not need any more helicopters or any more soldiers on the ground in Helmand province?

Afghanistan: UK Forces (5 Mar 2008)

Lord Inge: My Lords, the reply given by the noble Baroness was much more optimistic than I had expected; she is obviously talking to different people from those I am talking to. Is there nothing she thinks President Karzai and his Government could do to help the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan?

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I start by declaring an interest as the non-executive chairman of Aegis, a private security company. I, too, thank my noble and gallant friend Lord Guthrie for introducing an extremely important debate. As the consultation paper makes clear, the decision to send armed forces into conflict is one of the most important that a Government can be asked to make. It is important to...

Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, like other noble Lords I thank the noble Baroness and congratulate her on securing this very important debate. She is very knowledgeable about the serious and dangerous challenges that face our Armed Forces, and I know that they have huge affection and respect for her. I only wish that Her Majesty's Government shared that understanding and were prepared to take positive action to...

Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I cannot answer the noble Lord specifically. It is a fact that a number of battalions are under strength and that without the Territorial Army they would be in very serious trouble. The RAF strategic transport fleet needs replacement, and there is a shortage of helicopters. It is hard to envisage any operations in the future when there will not be significant demands on the...

Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Teams (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I, too, congratulate and thank the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, for securing this important debate. I welcome the noble Lord in his new appointment. I hope that he listens very closely to the words spoken tonight, not least those spoken by the noble Lord, Lord Ashdown. The situation in Afghanistan is much worse than many people recognise. We need to face up to that issue, the...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I find it hard to comment in any sensible way on General Fulton's report, because I have not seen or heard the full briefing on it, but I would like to return to the issue of single-service directors of public relations. The Minister said earlier that one of the great things about the British Armed Forces is that they learn lessons...

Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, first, I share with other noble Lords our thanks that the marines have been returned safe and sound, but some hard lessons have to be learnt from this which have been mentioned by a number of speakers. My anger is directed at two areas. The first is training and preparation, issues touched on by the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit. On military operations you plan for the worst case, but as...

Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, the Minister misunderstood me. I was not pointing my finger at the 15 sailors and marines, but at those who prepared them for those operations.

Armed Forces (15 Mar 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, it is difficult to do justice to the very serious operational, funding and equipment issues affecting the effectiveness of our Armed Forces, but I must join other noble Lords in praising them for what they have done, not only in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is all too easy to forget Trident, the strategic nuclear deterrent continuously on patrol and the many other operational tasks...

Armed Forces: Accommodation (7 Feb 2007)

Lord Inge: My Lords, after the injection of cash over the two years that the Minister has talked about, what percentage of married quarters and the barrack estate of the three services will still be substandard?

Debate on the Address (20 Nov 2006)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I am not sure that I will be a beacon of hope. May I start by saying how much I agree with those who have said that we need to rethink the strategy for the Middle East and beyond? I am talking not of military means but about involving the great departments of state and really thinking across government, as we used to be able to do. I have a real sense that we do not have government...

Armed Forces Bill (6 Nov 2006)

Lord Inge: My Lords, I will be brief. I strongly support the remarks just made by the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Boyce.


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