All 17 results for speaker:Lord Walker of Aldringham

Armed Forces - Motion to Take Note ( 7 Sep 2023)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I also join in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Soames, for leading this debate so powerfully. In a generation, the British soldier has fought across the Falkland Islands, delivering the combat power carried on his shoulders. He has steadfastly, and without favour, absorbed bullets, bombs, fire and venom in Northern Ireland for some 32 years. He has driven massed armour into the depths...

Veterans Strategy - Motion to Take Note (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I draw attention to my charities as listed in the register of interests, and congratulate the noble Earl on setting this debate in motion at a time when we have been focusing on the Armistice and remembering those who in the last two great wars gave their lives for our freedom. Of course, the numbers—about 2.5 million today—are rather different: far smaller than those of the two...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Report (11 Oct 2017)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I strongly support this amendment as well. Life in the military world is divided into two distinct types. The first is when folk are deployed on operations, normally in some far-flung place. Working days are often 18 to 20 hours long, sometimes longer. There are no weekends, no bank holidays, no serious recreational time and very little time for individuals to have to themselves....

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (11 Jul 2017)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I too am grateful to the noble Earl the Minister for giving us a comprehensive briefing yesterday. However, as we are going to hear from the noble and gallant Lords, Lord Craig of Radley and Lord Stirrup, who know their former services better than I, I will focus my comments on the Army perspective, and I hope to be brief. I am very uncomfortable about this Bill. On the one hand, as...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2017)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, as we have heard from many noble Lords who have spoken, we are living in a very troubled and insecure world— militarily, politically, economically and socially. Everything seems to be in turmoil. It does not matter where you look, the landscape is littered with issues that Governments and international institutions are finding it increasingly difficult to handle. In this Chamber,...

Armed Forces: Capability - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I, too, welcome the discussion opened by the noble Lord, Lord Robertson. In my meagre four minutes, I will address merely one issue that has come to the fore recently: the notion of a European army—a European military capability, because of course it would have to have the other sorts of capabilities. Brussels has made no secret of its wish to set up its own joint headquarters,...

Armed Forces: Civilian Life — Question for Short Debate ( 5 Nov 2013)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I apologise most profusely to the House and to the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig, for being absent at the very start of this debate. I declare two interests. I am a trustee of Veterans Aid which aims through a caring and non-judgmental approach to care for veterans in crisis and contribute to their return to society. I am also president of Stoll, a housing organisation which...

Armed Forces: Reserve Forces — Question ( 1 Nov 2012)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, after many years of involvement with and command of the TA, I have always held our reserves in singularly high regard, but that regard is dosed with a good dollop of realism and an understanding of the art of the possible for Army volunteer units. I stress Army because I do not know the Royal Naval and Royal Air Force Reserves as well. Against that background, I have a number of...

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of service men and women being made redundant from the Armed Forces are expected to be between the ages of 18 and 24.

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. I venture to suggest that the number will end up somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000, but we shall wait to see in due course. These young people will leave the services having been trained at taxpayers' expense for war-a profession that does not read across easily to other professions. We may well find that they will have great difficulty in...

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My question is coming. They are going to be replaced by the Territorial Army, which is composed of part-timers whereas those being made redundant are full-timers, whose members will have two jobs, two wages and two paymasters. Will the Government reconsider this issue? It would be perfectly possible to continue to employ those who do not wish to leave the Army, either by giving them some of...

Remembrance Day — Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2011)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I, too, thank and congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Selkirk, on giving us this opportunity to reflect on the eve of our remembrance commemorations. It is gratifying, too, to behold the degree of regard in which our society holds our Armed Forces across the country and which so powerfully helps to sustain our men and women when they are serving overseas. However, that regard-as the...

Remembrance Day — Motion to Take Note (10 Nov 2011)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: I will finish by saying that the Prime Minister has said that the military covenant has been put at the heart of our national life. Because the principles of the covenant are now part of the law of our land, we have not only an opportunity at this time of remembrance to put these matters right but, I believe, a duty to do so.

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Jul 2011)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, in the Sunday Telegraph was an inspiring article about four young soldiers who intend to row across the Atlantic. You might say that there is nothing remarkable about that, but these are four young soldiers who have been badly injured, maimed by bombs in Afghanistan, and between the four of them they can muster only three complete legs. Their plan is to enter the Woodvale Atlantic...

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

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I very much welcome the profile that the current security and defence debate has given to the whole business of defence over recent months. The national security strategy is a very commendable attempt to look into the future and isolate the threats and risks that we face so that we are in the best place to deal with them. However, like many other noble Lords and noble and gallant...

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

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, I count myself among those who have serious misgivings about the success of our last two defence reviews. I would contend that the first of these in the early 1990s failed because it made some changes which were not properly thought through—housing and medical are but two of them—and that of the later 1990s never was resourced properly. The outcome has been that, ever since,...

Iraq (22 Feb 2007)

Lord Walker of Aldringham: My Lords, it is a great privilege to address the House and your Lordships on this first occasion, and I am immensely grateful to all those who have given me unstinting help in my arrival period here. Iraq, indeed, is a world theatre and it has a stage on which the British Armed Forces have played a consistently high-profile role during the past four years. In doing so, they have faced a...

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