Results 1–20 of 3138 for speaker:Mr John Profumo

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: During last Saturday night a number of incidents occurred in Nairobi, involving damage to property. As is normal, large numbers of British Service men stationed in or around Nairobi were off duty in the city. The incidents reported appear to have been caused by a small number of Service men, and investigations both by civil and military authorities are now proceeding. Five soldiers are at...

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: Indiscipline is always to be deplored, but the use of the word "riot" gives an entirely misleading impression. A riot involves a crowd indulging in an outbreak of lawlessness, and that is not what happened, according to what I have been told so far, in this case. I have no further details of the motives in the murder of Private Jones, although, so far as we can ascertain, there is absolutely...

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I have no information, even now, about any dissatisfaction with conditions in or around Nairobi which could possibly have led to what occurred on Saturday night. I am glad to have the opportunity of emphasising that so far as I know—and the House will understand that these are rather early days—there were no organised bands of large numbers of soldiers, as has been reported in certain...

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I do not quite accept the latter part of the hon. Gentleman's contention. Whatever he may feel, I do not accept that the standards of the Army, or its discipline, have been markedly lowered. Nor can I accept that incidents which have been occurring in the Army are necessarily correlated. The other day, when the hon. Gentleman could not be present, I was asked whether 1 would institute an...

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: Yes, Sir. I did not address myself to that in my main Answer, because I was asked about so-called riots, but I can give an undertaking that the very sad death—murder—of this British soldier is being fully and properly examined. I cannot make any statement about that, because it is under examination.

Troops, Nairobi (Incident) (6 May 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I have been informed of this desire, and although I cannot give an actual answer at the moment, I give an undertaking that I shall consider this with all sympathy. With regard to the question asked by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Knutsford (Sir W. Bromley-Davenport), C am sure that no hon. Member would willingly wish to attack the British Arm but I am grateful to him for what he...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Knightsbridge Barracks (Rebuilding) (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: Knightsbridge Barracks is to be demolished and replaced by a new barracks, with some married quarters, for the Household Cavalry. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Public Building and Works will be responsible for this redevelopment. Although considerable preliminary work has already been done, this is a complex and important project, requiring full discussion with the planning...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Knightsbridge Barracks (Rebuilding) (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I have carefully considered these and other alternative projects and sites, but I am satisfied that this is the best and right site for this project. At all events, the Knightsbridge site is part of the Royal Parks and its sale for purposes of other development would be precluded by Statute.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Bank of England Picquet and Royal Palace Guards (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I am satisfied that the security requirement at the Bank of England can best be met by a military guard. There has recently been a reappraisal of the duties of the picquet to ensure that they are in conformity with modern requirements. Whereas it used to be partially ceremonial, the guard is now a tactical one, both in dress and deployment. The Governor of the Bank of England has agreed to...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Bank of England Picquet and Royal Palace Guards (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: The Bank of England is in a somewhat different position from other organisations which my hon. Friend might have in mind. There has always been a military guard at the Bank of England. To take away the military guard at this stage would be wrong. I have had a considerable discussion both with the G.O.C., London District, and the Governor of the Bank of England, and I can answer my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Bank of England Picquet and Royal Palace Guards (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: As is frequently the case, the hon. Member is not entirely accurate. I do not accept his figures about the man-hours per year. Secondly, I have just told the House that there has been a reappraisal of the duties, and I am absolutely satisfied that the duties of the guard as a tactical guard are right and proper for a military organisation. London District soldiers have always combined their...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Bank of England Picquet and Royal Palace Guards (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I certainly do. I should like to see the right hon. Gentleman try to break into the Bank of England and see what happens. I give him good warning that, although he has been a Secretary of State himself and at that time never suggested moving the Bank of England guard, he will get very short shrift if he tries to get in.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Bank of England Picquet and Royal Palace Guards (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I agree that a private undertaking might be able to look after itself. However, I am convinced that this is the right thing to do and that it is in the national interest.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Larkhill Range (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: To prevent shells landing outside the target area we already take stringent precautions in the loading and laying of the guns. There have recently been two revisions of the standing orders for the range, and I hope that the new orders, which are most comprehensive, will prevent further accidents.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Larkhill Range (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I would agree with the hon. and learned Gentleman if he were not learned. If he has read the case—and I shall show it to him if he has not—he will know that there was a conflict of evidence and, although the Army thought it knew where the shell came from, the man who watched the shell land gave evidence which was wholly in conflict and we had to believe his evidence.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: British Army of the Rhine (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: It would not be in the public interest to disclose the mobilisation strength of the British Army of the Rhine, but I can say that the necessary reinforcement will take place within days. All the reinforcements will be trained men.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: British Army of the Rhine (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I told the hon. Gentleman that I was not prepared to go into facts and details of how many days and hours it may take, or how many people were required, and I am sure that he will respect this, but our treaty obligations are to maintain in Germany an Army of 55,000 and there has been no suggestion that our plans for reinforcement up to war strength are unsatisfactory, and I maintain that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: British Army of the Rhine (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I cannot accept that they will take more than a week to get there. The point is that when the B.A.O.R. is at a strength of 55,000, that is the full peace-time strength. The number of people who would go from this country as reinforcements would be only one-quarter of the people sent there and would in fact initially go to teeth arm units and take their places in formations which would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Recruiting (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: I dealt very extensively with recruiting to both the Regular Army and the Territorial Army Emergency Reserve in my speech in the Army Estimates debate on 14th March, and I have nothing to add to what I said then.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Recruiting (24 Apr 1963)

Mr John Profumo: The need for the Ever-readies will vary from year to year. I am not prepared to lay down a ceiling, because it is difficult to say what it should be. At present the strength is just over 4,500. My whole organisation is geared to try to recruit as many more Ever-readies as possible. When we get near to what we regard as a practical ceiling for the time being, I shall reduce recruiting. I am...


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