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Results 1–20 of 80 for speaker:Lord Dannatt

Covid-19: Charities - Question (24 Mar 2020)

Lord Dannatt: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide additional support to charities working with people who are self-isolating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations - Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord De Mauley, on securing time for this debate on our Reserve Forces, a subject that often gets overlooked when the focus of attention is elsewhere. However, it is a simple fact that our Armed Forces—the Army in particular—could not have done all that they have done in recent years without a significant contribution from our Reserve Forces....

Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations - Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Dannatt: Of course, and I shall move on to a conclusion. The volunteer ethos is why hundreds of men and women up and down the country are willing to give of their time freely to run the Reserve Forces organisations and structure. Does the Minister really think that paying people is the answer to a question that, to my mind, does not even exist? I do not just fear for the future of our Reserve Forces;...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2019)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, like many noble Lords, I have sat through, or read the report of, many lengthy debates in your Lordships’ House about whether we remain in or leave the European Union. Hitherto, I have not made a direct intervention in the Chamber but, like many Members of this House and the British public at large, I have been utterly depressed by the inability of Members of the other place to...

Rural Economy (Rural Economy Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Oct 2019)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I begin my remarks this evening by thanking the usual channels for finding time, in these rather uncertain times, for us to have a debate on this report by the Rural Economy Select Committee, albeit at the second or third time of asking. From a personal point of view, it has been a privilege to serve on this committee. The subject matter is somewhat apart from my normal spheres of...

Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (15 May 2019)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I congratulate the members of the European Union External Affairs Sub-Committee for their most interesting and informative report, which is now the subject of this short debate. Notwithstanding its publication a year ago, as has already been mentioned, the strategic context of our impending departure from the European Union remains as valid today as it was on the date of...

Royal Navy: Type 31e Frigate - Question (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, it is a pleasure to support the general thrust of the Question from the noble Lord, Lord West. Clearly, the Royal Navy and the fleet at its disposal is far smaller than it has ever been in peacetime before. This is a national embarrassment, which our allies are picking up on. Is it, however, not a reflection on the size of our overall defence budget? We have never spent as little as...

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Dannatt: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, with particular regard to the role of the security forces.

Northern Ireland: Legacy of the Troubles - Question for Short Debate (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I first thank the usual channels for making time for this short but important debate; I also thank the Minister in advance for answering it. The most depressing aspect of the subject under discussion is that we have to have this debate at all. After the shameful investigations and allegations of misconduct by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, one might have thought that the...

NATO Summit 2018 - Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2018)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, as other noble Lords have already said, this debate is most timely in the context not only of the International Relations Committee’s excellent report ahead of the NATO Summit next month, but of the report of the House of Commons Defence Committee, Beyond 2 per cent. While this debate properly focuses on NATO in the light of the forthcoming summit, it is the United Kingdom’s...

Government Vehicles: Procurement - Question (1 May 2018)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord West, raised the question of fleets. Naval ships have not come into this conversation, but would the Minister care to consult his colleagues in the Ministry of Defence and inquire whether the fleet of aircraft carriers, signed off in 2007 at £3.6 billion, which has recently come in at £6.2 billion, explains why the Army has a very small fleet of medium-weight...

Armed Forces: Morale - Question (29 Nov 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that, should the Government see their way to announcing a modest rise in the defence budget, this would have an inevitable upward boost to morale?

UK Defence Forces - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Soley, for securing this debate. His choice of wording is most appropriate. He speaks of a “sufficient level”—nothing excessive or gilded— “to contribute to global peace, stability and security”, which is the first duty, as we surely all agree, of any responsible Government. Yet there are well-founded fears that our defence...

Armed Forces: Cuts - Question (14 Nov 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I fully respect the right of General Hodges to pass comment on his closest ally, as he sees it. It is difficult to give reassurance right across the board but there are certain yardsticks as far as UK defence capability is concerned that an ally watches very carefully, one of which is our ongoing capability to field a division in a future conventional conflict of at least two combat...

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

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I also rise to support the speeches made by the noble and gallant Lords, Lord Craig of Radley, Lord Boyce and Lord Walker. I will not repeat their arguments. It is quite clear from conversations that one has had that the general thrust of the Bill is well supported. The point at issue here is the use of the term “part-time”, and I underline my opposition to its use. I add one...

National Shipbuilding Strategy - Statement (6 Sep 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, it may surprise some noble Lords that I welcome today’s announcement —I would welcome any increase in Armed Forces capability—but, as the noble Lord, Lord Campbell, suggested, one is properly fearful of not just the cost but the opportunity cost of this enhanced maritime capability, and I hope that it is genuinely an enhanced maritime capability. Costs always rise. I recall...

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

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I thank the Minister for yesterday’s very helpful briefing session on the Bill and for the background material that has been made available. This has all helped to work out what this short Bill is all about and what it is not about. It is clear that the underlying purpose is to improve operational capability through the retention in service of some personnel, whose personal...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, in the quite extraordinary times within which we are currently living—both in terms of our external security and our internal security, well described by my noble and gallant friend Lord Stirrup earlier on in our debate—like other noble Lords, I was very pleased to note that Her Majesty’s gracious Speech made reference to the Government’s commitments to spending 2% of GDP on...

Type 31 Frigate - Question (3 Apr 2017)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, does this Question not get to the heart of the fact that our defence budget is woefully underfunded at present? We would not be discussing the number of frigates and destroyers if that were not the case. At the time of Brexit, and in the wider context of NATO, is there not a case for this country showing leadership in taking responsibility for security in Europe by increasing our...


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