Results 1–20 of 66 for speaker:Lord Houghton of Richmond

Artificial Intelligence in Weapon Systems Committee Report - Motion to Take Note (19 Apr 2024)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, it is a delight to follow the noble Lord, Lord Browne, whose companionship in the committee was but one of its many delights. I start by drawing attention to my relevant interests in the register, particularly my advisory role with three companies, Thales, Tadaweb and Whitespace, all of which have some interest in the exploitation of AI for defence purposes. It is great to see a few...

AUKUS Security Partnership - Question (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: Superficially, this sounds like very good news and I welcome it, but were there no voices at the National Security Council that spoke to caution at all in respect of risk and affordability? In terms of affordability, Team Barrow sounds quite expensive. Is this again going to be at the expense of the conventional programme of UK defence? In terms of risk, is there not a risk of leakage of our...

Homelessness: Veterans - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I sometimes worry that Questions such as this convey a wider impression that military service somehow leads to long-term social disadvantage. That is just not the case. A glance at the figures on the national census from England and Wales shows that, if you have not done military service, you have a 20% chance of reaching the age of 65 and only a 5.1% chance of passing the age of...

Ukraine - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2024)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I offer my own welcome to the noble Lord, Lord Camoys, and congratulate him on an excellent maiden speech. If I may make so bold, his relative youth, which I welcome, reminds me that the Oxford Union will debate the situation in Ukraine at its meeting on 22 February. The motion will be: “This house believes Ukraine should negotiate with Russia to end the war now”. I have been...

Pakistan: Afghans Eligible for Resettlement in UK - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: To be absolutely clear, has the eligibility of the two Afghan special forces units under ARAP now been substantiated in principle? If not, how will this Government sustain their pretension to moral authority in their international affairs?

King’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (15 Nov 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: I am pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the debate on the gracious Speech. In doing so, the only interest I wish to declare is my national presidency of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. The great military theorist Carl von Clausewitz wrote his classic work On War partly as a reflection on his observations on Napoleonic warfare. He formulated the concept of a...

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

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord for securing this debate. It is very timely, as I worry that the capabilities of our Armed Forces are getting seriously out of balance with the ambitions of our defence policy. Why do I say that? I suppose that one of the many benefits of being a Member of this House is that you get a free copy of the New Statesman every week. The copy I received just...

Advanced Artificial Intelligence - Motion to Take Note (24 Jul 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: It is pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Kakkar, and I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ravensdale, for scheduling this most timely debate. I draw attention to my relevant interests in the register, specifically my advisory roles with various tech companies—notably Tadaweb, Whitespace and Thales—and my membership of the House of Lords AI in Weapon Systems Committee. It is as a result of my...

Ukraine: Ammunition and Missiles - Question (24 Jul 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, can the Minister answer the simple question: do the new contracts merely replenish the stocks, or do they maintain the means of production?

Defence: Support Ships and Type 32 Frigates - Question (20 Jun 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, on this particular argument I find myself more in favour of the Minister’s point, inasmuch as the lineage of these questions, although entertaining, occasionally gives the impression that the sole purpose of the defence budget is the maritime renaissance. Increasingly, the issue of military advantage will be born not of hardware but of software. Can the Minister confirm that it is...

Frigates - Question (10 May 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: Can I return the noble Baroness to the question of the policy context for the future purchase of these ships? Is she suggesting that we are potentially returning to an age of decisive maritime engagement, where the exquisite capabilities of these ships might be decisive, or is the age one of a more competitive world in which points of maritime presence and the utility and flexibility of these...

Ukraine - Commons Urgent Question ( 2 May 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I have a question on the high-level strategic purpose of the UK’s support and the international support for Ukraine. To an interested observer, it appears to be an attempt to allow Ukraine neither to lose badly nor to win decisively. The net result is a sustained, mutually hurting stalemate. Can the Minister comment on the morality of that? Would it be fair to say that pragmatism...

Ministry of Defence Procurement: Accountability - Question (29 Mar 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, the MoD is always an easy target for this sort of Question, so I will offer some balance. Some waste is undoubtedly both culpable and measurable; some waste is also defensible in the context of bringing into service small numbers of highly complex weapons systems. But how much waste derives from the inability of successive Governments to provide a long-term, stable settlement for...

Armed Forces: Resilience - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I start by offering my own mixture of welcome and congratulations to our two maiden speakers. The noble Lord, Lord Hintze, of Dunster, is a new friend; I knew his speech would be a mixture of the humility, warmth and remarkable worldly wisdom that define him as a man. Such qualities make him a most welcome addition to this place. The noble and gallant Lord, Lord Peach, of Grantham,...

Police Conduct and David Carrick - Statement (19 Jan 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: I slightly hesitate to say what I am about to say but I am going to say it, although I do not want to draw crude comparisons between the police force and the Armed Forces as institutions. I know that there is much about the Armed Forces that we need to sort out because of cultural behaviours, misbehaviours and those sorts of things. However, helpfully, I would like to ask the Minister whether...

Ukraine: Challenger 2 Tanks - Question (18 Jan 2023)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, in pursuit of a more precise answer on this issue of funding, will the Minister answer two questions? First, does the aggregate of all our activities in support of Ukraine meet the formal title of a military operation? If that is the case, do the NACMO procedures apply; that is, that the net additional costs of military operations are met not from the defence budget but from the...

Strike Action - Question ( 7 Dec 2022)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: Can the Minister confirm whether, in the scenarios that are being planned for, the deployment of regular and reserve military manpower might be called upon? If that is the case, can she also confirm whether the new, revised chapter of last year’s integrated review might reverse the decisions on reductions in the manpower strength of both the Army and the Volunteer Reserves?

Ukraine: Tactical Nuclear Weapons - Motion to Take Note ( 1 Dec 2022)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: My Lords, I welcome this more substantial debate on Ukraine and thank the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, for securing it. Occasional Questions or short responses to government Statements do not really allow time to come properly to terms with what is happening in this war. Moreover, I sense that the understandable fascination with the military—including nuclear—aspects of...

Stock Markets - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: Is it possible to produce a definitive ranking order of the causes of our economic woes, specifying war in Ukraine, Brexit, Covid and a defined period of government mismanagement? It seems to me that everybody hides behind a mix of them. Is it possible to have an independent and defined ranking order of them to cut away some of the dispute?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Reserve Forces: Reviews (20 Oct 2022)

Lord Houghton of Richmond: To ask His Majesty's Government why they have not responded to the Reserve Forces 2030 Review, published on 12 May 2021.

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