Results 81–100 of 137 for speaker:Lord Boyce

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

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of WS Atkins plc and other interests as in the register, including pro bono appointments in various service charities and organisations. I intend to concentrate on the defence part of the SDSR but, in passing, I welcome the attempt, under the umbrella of the national security strategy, to get some sort of order among the plethora of...

Defence: Treaties with France — Statement ( 2 Nov 2010)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of WS Atkins. Does the Minister agree that there has been a certain amount of overreaction and hype with regard to some aspects of this initiative, especially naval co-operation? Does he agree that we have provided escorts with great success to the French carrier battle group, and vice versa, over the past 15 years or so? However,...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Statement (19 Oct 2010)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of WS Atkins and a number of pro bono roles with various service charities and organisations. I cannot say that I welcome the Statement on this cash-driven defence review, and I certainly cannot possibly dignify it with the word "strategic". It will be viewed with dismay by our hardworking and operationally pressed sailors, marines,...

Afghanistan — Statement (14 Jun 2010)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I welcome the statement. I notice, however, that there is a lot of emphasis on the subject of our troops coming home, which is laudable in many senses but is in danger of perpetuating the uncertainty with which this whole operation has been run for the past four years. Can the House be reassured that the Government will give full and strong emphasis to this being a fully fledged...

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

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of VT Group and Atkins plc. I am also colonel commandant of the SBS. Our Armed Forces are going through a torrid time, from being assailed by the hardships of Afghanistan—where we should remember that Royal Navy and Royal Air Force people are also playing a part, albeit with the Army taking the brunt—and by the low value in...

Armed Forces: Parachuting — Question (14 Oct 2009)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the noble Baroness comment on the effect on ethos of the lack of training such as has been perpetrated by this withdrawal? In extension, what might the ethos of the Territorial Army be in light of the reduction of training that it is about to suffer?

Defence Intelligence Staff (18 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, perhaps the Minister would like to say what percentage of GDP the defence budget will be in two years' time, compared to 10 years ago?

Planning Bill (12 Nov 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and I hold similar positions in a number of other charities. I welcome the distance gone by the Minister in introducing Amendment No. 136AA. However, I will be left with a number of uncertainties in running my various organisations if that amendment goes forward as it stands. I will not test your...

Armed Forces: Procurement ( 7 Jul 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of VT Group. Can the Minister say whether there will be a further iteration of the defence industrial strategy brought in by her predecessor last year and, if so, when that might happen?

Royal Navy: Aircraft Carriers (26 Mar 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, can the Minister please confirm that the in-service dates are still to be 2014 and 2016—although it is difficult to see how they will be held to if the contract continues to be delayed? Has the training pipeline to deliver the right, qualified crew by those in-service dates been held up as a result of the contract delay? It is very important that that is maintained, especially for...

National Security Strategy (19 Mar 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a non-executive director of the VT Group. At the moment the Ministry of Defence is in meltdown because the budget it has been given is totally inadequate to service the demands of the defence programme in the short, medium and long term. We thus see woeful shortcomings in readiness levels, as set out in the defence planning assumptions; we see ships unable...

National Security Strategy (19 Mar 2008)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, if the Government are serious about delivering the national security strategy, how do they intend to ensure, to paraphrase part of the Statement, that the military can be responsibly mobilised if they continue to short change the military in the way they are doing at the moment?

Government: Dual Ministerial Roles (10 Dec 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I do not doubt that Mr Des Browne, the Secretary of State for Defence, is both hard-working and extremely conscientious, but this is not a matter of clearing one's in-tray or managing one's diary. We are at war, and this is about leadership. Does the Minister accept that the perception of our soldiers, sailors and airmen—I meet many of our servicemen and servicewomen—is that...

Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I hope that the noble Baroness will not mind my interrupting her to clarify one point. A number of the UORs that are purchased are to put equipment into place that has previously been removed because of a lack of budgetary endowment in the defence budget. It is not new equipment; it is often equipment that was taken out in a budgetary spending round and is then reinserted to meet...

Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I too welcome this debate. It allows me to pay tribute to all our armed services for the outstanding work they are doing, not only in Iraq and Afghanistan but also all around the world. They are rightly admired in all quarters for how they go about their business, whether it is war fighting, peace keeping or defence diplomacy, and this country derives huge hidden benefits from that...

Iraq: Basra ( 9 Oct 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, in defining the new tasks of the Army in Iraq, which will result in a reduction in the numbers out there, will the Minister comment on whether the number withdrawn back to the UK will be deployed in Afghanistan, or can he reassure us that NATO is now pulling its weight in delivering the number of people required in Afghanistan for the operations there?

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" (17 Apr 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, notwithstanding the validity of the Question of my noble and gallant friend Lord Craig, will the Minister acknowledge that, not just over the past four years but over some 20 years of Armilla patrol, the Royal Navy has conducted an exemplary number of boardings, usually going totally unsung, unrecognised or getting no praise?

Armed Forces (15 Mar 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, this is a scary time for our Armed Forces, and I am not talking about the threat posed by the Taliban, al-Qaeda or any others bent on doing our soldiers, sailors or airmen harm; I am talking about the threat that looms from the Treasury in the shape of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Unshakeable in its belief that the MoD cannot spend its money wisely or efficiently—although...

Armed Forces: Nuclear Deterrent (24 Jan 2007)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I welcome the Government's decision to maintain our independent nuclear deterrent for the foreseeable future. Many good points have been made this afternoon in support of that decision. I will endeavour not to tread too much on already well trodden ground, but I would particularly like to endorse the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Symons, about how the attitudes of Iran and...

Armed Forces Bill ( 6 Nov 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, at the outset of the Bill, my head told me that it was the right thing for us to be doing, but my heart was not too sure. Over the process, however, I have been convinced that we have a good Bill. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, and his team, who have guided and helped us and been so accommodating with various ideas. The nature of the debate that we have had, off-site...


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