Results 101–120 of 137 for speaker:Lord Boyce

Armed Forces Bill ( 6 Nov 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I wish to approach this amendment from a slightly more practical point of view. The noble Lord, Lord Garden, has said that one reason for the amendment could be to avoid putting the commanding officer in an impossible situation. But the practical aspects of this will achieve exactly that and will put him in an impossible situation. The responsibility for a foreign aircraft landing...

Armed Forces Bill (31 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I support the amendment moved by my noble and gallant friend Lord Inge. It is important that the confidence of our Armed Forces is sustained in the Director of Service Prosecutions, the best way being by him having appropriate military experience. If there is an exceptional situation where he does not have such experience, he should be given the opportunity to gain some before he...

Armed Forces Bill (31 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I will make one or two comments about some amendments in the group. First, the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, contends that there is a need to have privates or other ranks on the court martial panel. I am unable to agree with that. The noble Lord, Lord Thomas, said that the court members should be experienced. Certainly he will find that the private, or even the corporal, does not have...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: The two previous speakers have spoken eloquently to the amendments. In our debates so far on the Bill, no one has disputed the need for a tri-services discipline Act. I am certain that our servicemen will draw comfort from the fact that they are seen to be different by virtue of there being a need for the Act, but I am certain also that their comfort will be eroded if a key part in its...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: The noble Lord, Lord Thomas, has suggested that the lay members have no experience in sentencing, but often lay members would be involved in sentencing at summary trial. I just put on record the fact that, on many occasions, lay members have experience in sentencing.

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: I am grateful to the Minister for clarifying his presumption, which has been helpful, but perhaps I might lay down one myth, which the noble Lord, Lord Garden, has raised again: the assumption that "joint" means everyone is working together. I have said previously in this House that the vast majority of soldiers, sailors and airmen will go through their entire career without operating...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: I support this amendment. I comprehensively disagree with the assessment of the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, that these boards should be mixed in order to update and keep ourselves modern. It is only sensible to follow his line blindly if one has no comprehension at all of the different environments in the land, air and naval forces. However, my biggest worry concerns the defendant. I...

Iraq and Afghanistan: Operational Update (10 Oct 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I welcome much of what was in the Statement and thank the Minister for it. Does he have confidence that the good work being done by the Secretary of State for Defence in pleading every day with the Secretary General of NATO and other defence Ministers will yield anything? I do not hold my breath. What is the alternative strategy if it does not? Will the Minister say how confident he...

General Lighthouse Authorities (Beacons: Automatic Identification System) Order 2006 (12 Jul 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I, too, support this order and I declare a non-pecuniary interest as an Elder Brother of Trinity House. I believe that this is an important advance in safety and navigation, and much to be welcomed. As has already been mentioned, it is important to keep in mind craft which are less than 300 tonnes as the system matures in years to come and older systems are phased out. I think that...

Armed Forces (29 Jun 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I, too, welcome this debate and the opportunity to raise further the profile of our Armed Forces. I recognise that such an opportunity occurred last week in the Second Reading of the Armed Forces Bill, but it is good to be able to reflect more specifically on the operational tempo that our sailors, soldiers and airmen are being asked to sustain, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Armed Forces Bill (14 Jun 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I apologise for interrupting. My reference was to the slip rule, the investigation of the slip rule and the resentencing, rather than to the review of the court martial.

Armed Forces Bill (14 Jun 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I did not say that soldiers and airmen do not operate together in joint environments such as the one the noble Lord mentioned. I said that the vast majority of sailors will never see a soldier in their lives in the single environments in which they operate

Armed Forces Bill (14 Jun 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing this important Bill, and I welcome his intention to table an amendment to introduce a slip rule. My only ancillary comment on that is to ask him if he will confirm—I am not quite sure whether he did so in his opening speech—that lay members, in other words, service members, are involved in any reconsideration of sentence. Even if there is...

Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter (24 May 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister be more specific in answer to the previous question and say whether we have been unsuccessful in areas other than that referred to on the Order Paper, where we cannot get the Americans to pass across the technology for use in equipment that is either in use or about to be put to use in our Armed Forces?

Iraq: Roulement (13 Mar 2006)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I am sure we all greatly admire the courage and bravery of the Iraqis who stepped forward to become part of the security force apparatus in Iraq. I note from the Secretary of State's Statement in the other place that the number of people joining is 5,000 a month; yet, last year, the increase in numbers of the security forces was 45,000. This implies a lack of retention of the order...

Aircraft Carriers ( 1 Dec 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, how dependent is the timetable for the new carrier in-service date on the short take-off version of the JSF aircraft? If there is a high dependence, is there any anxiety about the outcome of the United States' quadrennial review, in which that aircraft is said to be under threat?

Court Martial Judgment ( 7 Nov 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I would not like the thought to be left hanging that the Armed Forces believe themselves to be above the law. That is absolutely not the case. I would also not like the perception to be left hanging that the law is carried out within the Armed Forces purely for the benefit of satisfying public morals, if you like. It is equally important that those in the Armed Forces see that...

Afghanistan: NATO Enlarged Mission (31 Oct 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister please assure us that the Ministry of Defence will take a strong line in supporting NATO in its force generation process to persuade allies to provide supporting arms—which they are always rather reluctant to do—and, where they are providing teeth arms, to make sure that they are deployable in all the dangerous parts where they may be required to go?

Armed Forces: Chain of Command (14 Jul 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I wish to focus on the vital linkage between the chain of command and the summary discipline system. Command and discipline in the Armed Forces go absolutely hand in hand. A commanding officer, who has total responsibility for the command of his ship or unit, must, in turn, be responsible for—and carry out—its discipline. It is impossible to achieve and maintain the necessary...

HMS "Invincible" (14 Jul 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, the untimely decommissioning of "Invincible", together with the lower levels of readiness in the Fleet institutionalised by the MoD some months ago because of lack of in-year cash, makes the Navy even less able to play its part in delivering the Government's ever more hollow-sounding mantra "force for good". Will the Minister say which Royal Navy directed "force for good" tasks...

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