Results 121–137 of 137 for speaker:Lord Boyce

Iraq: Coalition Military Forces ( 7 Feb 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is important to have a wide spread of coalition forces in Iraq to lend greater weight to the international effort? We have mentioned three countries. What other countries are making significant contributions to the operation in Iraq?

Defence (17 Jan 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, I am afraid that his winding-up speech has failed to address the key issue that has been raised, particularly by my noble and gallant friends and others. He did not mention any maritime issue at all, which comes as no surprise, but the one matter upon which we have all been persistent, is that we are approaching a situation where our Armed Forces will...

Defence (17 Jan 2005)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, naturally, I too wish to join in the tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who consistently continue to perform magnificently on the world stage in whatever task they are invited to undertake, from tsunami disaster relief to high-intensity peacekeeping operations in Iraq. Our theme today is developments in defence. In considering development, we need to look back to where...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill ( 2 Nov 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, the eloquence of previous speakers means that I do not need to add to the debate. However, I become more concerned every day about the disillusionment of our Armed Forces with higher management in defence. If this amendment is not followed through, I believe that that will cause the disillusionment to deepen further. I certainly also believe that it is wrong for the message to go...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill ( 2 Nov 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, we are in grave danger of repeating ourselves; the need for this is so obvious that it is inevitable. However, the new constraints drawn around the amendment mean that we are dealing with a very small number of people and a relatively small sum of money. It really would be invidious not to look after them, especially given that their pensions have been paid for by their spouses over...

Civil Contingencies Reaction Force (28 Oct 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, in that case, what is the minimum viable number for a CCRF unit, given that, first, our reservists are being used on operations away from the country and, secondly, the weariness that is now entering our reservists as they get called forward more often will make them disinclined to remain in the reserves?

Sierra Leone (25 Oct 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I share in the compliments paid to our Armed Forces for the work that they have done in Sierra Leone. It has been outstanding. Will the Minister comment on what value the future network-enabled capability would have added to that operation, if it was available, given the operation's reliance on interpersonal skills and good basic infantry skills?

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill ( 8 Sep 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I apologise to the House for not being here to support the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester, on Amendment No. 1, which is also in my name. I was unavoidably detained in an engagement with the Armed Forces. I was pleased to see that my eloquence was not actually required in the event. I now wish to talk about Amendment No. 9 and this small and tightly defined group of people who...

Defence (24 Mar 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, let me add to others before me my own welcome to the initiative of the noble Lord, Lord King, in refocusing the attention of this House on defence. Given that, as we speak this afternoon, there are some 33,000-plus soldiers, sailors and airmen scattered around the world on various operational duties—duties that are all arduous and many dangerous, but all being conducted with...

Aircraft Carrier Capability ( 2 Mar 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, would the Minister add to his answer by giving us an assurance that there will be a carrier air group to go on board the carriers—the ships? In other words will the Sea Harrier be able to run on, or will the new aircraft be available to ensure that there will not only be no gap in hulls but also no gap in carrier air group?

Terrorism (12 Feb 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, in the process of strengthening the campaign against global terrorism, where do we stand on the matter of military pre-emption?

Terrorism (12 Feb 2004)

Lord Boyce: Military.

Afghanistan (11 Feb 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I, too, welcome warmly the noble Earl's initiative in bringing the House's attention back to Afghanistan. As has been said many times today, affairs there have been overshadowed by events in Iraq. However, what needs to be done in Afghanistan poses a significantly greater challenge than that which confronts us in Iraq. When the United Kingdom inserted and led the first International...

Courts Martial (21 Jan 2004)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I find that conclusion by the European Court of Human Rights somewhat hard to follow, especially given the evidence of there being no suspicion whatsoever of any bias in the review of courts martial in the Navy over the past 10 years. The ruling is a bitter blow to naval lawyers, whose dedication to the administration of justice in the Royal Navy is highly regarded, not just in the...

Maritime Policy (17 Dec 2003)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I also very much welcome the initiative of the noble Earl, Lord Caithness, in raising this important matter. It is very good to hear the word "maritime" in this House. It is an unfortunate fact that United Kingdom shipping and seafaring currently have a very low profile, especially away from coastal areas. It is easy for far too many to forget not just our maritime heritage but also...

Defence White Paper (11 Dec 2003)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, one main theme of the White Paper promotes the idea that modern technology, such as network-enabled capability, may allow some reduction in the front line. I understand the thrust and convenience of such a line of thinking entirely. Will the Minister provide some reassurance that reductions in our front line will not happen until the technology is in place, or at least that...

Science and Technology ( 3 Dec 2003)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I first thank the Minister and the noble Lords, Lord Howell and Lord Redesdale, for their very kind and generous words of introduction. It is certainly a privilege and an honour to speak for the first time in your Lordships' House and especially to do so in the debate following the gracious Speech. I should like to take this opportunity to thank your Lordships for the general warm...


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