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Afghanistan — Statement (19 Dec 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I would first like to thank the noble Lord for his great kindness in keeping your Lordships appraised of matters of defence and the meetings that he has within the MoD. This is a new development and it is much appreciated by everybody in your Lordships' House. I would like now to come down on to the ground and talk for two seconds or so about this land line. In a withdrawal, people...

Armed Forces: Long-Term Care — Question (19 Dec 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the noble Lord is aware that a number of wounded and sick servicemen have fallen out of the net and live rough in our cities. The coalition Government have decided to remove, and make redundant any minute now, some 25,000 servicemen. The numbers who will fall out of the net will increase. What is required is a national plan to bring these people back into the fold, involving the...

Future Reserves 2020 — Statement ( 8 Nov 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I, too, welcome this Reserve Forces plan. I should like to mention two things. First, I noticed that the right honourable gentleman the Secretary of State used the word "injured". Military people are "wounded". The Minister is always good enough to use that word when he talks about the deaths of soldiers and the wounding of soldiers. A highly paid football player gets a hack on the...

Future Reserves 2020 — Statement ( 8 Nov 2012)

Viscount Slim: All right, but you have missed a great thing.

Armed Forces — Motion to Take Note ( 5 Nov 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the Minister for allowing me to speak for a few moments in the gap. I would like to cast a fly over the Minister. By cutting the numbers in the Army, which a number of noble Lords have discussed already, we are starting to get a problem of recruitment, selection and volunteering into the Special Forces. As the pool gets smaller and smaller, getting the right people in the...

RAF: Fukushima Accident — Question (13 Mar 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that some years ago, the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, and I spent some hours during the night with the Royal Air Force Regiment in Afghanistan observing its infantry and patrol tactics? It showed the very highest level of operational expertise, and the Government should in no way weaken the Royal Air Force Regiment.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) ( 7 Mar 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, one word has been left out of our discussions-"veteran". I refer to veterans of all ages. I respectfully remind the Minister that there are still disabled veterans from World War 2 and from right the way through until today's campaigns and those that will come. The military covenant lays down that a veteran-man or woman-must be cared for. The right honourable gentleman the Secretary...

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill: Report (2nd Day) ( 7 Mar 2012)

Viscount Slim: Thank you. My question is simply: have there been discussions between the Ministry of Justice and the MoD and a methodology put forward to ensure that free legal aid and advice will be given to disabled veterans where necessary?

Scotland Bill: Committee (2nd Day) ( 2 Feb 2012)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, in a past life, I, with others, was able to experiment at some length with the possible advantage of an air gun for military use. On the market at the moment there are air guns that are lethal and really dangerous. There are air guns that some people say are less dangerous but, in the wrong hands, all air guns kill or maim to such an extent that you might perhaps wish you were dead....

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Consideration of Commons Amendments (23 Nov 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister and the Government. I have worked rather hard to see that we have a chief coroner. One little area that is not often remembered is that when it comes to the military side, the widows, the mothers and the dead servicemen actually still belong to the Ministry of Defence, which is responsible for them. These people should not be left out of the thoughts of...

Armed Forces Bill: Report ( 4 Oct 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, while we were in Committee in your Lordships' Chamber, there was a very fine debate on the Commonwealth and how it could be brought closer together and how we could enhance it. There were some excellent speeches. I think this whole question, put by the noble and gallant Lord, of Commonwealth decorations and medals received would bring the Commonwealth even closer together. After...

Armed Forces Bill: Report ( 4 Oct 2011)

Viscount Slim: Perhaps I could respectfully make two remarks. First, the noble Baroness was quite right to say that the time for investigation into these matters has passed. I made gentle inquiries through discussions here and there and there is actually no plan for increased casualties and therefore this timetable will naturally go on. I hope the noble Lord and his officials have considered this awful...

Baha Mousa Inquiry — Statement ( 8 Sep 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I hope that noble Lords will not misunderstand me. My reading of this is that the behaviour was unforgivable, but we are not discussing the behaviour of professional interrogators. Interrogation is a subtle art. There is the problem of when discomfort becomes torture. If we were to introduce draconian legislation in relation to the interrogation processes and techniques that our...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Jul 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is always convenient to be tail-end Charlie because everything I want to say has been said so much better by other noble Lords. However, there are one or two matters I wish to raise. From where I sit, I do not like to get too muddled in inter-party rivalry, but one or two speeches on this side of the House were a little tougher on the military covenant than on the other side. I...

Women: Special Operations Executive — Question for Short Debate ( 6 Jun 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the House for allowing me to talk briefly in the gap. As a past president of the Special Forces Club, which was formed by the SOE, I speak of the feeling among those who survived and who live on that there should be an SOE memorial. It was built for that reason. Those of us from Special Forces who have served since World War 2 and joined the club consider it our job to...

Libya — Motion to Take Note ( 1 Apr 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I think that it is proper for me to declare that, in the past, I have been chairman of the Middle East committee of the London Chamber of Commerce and, later, a founder member of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, of which I was the first chairman-temporarily, because it became clear to me that the paltry few words of Arabic that I achieved were not good enough for a chairman to...

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Report (1st Day) (23 Mar 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I speak because of my work with veterans. I remind the Minister, if he needs reminding, that a veteran can be an old fellow like me or he can be a young man of 18 or 19 with no legs. There are many people who use wheelchairs, who are blind or who are otherwise incapacitated. Having listened to what has been said, I wonder if the Government have really thought this problem through. I...

Armed Forces: Redundancy — Statement ( 2 Mar 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the impression abroad is that the delay in arriving at a good and proper military covenant is that the MoD and the Government wish to get this lot out of the way, as has been discussed in your Lordships' House this afternoon. Is it not a fact that great stress was placed in our debates in the past few weeks on the immediate need to bring forward a new military covenant that would...

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Statement (15 Feb 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, if one goes a little deeper, the noble Lord will recall that when he was in opposition, during the time of the previous Administration, the position of a commanding officer was gone into in considerable detail in your Lordships' House and in Committee. The purpose was that most of us were very put out by the fact that the authority of a commanding officer was being denuded. The...

Armed Forces: Post-service Welfare — Debate (27 Jan 2011)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord King of Bridgwater, for a timely and pertinent debate. I am pleased to follow the noble Lord, Lord Sheikh, who does much for recruiting what we call the ethnic minorities. As I move among them myself a lot, I tell a British Muslim, a British Hindu or a British Sikh that it is payback time-and that it is time that more of them joined the reserve forces...


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