Results 41–60 of 129 for speaker:Viscount Slim

Public Bodies Bill [HL]: Committee (4th Day) (14 Dec 2010)

Viscount Slim: I spoke in one of the previous debates on this issue. I think most of us had some hope that the previous Administration would change their mind and agree to the position of chief coroner. We had a tough debate and actually defeated the Government of the day. We were hopeful that the previous Administration had seen some sense and we felt that they would, eventually, give us a chief coroner. I...

Legal Aid and Civil Costs Reform — Statement (15 Nov 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, following on from what the noble Lord said just now, I should like to thank the noble Lord, Lord Bach, for the sensitive way in which, during the previous Government, he dealt with many issues relating to the military and, in particular, veterans and war widows. He would always listen and I know that he then went off and did his best. I did not like the phrase "out of scope" and I...

Afghanistan — Statement (27 Oct 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I welcome what the Minister said and I was very heartened by what the noble Baroness said. The noble Lord, Lord Hannay, is quite right: there is a big tribal problem in this area. However, if the Minister cared to go to Quetta and had a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes there-as he well knows, it is a Taliban rest camp-he would find that the cafe talk of the Taliban and...

Identity Documents Bill: Second Reading (18 Oct 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I may say that I sympathise with him, as I am sure do all noble Lords. He is not as fortunate as me. My father and I always used to say that our name is quite the best of the four-letter words.

Pakistan: Child Welfare — Question (14 Oct 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, there is some good news in Pakistan. I declare an interest in that I am heavily connected to 17 eye hospitals throughout Pakistan. At this stage, we have probably restored sight, given succour and repaired the eyes of 2 million Pakistanis, and a large percentage of them are children. The problem is the lack of hygiene in the villages. The dirt affects the eyes. In this instance, the...

Liaison Committee: First Report — Motion to Agree (16 Jun 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I, too, find it strange that in your Lordships' House we do not have a foreign affairs committee, particularly at the moment when the new coalition Government are talking about a major defence review. It would be strange if there were not some firm, strategic foreign and Commonwealth affairs statements on which this defence review could be based. For that reason I feel that your...

Afghanistan Conference and Yemen Meeting — Statement ( 1 Feb 2010)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is good that we support the Afghan army, but there is a danger that we in the West rather overemphasise its operational capabilities and its leadership. To this extent, also, to hold the hand of friendship and parley with the aggressor, the Taliban, before we have it on one knee-or, preferably, two-is rather dangerous. We are dealing with a very proud people. Some will be...

Territorial Army — Question (29 Oct 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is the noble Baroness aware that many of the men and women gazing down upon her now from up above us are officers—battle-tried officers—of Her Majesty's Army? Is it not a fact that they are most welcome in your Lordships' House today? I am sure they will be most interested in the Minister's answers.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Report (1st Day) (21 Oct 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, perhaps I may follow up on what the noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, said. I am quite concerned about this very long delay for armed services coroners' reports. In my view, it is, for a member of the Armed Forces, deplorable that the family, a widow or a mother, should be kept waiting for two to three years for the final report. I also am perturbed because should, God forbid, the...

Armed Forces: Parachuting — Question (14 Oct 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is it not a fact that the Royal Air Force plays an important role in parachuting? Any curtailment in the research and development of new techniques and new technologies for clandestine entry by parachute and other means must not in any way be thwarted.

G8 — Statement (13 Jul 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is certainly a question of money but it is not just money—it is men and women on the ground. If I heard the Statement by the Prime Minister correctly, he said that he felt that there was sufficient in Afghanistan at the moment. We can say that there are 5,000 troops or forces out in Afghanistan, but that is a paper figure. When you take away those killed, wounded, injured and...

Gurkhas — Statement (21 May 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I welcome the Statement. It might be of some small interest to the Minister that my father, Miss Lumley's father and I all served and lived in the same Gurkha regiment. I know that if my father were alive today, and I think I can speak for Miss Lumley and her father, they would definitely believe, like us, that this is a deserving cause and that for once the Government have done the...

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (Continued) (25 Mar 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I support the noble Lord, Lord Hylton. Surely we are looking at the making of citizenship. It is pertinent to ask if those seeking to stay here have an alternative passport. We all know that there are good reasons for having a couple of passports, as has been ably demonstrated. I hope the noble Lord will, as he has said, look at this. I will certainly not accuse him of wriggling. I...

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (25 Mar 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I suppose I should declare that I have some slight experience of crossing borders unnoticed in one way or the other, which is the nicest way I can put it. I hope that the Minister will listen to what has been said by the noble and learned Baroness and the noble Lord, Lord Dear. Our country needs the tightest regulation and rules, as well as a concerted effort being made by one...

Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (13 Mar 2009)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for allowing me to speak for a couple of minutes in the gap. I apologise for not being here at the start of this very important debate, but there were some traffic problems. I, too, thank the noble Lord for all the work that he has done to get this debate and the Bill in tune and starting to work. I very much support the Bill. Much of my life involves veterans'...

Afghanistan ( 6 Nov 2008)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the Minister was not in post at the time but is she aware that grave concern has been shown in this Chamber and in Committee at the dilution of the authority and stature of the commanding officers in the military? At this time they need not criticism but support, encouragement, and to be given the right kit for the right job. That is not happening and I ask her perhaps to express a...

Immigration (Discharged Gurkhas) Bill [HL] ( 4 Jul 2008)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lee of Trafford, for bringing the matter to your Lordships' attention. As he said, I had the privilege and honour of serving with Gurkhas, as did my father. As a small boy I was brought up as a Gurkha, really, until I was commissioned into the family regiment. We have to make certain that the Gurkhas in the British Army are kept within the military...

Armed Forces: Pensions (22 May 2008)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the present system is proven and much admired and used by veterans and pensioners. By withdrawing a proven system to within the legal morass, if I may say, of the Minister's department, how will the individual and personal service be maintained? It is very doubtful that one will be able to maintain it.

Burma: Cyclone Nargis ( 8 May 2008)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I think that the noble Baroness is aware that I go to Burma, Myanmar, from time to time and am concerned with some four rather specialist charities that do good there. I worry a little about our embassy. Compared to the number, size and staffing of other embassies, we are very tiny; it is almost a one-man band. We have had and have now a most excellent and outstanding ambassador,...

War Powers and Treaties (31 Jan 2008)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the Minister for allowing me to say a few words in the gap. I will not detain your Lordships long. I wish to refer to the Special Forces. They do jobs of strategic significance; they are commanded at the very highest level; they are of interest to a crisis Cabinet or a war Cabinet. They are often deployed before a war or crisis starts and I do not think that they should be...


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