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Armed Forces (22 Nov 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for this very timely debate. With courage and dedication, she has done much in her life for our country. I welcome the Minister. She may not entirely like what she hears, but we are here to help her and we will do so as much as we can. We will try to get her on net, as I think that that is rather important. I thank all noble Lords for their kind words...

National Security (14 Nov 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I declare an interest in the security industry and I very much welcome a lot of what is in the Statement. There will be an opportunity for good security companies to assist the Government in their plans. One small point that bothers me concerns the immigration numbers for those who should be returned to their country—4,000, I think the noble Baroness said. I am sure that unwanted...

Armed Forces: Household Division (10 Jul 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the Minister may not be aware that I spoke recently in Birmingham to some 300 people from ethnic minorities and all religions, mostly Sikhs, about joining the military. It appeared quite clearly to me that there was some holding-back because it is felt that this Government, with a little help from the previous Government, have cut the military beyond the quick and that it is no...

Armed Forces: Gurkha Pensions (14 May 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Eden, mentioned the figure of 22,000 Gurkhas, which we are well aware of. How many of them receive the Gurkha pension? As the noble Baroness has said, the new arrangements will put tremendous extra work on to the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Surely the Government can do better than £1 million a year.

Serious Crime Bill [HL] (30 Apr 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I have spoken on this subject in the past and have made a few unfavourable remarks not only about the Government of today but about the previous Government. As the noble Earl said, loyal and legal citizens have been penalised and yet criminals are walking the streets and carrying guns with complete impunity. I do not feel that the Government are in control. I echo the words of the...

Armed Forces (15 Mar 2007)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is a bit daunting to follow the noble and learned Lord, but I look upon him today as a heavily wounded cavalry officer. I do not know if you have seen him, but he can hardly walk and there is not a horse in sight. It is tricky. He has been brave to come and talk to us, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. I will, with your Lordships' permission, come down a bit, to congratulate...

Nepal (19 Dec 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, in our dealings with this new Nepalese Government and the Maoists who have come into it, should we not immediately demand that the Maoists no longer prevent Gurkha pensioners and widows—who travel long distances to get their pensions and medical aid—from reaching their destination and that, once they have received their pensions, they are no longer robbed or have an arbitrary...

Armed Forces Bill ( 6 Nov 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I may be corrected, but while going around the apprentice college at Harrogate and the subsequent training facility at Catterick, I have observed that one can be a trained soldier at 17 just as well as at 18. They have the same responsibilities. One cannot base something on a terrible scene in one area, which none of us liked and which had nothing to do with people being 17. There...

Armed Forces Bill (31 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Garden. My previous remarks on performance-enhancing drugs and the very few occasions on which they might be needed are probably covered by Clause 20(2)(a), which stipulates that a drug should be, "taken or administered on medical advice"— one would get medical advice— "and A [a person] complied with any directions given ... of that advice"....

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: Perhaps we could debate whether a Government or politicians should tamper with and sanitise history, but we do not need to do so today. One or two noble Lords have mentioned their fathers and grandfathers. I remember having this conversation with my father. I can recall it quite well. He said to me, "I think the problem was that if you were court-martialled for this, you probably didn't have...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: In war, if you are killed, you are killed; if you are wounded, you are wounded; and if you are injured, you are injured. Occasionally, there is a bit of a muddle in reports from the MoD about wounded and injured. You can be injured in an operational area; you can also be injured playing soccer for your team in England. It is perhaps convenient, to put it politely, that these days many injury...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: My experience is that the president would have made himself familiar with the possible sentences before the court sits. Certainly, in my experience, which I admit is many years old, the members of the court have always had a very good discussion with the president and he will elicit from each member what he feels. Of course the judge advocate is very much in play here; I cannot recall sitting...

Armed Forces Bill (12 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: I, too, disagree with the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford. If a soldier, sailor or airman commits, or is accused of committing, a crime, whatever happens in civilian life the overall ethos of the military is that he expects to be judged and looked after by his peers. As the noble Lord, Lord Astor of Hever, has said, we should go for the single service court martial. But if for various...

Armed Forces Bill (11 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: I have wondered about this matter. I hope that the Minister will give a good explanation. Detention is not imprisonment. Sixty days has always been sufficient as a maximum in my experience. I do not see why we have to go up the hill.

Armed Forces Bill (11 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: I, too, support the amendment. It seems that it is the luckless soldier who gets court martialled if things go wrong, and there may be times when he is to blame. However, by ducking the issue and not having something on it in the Bill, the Government are wriggling and not taking responsibility. As I think noble and gallant Lords have mentioned, responsibility should be driven right up the...

Armed Forces Bill (11 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: I am not too clear on this point. What happens if on operations—say there is an ambush or something—a vehicle convoy is going along and everyone has to take to their feet to get into the hills, but before doing so they destroy the vehicles so that the enemy cannot have them? Does that involve "knowingly" wasting? I am not sure how this firms up operationally. A lot of people destroy...

Armed Forces Bill (11 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: Before the noble Lord sits down, may I say that the word "enhancement" mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Garden, worries me slightly? There are times when great fatigue sets in. Let us say, for instance, that a soldier has 30 miles to go to a friendly border, or such like, and that there is a pill or two that will help him to get there if he is greatly fatigued or stressed. It is a helpful...

Police and Justice Bill (10 Oct 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, many years ago, a man called Blake escaped from prison, and the Mountbatten report was produced afterwards. At the end of that report, I was approached, along with some rather special people with whom I was living at the time, and asked to go round prisons, to look at them and to produce some suggestions about making them harder to escape from. I had the full support of every prison...

Armed Forces Bill (24 Jul 2006)

Viscount Slim: I am sorry that the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Bramall, is not in his place. When I was a very junior officer serving abroad, I was sent to a certain minor unit because there had been some desertions and it was feared that there would be a mutiny. I am not a legal man clever enough to make the law, but what I can say is that you should not pussyfoot about with the two words "mutiny" and...

Armed Forces Bill (24 Jul 2006)

Viscount Slim: I come to some nuts and bolts with regard to the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford. None of us would want our medical officers to think that they were going into battle to kill or wound people or to fight, but with the sort of enemies that we fight these days—and in the past—if the medical officer is not armed, surely he has a duty to defend his patients if his surgical...


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