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Afghanistan: UK Forces (10 Jul 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, some years ago when people on both sides of the Atlantic celebrated the demise of, and victory over, the Taliban, I said in this Chamber that the Taliban would leave Afghanistan when it wished, that it would return when it wished, and that it would probably return stronger, having restructured and reconstituted itself. I feel that at the moment we are seeing a probing attack by a...

Armed Forces Bill (14 Jun 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, like other noble Lords, I start by thanking the noble Lord, Lord Drayson, for all the great help and assistance he has given us over this Bill. None of us, I think, pretends to be a lawyer and we have different experience. We have considerable military legal experience, but we like the way in which we were briefed and the way in which the Minister listens. It is rather refreshing to...

Deepcut Barracks (19 Apr 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, it is pretty daunting for the Army when something like the Deepcut story happens. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Ashley of Stoke, for bringing the subject back to your Lordships' House. I have seldom read a review or a report of such depth and undertaken with such care and thoroughness as that of Nicholas Blake. He really has tried to find out why there are four or five dead soldiers....

Afghanistan: Military Medical Services (13 Feb 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the noble Lord on the Labour Benches—please forgive me, I am old and I have not got your name—used the phrase "prevention is better than cure". We should remember, under the new directives and fear of the law and investigations, that soldiers in Afghanistan will now have to think quite a lot before they open fire. Is it not a fact that something must be done to support the...

Afghanistan: Military Medical Services (13 Feb 2006)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the MoD does support its soldiers in action. It is the civil administration that is suspect today.

Iraq (10 Oct 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, if I heard the Minister right, he mentioned that the right honourable gentleman the Secretary of State visited the 10th Iraqi division—I hope that I am correct. Yet he made no comment on its readiness for operations, its state of training, whether it has the communications to do the job and so on. Is it infiltrated by the militia, like certain parts of the police? Does the...

Armed Forces: Chain of Command (14 Jul 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I believe that the route this Government are taking is towards making a soldier a civilian, instead of making a civilian a soldier. Heaping enormous extra outside responsibilities on the shoulders of a commanding officer when he is the key person in command in battle is wrong. He has around him people from health and safety, prosecutors, SIB investigators and a tame, and often very...

Armed Forces: Chain of Command (14 Jul 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, may I say that I was amazed that the speakers' list was not available until six and a half minutes before the House sat? I had to go in person to get my copy from the Whips Office. We were all informed verbally beforehand that in introducing the debate the noble Lord would have 15 minutes. With all the IT and the bits we have, that is a poor show.

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements ( 6 Jun 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, what has been the reaction of commanders in Her Majesty's forces to the voting? Have there been many complaints or is there satisfaction? What has been the immediate reaction?

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I welcome the creation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. I should declare that in my past life, I have worked with the police and with Customs and Excise. Funnily enough, when overseas I once tried to put together something rather similar to these provisions. I am rather glad that in the agency, the immigration authorities will be represented, because—let us face it—they...

Defence (17 Jan 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, noble Lords have mentioned their admiration for the achievements of the Armed Forces and that they are a force for good. Naturally, I concur with that. Looking a little deeper at the effect and the impact that the Armed Forces have achieved throughout various parts of the world, a quick look at Sierra Leone gives a tremendous picture of achievement and shows how well the Armed...

Deepcut Army Barracks (11 Jan 2005)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, while I take the noble Lord's point about the sense of holding the inquiry in confidence, there has been much talk in the press and the media about the non-commissioned officers in this case, but where are the officers? From the commanding officer downwards, an officer is responsible. There has been no mention anywhere of officers. Surely a young officer with a platoon with four...

Lords Amendment (17 Nov 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree that in our debates there has been no real criticism of any sort about future pension arrangements for Her Majesty's forces, particularly for widows; a generous helping has been given there. As for saying that nothing can be done, however, as noble Lords have said, that is not proven. Very much to his credit, the right honourable gentleman the...

Iraq: UK Forces Weapons Training ( 9 Nov 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords—

Iraq: UK Forces Weapons Training ( 9 Nov 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, as we know, soldiers work mostly by night. It has come to my notice lately and it is my personal observation that weapons training and the testing of range-firing and weapons is perhaps not carried out sufficiently in the dark. It is a very important part of training. Will the Minister give me some comfort that proper attention is being paid to it?

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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, am I right in understanding that if the government measures are passed, he is prepared to have further talks with his honourable friend in another place, Mr Caplin, and the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, to see whether there is some way forward? Would that include the pre-1973 position of widows who, as I have said, are on one-third of a miserable,...

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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I should very much like put on the record the attitude of almost "uncaring arrogance" of those in another place in matters like this and that they merely put at the bottom of the page that the Exchequer will not pay. I note, and I wish it noted, that in another place, quite often just lately—three or four times—they have improved their pensions and, particularly, what happens to...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (15 Sep 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I believe that the figures are not yet clear. I say with no disrespect to the noble Lord that we have been rather muddled by the different quantities that have been thrown at us regarding this particular problem. I see this as a diminishing cost but I see one thing that I believe is far more important; namely, that in my fairly long experience I am sure that it is the duty of this...

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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I hope it will be helpful if I mention that subsection (2A)(c) of Amendment No. 5 refers to "rehabilitative treatment". In addition to the illnesses mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Redesdale, there is also the issue of the disability of "stress" and the rehabilitation required for that. Without wishing to be rude, I believe that an investigation would show that there is not a...

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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I support noble Lords on this amendment. In Committee, I asked the Minister and other members of the Government if they would consider carefully the state of the widows pre-1973, and the fact that all of them are living on one third of their husbands' pension. That is not a state of affairs that should be countenanced in this country today—particularly in view of the fact that, as...

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