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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, in Grand Committee I asked whether we could keep the rulings simple. The excellent exposition that the Minister gave was quite difficult to understand. Thinking of an elderly claimant or a claimant in the middle of Sierra Leone who is being transported back home, or whatever, we must keep the paperwork simple so that straightaway he can get his claim on the books.

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

Viscount Slim: My Lords, in Committee, the Minister was kind enough to brief me in great detail on the problems surrounding this amendment which was bound to be put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester. I am afraid I was not convinced by his kind and lengthy peroration and I support the noble Lord, Lord Morris, in his amendment. Since then, I have spoken to a large number of ex-servicemen...

Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (10 Jun 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I cautiously welcome some of the schemes the Government are putting in place. I know that we have been talking about what will happen in the future, but I should like to go back a little to the past. I believe that a grave injustice continues to the widows who receive only a one-third pension. I take your Lordships to the 31 March 1973. Anyone serving before that was not allowed to...

Iraq: Adjustments to UK Forces (27 May 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is the Minister aware that my regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is pretty good at looking after itself, although of course it welcomes all the support it can get? I, too, was disappointed that the Minister did not mention the very successful little action that took place with the Argyll regiment not so long ago, and its handling and defeat of the militia. I have the...

Defence (13 Jan 2004)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the Minister may be surprised to learn that I should like to start by congratulating him. A number of noble Lords have given him a pretty hard time over the medical services for the Armed Forces. However, the latest information suggests that there has been a vast improvement in the position, particularly within the Army medical services. I am told that recruitment is buoyant and...

Burma (24 Jun 2003)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I must agree with what the noble Baroness and the two noble Lords have said. I want to consider one or two other aspects. There is no doubt that a military government who rule by tyranny, lies, spies and torture can never gain the confidence, pride or loyalty of the people. That is extremely stupid because the greatest resource in Burma is the people; they are a marvellous people....

Defence Policy (18 Jun 2003)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord King of Bridgwater, for introducing this debate. Perhaps I may say to the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, that Viscount Younger of Leckie was in my regiment in Korea. He was a fine, young platoon commander. He took a bullet very cheerfully and it did not seem to do much harm to his future. On the question of veterans, in which, as the Minister knows, I take a...

Congo (12 Jun 2003)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the Minister may find it odd that I should question the number of the Royal Engineers. To say that it will be 100, even with up-to-date equipment and the versatility of the engineers, is not an accurate figure. In the Congo, at least a percentage of those engineers will have to be guarding those who are working when we get down to the basic practicalities. So 100 engineers will not...

Gurkhas: Pay and Service Conditions (26 Mar 2003)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, as the noble Baroness, Lady Sharples, made clear, the unhappiness among Gurkhas at the moment is not so much about pay and conditions as about what happens after their release. It is strange that a government who accept criminals, terrorists and all sorts of funny people from overseas into this nation of ours do not take a loyal and solid Gurkha once he has had his discharge in...

Directors' Pay (11 Mar 2003)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is the Minister aware that my friend, the noble Lord, Lord Dormand of Easington, always frames his questions as though every chairman, every director and every manager is helping himself from the till? Is he aware that today many managers, particularly in manufacturing—an area in which I used to work—are not receiving pay rises and sometimes receive less than they received the...

Strategic Defence Review (17 Dec 2002)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House the current position in the Ministry of Defence regarding the sustainability of a force for a longish period of duty in the field? Is it not a fact that we are short of medium and heavy lift? Further, can the noble Lord say what we are doing—and, if so, where—about training the Armed Forces for war?

Armed Forces (15 May 2002)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, as is the custom of your Lordships' House, it is a great privilege for me to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Black of Crossharbour, on his maiden speech. From the depth of knowledge and strategy that he demonstrated, we know that we have among us a noble Lord from whom we want to hear much more. He has run great enterprises—major enterprises—and from what we have heard today,...

Police Reform Bill [HL] (12 Mar 2002)

Viscount Slim: Sadly, the Minister was not present when we debated in your Lordships' House the taking away of firearms from those who were licensed to hold them. I shall not weary the noble Lord, but I spoke at considerable length in debate on that subject. I believe that we have now reached such a state that no one knows how many illegal weapons are in this country. Is it half a million, or is it a...

Ex-servicemen ( 6 Feb 2002)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, before the Minister concludes, I shall try—with my memory being what it is—to be helpful. We very often forget the Merchant Navy. There is currently a problem about who is responsible for it. There is no need for the Minister to answer that now. Merchant seamen wear veterans' medals, they fought from their merchant ships and many thousands of them died in the sinking of those...

Ex-servicemen ( 6 Feb 2002)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Croy, for getting us together tonight—a rather select little band; we all know each other. It will be an interesting though short debate. Perhaps the Minister will allow me to take this subject in a slightly broader way. I have to declare—as I think all noble Lords know—that much of my life involves veterans' affairs. I am dedicated to...

International Terrorism (14 Sep 2001)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I see that I am last on the list although I understand that other noble Lords may wish to speak in the gap. Naturally we thank the House for allowing that. Always by the end people have said what you wanted to say. Therefore, I always think that the last person up is really rather tested. Those of us who have an interest in revolution and in terrorism and have seen something of it...

International Terrorism (14 Sep 2001)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, the noble Earl generally catches me out, and, frankly, after 30 years in your Lordships' House, I cannot remember off the top of my head--I am getting nearly as old as he is now--when I was here and for which particular debate. When he asks me to remember what I did in 1996, I am at a slight loss. The other factor is that the terrorist knows that he does not have to bring any...

May Day Protests (26 Apr 2001)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, is the Minister aware that there is a problem of morale in the Metropolitan Police over issues such as this? If the police do not believe that they have the complete support of Her Majesty's Government and that the judiciary will take the proper action of sentencing and imprisonment, it will have a very bad effect on the morale of the Metropolitan Police and, I dare say, other...

Armed Forces: Application of War Crimes Statute (10 Apr 2001)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, coming down to the practical application of the legislation at the fighting level, is the Minister aware that there is still disquiet among field commanders? We really should do everything possible to retain the necessary military ethos and culture and not destroy command and control in battle and within the Ministry of Defence. Is the Minister aware that the message I am receiving...

The Reserve Forces (13 Feb 2001)

Viscount Slim: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, for bringing to our attention the Reserve Forces at this time. I had the privilege of serving in a Territorial Army formation for some years. I am still connected, on the periphery, to specialist regiments in the Territorial Army, but should like to refer to the Reserve Forces in general. As the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, and other noble Lords...


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