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Results 81–100 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Touhig

NATO: Member State Spending - Question for Short Debate (1 Feb 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in the two weeks since he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has been in the news every day. An anxious world has sometimes been stunned by his words, whether spoken or tweeted in the middle of the night. But I recall the words of another United States President, who said: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving...

NATO: Eastern Flank - Question (30 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I endorse entirely the point made by my noble friend Lord West that we should keep a dialogue with the Russian Government open, and the NATO-Russia Council is perhaps a vehicle for doing that. The deployment of British forces in Estonia and Poland is purely defensive, but can the Minister assure us that this will be kept under review, and should it be the case, we would have the...

Trident Missile Test - Statement (23 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, immediately on crossing the threshold of No. 10 on 13 July, the Prime Minister wrote four identical letters to the commanders of our Vanguard fleet, instructing them what to do in the event of the Government ceasing to function and this country being subject to a nuclear attack. That is the measure of how important we think our nuclear deterrent is. With reports that a test missile...

Armed Forces: Capability - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, like others, I must commend my noble friend Lord Robertson of Port Ellen for securing this debate and for the manner in which he introduced it. The title of the debate is most apt and highly relevant in today’s world. Change is sweeping the globe. People’s long-held views are changing, populism is in the ascendency and many political predictions have turned out to be false....

A159 Wildcat Helicopter - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in an uncertain world, Britain needs our Armed Forces to be well equipped, and they need the support of the men and women employed in our defence industries. If the noble Earl agrees with that, will he say what the Government are doing to ensure the highly skilled workforce at GKN is not lost to Britain’s defence? He and I both know we will need them in the years ahead.

Brexit: Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service - Motion to Take Note (8 Dec 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Sterling, for securing this debate and giving us the opportunity to discuss these important issues. I join in the congratulations to the noble Earl, Lord Cork and Orrery, on an excellent maiden speech which was well informed and contained some good ideas. I have always worked on the basis of never rejecting a good idea simply because I...

Royal Navy: Frigates - Question (8 Dec 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we welcome Sir John Parker’s report on the national shipbuilding strategy, but does the Minister accept his concern about the existing government policy? He said that fewer, more expensive ships are ordered too late and old ships are retained in service well beyond their sell-by date at a high cost, and that this “vicious cycle”—his words—is depleting the Royal Navy at a...

Armed Services: Claims - Motion to Take Note (24 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is in debt to the noble and learned Lord, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, for securing this debate. We have seen throughout the wide range of experiences and backgrounds that have contributed to this most important discussion. On the eve of the battle for Iraq in March 2003, Colonel Tim Collins said: “We go to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in...

Royal Navy: Harpoon Anti-ship Missiles - Question (23 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, one press report described Harpoon as obsolete, but better than having nothing at all; another said that the Royal Navy without Harpoon was less capable of fighting an enemy vessel than our Navy in the 19th century; and a third likened it to Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar getting rid of his cannon and relying on muskets. That may be, but if we are engaged in a possible conflict,...

Defence Contracts: British Steel - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, earlier this year the Government issued new policy guidelines to ensure that UK steel suppliers compete on a level playing field with international suppliers. They said that this would feed into our national shipbuilding strategy and that the Government regarded British steel manufacturing as vital to this programme. On 4 November, when the Defence Secretary announced plans to cut...

Strategic Defence and Security Review - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are intending to review the Strategic Defence and Security Review in relation to maintaining the size of the army at 82,000 personnel and increasing the size of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Strategic Defence and Security Review - Question (21 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: SDSR 2010 reduced the size of the Army from 102,000 to 95,000. Three years later, in Army 2020, this was further reduced to 82,000. Despite paying Capita £440 million to take over Army recruitment, this September we had an Army of just 76,000 trained personnel. But lo and behold, last Thursday the Government changed the definition of “trained personnel” and tell us that we now have an...

Defence Estate - Statement (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement, which is an opportunity to pave the way for a more efficiently and better-run defence estate. When I served as Minister with responsibility for the estate, it was worth £15 billion. I understand it is now worth £31 billion. Our first requirement in maintaining a defence estate is to meet the needs of our Armed Forces for bases, for...

HMS “Ocean” - Question (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the role of HMS “Ocean” has been to provide the marines with a capability to deploy on land using landing craft and helicopters, and I understand that in future this will be provided by modifying one of the new Elizabeth-class carriers. Can the Minister say what these modifications will entail and how much they will cost? As has already been said, the Government have spent £65...

Royal Yacht - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I am sure there are many who see merit in commissioning a new royal yacht—for my part, I do not care one way or the other. However, I do care about the morale of our Armed Forces. The latest attitude survey revealed that 61% of all ranks serving in the Royal Navy say morale is low. Is it any wonder? We have no aircraft carriers; our Type 45 destroyers are plagued by technical...

British Servicemen: Vexatious Law Suits - Question (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent vexatious law suits being brought against British servicemen.

British Servicemen: Vexatious Law Suits - Question (19 Oct 2016)

Lord Touhig: At the last election, the Conservative manifesto promised that our Armed Forces would not be subject to “persistent” legal claims that, “undermine their ability to do their job”. As the Minister said, the Prime Minister said in her conference speech that, “we will never again in any future conflict”, allow Britain’s Armed Forces to be harassed. However, the Defence Secretary...

Naval Warships: Repair at Sea - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, some would argue that the Royal Navy is the most successful fighting force in the history of our country, and high standards of training have ensured that it remains so, despite cuts in personnel, ships, submarines and aircraft. Why, then, on 4 August did the Ministry of Defence slip out an advert seeking expressions of interest and inviting parties to buy RFA “Diligence”,...

RAF Red Arrows - Question (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, over more than 50 years the Red Arrows have flown almost 5,000 displays around the world. They have been used to recruit to our Armed Forces and they have acted as ambassadors for Britain. I read the statement from the Minister’s department about why it was thought that the traditional high-speed display was not appropriate at Farnborough and they performed a flypast instead. In...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we have had a richly informed but short debate. I am sure all Members who have taken part would have wanted more time, and I have no doubt that the Minister will, like me, bring that to the attention of the usual channels on both sides. In August 1945, the Labour Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, set up a Cabinet committee to examine the feasibility of Britain acquiring the atomic...

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