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Results 1–20 of 79 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 Dannatt

Zimbabwe — Debate (10 Mar 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, the great privilege of being invited to join your Lordships' House has been exceeded in the past six weeks by the kindness and courtesy that everyone within this House has extended to me since 24 January, when I took my seat. My only sorrow is that my long-time friend and colleague, Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers, was not able to lead me into your Lordships' Chamber. I know...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (6 Jul 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, much of what is in this five-yearly re-visitation of the legislation that regulates the procedures of the Armed Forces has already been well aired and debated, but I would like to draw attention to three particular aspects of the Bill: the covenant, changes to the service police and the call out of reserves. All these, I believe, are important for differing reasons. Much has already...

Afghanistan — Question (11 Jul 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, would the Minister care to comment on the improving situation, in Helmand in particular, with regard to the poppy harvest? Does he agree that we are never likely to have a more stable Afghanistan while its economy is largely based on the illegal activity of growing the poppy for opium? Can he comment on the progress that we have made in changing farming practices and, therefore, the...

Baha Mousa Inquiry — Statement (8 Sep 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I was the Chief of the General Staff in 2008 when, in conjunction with the then Secretary of State for Defence, the noble Lord, Lord Browne, it was agreed that the inquiry that has reported today should be convened. We knew that at some point in the future today would come and that this report would be difficult and a very uncomfortable experience. The inquiry reports on grave and...

Armed Forces: Accommodation — Question (15 Sep 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, does the Minister agree that, whereas one can count what constitutes as savings in the reduction in the housing expenditure programme, you cannot calculate in the same way the cost of the impact on morale? Is he able to tell the House, either now or later, what steps are being taken by the Ministry of Defence to engage with the service families associations to inform them about the...

Armed Forces Bill: Report (4 Oct 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I contribute at this stage of our proceedings because Amendments 6 and 7 are critical to this whole debate. They encompass our concern about incorporating the responsibilities of all government departments, and our desire to make sure that the serving and veteran communities are both looked after adequately and properly, within all the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. These...

Armed Forces: Housing — Question (14 Dec 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, is it not a great disappointment that over the past few years when extra funds were found for service family accommodation there now has to be a pause and that expectations which were raised are now going to be lowered? I accept that there is not the money for all the things that we would like to do, but when our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen are heavily committed, it is a...

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 — Motion to Annul (15 Dec 2011)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, had I spoken earlier in this debate, I would have made a lengthy speech, much of which has been overtaken by the course of events, which would have been in support of the noble Baroness, Lady O'Cathain. I maintain my support for her today. Much legal opinion has been expressed on both sides of the argument and a fair consensus would appear to have emerged, but I am left with a...

Armed Forces: Afghanistan — Question (23 Jan 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, would the Minister like to comment a little further on some of the equipment issues arising from our withdrawal from Afghanistan, in particular noting that many of the vehicles we use to provide protected mobility have been bought under the urgent operational requirement scheme specifically for Afghanistan? Would he comment about future protected mobility for the infantry in...

Armed Forces: Accommodation — Question (1 Mar 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, will the Minister give whatever assurance he can, further to what he has already said, particularly bearing in mind that the Army's policy is one of encouraging accompanied service, that nothing that is being planned or considered will make it more difficult or more expensive for a service man or woman to live with his or her family at or near their duty station?

Equality: Pay and Opportunities — Question (8 Mar 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, on this day when we focus on women and are mindful of the loss of six soldiers in Afghanistan, bringing the number who have lost their lives in that campaign to 404, will the Minister and the whole House join in paying tribute to women- mothers, daughters, girlfriends and wives-who are at home while their men are on the front line? We must also bear in mind that some of those on the...

Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question (26 Mar 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, referring back to a previous question, would the Minister give a further assurance about the importance placed on recruiting 18 to 24 year-olds? The Armed Forces are essentially a group of organisations which relies on young people. Does he agree that it is important to continue to recruit these people, to advertise and to make sure that our training establishments are properly...

Armed Forces Day — Question (28 Jun 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, it fairly reflects the view of those who are serving, have served in or are veterans of our Armed Forces when they say how grateful they are for the upsurge in support from the British public over the past four or five years for what they have been doing. However, there are genuine concerns about the sustainability of Armed Forces Day, notwithstanding the Minister's previous Answer....

Army 2020 — Statement (5 Jul 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, the Statement quite rightly draws favourable attention to the work of the Chief of the General Staff. I certainly echo that. He and his staff have made a very good fist out of the problem that was passed to them. But does the Minister accept that there are elements of risk that are beyond the capability of the Chief of the General Staff to manage himself within current Army...

Olympic Games: Security — Statement (16 Jul 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I am sure that the Members of this House want to see a safe and secure Games, and that the last-minute increase in the size of the Armed Forces participation in the security operation will help to guarantee this. It is sad that we have had to have these sharp discussions in advance of the Olympics, attracting negative publicity, but that is life. I am sure the Minister would agree...

Armed Forces: Reserve Forces — Question (1 Nov 2012)

Lord Dannatt: My Lords, I am conscious that I am echoing the comments of other noble Lords who have spoken in this debate before me when I acknowledge and pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of our Reserve Forces, without whom the Armed Forces could not have done what they have done over the past 10 years-principally, but not exclusively, in Iraq and Afghanistan. As is widely known, typically, 10%...

First World War: Centenary — Question (20 Nov 2012)

Lord Dannatt: Will the Minister expand on the educative aspect of what he said, on the basis that mistakes were clearly made in the run-up to 1914, and that future generations must understand that the failures of diplomacy and politics at that time must be avoided in future?

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