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Results 121–140 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

Armed Forces: Future Force 2020 — Question (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Touhig: As ever, the noble Earl comes to the House displaying a sense of calm and confidence, for which he is greatly admired and respected.

Armed Forces: Future Force 2020 — Question (25 Feb 2016)

Lord Touhig: Truthfully. But I have to tell him that the Government have admitted that there is a skills shortage in Britain’s Armed Forces. Indeed, they spelled out their preferred solution for solving the problem. In a debate on the Defence Reform Bill in 2013, the then Defence Secretary, Mr Hammond, said that the recruitment of reserves was intended to add specialist skills to our Armed Forces...

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading (11 Feb 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House will perhaps understand if I say I have a feeling I have been here before—a sense of déjà vu. I was on the government side as Defence Minister and in 2005 took the Armed Forces Bill through the other place. However, I never saw it through to becoming an Act. The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, phoned me and said he had to make room for younger members of his...

Vanguard Submarine Replacement — Question (10 Feb 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, under this Government we have seen a reduction in the size of the Armed Forces. We have no aircraft carriers any longer. At the time when the Russians are increasing submarine patrols by 50%, we have no maritime patrol aircraft. On top of that, the Government want to extend the life of the Vanguard nuclear submarines. I would be less than honest if I did not admit that my party had...

Syria: Brimstone Missiles — Question (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is indebted to the noble Lord, Lord Thomas of Gresford, for tabling this Question because the impact of our actions in Syria on the civilian population must never be far from our minds. On this side, we have consistently argued for airstrikes against ISIL’s oil-exporting capability, thus depleting its sources of funding. Can the Minister update us on this? More than...

Mental Health Services: Serving Military Personnel — Question (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Touhig: I am sure that the Minister and many other Members of the House will be aware of the excellent work done by the organisation Combat Stress. In a well-researched report published recently, it revealed that there had been a fourfold increase in the number of veterans who had asked for help for mental health conditions over the last 20 years. Its research suggests that this will continue. The...

War Pensions: Uprating — Question (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Touhig: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 9 December (HLWS366) on the 2016 Uprating of the War Pensions Scheme, when war pensioners can next expect an increase in their pensions.

War Pensions: Uprating — Question (11 Jan 2016)

Lord Touhig: The Government deserve credit for enshrining the Armed Forces covenant in law, and I am sure that the entire House endorses the words of the Defence Secretary, who said in the latest covenant report that, “we have a duty to ensure that our servicemen and women are treated fairly”. Yet within days of his making that statement, his department published a Written Statement entitled War...

Daesh in Syria and Iraq — Statement (16 Dec 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement made earlier in the other place and I apologise for the absence of my noble friends Lady Morgan of Ely and Lord Collins of Highbury. Both are unable to be in the House this evening. The scale of the humanitarian catastrophe stemming from the civil war in Syria is almost too great to comprehend. The death toll is well over 250,000....

Syria and Iraq: ISIS — Question (8 Dec 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, it is right to label ISIL as evil and murderous, because it is those things. But are we asking why it is? What research and studies are we undertaking to get into the mind of ISIL, so that we better understand its motives, and the many structures and layers of operation that enable it to recruit in countries as varied and diverse as Afghanistan and Britain, and to produce a...

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, in this debate the House is being asked to take note of Britain’s, “role in supporting international security and stability in the light of the Strategic Defence and Security Review”. We have heard some first-class maiden speeches from the noble Lords, Lord Arbuthnot, Lord Bruce and Lord Hain, and the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham. Each has served with considerable distinction...

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, if ever there is a need to make a case for showing how this House adds value to our parliamentary system, then today’s debate deserves to be highlighted. In particular, the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hague of Richmond, enhanced our reputation. He is an author, parliamentarian and statesman, and I could not give him greater praise than saying, as he is married to a Welsh...

National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 — Statement (23 Nov 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, the House is grateful to the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for repeating the Prime Minister’s Statement. I am especially grateful to him for the very helpful briefing he afforded my noble friend Lord Tunnicliffe, the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, of the Liberal Democrats, and me earlier today. The noble Earl, for whom I have great personal respect, has a difficult job. Our country, people...

Royal Navy — Question (5 Nov 2015)

Lord Touhig: Keeping the seaways of the world open for trade and commerce is essential to the well-being of an island people like us, and means being able to protect our interests if they are threatened. I am sure the Minister and I agree on that. The head of the Russian navy has admitted increasing submarine patrols by 50% in the past two years and the chief of US naval operations has said that Russian...

Education and Adoption Bill — Second Reading (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, we have had a first-class debate with many excellent contributions from those who strongly support the Bill and from those who have grave doubts and do not support it. In particular, I compliment my noble fiend Lord Blunkett on a classic maiden speech delivered with style and humour. He served with great distinction in the other place and brought his very considerable talent to bear...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I beg to move and wish to test the opinion of the House.

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I regret very much having to put Amendment 27 before the House but, frankly, the Government leave us no choice. We have seen throughout the passage of the Bill the cavalier attitude the Government have taken—not by the Ministers who have represented the Government in this House, I hasten to add, but by the Government as a whole. In support of that assertion, I quote from the 2nd...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank the Minister for the very helpful meeting he held yesterday, when we had the opportunity to explore a number of issues that have exercised us throughout the passage of the Bill, in particular, the outline of the funding review. Amendment 11 in this group was much in my thoughts after our meeting and the presentation. I fear that the funding review’s progress and the...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this very short debate. In response to Amendment 2, the Minister agreed that local authorities were best placed to deliver the additional childcare. It begs the question why the first four words in Clause 1(1) were ever in the Bill in the first place—but that is another matter. I received some reassurance on Amendments 14 and 16,...

Childcare Bill [HL]: Report (14 Oct 2015)

Lord Touhig: My Lords, Amendment 2 continues the debate we have just had over the funding review and what it means for the delivery of the additional entitlement. It seeks to end the ambiguity in the Bill as to whether responsibility for delivering the additional 15-hour entitlement will be the duty of the Secretary of State—as currently worded in the Bill—or of local authorities. We were unable to...


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