Results 1–20 of 1000 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 Drayson

Healthcare and Public Health (23 Jun 2004)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friends Lady Jay and Lord Hunt for their support for my maiden speech today. My first experience of this House was several years ago, when I came to listen to noble Lords' debates on stem-cell research, in my capacity at that time as chairman of the Bioindustry Association, the trade body for the UK's biotech industry. I was very impressed then by the high...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (25 Nov 2004)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the fact that the very first sentence of the gracious Speech states that the, "Government will continue to pursue policies which entrench economic stability and promote growth and prosperity".—[ Official Report, 23/11/04; col. 1.], reflects the pivotal importance that successful businesses and a prosperous economy have in enabling our country to afford the quality of life that we...

Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill (14 Mar 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I rise to speak in support of the clauses in the Bill that aim to address the growing threat of animal rights extremism. I declare an interest, in that during my career I have experienced this problem in my past roles as chief executive of a biotechnology company and chairman of the BioIndustry Association. I am no longer active in business, but I remain convinced of the urgent need...

Address in Reply to Her Majesty's Most Gracious Speech (19 May 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, it is right that we consider foreign affairs, defence and international development within the same debate because it reflects the nature of the world today. Domestic interests and international action are intertwined more than ever before. Globalisation means that events elsewhere have a direct impact at home. Action on terrorism, AIDS, climate change and poverty all require us to...

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the level of publicity and information given to the service community about voting in the run-up to the May elections was far in excess of anything that we have done previously. We are satisfied that service personnel had sufficient information available to enable them to register to vote, but we are committed to working with the Electoral Commission to improve service voting...

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, a number of actions were undertaken by the Ministry of Defence after the announcement of the general election. They included the issuing by the British Forces Post Office of an instruction to all forces post offices worldwide on the handling of postal votes, together with a sample of distinct envelope markings for recognition thereof. As regards the noble Lord's point about actions...

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I hope that we will be able to take action ahead of that. We are looking at the possibility of whether we can make it easier for service personnel to vote by the issuing annually of a combined information leaflet and registration form. We are also looking at the possibility of carrying out a survey. That is in train at the moment. I will report to the House the progress that we make...

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I do not have a briefing on that, but my understanding is that, common to other persons abroad, they have the option of registering as an overseas voter or as a personal voter. They have the means to do so either by use of a proxy or by use of a postal vote.

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, my understanding is that we have not had any direct representations to the Ministry of Defence by members of our Armed Forces. However, we are aware of concerns about everything possible being done to allow our armed service personnel—given the sacrifices that they have to make in the fulfilment of their duty—to have every opportunity to vote.

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, following the passing of the Representation of the People Act 2000, which came into force in February 2001, our Armed Forces personnel have had a number of additional options for voting: by proxy, by postal vote or in person. The only form of voting which has continued to be measured has been that of service personnel. There is no measure whereby we can see how many people have...

Armed Forces: Voting Arrangements (6 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right. Everything that can be done should be done to improve and encourage young people's awareness of the voting options open to them. A huge amount has been done. Some 100,000 leaflets were distributed ahead of the general election. Indeed, more was done this time than in the past. I should stress that given that the Act requires people now to...

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the two future aircraft carriers, known as CVF, will operate the Joint Strike Fighter as their primary offensive aircraft. Together they will provide the backbone of a potent carrier strike capability. The CVF project is in the assessment phase. We are participating in the JSF demonstration phase. We remain fully committed to these key projects and to delivering this battle-winning...

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the answer is no. Our future equipment plan over the next 10 years sees an investment of more than £68 billion, which represents the largest sustained increase in defence for 20 years. We are currently building eight major warships, and we do not see a requirement to make changes at this time to the CVF programme.

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, when one looks at the length of time that has been taken in the design and assessment phase for the carrier project and compares that with other projects on carriers in this country and abroad, it is comparable. When taking into account the complexity of this programme, I think that it is appropriate. There is no plan to make changes as set out. The specification is for two...

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we are in the design and assessment phase for these carriers. Contracts have been set out for the work to be done to ensure that the design of the carriers is optimum. When we have confidence that the design is right and that the contracts are correct such that we can have confidence in terms of the risks of building these quite enormous ships, then the contracts will be placed....

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we recognise that in having taken the decision to use the Joint Strike Fighter, which is regarded as the future strike fighter for the majority of the world, it is important that there is that appropriate transfer of intellectual property data with the Americans. We are working very hard on that.

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the United Kingdom has a right to defend itself. As we have seen over the past decade, the requirement on the United Kingdom to participate in humanitarian actions highlighted the fact that the decision taken in the Strategic Defence Review back in 1998, emphasising the need for an amphibious capability and to project power and humanitarian aid at a distance, has underlined the need...

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, our requirement is for two aircraft carriers. The French also require an aircraft carrier, so we are looking at a project to assess whether it makes sense for those two requirements to be combined. We should look at this as an opportunity for the United Kingdom in terms of how the benefits which may arise from a collaboration over the design and construction of three aircraft...

Aircraft Carriers (7 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, it is important that where we are asked to carry out an operation which requires us to deploy troops into an area—for example, a nation-building process—we have the ability to defend our troops and carriers properly. The Joint Strike Fighter provides the ability to do that.

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps: British Deployment (16 Jun 2005)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the deployment of the British contingent from the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Afghanistan will have no impact on UK forces deployed to Iraq.


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