Results 121–140 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

Armed Forces (Service Police Amendments) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lords for the support that they have given to these three orders. I noted carefully what the noble Lord, Lord Thomas, said in response to theaction taken by the Government following the Martin case, of which he has much knowledge and experience. The notice the noble Lord, Lord Astor, gave me of his questions enabled me to provide substantive answers and I...

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, my understanding is that the court administration officer would decide. It is difficult to provide prescriptive guidelines to the court administration officer but, as I have said, we believe that by working closely with the Military Court Service we will develop a set of indicators to provide help as to what would define "very exceptional circumstances" in a particular case. This is...

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the noble Lord makes an important point. I will consider it further and write to him. I am grateful for the depth of thought which has gone into the consideration of these orders. I will look carefully at Hansard to see whether there is anything that I have missed. I have committed to write to both noble Lords on one point each.

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I understand the concerns the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Bramall, has raised. He may not know that the House of Lords group that met was determined by the usual channels. The timing and the organisation of that was not under the control of the Ministry of Defence. I recognise that his inability, therefore, to read the Fulton report, as those members were able to do, puts him in a...

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: rose to move, That the draft order laid before the House on 10 May be approved. 18th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, first, I am sure that the whole House will wish to join me in offering sincere condolences to the family and friends of the soldier who was killed last night in Iraq. As is customary, I shall say a few words in support of each of the three orders before us today and begin with the continuation order. Although it is a small item of business for Parliament to consider, theorder is...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lords opposite for their comments on the briefing that we gave yesterday. As noble Lords have said, this set a precedent for this House, which reflects the deep expertise in defence in this House, which the Ministry of Defence completely recognises. I join noble Lords in sending the noble Lord, Lord Garden, my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I very much...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I can answer directly my noble and learned friend's question. "Was there adequate ministerial cover?" Yes, there was. "Was there a gap?" No, there was not. "Was there a Minister on duty?" Yes, there was.

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I can confirm to the noble and gallant Lord that the policy will be that serving personnel cannot receive payments, whether they be benefits in kind or "kickbacks", as he describes it. We need a clear definition of the term to ensure that it encompasses such matters. The noble and gallant Lord highlights the Hall review's conclusion that the relationship has suffered between the...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I do not accept the characterisation the noble Earl opposite has described of our Armed Forces today, the Navy in particular. I have seen for myself, on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the bravery, the commitment and the sacrifice that our young people have made, and are making, for this country. To suggest that they are of a lesser quality than people in the past is...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, as I have said, I am limited in what I can go into. However, I can make the point to the noble Lord that military operations are undertaken under operating procedures, which describe how a particular task is to be carried out in certain circumstances. The focus of boarding operations and the support of helicopters within that did not require there to be a helicopter on station...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: No, my Lords, the incident did not take place in disputed waters. There is an area that can most clearly be described as a buffer zone. The incident took place in a position that was clearly within Iraqi territorial waters, however one defines that.

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I take on board the noble and gallant Lord's point. As he knows, we have discussions with a number of the ex-chiefs about the experiences the Ministry of Defence has had of different structures for handling the press and the existence in the past of one-star single-service press officers. The core review shows a real need to improve the strength and capacity of the MoD press office...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I commend the Hall review to the House, which goes into the detail of the process that took place. As the Secretary of State has said, he received the information to note relating to the decision on the Friday. He has said that he takes full responsibility for this matter.

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I could not agree more with what my noble friend has just said. I am happy to confirm that the House of Lords defence group, under my noble friend's chairmanship, will have the opportunity to review the implementation of the action plan that comes out of both Hall and Fulton at an appropriate point later this year.

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the Secretary of State—

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: The Secretary of State was provided with the information to note on Friday. If the noble Lord is asking me who the duty Minister was on Friday, my understanding is that it was my right honourable friend Adam Ingram.

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I understand the noble Earl's frustration in this area, which, as he knows, we have discussed. This was an initiative to provide the House with an opportunity to review the document in the same way that the House of Commons Select Committee had the opportunity to review it. The usual channels, not the Ministry of Defence, determined the composition of the group. The MoD made an...

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I absolutely agree with my noble friend. He makes a very important point about the need for us to update our conduct-after-capture training to take into the account the way in which personnel can be used as psychological pawns when there is 24-hour media coverage. We accept that we need to improve specific task training to complement generic training and the level and type of...


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