Results 141–160 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

Iran: HMS "Cornwall" (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Defence Secretary. The Statement is as follows: "On 16 April, I announced that the Chief of the Defence Staff had appointed Lieutenant-General Sir Rob Fulton of the Royal Marines, currently the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar, to lead an inquiry into the...

Gulf War Illnesses (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House will join me in sending sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lance Corporal James Cartwright, who was killed in Basra, Iraq, on Saturday. The needs of Gulf veterans remain a high priority for the Government. We are now writing to advise veterans on how they may have the umbrella term Gulf War syndrome applied to their disablements....

Gulf War Illnesses (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, as my noble friend said, we and other nations, including the United States, have carried out considerable research into exposure to a number of agents that are potential causes for Gulf War syndrome, such as sarin. Those studies have to date not shown any causal link. We continue to carry out that research. Both the United States and United Kingdom are carrying out research not only...

Gulf War Illnesses (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I pay tribute to my noble friend, the noble and gallant Lord and the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd, for their efforts on behalf of veterans. There is no doubt that their continued efforts have had an impact, which is recognised. However, I do not accept that the noble and gallant Lord's characterisation of the way in which the MoD looks after veterans is correct. He is right...

Gulf War Illnesses (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am afraid that I am not aware of the meeting to which the noble Lord refers. I will investigate and write to him. Whether or not the Ministry of Defence had a representative at that meeting, it has very close relationships with our counterparts in the United States. Coalition partners who were engaged in the Gulf War and who have carried out research to investigate causes of Gulf...

Gulf War Illnesses (19 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, noble Lords will recognise the complexity and difficulty associated with identifying the causes of Gulf War syndrome and the time that research into this area necessarily takes. We still do not have a clear answer. So far as culpability is concerned, there has never been a question mark over veterans' ability to be assessed and apply for pensions relating to their disability....

Armed Forces: Battlefield Identification System (11 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House will wish to join me in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Rodney Wilson, who was killed on operations in Iraq last Thursday, and of Lance Corporal Paul Sandford and Guardsman Neil Downes, who were killed on operations in Afghanistan last Wednesday and Saturday respectively. Following the US decision last year to...

Armed Forces: Battlefield Identification System (11 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, there is a misunderstanding of the difference between situational awareness and battlefield target identification. The Bowman system is intended to give situational awareness of our forces on operations. It does not tell our forces whether they are friends or foe, as an IFF system would with an aircraft. Therefore, it is not the Bowman system but the fielding of the battlefield...

Armed Forces: Battlefield Identification System (11 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am quite happy to address delays caused by poor management of a project in the Ministry of Defence but I do not think that that is the case here. There is a difference between identifying as friend or foe a civilian, a military aircraft or a ship at sea and identifying a friend or foe on land. As the House will recognise, the land is a cluttered environment with very many more...

Armed Forces: Battlefield Identification System (11 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: No, my Lords. We often operate in coalition with the United States and, on such operations, the US provides more than 90 per cent of the air cover to forces on the ground. The system would be useless without the inclusion of the US. Therefore, a system developed uniquely for UK forces would have no real utility and would be a waste of money.

Armed Forces: Battlefield Identification System (11 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, all of them.

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 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 families and friends of Corporal Darren Bonner, Corporal Mike Gilyeat and Guardsman Daniel Probyn, who were killed during operations in Afghanistan over the Recess. Lieutenant-General Fulton has completed his report on the operational issues and has presented it to the Chief of the...

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I can inform the House that the Royal Navy recommenced boarding operations in the Gulf on 23 April 2007. These boarding operations are very important. Considerable smuggling is taking place in the region. It is important for these operations to take place to ensure that this smuggling is reduced. These anti-smuggling operations are done under the auspices of UN Security Council...

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend. He is absolutely right that training for after capture is considered under the inquiry. Lessons that need to be learnt in that area will be implemented. The Navy has already taken certain actions to ensure that proper training is given to all personnel engaged in operations.

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, as both the review and the inquiry will be published shortly I do not think that it would be right for me to comment on their conclusions or the actions which will be taken as a result. However, I can say that we will publish in full the report of the media access review. Therefore, there will be a full opportunity to debate any lessons which need to be learnt as a result.

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we need to see the outcome of the inquiry. Both the Defence Select Committee and a group of noble Lords will have the opportunity to scrutinise the inquiry on a confidential basis; in this House the group will be under the chairmanship of my noble friend Lady Dean. I am not aware of decisions having been taken on the process following the Fulton inquiry. The noble Lord, Lord Garden,...

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I have nothing further to add to the statements that have been made, setting out in full the terms of reference for both inquiries, and the fact that the inquiries were set up immediately and were given a very clear and broad remit covering both the operational aspects, which were of fundamental importance, and the media handling where there are clearly lessons to be learnt. The...

Iraq: HMS "Cornwall" Inquiries (4 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I believe that my right honourable friend the Secretary of State made it crystal clear in his Statement to the other place that he takes full responsibility for all the actions of the Ministry of Defence, including in this case.

Armed Forces: Steven Roberts Inquiry (17 May 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Astor, has raised an important issue in the House this evening: the death of Sergeant Steven Roberts. It is important not only because his death is a loss to his family, friends and the Ministry of Defence, but because out of that tragic event there has been a board of inquiry and an inquest by the assistant deputy coroner of Oxfordshire, both of which...

Afghanistan: National Army and Police (10 May 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, UK forces deployed in Afghanistan provide six operational mentoring and liaison teams that train and mentor the Afghan national army. UK forces also provide officer and junior NCO training at the Kabul military training centre. As part of the wider ISAF mission, UK forces also play a limited supporting role in the development of the Afghan national police in Helmand province.


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