I would much prefer to see a small highly trained Regular Army, backed by a proper Territorial reserve which could continue to serve as a basis for rapid recruitment in times of need and as an emergency force in time of Civil Crisis.
It could deal with the type of Civil Crisis to which I have referred.
It could deal with types of Civil Crisis which arise.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what response he has made to (a) OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) requirements for rapid expert assistance and co-operation teams and (b) EU requirements for a rapid reaction mechanism for Civil Crisis management.
At every meeting I have attended with the Movement for Democratic Change - as have many other noble Lords - and with the most recent delegations from Zimbabwe of what I believe is called the Civil Crisis committee, every member of those delegations has said, "Please, we do not want sanctions.