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SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 
 

Monday 9 March 2015

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill


 

[Lords], As Amended


 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Withdrawn  24

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out “is”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  25

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  leave out line 10 and insert—

 

“(a)    

has been a member of the regular or reserve forces in the last five years

 

ending with the day on which the appointment is to take effect, or”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  26

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  after “(b)”, insert “is”


 
 

:                                             

530

 

, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  27

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  13,  at end add—

 

(a)    

The period for which a person is appointed shall be not less than five

 

years and not more than seven years.

 

(b)    

A person who has been appointed as Ombudsman may not be re-

 

appointed to the office.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  28

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

Before making regulations under this section the Defence Council must consult

 

the Service Complaints Ombudsman.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Not called (debated with 24)  23

 

Clause  2,  page  5,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations made under section 340E(1)(b) must specify that in relation to any

 

service complaint which includes allegations of discrimination, harassment, or of

 

being victimised as a result of making such allegations—

 

(a)    

where a person is appointed by the Defence Council for the purposes of

 

section 340C(1)(a) or 340D(2)(d) that person must have a proven

 

understanding of discrimination and harassment;

 

(b)    

where a panel is appointed by the Defence Council for the purposes of

 

section 340C(1)(a) or 340D(2)(d) at least one member of the panel must

 

have a proven understanding of discrimination and harassment.”


 
 

:                                             

531

 

, continued

 
 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  1

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  28,  after “may”, insert “, on an application to the

 

Ombudsman by a person within subsection (1A),”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  29,  after “complaint”, insert “, where the Ombudsman is

 

satisfied that the complaint has been finally determined”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  3

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  31,  leave out from “complaint” to end of line 32 and insert

 

“(including an allegation of undue delay), where the Ombudsman is satisfied that the

 

complaint has been finally determined;”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  leave out lines 33 to 37 and insert—

 

“(c)    

an allegation of undue delay in the handling of a service complaint which

 

has not been finally determined;

 

(d)    

an allegation of undue delay in the handling of a relevant service matter.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  5

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The following persons are within this subsection—

 

(a)    

in a case relating to a service complaint, the complainant;

 

(b)    

in a case relating to a matter in respect of which a service complaint has

 

not been made, the person who raised the matter,

 

    

and, in relation to a case mentioned in paragraph (b), references in the remainder

 

of this Part to the complainant and to a service complaint are to be read

 

respectively as references to the person and the matter mentioned in that

 

paragraph.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

For the purposes of subsection (1)(d)—

 

(a)    

“relevant service matter” means a matter of a kind about which a service

 

complaint—

 

(i)    

may be made, whether or not at the time of the application to the

 

Ombudsman such a complaint has been made, or

 

(ii)    

could have been made (but for provision made by virtue of

 

section 340B(2)(c));

 

(b)    

the reference to the handling of a matter is to its handling before the

 

making of a service complaint (if any) about the matter.”


 
 

:                                             

532

 

, continued

 
 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Not called (debated with 1)  22

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

for the purposes of subsection (1)(c)—

 

“Undue delay” should be considered any length of time longer than

 

one calendar year, or a length of time that the Ombudsman

 

determines constitutes an undue delay in relation to a given

 

complaint.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  39,  after “writing,”, insert—

 

“( )    

must specify the kind (or kinds) of investigation which the complainant

 

wishes the Ombudsman to carry out (an investigation under a particular

 

paragraph of subsection (1) being a “kind” of investigation for this

 

purpose),”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  8

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  40,  leave out “the” and insert “any other”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  9

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  42,  leave out from beginning to “a” in line 44 and insert—

 

“( )    

For the purposes of this section, a service complaint has been finally determined

 

where—

 

(a)    

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  10

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  5,  leave out “that”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  11

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  leave out lines 7 to 11 and insert—

 

“( )    

The purpose of an investigation is—

 

(a)    

in the case of an investigation under subsection (1)(a), to decide whether

 

the complaint is well-founded and, if so, to consider what redress (if any)

 

would be appropriate;

 

(b)    

in the case of an investigation under subsection (1)(b), (c) or (d), to

 

decide—

 

(i)    

whether the allegation is well-founded, and

 

(ii)    

if so, whether the maladministration or undue delay to which the

 

allegation relates has or could have resulted in injustice being

 

sustained by the complainant.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  12

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The power to carry out an investigation under subsection (1)(a) or (b) includes

 

power to investigate any maladministration in the handling of the service


 
 

:                                             

533

 

, continued

 
 

complaint where it becomes apparent to the Ombudsman during the course of an

 

investigation that any such maladministration may have occurred.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  13

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  12,  after “application”, insert “in respect of a service

 

complaint that has been finally determined”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  14

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  25,  leave out “investigated an application relating to” and

 

insert “carried out an investigation under subsection (1)(a) or (b) in relation to”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  15

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  31,  at end insert “;

 

(b)    

whether to investigate a service complaint, or an allegation, as a whole or

 

only in particular respects.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  29

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  32,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  30

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  34,  leave out from “subject to subsection (2),”


 
 

:                                             

534

 

, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  31

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  39,  leave out subsection (5).

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  16

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  44,  after “investigation”, insert “under section 340H(1)(b)”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  17

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  43,  at end insert “, and

 

(b)    

any recommendations referred to in subsection (2A).”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  18

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  leave out lines 1 to 4 and insert—

 

“(2A)    

Those recommendations are—

 

(a)    

on an investigation under section 340H(1)(a) where the Ombudsman

 

finds that the service complaint to which the investigation relates is well-

 

founded, the Ombudsman’s recommendations (if any) on what redress

 

would be appropriate;

 

(b)    

on an investigation under section 340H(1)(b), (c) or (d) where the

 

Ombudsman finds that the allegation to which the investigation relates is

 

well-founded, the Ombudsman’s recommendations (if any) as a result of

 

that finding;

 

(c)    

where, by virtue of section 340H(4A), the Ombudsman finds

 

maladministration in the handling of a service complaint, the

 

Ombudsman’s recommendations (if any) as a result of that finding.”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  19

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  5,  leave out “(2)” and insert “(2A)(b) or (c)”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  20

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  8,  after “maladministration”, insert “or undue delay to which

 

the finding relates”

 

Secretary Michael Fallon

 

Agreed to  21

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  10,  after “maladministration”, insert “or undue delay”


 
 

:                                             

535

 

, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  32

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  25,  leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

 

“(c)    

provision for the imposition on those to whom reports are sent of

 

obligations of confidentiality in the interests of—

 

(i)    

national security; or

 

(ii)    

the safety of any person.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  33

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

accept the findings and recommendations of the Service Complaints

 

Ombudsman.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  34

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  32,  leave out “(if any)”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

John Woodcock

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Sir Bob Russell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Ms Gisela Stuart

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Bob Stewart

 

Not called (debated with 24)  35

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  leave out lines 35 to 37.


 
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