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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 5 February 2015

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and


 

Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]


 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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 is appointed as Ombudsman may not be re-appointed to

 

the office.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

Before making regulations under this section the Defence Council must consult

 

the Service Complaints Ombudsman.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  leave out lines 22 to 25 and insert—

 

“(1)    

The Service Complaints Ombudsman may investigate—

 

(a)    

a service complaint;

 

(b)    

an allegation of maladministration in connection with the handling of a

 

service complaint including an allegation that the handling of a service

 

complaint was inappropriately delayed; and

 

(c)    

an allegation of inappropriate delay in relation to a person prior to that

 

person making a formal complaint, or an allegation relating to the staying

 

of a complaint

 

    

where the complainant makes an application to the Ombudsman.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  30,  after “allegation”, insert “or service complaint”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  34,  after “complaint”, insert “or the complaint”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  34,  after “allegation”, insert “of maladministration”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  40,  leave out “alleged” and insert “the service complaint

 

referred to in subsection (1)(a) is well founded or any”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  leave out lines 29 to 32 and insert—

 

“(2)    

Where the Ombudsman finds—

 

(a)    

that the service complaint is well-founded;

 

(b)    

maladministration in connection with the handling of the service

 

complaint to which the investigation relates;

 

    

the report must also set out the Ombudsman’s recommendations (if any) as a

 

result of that finding.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

the wrong complained of,”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  38,  after first “the”, insert “wrong complained of or”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  17,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  19,  leave out from (3) to “the”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out subsection (5).

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  10,  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.”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

accept the findings and recommendations of the Service Complaints

 

Ombudsman.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  17,  leave out “(if any)”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  leave out lines 20 to 22.

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  11,  line  42,  at end add—

 

“( )    

The Ombudsman may report to the Secretary of State on any matter relating to

 

service complaints and the procedure for the handling of service complaints as the

 

Ombudsman considers appropriate.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out “is” and insert “has been”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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

 

“(2A)    

If the person referred to in subsections (1) and (2) is deceased, the complaint may

 

be made or maintained by his or her next of kin, or personal representative.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  33,  leave out “three” and insert “six”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  16,  leave out “six” and insert “twelve”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Ombudsman may, after advising the Secretary of State, investigate any

 

matter deemed to be in the public interest on—

 

(a)    

any aspect of the system mentioned in section 340O(2)(a);

 

(b)    

any matter relating to the Ombudsman’s functions under this Part; and

 

make a report to the Secretary of State.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The Service Complaints Ombudsman may prepare a report at any point in time if

 

it appears to him to be in the public interest.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

the substance of the original complaint”


 
 

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, continued

 
 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  38,  leave out “of the maladministration” and insert “of

 

subsections (3)(a)(aa)”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

accept the findings of the Service Complaints Ombudsman,”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  9,  leave out lines 20 to 22

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  11,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(a)    

an assessment of the adequacy of the resources of the Ombudsman’s

 

office to fulfil his or her functions.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  4,  page  12,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The Secretary of State must publish an annual report on the extent to which the

 

criteria listed in subsection (5) have been met.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  24,  leave out from “where” to end of line 25 and insert—

 

“(a)    

the complainant makes an application to the Ombudsman; or

 

(b)    

where a complaint has been active without a decision for longer than one

 

calendar year.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  30,  after “allegation”, insert “arising from an application

 

made by a complainant under subsection (1)(a)”


 
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