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Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(aa)    

accept the findings and recommendations of the Service Complaints

 

Ombudsman.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(aa)    

accept the findings of the Service Complaints Ombudsman,”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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


 
 

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Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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.”

 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  13,  line  19,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the power for commencement regulations to make transitional,

 

transitory or saving provision. Power to make such provision will instead be available under the

 

new clause inserted by amendment NC1.

 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  13,  line  20,  leave out “Sections 4 and 5, this section and section 7”

 

and insert “The remaining provisions of this Act”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the new clause inserted by amendment NC1 (power to make

 

transitional provision in connection with the coming into force of the new service complaints


 
 

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system) comes into force on Royal Assent (along with those clauses for which the Bill already

 

provides for commencement on Royal Assent).

 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  13,  line  25,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Subsection (2) of clause 7 was inserted by the Lords to avoid questions of privilege. Its removal by

 

this amendment is purely procedural.

 

New Clause

 

Anna Soubry

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Transitional provision

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make transitional, transitory or saving

 

provision in connection with the coming into force of sections 1 to 3 and the

 

Schedule.

 

(2)    

The power under subsection (1) includes power—

 

(a)    

to modify the operation of the old complaints provisions in relation to

 

pre-commencement complaints;

 

(b)    

to apply any of the new complaints provisions (with or without

 

modifications) in relation to pre-commencement complaints.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section—

 

(a)    

may make different provision for different purposes;

 

(b)    

may make provision generally or in relation to cases of a description

 

specified in the regulations.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section are to be made by statutory instrument; and an

 

instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to annulment in

 

pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

 

(5)    

In this section—

 

“the new complaints provisions” means—

 

(a)    

the provisions of, or made under, Part 14A of the Armed Forces

 

Act 2006, and

 

(b)    

section 365B of that Act;

 

“the old complaints provisions” means—

 

(a)    

sections 334 to 339 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 and provision

 

made under any of those sections, and

 

(b)    

section 366 of that Act;


 
 

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“pre-commencement complaint” means a complaint under section 334 of

 

the Armed Forces Act 2006 that is made before the coming into force of

 

section 2(2) of this Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The new clause inserted by this amendment confers power on the Secretary of State to make

 

regulations containing transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming

 

into force of clauses 1 to 3 and the Schedule.

 


 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule,  page  14,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

“Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (c. 32 (N.I.))

 

A1         

The Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 is amended as follows.

 

A2  (1)  

Section 6A (service pay and conditions) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (5), for paragraph (b) substitute—

 

“(b)    

the complaint has not been withdrawn.”

 

      (3)  

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

Where the service complaint is dealt with by a person or panel

 

appointed by the Defence Council by virtue of section 340C(1)(a) of

 

the Armed Forces Act 2006, it is to be treated for the purposes of

 

subsection (5)(b) as withdrawn if—

 

(a)    

the period allowed in accordance with service complaints

 

regulations for bringing an appeal against the person’s or

 

panel’s decision expires, and

 

(b)    

either—

 

(i)    

the claimant does not apply to the Service Complaints

 

Ombudsman for a review by virtue of section

 

340D(6) of that Act (review of decision that appeal

 

brought out of time cannot proceed), or

 

(ii)    

the claimant does apply for such a review and the

 

Ombudsman decides that an appeal against the

 

person’s or panel’s decision cannot be proceeded

 

with.”

 

      (4)  

For subsection (6) substitute—

 

“(6A)    

Subsection (5) does not prevent the claimant from presenting a

 

complaint to an industrial tribunal concerning a claim in respect of the

 

contravention of a term of service relating to membership of, or rights

 

under—

 

(a)    

an occupational pension scheme made under section 3 of the

 

Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act 1865,

 

(b)    

the Army Pensions Warrant 1977, or

 

(c)    

an occupational pension scheme made under section 2 of the

 

Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.


 
 

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(6B)    

In subsection (6A), “occupational pension scheme” has the same

 

meaning as in section 1 of the Pension Schemes (Northern Ireland) Act

 

1993.”

 

      (5)  

For subsection (7) substitute—

 

“(7)    

The presentation of a complaint to an industrial tribunal in reliance on

 

subsection (5) does not affect the continuation of the procedures set

 

out in service complaints regulations.”

 

      (6)  

Omit subsection (11).

 

      (7)  

In subsection (12)—

 

(a)    

in the definition of “service complaint”, for “section 334” substitute

 

“section 340A”,

 

(b)    

after that definition, insert—

 

““service complaints regulations” means regulations made under

 

section 340B(1) of that Act.”, and

 

(c)    

omit the definition “the service complaint procedures”.

 

A3         

In section 6AB (“arrears date” in proceedings under section 6A(9)), in

 

subsection (5), for “in accordance with regulations made under section 6A(6)”

 

substitute “by virtue of section 6A(6A)”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendments to Northern Ireland legislation made by this amendment and amendment 45

 

clarify how the new service complaints provisions in Part 14A of the Armed Forces Act 2006 will

 

interact with certain complaints to an industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland. The amendments are

 

similar in substance to those relating to the Equality Act 2010.

 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule,  page  14,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/1042 (N.I. 15))

 

“1A      

The Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 is amended as follows.

 

1B         

In Article 80 (orders and regulations), in paragraph (1), omit “(except Article

 

82(9C))”.

 

1C  (1)  

Article 82 (application to Crown etc) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph (9B), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

 

“(b)    

the complaint has not been withdrawn.”

 

      (3)  

After paragraph (9B) insert—

 

“(9BA)    

Where the service complaint is dealt with by a person or panel

 

appointed by the Defence Council by virtue of section 340C(1)(a) of

 

the Armed Forces Act 2006, it is to be treated for the purposes of

 

paragraph (9B)(b) as withdrawn if—

 

(a)    

the period allowed in accordance with service complaints

 

regulations for bringing an appeal against the person’s or

 

panel’s decision expires, and

 

(b)    

either—

 

(i)    

the complainant does not apply to the Service

 

Complaints Ombudsman for a review by virtue of

 

section 340D(6) of that Act (review of decision that

 

appeal brought out of time cannot proceed), or


 
 

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(ii)    

the complainant does apply for such a review and the

 

Ombudsman decides that an appeal against the

 

person’s or panel’s decision cannot be proceeded

 

with.”

 

      (4)  

Omit paragraph (9C).

 

      (5)  

For paragraph (9D) substitute—

 

“(9D)    

The presentation of a complaint to an industrial tribunal in reliance on

 

paragraph (9B) does not affect the continuation of the procedures set

 

out in service complaints regulations.”

 

      (6)  

Omit paragraph (9E).

 

      (7)  

In paragraph (10)—

 

(a)    

in the definition of “service complaint”, for “section 334” substitute

 

“section 340A”,

 

(b)    

after that definition, insert—

 

““service complaints regulations” means regulations made under

 

section 340B(1) of that Act;”, and

 

(c)    

omit the definition “the service complaint procedures”.

 

Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/869 (N.I. 6))

 

1D  (1)  

Article 71 of the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (application to

 

Crown etc) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph (8), for sub-paragraph (b) substitute—

 

“(b)    

the complaint has not been withdrawn.”

 

      (3)  

After paragraph (8) insert—

 

“(8A)    

Where the service complaint is dealt with by a person or panel

 

appointed by the Defence Council by virtue of section 340C(1)(a) of

 

the Armed Forces Act 2006, it is to be treated for the purposes of

 

paragraph (8)(b) as withdrawn if—

 

(a)    

the period allowed in accordance with service complaints

 

regulations for bringing an appeal against the person’s or

 

panel’s decision expires, and

 

(b)    

either—

 

(i)    

the complainant does not apply to the Service

 

Complaints Ombudsman for a review by virtue of

 

section 340D(6) of that Act (review of decision that

 

appeal brought out of time cannot proceed), or

 

(ii)    

the complainant does apply for such a review and the

 

Ombudsman decides that an appeal against the

 

person’s or panel’s decision cannot be proceeded

 

with.”

 

      (4)  

Omit paragraph (9).

 

      (5)  

For paragraph (10) substitute—

 

“(10)    

The presentation of a complaint to an industrial tribunal in reliance on

 

paragraph (8) does not affect the continuation of the procedures set out

 

in service complaints regulations.”

 

      (6)  

Omit paragraph (11).

 

      (7)  

In paragraph (12)—


 
 

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(a)    

in the definition of “service complaint”, for “section 334” substitute

 

“section 340A”,

 

(b)    

after that definition, insert—

 

““service complaints regulations” means regulations made under

 

section 340B(1) of that Act;”, and

 

(c)    

omit the definition “the service complaint procedures”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement relating to amendment 44.

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule,  page  14,  line  26,  leave out sub-paragraph 6(2) and insert—

 

“(2)    

Omit subsections (1) to (4).

 

(3)    

In subsection (5), for the words “in reliance” to the end substitute “relating to an

 

act done when the complainant was serving as a member of the armed forces does

 

not affect the continuation of the procedures set out in service complaints

 

regulations made under section 340B(1) of the Armed Forces Act 2006.””

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule,  page  15,  line  13,  leave out paragraph 7 and insert—

 

“7         

Omit subsections 127(6) and (7).”

 

Anna Soubry

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule,  page  15,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“Consequential revocations

 

10         

The following instruments are revoked—

 

the Race Relations (Complaints to Industrial Tribunals) (Armed Forces)

 

Regulations 1998 (S.R. (N.I.) 1998/104);

 

the Equal Pay (Complaints to Industrial Tribunals) (Armed Forces)

 

Regulations 1998 (S.R. (N.I.) 1998/105);

 

the Sex Discrimination (Complaints to Industrial Tribunals) (Armed

 

Forces) Regulations 1998 (S.R. (N.I.) 1998/106).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for the revocation of three sets of regulations that are made in the

 

exercise of powers that are repealed by amendments 44 and 45.

 

 

Order of the House [2 February 2015]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Armed Forces (Service Complaints and

 

Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously


 
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