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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 10 February 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Armed Forces (Service Complaints and


 

Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the

 

Programming Sub-Committee.

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 9 February 2015 (Standing

 

Order No. 83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 10

 

February) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00pm on Tuesday 10 February;

 

(b)  

at 11.30am on Thursday 12 February;

 

(2)  

the proceedings shall be taken in the following order: Clauses 1 to 3; the

 

Schedule; Clauses 4 to 7; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining

 

proceedings on the Bill;

 

(3)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 1.00pm on Thursday 12 February.

 

Anna Soubry has given notice of her intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee (Standing Order No. 83C).

 



 
 

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Anna Soubry

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 


 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twgg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

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

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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

 

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”

 

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.


 
 

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(b)    

A person who is appointed as Ombudsman may not be re-appointed to

 

the office.”

 

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.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  leave out lines 25 and 26 and insert—

 

“(a)    

for the establishment of a centralised tri-service administrative office for

 

the processing of service complaints; and

 

(b)    

for service complaints to be submitted to that office before being passed

 

to an officer of a specified description;”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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

 

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.”

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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


 
 

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Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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Clause  2,  page  5,  line  7,  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; and

 

(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.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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Clause  2,  page  6,  line  12,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  22,  leave out subsection (1) 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.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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Clause  2,  page  6,  line  22,  leave out from “may” to end of line 25 and insert “, where

 

the complainant makes an application to the Ombudsman, investigate—

 

(a)    

a service complaint about bullying, discrimination, harassment, or of

 

being victimised as a result of raising a service complaint about such

 

matters;

 

(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 service complaint, or an allegation relating to the

 

staying of a complaint.”


 
 

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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.”

 

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.”

 

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”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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

 

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

 

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”


 
 

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Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

Service Complaints Regulations must make provision for—

 

(a)    

procedures for the Ombudsman to be notified when a complaint has been

 

active without a decision for longer than one calendar year; and

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State may make regulations in this area, in consultation

 

with the Service Complaints Ombudsman, regarding the circumstances

 

in which the Ombudsman may start an investigation.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  39,  after “investigation”, insert “arising from an application

 

under subsection (1)(a)”

 

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”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  6,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The purpose of an investigation arising from subsection (1)(b) is to decide

 

upon—

 

(a)    

the reasons why no decision has been reached on the complaint; and

 

(b)    

whether those reasons amount to maladministration and, if so, whether

 

this has, or could have, resulted in injustice being sustained by the

 

complainant.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

(a)    

In this section a complaint shall be considered active from the time it is

 

made until a decision is made upon it by the Defence Council; and

 

(b)    

the period referred to in (a) shall include any period in which the

 

complaint is stayed or paused in any way.”

 

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).


 
 

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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).

 

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.”

 

Rory Stewart

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

Derek Twigg

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Dai Havard

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Clause  2,  page  8,  line  29,  leave out subsection (2) 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.”

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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Clause  2,  page  8,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Before finalising the report, the Ombudsman shall send a copy of the report

 

setting out the Ombudsman’s findings and proposed recommendations to the

 

Defence Council and the complainant giving them at least 28 days to make

 

representations in relation to the proposed recommendations.

 

(2B)    

In preparing the final report of an investigation the Ombudsman shall take into

 

account any representations made under subsection (2A) in relation to the

 

proposed recommendations in the report.”


 
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