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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Wednesday 4 March 2015

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

1705-09

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill


 

[Lords], As Amended


 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines “undue delay” for the purposes of paragraph (c) of new section 340H(1)

 

of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (see Government amendment 4).

 

Mrs Madeleine Moon

 

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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require that any regulations made by the Secretary of State must specify

 

that the person, or at least one of the panel members, involved in dealing with Service complaints

 

involving allegations of discrimination or harassment should have a proven understanding of

 

discrimination and harassment.


 
 

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, 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

 

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

 

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

 

“(a)    

has been a number 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

 

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

 

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.”


 
 

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1719

 

, 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

 

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.”

 

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

 

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

 

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  34,  leave out from “(3)” to “the”

 

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

 

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


 
 

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, 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 
 

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, 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

 

Clause  2,  page  12,  line  14,  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.”

 


 
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