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EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Ministry of Defence, are published
separately as HL Bill 76—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Lord Astor of Hever has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Armed Forces Bill are compatible with the
Convention rights.

Contents

  1. Duration of Armed Forces Act 2006

    1. 1. Duration of Armed Forces Act 2006

  2. Armed forces covenant report

    1. 2. Armed forces covenant report

  3. Service Police and Ministry of Defence Police

    1. 3. Provost Marshal’s duty in relation to independence of investigations

    2. 4. Inspection of service police investigations

    3. 5. Provost Marshals: appointment

    4. 6. Ministry of Defence Police: performance regulations

  4. Powers of entry, search and seizure

    1. 7. Power of judge advocate to authorise entry and search

    2. 8. Power to make provision about access to excluded material etc

  5. Alcohol and drugs

    1. 9. Unfitness through alcohol or drugs

    2. 10. Exceeding alcohol limit for prescribed safety-critical duties

    3. 11. Testing for alcohol and drugs on suspicion of offence

  6. Punishments and other court orders

    1. 12. Amendments relating to new rank of lance corporal in RAF Regiment

    2. 13. Reduction in rank or rate

    3. 14. Sentencing powers of Court Martial where election for trial by that court
      instead of CO

    4. 15. Increase in maximum term of detention for certain offences

    5. 16. Enforcement of financial penalties

    6. 17. Service sexual offences prevention orders

  7. Miscellaneous amendments of Armed Forces Act 2006

    1. 18. Place of sitting of Service Civilian Court

    2. 19. Administrative reduction in rank or rate

    3. 20. Service complaint panels

    4. 21. Persons eligible to be prosecuting officers

    5. 22. Civilians subject to service discipline

    6. 23. Protected prisoners of war

  8. Other amendments and repeals

    1. 24. Byelaws for service purposes

    2. 25. Claims against visiting forces: transfer of liability

    3. 26. Judge advocates sitting in civilian courts

    4. 27. Repeal of Naval Medical Compassionate Fund Act 1915

    5. 28. Call out of reserve forces

    6. 29. Minor amendments of service legislation

    7. 30. Consequential amendments and repeals

  9. Supplementary

    1. 31. Meaning of “AFA 2006”

    2. 32. Commencement

    3. 33. Extent to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British overseas territories

    4. 34. Short title

    1. Schedule 1

      Court Martial sentencing powers where election for trial by
      that court instead of CO

    2. Schedule 2

      Judge advocates sitting in civilian courts

      1. Part 1

        Amendments conferring jurisdiction on judge advocates

      2. Part 2

        Related amendments

    3. Schedule 3

      Minor amendments of service legislation

    4. Schedule 4

      Consequential amendments

    5. Schedule 5

      Repeals and revocations

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