Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill (HL Bill 13)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision for members of the regular forces to serve part-time or subject
to geographic restrictions.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Regular forces: part-time service and geographic restrictions

(1) Section 329 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (terms and conditions of enlistment
and service) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (2)—

(a) 5after paragraph (h) insert—

(ha) enabling a person to serve with a regular force on a part-
time basis;”, and

(b) for paragraphs (i) and (j) substitute—

(i) enabling a person’s service with a regular force to be
10restricted to service in a particular area or to be subject
to other geographic restrictions;

(j) requiring a person serving subject to a geographic
restriction to serve without that restriction on a number
of occasions not exceeding a prescribed maximum.”

(3) 15After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) A right conferred on a person by virtue of subsection (2)(ha) to (j) may
be varied, suspended or terminated in prescribed circumstances.”

2 Consequential amendments

(1) The Juries Act 1974 is amended in accordance with subsections (2) to (4).

(2) 20In section 9(2A) and (2B) (excusal for members of armed forces), for “full-time
serving member of Her Majesty’s naval, military or air forces” substitute
“member of the regular forces”.

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(3) In section 9A(1A), (1C) and (2B)(a) (discretionary deferral for members of
armed forces), for “full-time serving member of Her Majesty’s naval, military
or air forces” substitute “member of the regular forces”.

(4) In section 23(2) (interpretation), at the end insert—

  • 5““regular forces” has the same meaning as in the Armed Forces
    Act 2006 (see section 374 of that Act).”

(5) In Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions)
(Scotland) Act 1980 (persons excusable as of right from jury service), in Group
C, for the words from “Full-time” to the end substitute “Members of the regular
10forces within the meaning of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (see section 374 of that
Act).”

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2017.

(2) This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) 15Sections 1 and 2 come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may
appoint by regulations.

(4) Regulations under this section—

(a) are to be made by statutory instrument, and

(b) may make different provision for different purposes.

(5) 20Section 1 and this section extend to—

(a) England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,

(b) the Isle of Man, and

(c) the British overseas territories, except Gibraltar.

(6) The power under section 384(2) of the Armed Forces Act 2006 may be exercised
25so as to modify section 329 of that Act, as amended by section 1 of this Act, as
it extends to the Isle of Man or a British overseas territory other than Gibraltar.

(7) The power under section 384(1) of the Armed Forces Act 2006 may be exercised
so as to extend the amendments made by section 1 of this Act to any of the
Channel Islands (with or without modifications).

(8) 30In section 2—

(a) subsections (1) to (4) extend to England and Wales only, and

(b) subsection (5) extends to Scotland only.