Select Committee on Armed Forces Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by The Association for Royal Naval & Royal Marines Families

  Thank you for your letter and enclosures dated 17 January 2001 asking us to forward a submission to the Defence Select Committee reviewing the Armed Forces Bill. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons we feel unable to do justice at this present time to this most important issue. Some of the reasons are as follows:

    (a)  Owing to our relatively recent formation we lack the hard evidence in terms of numbers and views from our families on this particular issue.

    (b)  The very short timescale within which you require response has made the research and commenting on the many specific areas within the Bill almost impossible for us to achieve.

    (c)  The lack of easy and immediate access to any reference documents has cause to hinder our endeavours.

  Despite the above we have attempted to document and raise with the Select Committee the following issues which we feel are of relevance to both naval serving personnel and their families at this present time. Overall we would like to ensure that the impact and consequences for families of all disciplinary procedures covered under the Bill are considered and fully taken account of.

  For example, when imposing a fine on the serving person the impact upon his or her family is realised. In the Naval Service, there does not exist a minimum pay protection as there is in the Army or RAF. This can impact on a family's financial situation quite severely should the particular unit or establishment prove to be remiss when considering the families needs.

  On the subject of Domestic Violence the role of the Ministry of Defence Police in assisting the Royal Naval & Royal Marines Families is well established and the small increase within the updated version of the Armed Forces Bill will be valuable.

February 2001

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