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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 22nd May 2006

 

Committee of the Whole House

 

Proceedings

 

Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill


 

Secretary Des Browne

 

Agreed to

 

To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely, Clauses 1 to 53,

 

Schedule 1, Clauses 54 to 113, Schedule 2, Clauses 114 to 163, Schedule 3, Clauses 164

 

to 168, Schedule 4, Clauses 169 to 180, Schedule 5, Clauses 181, Schedule 6, Clauses 182

 

to 205, Schedule 7, Clauses 206 to 271, Schedule 8, Clauses 272 to 275, Schedule 9,

 

Clauses 276 and 277, Schedule 10, Clauses 278 to 319, Schedule 11, Clauses 320 to 347,

 

Schedule 12, Clauses 348 and 349, Schedule 13, Clauses 350 to 354, Schedule 14, Clauses

 

355 to 363, Schedule 15, Clauses 364 to 371, Schedules 16 and 17, Clauses 372 to 378,

 

new Clauses, new Schedules, any remaining proceedings on the Bill

 


 

Clauses 1 to 7 Agreed to.

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Angus MacNeil

 

Withdrawn  8

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  14,  leave out from ‘property;’ to the end of line 15.

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Angus MacNeil

 

Negatived on division  9

 

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out from ‘offence’ to ‘must’ in line 20.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 9 to 53 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 1 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 54 to 113 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 2 Agreed to.


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 22nd May 2006      

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Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill, continued

 
 

Clauses 114 and 115 Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Gerald Howarth

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Not selected  11

 

Clause  116,  page  56,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

Where the Service Police are called in to investigate an allegation against a person

 

subject to service law which may result in a charge of an offence under schedule

 

2, it shall be a responsibility of the service policeman leading that investigation

 

to inform the accused’s Commanding Officer of that investigation and of any

 

subsequent intention to refer the case to the Director of Service Prosecutions.’.

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 

Clauses 117 to 153 Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Gerald Howarth

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Not selected  12

 

Clause  154,  page  75,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

Members of the court   qualified for membership under section 155 and not

 

ineligible under section 156 will usually be drawn from the same service as the

 

accused.’.

 

Nick Harvey

 

Bob Russell

 

Willie Rennie

 

Not called  6

 

Clause  154,  page  75,  line  12,  leave out ‘a prescribed number of’ and insert

 

‘between five and seven’.

 

Nick Harvey

 

Bob Russell

 

Willie Rennie

 

Not called  10

 

Clause  154,  page  75,  line  20,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The other members of the court for any proceedings are to be selected by ballot

 

from the persons specified in section (1)(b).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 155 to 163 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 3 Agreed to.


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 22nd May 2006      

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Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill, continued

 
 

Clauses 164 to 168 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 4 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 169 to 180 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 5 Agreed to.

 

Clause 181 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 6 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 182 to 205 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 7 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 206 to 271 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 8 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 272 to 275 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 9 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 276 and 277 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 10 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 278 to 293 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Watson

 

Agreed to  1

 

Clause  294,  page  147,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Subsection (1)(a) does not apply if—

 

(a)    

the sentence has not taken effect; or

 

(b)    

the sentence has ceased to have effect by virtue of section 289 or 290 and

 

has not resumed effect.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 295 to 319 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 11 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 320 to 322 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Watson

 

Agreed to  2

 

Clause  323,  page  162,  line  12,  leave out ‘Parts 1 to 13’ and insert ‘sections 1 to 41,


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 22nd May 2006      

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Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill, continued

 
 

107, 228, 265 and 304’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 324 to 333 Agreed to.

 


 

Nick Harvey

 

Bob Russell

 

Willie Rennie

 

Not called  7

 

Clause  334,  page  168,  line  41,  leave out from ‘State:’ to the end of line 43 and

 

insert ‘or;

 

(c)    

an independent member (see subsection (9)).’.

 

Nick Harvey

 

Bob Russell

 

Willie Rennie

 

Not called  5

 

Clause  334,  page  169,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

At least one member of a service complaint panel must be an independent

 

member.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 335 to 347 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 12 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 348 and 349 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 13 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 350 to 354 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 14 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 355 to 357 Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Gerald Howarth

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Not selected  13

 

Clause  358,  page  180,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

A person shall not be appointed as the Director of Service Prosecutions unless

 

that person has knowledge of and experience of military justice issues and an

 

understanding of their relevance to the role of Her Majesty’s Forces.

 

(2B)    

The functions of the Director shall be exercised by him independently of any

 

other person.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 22nd May 2006      

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Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill, continued

 
 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 359 to 363 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 15 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 364 to 366 Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Liam Fox

 

Mr Gerald Howarth

 

Dr Julian Lewis

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Not selected  14

 

Clause  367,  page  186,  line  21,  at end insert “‘service equipment” refers to

 

equipment used by, or in the possession or under the control of—

 

(a)    

Her Majesty’s Forces,

 

(b)    

an allied force, or

 

(c)    

an institution of Her Majesty’s Forces or of an allied force.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 368 to 371 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Tom Watson

 

Agreed to  3

 

Schedule  16,  page  267,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (S.I. 1978/1908 (N.I. 27))

 

63A      

In Article 2 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978

 

(interpretation), in paragraph (2), in the definition of “service disciplinary

 

proceedings”, after “any of the following—” insert—

 

“(za)    

any proceedings (whether or not before a court) in respect of

 

a service offence within the meaning of the Armed Forces Act

 

2006 (except proceedings before a civilian court within the

 

meaning of that Act);”.

 

63B      

In Article 4 of that Order (rehabilitation of persons dealt with in service

 

disciplinary proceedings), after paragraph (1) insert—

 

“(1A)    

Section 369(1) to (3) of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (“conviction” and

 

“sentence” in relation to summary hearings and the SAC) apply for the

 

purposes of this Order as they apply for the purposes of that Act.”

 

63C(1)  

Article 6 of that Order (rehabilitation periods for particular sentences) is

 

amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph (1)—

 

(a)    

in sub-paragraph (c) omit the “and” at the end;

 

(b)    

in sub-paragraph (d) omit “or a corresponding court-martial

 

punishment”;


 
 

Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 22nd May 2006      

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Armed Forces (Re-Committed) Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

after that sub-paragraph insert—

 

“(e)    

a sentence of detention for life, or for a term

 

exceeding thirty months, passed under section 208 of

 

the Armed Forces Act 2006;

 

(f)    

a sentence of detention during Her Majesty’s pleasure

 

under section 217 of that Act; and

 

(g)    

any of the following passed as a result of any of

 

sections 218 to 221 of that Act—

 

(i)    

a sentence of imprisonment for public

 

protection under section 225 of the Criminal

 

Justice Act 2003;

 

(ii)    

a sentence of detention for public protection

 

under section 226 of that Act;

 

(iii)    

an extended sentence under section 227 or

 

228 of that Act;”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph (2)—

 

(a)    

in Table A, in the fifth entry for “Any sentence of detention” substitute

 

“Any sentence of service detention within the meaning of the Armed

 

Forces Act 2006, or any sentence of detention corresponding to such

 

a sentence,”;

 

(b)    

in Table B—

 

(i)    

in the fourth entry, after “1998” insert “or under section 208

 

of the Armed Forces Act 2006”;

 

(ii)    

in the fifth entry, after “Article 45” insert “or that section

 

208”.

 

      (4)  

After paragraph (4) insert—

 

“(4A)    

Where in respect of a conviction an order under section 210 of the

 

Armed Forces Act 2006 (detention and training order) was made, the

 

rehabilitation period applicable to the sentence shall be—

 

(a)    

in the case of a person aged 15 or over on conviction, five

 

years if the order was for a term exceeding six months, or

 

three and a half years if it was for six months or less;

 

(b)    

in the case of a person aged under 15 on conviction, a period

 

beginning with the date of conviction and ending one year

 

after the date on which the order ceases to have effect.

 

(4B)    

Where in respect of a conviction a service community order under the

 

Armed Forces Act 2006 or an overseas community order under that

 

Act was made, the rehabilitation period applicable to the sentence

 

shall be—

 

(a)    

in the case of a person aged 18 or over on conviction, 5 years

 

from the date of conviction;

 

(b)    

in the case of a person aged under 18 on conviction, two and

 

a half years from the date of conviction or a period beginning

 

with the date of conviction and ending when the order ceases

 

to have effect, whichever is the longer.”

 

      (5)  

In paragraph (9)—

 

(a)    

omit sub-paragraph (a);

 

(b)    

in sub-paragraph (c) after “1998” insert “or section 208 of the Armed

 

Forces Act 2006”.

 

      (6)  

After paragraph (9) insert—


 
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