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Committee of the whole House Proceedings: 14 June 2011      

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Armed Forces Bill, continued

 
 

Financial support for former armed services personnel welfare groups

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Mrs Linda Riordan

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 359D of Armed Forces Act 2006, insert—

 

“359E

Financial Support for Former Armed Services Personnel Welfare

 

Groups

 

(1)    

Financial support shall be provided for former armed services personnel

 

welfare groups in each financial year to provided assistance to former

 

armed services personnel.

 

(2)    

Former armed services personnel welfare groups eligible for such

 

financial support shall be those approved by the Minister.

 

(3)    

The criterion for such eligibility shall be published by the Minister

 

following an independent scoping study into the needs of former armed

 

services personnel and the services currently available which will

 

provide a baseline for future progress.

 

(4)    

The independent scoping study shall be published not later than one year

 

after the Royal Assent to the Armed Forces Act 2011.

 

(5)    

The operation of the Financial Support for Armed Services Personnel

 

Welfare Groups shall be reported upon in the Armed Forces Covenant

 

Report.”.’.

 


 

Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Mrs Linda Riordan

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 359E of Armed Forces Act 2006, insert—

 

“359F

Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum

 

(1)    

A Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum shall be created to

 

ensure best practice in the treatment and discussion of veterans’ welfare

 

issues.


 
 

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(2)    

The Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum shall have

 

membership comprising representatives of the statutory, private and

 

voluntary sector.

 

(3)    

The chair and members of the Former Armed Services Personnel Policy

 

forum shall be appointed by the Secretary of State following consultation

 

with relevant stakeholders and shall include a government representative.

 

(4)    

The criterion for membership and responsibilities of the veterans’ policy

 

forum shall be determined by the Secretary of State following

 

consultation with relevant stakeholders.

 

(5)    

“Relevant stakeholders” shall include Ministers in devolved legislatures

 

and veterans’ support agencies.

 

(6)    

The Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum shall report from

 

time to time to the relevant authority.

 

(7)    

“Relevant authority” means Ministers reponsible for the implementation

 

of policies relating to veterans’ welfare, including Ministers in devolved

 

administrations.

 

(8)    

The Former Armed Services Personnel Rights’ Policy Forum shall be

 

introduced within one year of Royal Assent to the Armed Forces Act

 

2011.

 

(9)    

The operation of the Former Armed Services Personnel Policy Forum

 

shall be reported upon in the Armed Forces Covenant Report.”.’.

 


 

Voluntary discharge of under-18’s

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Tessa Munt

 

Withdrawn  NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 329 (Terms and conditions of enlistment and service), after subsection

 

(3) there is inserted—

 

“(3A)    

The regulations shall make provision that any person under the age of 18

 

shall be entitled to end their service with a regular force by giving not less

 

than 14 days’ notice in writing to their commanding officer, and shall

 

ensure that any person enlisting under the age of 18 is informed of this

 

right when they enlist.”’.

 



 
 

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Enlistment of minors

 

John McDonnell

 

Not called  NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Armed Forces Act 2006 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 328(2)(c) (Enlistment) the words “without the consent of prescribed

 

persons” are omitted.’.

 


 

Armed Forces Advocates

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Not called  NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 359 of AFA 2006 insert—

 

“359B

  Armed Forces Advocates

 

(1)    

The existing network of Armed Forces Advocates will be extended

 

through the nomination of supporting advocates at regional and local

 

level to ensure that local authorities work together to identify and resolve

 

issues in local policy or the delivery of services that may affect service

 

people.

 

(2)    

In this section “Armed Forces Advocate” means public servant

 

nominated to monitor and resolve policy or legislative issues that arise

 

for service people.”.’.

 


 

Duties of ombudsmen and Covenant commitments

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Not called  NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 359 of AFA 2006 insert—

 

“359C

  Duties of Ombudsmen and Covenant commitments

 

‘The Parliamentary and Local Government Ombudsmen shall have the

 

duty to investigate complaints from service personnel that a public body

 

or local authority has failed to meet the commitments outlined in the ‘The


 
 

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Armed Forces Covenant’ and ‘The Armed Forces Covenant: Today and

 

Tomorrow’.”.’.

 


 

Defence statistics

 

Angus Robertson

 

Negatived on division  NC15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State for Defence shall publish annual statistics on—

 

(a)    

defence spending by each Government Office Region by—

 

(i)    

equipment expenditure;

 

(ii)    

non-equipment expenditure;

 

(iii)    

service personnel costs;

 

(iv)    

civilian personnel costs; and

 

(b)    

defence spending in each local authority area by—

 

(i)    

equipment expenditure;

 

(ii)    

non-equipment expenditure;

 

(iii)    

service personnel costs;

 

(iv)    

civilian personnel costs.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State for Defence shall publish annual estimates of national and

 

regional employment dependent on MoD expenditure and defence exports.’.

 


 

UK Defence Base Closure and Realignment Commission

 

Angus Robertson

 

Not called  NC16

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

An independent UK Defence Base Closure and Realignment Commission shall

 

be established.

 

(2)    

The Commission shall be comprised of 12 members reflecting the nations and

 

regions of the United Kingdom.

 

(3)    

The Select Committee on Defence of the House of Commons shall, within a

 

fortnight of the conclusion of a Strategic Defence and Security Review, propose

 

the membership of the Commission, giving due weight to—

 

(a)    

the nations and regions of the United Kingdom;

 

(b)    

military and strategic expertise; and

 

(c)    

experience in assessment of economic impacts.

 

(4)    

The proposed membership shall be subject to approval by resolution of both

 

Houses of Parliament.

 

(5)    

The Commission shall convene following the conclusion of a Strategic Defence

 

and Security Review to consider a draft force structure plan submitted by the


 
 

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Secretary of State for Defence, and shall arrange for its reports to be laid before

 

Parliament within six months of the conclusion of such a Review.

 

(6)    

The Commission will make recommendations for base closures and realignments

 

following consideration of the force structure plan, the economic effects of a

 

closure or realignment of a military installation and the strategic military presence

 

across the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.

 

(7)    

The Secretary of State shall lay a draft Order in Council to give effect to the

 

recommendations of the Commission which shall be brought into effect only if

 

approved by resolution of both Houses.

 

(8)    

The Secretary of State shall not give effect to the draft structure plan referred to

 

in subsection (5) until parliamentary proceedings under subsection (7) are

 

concluded.’.

 


 

Duties of public bodies and Ministers

 

Gemma Doyle

 

Mr Kevan Jones

 

Negatived on division  NC17

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In preparing policy, public bodies and Ministers must have regard to those

 

matters to which the Secretary of State is to have regard in preparing an armed

 

forces covenant report, under subsection (2A) of section 359A of AFA 2006.

 

(2)    

In preparing policy, public bodies and Ministers must consider whether the

 

making of special provision for service people or particular descriptions of

 

service people would be justified.’.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  1

 

Title,  line  2,  after ‘Police’, insert ‘to provide for parliamentary control of proposals to

 

close or realign bases for the armed forces.’.

 

Bill reported, with amendments.

 


 
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