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Thursday 17 February 2011


Select Committee Proceedings


Armed Forces Bill


[tenth Sitting]


Veterans ID card


Alex Cunningham


Withdrawn  NC1


To move the following Clause:—



The Secretary of State shall institute a Veterans’ Identification Card to assist


former members of the armed forces in obtaining the access to public services to


which they are entitled, including priority treatment on the National Health


Service and other services which may become available to them from other





In this section “veteran” is taken to mean former members of any of Her


Majesty’s Forces who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.’.



Enlistment of minors


Alex Cunningham


Withdrawn  NC2


To move the following Clause:—



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



In section 328 (Enlistment) the words “without the consent of prescribed persons”


are omitted.



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


subparagraph 2(c) there is inserted—



enabling a person under the age of 18 to end his service with a


regular force by giving not less than 14 days’ notice in writing to


his commanding officer;



requiring that a person who was under the age of 18 at the time


of enlistment and who on attaining that age wishes to continue


his service with a regular force shall be required to enlist in the


manner and form to be prescribed by such regulations;”.


Select Committee Proceedings: 17 February 2011            



Armed Forces Bill, continued



After section 329 (Terms and conditions of enlistment and service) there is





  Report on military service by minors


The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament annually a report


showing the numbers of persons who have been—



recruited under the age of 18; and



retained on reaching the age of 18


for each of the regular forces during the preceding 12 months.”.’.



Closure or realignment of Armed Forces bases


Thomas Docherty


Withdrawn  NC3


To move the following Clause:—



Prior to commencing a programme of closure or realignment of Armed Forces


bases the Secretary of State must—



prepare a base closure report;



lay a copy of the report before Parliament.



The Secretary of State may not proceed with any realignment or closure of armed


forces bases without the approval of both Houses of Parliament.



In this section a “base closure report” is the recommendation of the Ministry of


Defence for the future Armed Forces basing requirements of the United Kingdom


and British overseas territories including the criteria used when reaching its


recommendations and the priority given to each criterion.



In this section an “Armed Forces base” is a base or series of installations


consisting of facilities necessary for the support of the British Army, Royal Navy


or Royal Air Force including security, communications, utilities, plants and


systems, or property for which the Armed Forces have responsibility.



In this section “realignment” means any action that alters the function of a base


or any action for the purpose of transitioning the base to serve another branch of


the Armed Forces.’.



Thomas Docherty


Not called  10


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


close or realign bases for the armed forces.’.


[Adjourned until Tuesday 8 March.


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