The Armed Forces Bill Contents


The following witnesses gave evidence. Transcripts can be viewed on the inquiry publications page of the Committee’s website.

Thursday 04 March 2021

General (retd) Sir John McColl, Chair, Confederation of Service Charities; Laura Pett, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, The Royal British Legion; Ted Arnold, Senior Public Affairs and Policy Manager, Help for HeroesQ1–20

Anna Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Naval Families Federation; Collette Musgrave, Chief Executive Officer, Army Families Federation; Maria Lyle, Director, Royal Air Force Families FederationQ21–42

Colonel (retd) John Rollins, Chief Executive Officer, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Northern Ireland; Canon Peter Bruinvels CC, Armed Forces Champion and Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser, Kent and Surrey County CouncilsQ43–51

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chair of Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association (LGA); Cllr Maureen Webber, Community Safety Spokesperson, Welsh Local Government Association; Mike Callaghan, National Policy Manager, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)Q52–89

Michael King, Local Government and Social Care OmbudsmanQ90–103

Thursday 11 March 2021

His Honour Shaun Lyons CBE; Professor Sir Jon Murphy, Professor of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores UniversityQ104–132

His Honour Jeff Blackett, former Judge Advocate GeneralQ133–151

His Honour Judge Alan Large, Judge Advocate General; Jonathan Rees QC, Director of Service ProsecutionsQ152–167

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Nicola Williams (Former Service Complaints Ombudsman)Q168–183

Emma Norton, Founder, Centre for Military Justice (CMJ); Dame Vera Baird DBE QC, Victims Commissioner; Mr Tony Wright, CEO, Forward AssistQ184–199

Caroline Paige, Joint Chief Executive, Fighting with Pride; Craig Jones, Joint Chief Executive, Fighting with Pride; David McMullen, Citizenship 4 Soldiers; Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Diane Allen OBEQ200–215

Thursday 18 March 2021

Professor Catherine Kinane, Medical Director, Combat Stress; Dr Felix Davies, Operations Director, Combat Stress; Air-Vice Marshal (retd) Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive, Forces in Mind TrustQ216–234

David Brewer, Chief Operating Officer, Defence Infrastructure Organisation; Tim Redfern, Managing Director, Amey Defence ServiceQ235–258

Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Welsh Government; Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Scottish Government


Wednesday 24 March 2021

Nadine Dorries MP, Minister of State, Department of Health and Social Care; William Vineall, Director and Chair of the Armed Forces Partnership Board, Department of Health and Social Care; Kate Davies CBE, Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Referral Centres, NHS England; Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government;
Dr Fiona Jenkins, Veterans Lead and Executive Director for Therapies and Health Science, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Dr Jonathan Leach, Armed Forces Clinical Lead, NHS EnglandQ289–311

Lieutenant General James Swift, Chief of Defence People, Ministry of Defence; Helen Helliwell, Director Armed Forces People Policy, Ministry of Defence; Caron Tassel, Head People Secretariat, Ministry of Defence; David Howarth, Head Service Complaints and Justice Transformation, Ministry of Defence; Ben Bridge, Deputy Director, Command, Discipline and Constitutional Law team, Ministry of Defence Legal AdvisersQ312–340

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Defence and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Cabinet Office; Damian Paterson, Deputy Director, Office for Veterans’ AffairsQ341–378

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