1.The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (JCSI) has requested further information about various points in the Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct, Performance and Appeals Tribunals) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1087). The question raised and the Ministry’s response are set out below.
Explain the intended difference in meaning between the words “any journalist or representative of the media” (regulation 35(5) of Schedule 1) and “any representative of the media” (regulation 53(5) of Schedule 1).
2.There is no intended difference in meaning. The Ministry of Defence accepts that regulation 35(5) should have referred to “any representative of the media” and so be consistent with the wording used in regulation 53(5).
3.The Department regrets the error and will amend regulation 35(5) at the next opportunity.
17 November 2020