Armed Forces Bill Dropped

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Mr_Fingerz, May 6, 2011.

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  1. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

  2. The Prime Minister must be kicking himself for believing Mr Blair's throwaway remark about wishing that he had "done more in his first year". Perhaps he should have listened to Mr Jay's commentaries on ministerial duties as delivered by Sir Humphrey.

    This is yet another brave decision Prime Minister.

  3. The Guardian article is as good as any, but the Telegraph and the Mail have covered the story too, links here:
    Government delays vote on Armed Forces Bill - British Armed Forces Federation

    The Bill has not been dropped altogether. Apart from the so-called enshrining the military covenant in the legislation, according to the House of Commons website the key areas covered by the Bill are said to be:

  4. All the Service Police bits are covered already in recent changes to legislation, so imagine most others have been, no need for another Act.
  5. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Does not the 2006 Act expire this year, meaning there HAS to be a 2011 Act? And if that is the case it would seem to make sense to pull together odds and bits of legislation relating to AF policing etc, all into one place.
  6. You are correct. The validity of the 2006 Act has been extended annually by Order of Council but would expire at the end of 2011 if the present Bill was not passed. Expiry would potentially remove parliamentary authority for the standing armed forces of the United Kingdom.

    The Bill would also make various changes within the framework of the 2006 Act, those relating to Service Police and the MoD Police coming under the following headings:

    Provost Marshal’s duty in relation to independence of investigations

    Inspection of service police investigations

    Provost Marshals: appointment

    Ministry of Defence Police: performance regulations