The up and coming Armed Forces Bill deserves much scrutiny by those it affects. The Commons Defence Committee have published a report, and the link is below. Some of this is of relevance to the campaign for a Federation. http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200506/cmselect/cmdfence/747/74703.htm So, the Government want to ignore the recommendation for an independent military complaints commission and wish to diminish Parliamentary control over the Armed Forces. The Government propose a much watered down system, known as a "Service Complaints Panel". Crucially, the powers would be determined by the Secretary of State rather than enacted by primary legislation The limited control of the Armed Forces by Parliament is exercised by the annual renewal of the Service Discipline Acts. And people are surprised at the clamour for an independent Federation?