The Defence Reform Bill establishes the arrangements for reforming Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and turning it into a Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) organisation. It also creates a statutory framework for the governance of the Ministry of Defences single source contacts. The Bill also includes several amendments to the regulations governing the Reserve Forces. The Public Bill Committee* examining the Bill is looking for evidence addressing the issues in the Bill where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware. DOT would like to ask any members of ARRSE to discuss these issues. Volunteers from ARRSE have come forward to collate your views to submit a paper on behalf of members. There are three areas relating to Reserve Forces which are expected to be of particular interest for contributors to ARRSE: Clause 43 Call out of Members of Reserve Forces Clause 44 Additional payments to employers of Reservists who are called out Clause 45 Unfair Dismissal of Reserve Forces no qualifying period of employment We hope that members will take advantage of this opportunity to inform the scrutiny of this Bill which will impact on the future of the Reserve Forces. The first evidence session for the Defence Reform Bill public reading will take place on 3rd September. If you wish to submit evidence please post your views and comments on these Defence Reform threads before 27th August 2013. DOT would like to thank the members of ARRSE who are volunteering their time to this initiative. To view the progress of the bill please visit: Defence Reform Bill 2013-14 â UK Parliament To submit independent evidence please see the PBC page on the UK parliament website - Have your say on the Defence Reform Bill - News from Parliament - UK Parliament *Public Bill Committees are different to Commons Select Committees. PBCs have the power to receive written evidence from outside organisations and members of the public, and to take oral evidence from interested parties, as part of their consideration of the Bill. After the Committee has taken oral evidence, it goes through the bill, debating each clause of the Bill and any amendments proposed to the text. Once the Committee has gone through the Bill, it reports the Bill - in its amended form, if changes have been made - back to the House.