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Part of Schedule 3 – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 7:15, 2 April 2001

I am mindful of your look across the Chamber, Sir Alan. I shall bear in mind the time available.

The hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Mr. Cohen) made a case for considering over the next five years how courts martial operate and his final point was the most valid of all. He said that no groundwork is being done to address any injustices that occur. I have attended a number of courts martial in and around my constituency because my constituents have been involved, but also out of interest due to other involvements. I have seen them operate.

I also represent, like other hon. Members, a significant number of service personnel at all levels, but I have yet to hear one complain about the procedures adopted once the process has started. Many thought that the processes that led to arrest and laying charges were deficient—