Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 3:45 pm, 22nd May 2006

May I clarify something for my hon. Friend? Refusal to take part is not desertion, but it may give rise to an offence of disobeying a lawful order, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.