Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 4:00 pm, 22nd May 2006

I disagree. The measure does not say the sentence for desertion will automatically be life imprisonment, but up to life imprisonment, so there is flexibility in sentencing. The idea has been sold that somehow if one deserts one will automatically get life imprisonment, and that is not the case.