Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 5:00 pm, 22nd May 2006

I am sorry. It obviously made a great impression on the hon. Gentleman. I was asking what would happen in the unlikely event of his becoming the Defence Minister for Scotland or anywhere else that would be sad enough to appoint him. If the body that he was party to—whether it was the Scottish Parliament or any other body—took a democratic decision to invade somewhere or wage a legal war, is he seriously suggesting that individual officers and men, who had not been conscripted but had volunteered to join that nation's armed forces, could have a veto and could pick and choose which military action they joined? Would that not cut across the democratic decision that had been taken?