Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Alan Simpson Alan Simpson Labour, Nottingham South 5:15 pm, 22nd May 2006

May I try and unravel some of the confusion that has run through the debate? The debate on amendment No. 9 in particular is not about whether there should be an offence of desertion, or whether there should be specific, defined parameters for the punishments. It is about the nature of the parameters, rather than about the existence of the offence.