Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 5:45 pm, 22nd May 2006

That is exactly what the Bill is doing. At the moment, the maximum penalty for desertion is life imprisonment. Clause 8 will bring that down to a sentence of up to two years for general desertion—that is, desertion in peacetime or from a UK base—and up to life imprisonment for deserting when deployed on operational duties. So we are changing the law, and it will be better than the tariff that my hon. Friend has just cited for France, for example.

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Richard Court
Posted on 6 Jul 2007 9:29 pm (Report this annotation)

this is typical of a out of touch MP maybe Kevan Jones would want them shot at dawn