Clause 8 - Reserve forces: flexibility of commitments

Armed Forces Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 23rd June 2021.

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Amendment proposed: 1, in clause 8, page 9, line 19, at end insert—

“(aa) a relevant government department;”—(Stephen Morgan.)

This amendment, with amendments 2, 3 and 4, would place the same legal responsibility to have ‘due regard’ to the Armed Forces Covenant on central government and the devolved administrations as the Bill currently requires of local authorities and other public bodies.

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Aye: 271 MPs

No: 355 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 271, Noes 355.

Question accordingly negatived.

The list of Members currently certified as eligible for a proxy vote, and of the Members nominated as their proxy, is published at the end of today’s debates.

Amendments made: 8, in clause 8, page 11, line 23, at end insert—

“other than a cross-border Special Health Authority”.

This amendment and Amendment 9 exclude cross-border Special Health Authorities from the scope of section 343AB of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Amendment 9, in clause 8, page 12, line 10, at end insert—

“‘cross-border Special Health Authority’ means a Special Health Authority which is established under the National Health Service Act 2006 and the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 by virtue of—

(a) paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 2 to the National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006, or

(b) the power under section 28 of the National Health Service Act 2006 and the power under section 22 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 being exercised together;”—(Leo Docherty.)

This amendment and amendment 8 exclude cross-border Special Health Authorities from the scope of section 343AB of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Amendment proposed: 41, in clause 8, page 13, line 9, at end insert—

“and

(e) in relation to accommodation provided to service people in Scotland, a requirement for that accommodation to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.”—(Carol Monaghan.)

See the explanatory statement for Amendment 39.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

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Aye: 273 MPs

No: 354 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 273, Noes 354.

Question accordingly negatived.

The list of Members currently certified as eligible for a proxy vote, and of the Members nominated as their proxy, is published at the end of today’s debates.

Amendments made: 10, in clause 8, page 13, line 21, leave out “and 5 (child’s plan)”.

This amendment provides that functions under Part 5 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 are not to be “relevant education functions” for the purposes of section 343AC of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Amendment 11, in clause 8, page 14, line 25, at end insert “, except Article 15”.

This amendment provides that functions under Article 15 of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (assistance for voluntary organisations) are not to be “relevant housing functions” for the purposes of section 343AD of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Amendment 12, in clause 8, page 14, line 26, leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

“(c) Chapter 2 of Part 3 of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/412 (N.I. 2)), so far as that Chapter relates to disabled facilities grants.”

This amendment makes it clearer that all functions under Chapter 2 of Part 3 of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, so far as they relate to disabled facilities grants, are to be “relevant housing functions” for the purposes of section 343AD of the Armed Forces Act 2006. Amendment 14 defines “disabled facilities grant”.

Amendment 13, in clause 8, page 14, line 43, leave out “provision of” and insert

“of the following, so far as the function relates to health care”.

This amendment ensures that a function specified in section 343AD(6) of the Armed Forces Act 2006 is a “relevant healthcare function” only so far as it relates to health care. Amendment 15 defines “health care”.

Amendment 14, in clause 8, page 15, line 5, after “section” insert—

“‘disabled facilities grant’ has the meaning given by Article 35(4) of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003;”.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 12.

Amendment 15, in clause 8, page 15, line 7, at end insert—

“‘health care’ means all forms of health care provided for individuals, whether relating to physical or mental health.”—(Leo Docherty.)

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 13.

Clause 8, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 9 ordered to stand part of the Bill.