Clause 7 - Concurrent jurisdiction

Armed Forces Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 13th July 2021.

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Amendment proposed: 1, page 4, line 27, at end insert—

‘guidance under subsection (3)(a) must provide for charges of murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, child abuse and rape to require specific consent by the Attorney General to be tried in court martial when the offences are alleged to have been committed in the United Kingdom, and

(b) if the Attorney General has not granted such consent, guidance under (3)(a) shall provide that charges as set out in section 4A(a) to be tried in civilian court only.”’.—(Stephanie Peacock.)

This amendment would ensure that the most serious crimes—murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, child abuse and rape—are tried in the civilian courts when committed in the UK unless the Attorney General has specifically consented for such crimes to be tried under courts martial.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 51 Armed Forces Bill — Clause 7 - Concurrent jurisdiction

Aye: 274 MPs

No: 360 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 274, Noes 360.

Question accordingly negatived.

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