Armed Forces: Serious Offences - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:01 pm on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 3:01 pm, 23rd October 2017

Can I thank the noble Lord for raising a very interesting point, which we will all take away and consider in detail before attempting to reply in detail? It is genuinely an interesting issue. One key aspect of Section 42 is the fact that it imports into service law any offence that is also an offence in civilian criminal law. That is extremely important when service personnel are serving abroad and commit civilian criminal offences that the civilian courts here do not have the power to deal with. I thank the noble Lord for raising a very important point.