Amendment 2

Armed Forces Bill - Report – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 23rd November 2021.

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Lord Thomas of Gresford:

Moved by Lord Thomas of Gresford

2: Clause 7, page 4, line 27, at end insert—“(4A) Guidance under subsection (3)(a) must provide that where offences of murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, child abuse, rape or sexual assault with penetration are alleged to have been committed in the United Kingdom, any charges brought against a person subject to service law shall normally be tried in a civilian court unless, by reason of specific naval or military complexity involving the service, the Attorney General consents to trial by court martial.”Member’s explanatory statementThis amendment would ensure the most serious crimes – murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault with penetration – are tried in civilian courts when committed in the UK unless the Attorney General has specifically consented for such crimes to be tried by court martial by reason of complexity involving the service.

Photo of Lord Thomas of Gresford Lord Thomas of Gresford Liberal Democrat Shadow Attorney General

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for her careful reply, but I feel that I must test the opinion of the House.

Ayes 210, Noes 190.

Division number 1 Armed Forces Bill - Report — Amendment 2

Aye: 210 Members of the House of Lords

No: 190 Members of the House of Lords

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Amendment 2 agreed.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords) 4:30 pm, 23rd November 2021

My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, will be taking part remotely.

Clause 8: Armed forces covenant