Clause 5 - Amendments to Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943

Part of Armed Forces – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 24th February 2004.

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Photo of Eric Joyce Eric Joyce Labour, Falkirk West 9:15 am, 24th February 2004

I understand and accept much of what my hon. Friend says, at least about the principle of self-representation, but I also agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Dr. Turner) that representation advocacy that lacks bells and whistles has its merits. In my modest experience, it increases people's success at other types of tribunal. There would be nothing to prevent ex-members of the armed forces being represented at the PAT, as they would be at an

industrial tribunal, by their new trade union or the trade union of which they were a member while in the services, even though the MOD did not recognise it.