New clause 14 - Medical records

Part of Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 26th February 2004.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence) 9:15 am, 26th February 2004

I believe that this is a question of belt and braces. That is why I want to insist that the new clause should be included in the Bill. It is one of the core points that I have tried to bring before the Committee.

We should have more in the Bill. The Government have offered nothing concrete in the Bill: it is entirely an enabling piece of legislation. The issue is so critical. Adopting the new clause would send the clearest possible message to the armed forces that Parliament has every intention of ensuring that it understands their desire to have certainty and confidence in the system. I therefore ask Committee members to vote in favour of the motion on both new clauses.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 6, Noes 9.