Clause 40

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 13 May 2008.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:00, 13 May 2008

I have limited experience of service courts in Germany, and I think it is a question of jurisdiction here. I am not sure that a serviceman under a status of forces agreement in Germany who is then charged with an offence under this would either have a choice of being dealt with by a service court or being dealt with by a German court, and that is where the jurisdictional debate would lie. I am not entirely sure that there is the option then of bringing someone back to a civil court in the United Kingdom in those circumstances.