New Clause 1 - Transitional provision

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 10th February 2015.

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‘(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of sections 1 to 3 and the Schedule.

(2) The power under subsection (1) includes power—

(a) to modify the operation of the old complaints provisions in relation to pre-commencement complaints;

(b) to apply any of the new complaints provisions (with or without modifications) in relation to pre-commencement complaints.

(3) Regulations under this section—

(a) may make different provision for different purposes;

(b) may make provision generally or in relation to cases of a description specified in the regulations.

(4) Regulations under this section are to be made by statutory instrument; and an instrument containing regulations under this section is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(5) In this section—

“the new complaints provisions” means—

(a) the provisions of, or made under, Part 14A of the Armed Forces Act 2006, and

(b) section 365B of that Act;

“the old complaints provisions” means—

(a) sections 334 to 339 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 and provision made under any of those sections, and

(b) section 366 of that Act;

“pre-commencement complaint” means a complaint under section 334 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 that is made before the coming into force of section 2(2) of this Act.” —(Anna Soubry.)

The new clause inserted by this amendment confers power on the Secretary of State to make regulations containing transitional, transitory or saving provision in connection with the coming into force of clauses 1 to 3 and the Schedule.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

On a point of order, Sir Alan. May I add my thanks to the departmental and parliamentary staff who, I am sure, have done an enormous amount of work on the Bill? I also commend the Minister for her words in praise of our armed forces and for her command of what has been a short but sometimes quite challenging Bill Committee. She deserves praise for that.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

On a point of order, Sir Alan. I wish to make a point for the sake of accuracy. I understand that we have had 14 votes this afternoon in a such a short period of time that we may have made history. Is that correct? [ Interruption. ]

Photo of Alan Meale Alan Meale Labour, Mansfield

Not even close. [ Laughter. ]

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose.

 Written evidence reported to the House

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