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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: Will the right hon. Member give way?

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: Will the right hon. Member give way?

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I listen with interest to what my hon. Friend says and to his example of unique circumstances. The hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) made the point that this Bill makes some people less or more equal before the law—that it was an unfair application—but it does not prevent anyone from being prosecuted for a crime that they have committed, nor does it...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I listen with interest to what my hon. Friend says and to his example of unique circumstances. The hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) made the point that this Bill makes some people less or more equal before the law—that it was an unfair application—but it does not prevent anyone from being prosecuted for a crime that they have committed, nor does it...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: As ever, the hon. Gentleman makes reasoned points and a good speech. First, he has not mentioned it yet, but he will be aware that there was something called the Lyons review, which was the service justice review that has reviewed and continues to review. We are in the middle of implementing some of its recommendations on improving on exactly the points he makes about service justice....

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: As ever, the hon. Gentleman makes reasoned points and a good speech. First, he has not mentioned it yet, but he will be aware that there was something called the Lyons review, which was the service justice review that has reviewed and continues to review. We are in the middle of implementing some of its recommendations on improving on exactly the points he makes about service justice....

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: What is appalling is the straw man being put up time and again by a Labour party half-funded by these ambulance-chasing lawyers. That is going to damage our reputation. No apology for the money they took from a number of them—no apology whatever. What we should recognise is that many of—[Interruption.]

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: Much of the mess we are having to come and clean up today is because of your illegal wars, your events in the past and the way you have run the safety of our forces. To put up straw men and make wild allegations that are wholly inaccurate, and disputed by people much more learned than the right hon. Gentleman, does a disservice to our troops and is all about making an excuse for not...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: What is appalling is the straw man being put up time and again by a Labour party half-funded by these ambulance-chasing lawyers. That is going to damage our reputation. No apology for the money they took from a number of them—no apology whatever. What we should recognise is that many of—[Interruption.]

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: Much of the mess we are having to come and clean up today is because of your illegal wars, your events in the past and the way you have run the safety of our forces. To put up straw men and make wild allegations that are wholly inaccurate, and disputed by people much more learned than the right hon. Gentleman, does a disservice to our troops and is all about making an excuse for not...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The men and women of our armed forces are some of the most professional and capable people this country has. They risk their lives to keep us safe, uphold our values and support society whenever the call comes. I know the exceptional and often dangerous tasks that we ask them to do, and the war memorials sadly record the price of that...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: They are in the Library. They were published last week and this is in the impact assessment, but I am very happy to write to the right hon. Member with the clear numbers. I can tell him now that overall, 1,130 compensation claims were brought between 2003 and 2009. One hundred and eighty-eight of the 244 claims put forward by Public Interest Lawyers were struck out by the High Court, and a...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Member makes a really important point. Under the Bill, there are steps where prosecutors will have to pay due regard to the impact on soldiers and sailors of that type of further action. We have been told that this Bill is controversial. Some have gone as far as to say that it decriminalises torture or prevents veterans receiving compensation. Both allegations are untrue. I have to...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: The hon. Member points to the statement made in the House, and the Government still stand by that. We will ensure that legislation comes forward as part of the overall package to address legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: First, that is what we are doing. I do not agree with the point about torture. I absolutely agree with the point by the former Attorney General for Northern Ireland on that subject.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I am going to make some progress. I know that there are lots of people down to speak in this debate and, although I am willing to give way as much as possible, I would like to make sure that other Members across the House get a chance to speak and make their points. Let me set out what the Bill does and what it does not do. First, the Bill ensures that, in accordance with article 6 of the...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: First, I took the decision that, if we look back at many examples of case law or challenges, the debate around torture and murder has often been about the excessive use of an action in doing something that is what a soldier may or may not think is legitimate. For example, it is an act of war to go and attack a target. It is, unfortunately, an act that a soldier may have to do, which is to...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I thank my right hon. Friend.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: I fully agree with my right hon. Friend: torture is not an acceptable part of what any soldier or any citizen of this country should take part in. Where former Governments, of all colours, have been found to have not upheld those standards, they have either been prosecuted or faced the consequences. No one is excluding that and no one is decriminalising it.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Ben Wallace: First, the Bill deals with two parts of why often people are investigated. One is under civil proceedings, where they are investigated or interviewed, or involved in the inquest. Many of those personnel find themselves repeatedly interviewed, either as a suspect or, indeed, through constant summonses as a witness in an inquest. As we know from a number of cases, that has happened on multiple...


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