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Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 16 to 38. The amendments are necessary to overcome potential practical difficulties, which have been identified in the procedure of carrying out custody reviews. These may occur between the appointment of the judge advocate and the commencement of the trial, or in the period between finding and sentence if there is an...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendment Nos. 16 to 32: Page 22, line 21, leave out from beginning to ("in") in line 22. Page 22, line 24, after ("accused,") insert ("references to a judicial officer"). Page 22, leave out lines 26 and 27. Page 22, line 32, leave out ("court-martial") and insert ("judicial officer"). Page 22, leave out lines 44 and 45. Page 23, line 4, leave out from ("Act") to first ("section") in...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendments Nos. 33 to 38: Page 24, line 25, leave out (", judge advocate or court-martial") and insert ("or judge advocate"). Page 24, line 35, leave out (", judge advocate or court-martial") and insert ("or judge advocate"). Page 25, line 4, leave out (", judge advocate or court-martial") and insert ("or judge advocate"). Page 25, line 14, leave out ("judge advocate or court-martial")...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendment No. 39: Page 26, line 10, after ("with") insert (", or is awaiting sentence for,").

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In moving this amendment, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 40 through to 65. Again, I should like to emphasise that the basis for these amendments is to ensure that as much flexibility as possible is available to the armed services in the day-to-day administration of the provisions contained in the Bill. Indeed, that applies in exactly the same way as applied to the group of amendments...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: moved Amendments Nos. 40 to 65: Page 26, leave out lines 15 to 20 and insert-- ("(2) Subject to subsection (3A) below, subsection (3) below applies between the commencement of the trial of the accused by court-martial and the announcement of the court-martial's finding on the charge or every charge against the accused."). Page 26, leave out lines 22 to 24 and insert (", the judge advocate,")....

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble Lord, Lord Burnham, told us that this was a probing amendment. I think the term he used was a "teasing" amendment. On the face of it, it is true that these are two rather innocent amendments concerning the responsibility for the appointment of judicial officers who will determine the need for custody prior to trial. In that regard, we would prefer to leave the Bill as drafted. The...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: As the noble Lord, Lord Renton, has explained, this amendment seeks to adjust the minimum qualifications required for judicial officers who are to be appointed to deal with the custody hearings to be established under the Bill. The aim of the clause is to ensure that those appointed have an appropriate level of experience. As the noble Lord pointed out, that is very important. However, we...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I understand your Lordships' concern that there is no artificially restrictive position over what might be thought of as "a state of war" when we are considering the lives of servicemen who are engaged in active operations where there is an identifiable enemy. I undertake to try to help the Committee a little more on that specific point during the course of today's debate. I turn to...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I undertake to look at that matter as the noble and learned Lord has kindly asked me to. This is extremely complex legislation. We are dealing not only with the usual array of magnificent support from the Civil Service and from civil service lawyers, but also of course from the military. I shall attempt to return to the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord Renton, who reminded us...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I believe that the amendments have been grouped together because the noble Lord has a number of linked concerns about the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces were the Bill to be enacted as it stands. The noble Lord has asked me to separate out the way in which I deal with what he describes as his point of principle on Amendment No. 2. I can then deal with the other amendments...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: That is a difficult point. As the noble and gallant Lord will know far better than I do, the declaration of a state of war has very specific legal implications. We can be in armed conflict without necessarily being at war. Indeed, it is often not in the interests of the United Kingdom when we are in armed conflict to elevate that to the level of declaring ourselves to be at war because of the...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I agree with the noble Lord that there are different interpretations of a state of war. During the course of debates today perhaps I may ask my officials to ensure that I have placed in my hand the internationally agreed definition--I believe that there are such conventions--so that that is available to us. That may give us some help on the issue. I was referring to the passing of the Human...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now resolve itself into Committee on this Bill. Moved, That the House do now resolve itself into Committee.--(Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.)

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble Lord, Lord Peyton of Yeovil, has highlighted the difficulties encountered by anyone trying to read the three service discipline Acts. Since being enacted in the 1950s they have been very heavily amended and no one can claim that they are easy to follow. However, the Committee will know that it is the practice of departments introducing primary legislation that amends already heavily...

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [H.L.] (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Elton. It is important that those in the field, at whatever level, understand the discipline under which they are operating. There will need to be proper understanding within all three armed services of any changes brought about by the legislation. The services at all levels want to introduce the compliant disciplinary procedures in the Bill as soon as...

RN and RAF Patrols: Christmas (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, emergency services such as search and rescue and the RAF's Quick Reaction Alert will be on standby over the Christmas period, as they are every day. Depending on operational commitments, most Royal Navy ships and submarines will be in port, either in the UK or in overseas operational theatres. RAF operations overseas will continue as necessary, but normal training will be suspended....

RN and RAF Patrols: Christmas (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, we are in a little difficulty with this Question. The noble Lord's Question specifically refers to the Christmas period. The fact is that there is nothing unusual happening over the Christmas period. As regards the Royal Navy, plans are unchanged; the majority of the fleet will be alongside. HMS "Exeter" will be in the Gulf, HMS "Somerset" will be in the South Atlantic and HMS...

RN and RAF Patrols: Christmas (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I respectfully suggest to the noble Lord that there will be many priority households on that particular night. Were I to single one out, I am sure that many other six year-olds would be greatly disappointed. The important point is that the defence capability of the United Kingdom will be maintained this year over the Christmas and New Year periods, as your Lordships would rightly expect.

RN and RAF Patrols: Christmas (16 Dec 1999)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, as the House would expect, there will be a deterrent submarine at sea over the Christmas period.


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