Results 21–40 of 331 for speaker:Leo Docherty

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Radiation Exposure (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: No submariners have received radiation doses in excess of safe limits in any of the last ten years.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Families (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Service families are an integral part of the Armed Forces community, and Ministers and senior officials have communicated directly with them to provide updates on the support available, and to offer personal thanks for their continued commitment to the Armed Forces. Financial support has been provided through additional flexibility on allowances and entitlements, for example, for Service...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Decorations: Ethnic Groups (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Nominations for military honours which are subsequently unsuccessful are not retained by the Government. The Government has received many representations requesting that Lieutenant Walter Tull be awarded an honour in recognition of his bravery. Although his actions were no doubt courageous, it is a longstanding principle of our national honours and awards system not to make retrospective...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Coronavirus (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: As lockdown restrictions ease, Veterans UK will be able to undertake more face to face work, in line with appropriate guidance to ensure the safety of all involved. Veterans UK continue to review the position and any changes in service delivery will be implemented as soon as is practically possible. Details will be publicised on the Veterans UK web pages on GOV.UK. Face to face contact with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: The position of this, and previous Governments, is that there is no published peer-reviewed evidence of excess illness or mortality among Nuclear Test Veterans (NTVs) as a group that could be linked to participation in the tests or to exposure to radiation as a result of that participation. Formal and well-documented procedures were in place to ensure the health and safety of those...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Oman: Official Hospitality (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: The hospitality the Chief of Defence Staff received at the Sultan's Privy Council in Oman on 5-6 January 2019 is registered. Transparency guidance for Senior Officials from the Cabinet Office states that Hospitality provided by overseas governments should not normally be included in published returns.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Death (26 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Across all three Services of the Armed Forces there is currently approximately a six month backlog of requests for Service records of deceased personnel. The administration work associated with officials providing these records, which are primarily in hardcopy, can only be undertaken if physically present in the office. This has been impacted by reduced staffing levels because of Government...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Suicide (23 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Between 1990 and 2020 (latest data available), there have been 683 coroner confirmed suicides in the regular Armed Forces, the annual numbers have been presented in the Table. Table: UK regular Armed Forces suicide and open verdict deaths by year, numbers 1990-2020 Year All Coroner confirmed suicides All 683 1990 50 1991 48 1992 37 1993 43 1994 34 1995 43 1996 32 1997 26 1998 19 1999...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank colleagues from across the House this afternoon for their considered contributions. I have listened with humility and interest, and I deeply appreciate the constructive tone from the shadow Secretary of State, the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey), and colleagues on both sides of the House. A number of colleagues...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful for the right hon. Gentleman’s intervention and note his long-standing interest in the Bill and the issues more broadly. We must have confidence in the Henriques review. I do not believe that there is a tension between a good outcome for the review and the necessity of passing the Bill in good order. However, if the right hon. Gentleman writes to me with those concerns, I...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I will give way to my right hon. Friend.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I acknowledge the contributions of both right hon. Members. I agree that the length of investigations is the recurring problem, but I point out that since the early days of our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, our ability to carry out rigorous and timely investigations has radically improved. That should be borne in mind when we consider the Bill. Closing down or restricting the...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I do not share the right hon. Gentleman’s analysis. We have to bear in mind the fact that 6% is a small number. However, it is still too high, and we will work to get it down to zero. It is worth reminding ourselves that the limitation longstops will cover only a small subset of the personal injury claims brought by current and former service personnel against the Ministry of...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I beg to move, That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 1.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: Before moving to the main meat of my speech, I wish to formally put on record my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer) for his fantastic work on veterans’ issues for many years and his work in getting the Bill to this point. I know that he will share my satisfaction that, with a following wind, it will make further progress today. Importantly, although...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I thank my right hon. and gallant Friend for that intervention. I acknowledge his significant service on operations in Northern Ireland, and I know that he will share my keen expectation that we will, through legislation, in due course, deliver the protection that our Op Banner veterans so richly deserve.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I thank the hon. Member for that intervention and I agree entirely with him. Those who have served are the finest among us, and this Government are resolutely committed to delivering through legislation the protections that our veterans of the troubles of Northern Ireland deserve. I turn to the Government amendments in lieu of Lords amendment 1. The Lords amendment adds a new subsection to...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I think he will derive reassurance from the remarks that I am shortly about to make, so I ask him to bear with me. These concerns are that, by not excluding other serious offences, the Bill risks damaging not only the UK’s reputation for upholding international humanitarian and human rights law, including the UN convention...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I take my right hon. Friend’s point, but the point to bear in mind is that nothing in the Bill will hinder a prosecution of that sort. What we must bear in mind is that the prosecutor retains the absolute discretion to prosecute if there is a serious allegation. The prosecutor will take into account the severity of the crime, but removing any more categories from the Bill would...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 6 - “Relevant offence” (21 Apr 2021)

Leo Docherty: I accept the sincerity with which the right hon. Gentleman makes his point. The bottom line is that, because the prosecutor will retain the agency to pursue a prosecution in the event of a grave allegation, that will provide for the required investigation. It will not make more likely the ICC pursuing a prosecution of a member of our armed forces. I hope that he takes reassurance from the...


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