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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 14 (13 Apr 2021)

Baroness Goldie: ...of care standard for current and former service personnel and, where appropriate, their families, and that the Secretary of State should be required to provide an annual update in the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report. This is obviously a matter of great importance which commands the interest of us all, and I am very grateful to the noble and gallant Lords, Lord Stirrup and Lord Boyce,...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 11 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: ...the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hope, in Committee in pointing out the utter uselessness of this clause anyway, in that it could not deal with those most pertinent and significant rights in the covenant from which no derogation is possible. It did not even try to mirror the circumstances of war or national emergency contained in Article 15, which permit derogation only in very strict...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...for a Government to take at any time”.—[ Official Report, 9/3/21; col. 1594.] We wholeheartedly agree with him. We have to correct this unfairness and avoid a breach of the Armed Forces covenant, as suggested by the Royal British Legion. While a soldier injured through negligence by a piece of equipment on Salisbury Plain can bring a claim under normal rules, it is wrong that different...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (13 Apr 2021)

Lord Thomas of Gresford: ...’s manifesto for the 2019 election. It said that “we will introduce new legislation to tackle the vexatious legal claims that undermine our Armed Forces and further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law.” You will note that nothing is said there about a presumption against prosecution or anything about the criminal law, so the proposals in this Bill have been dreamed up...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 31 (11 Mar 2021)

Baroness Goldie: ...s Families Association. Very often, the regimental association of a veteran’s parent regiment will be the most familiar and accessible link through which the individual can maintain a link to the military hierarchy, which allows any issues of concern to be raised with the Army chain of command or the MoD outside of legal channels. This is often the most relied on and effective means of...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 30 (11 Mar 2021)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...had offered him any support when he was facing the eight criminal investigations that he was subjected to, Major Campbell said: “No, there was none…in the early investigations under the Royal Military Police we were told just not to think about it and to get on with stuff. No concession was given to us in our day-to-day duties.” A lack of resources and proper guidance risks breaching...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 19 (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Stewart of Dirleton: ...stress disorder. The purpose of the limitation longstops is not to stop service personnel from bringing claims but to stop large-scale and out-of-time litigation from being brought in relation to military actions on overseas operations. The current legal framework allows claims to be brought many years after the events in question, which puts our service personnel at the mercy of being...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 3 (9 Mar 2021)

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: ...the quality of the investigation in the respects I have set out in the amendment. I have put this forward based on my own experience of three cases that came before me when I was a judge. In the military context—and the civilian context is exactly the same—they pointed to the importance of thorough, well-resourced investigations. The first case related to the deaths of 24 people in...

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2021 - Motion to Approve (11 Feb 2021)

Baroness Goldie: to reassure him of the many positives in the Bill. It takes forward matters of considerable importance relating to the implementation of the service justice system review and the Armed Forces covenant. I note the areas in which noble Lords feel the Government could be taking a different approach in the Bill. I have listened to the comments on topics such as the covenant being too...

International Year of Health and Care Workers - Question (1 Feb 2021)

Lord Crisp: ...aware that there is discussion at the World Health Organization and elsewhere about the need for a new societal compact with health and care workers to whom we owe so much, perhaps similar to the military covenant. Would Her Majesty’s Government support the creation of a compact or covenant setting out our responsibilities to health and care workers, which mirror and match their...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill - Second Reading (20 Jan 2021)

Baroness Goldie: ...are likely to be worth continuing. The Government are committed to ensuring that we have the best possible processes for timely and effective investigations into allegations arising from military operations overseas. As I mentioned, the Bill will work in parallel with the recently announced review, led by Judge Henriques, which will focus on the processes of overseas operations...

Office for Veterans’ Affairs - Question (9 Sep 2020)

Lord Empey: Will my noble friend join me in congratulating Mr Danny Kinahan on his recent appointment as veterans’ commissioner in Northern Ireland and wish him well? The Minister will be aware that the military covenant has been the bedrock of support for veterans for many years. That requires work with the devolved Administrations. They are required by the Act to report annually to the Secretary of...

Hong Kong - Question (21 Jul 2020)

Lord Craig of Radley: My Lords, will the loyal veterans of Her Majesty’s Hong Kong Military Service Corps still living in Hong Kong, who have long petitioned Her Majesty’s Government for the right of abode in the UK, be granted this now? Will their request for full British passports, which all other members of the corps retained before 1997, be agreed, in line with the statutory provision for fairness in the...

British Overseas Troops: Civil Liability Claims - Commons Urgent Question (20 Jul 2020)

Viscount Waverley: My Lords, following on from that, I suggest that current policy is an affront to the sacrifice, service and spirit of the military covenant, which should be enshrined in law. Will this Government do that? If so, when?

China - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Lord Craig of Radley: ...applications for right of abode for veteran members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces living in Hong Kong. Will Her Majesty’s Government now honour their obligation to these veterans under the military covenant?

Hong Kong: Covid-19 - Motion to Take Note (19 Mar 2020)

Lord Craig of Radley: ...on a separate, much longer-standing issue. Responding on 8 January to the gracious Speech, I spoke about the unanswered request to Her Majesty’s Government from some veterans of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps. I will outline this issue. Over five years ago, some 300 members of this group made requests for right of abode in the United Kingdom. The Home Office was initially...

Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Associations - Question for Short Debate (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Tunnicliffe: ...13 regional associations play an important role in local communities by recruiting cadets and volunteers, building close ties with different people and organisations and promoting the Armed Forces covenant. The tailored regional approach is a great asset and their popularity is clearly seen by a volunteer membership standing at around 8,000. We know that the Government are currently...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Craig of Radley: ...UNFICYP in 1990-91 to allow UK servicemen there to redeploy in the first Gulf conflict. Their status as veterans seemed indisputable and should be honoured by the Government under the Armed Forces covenant, as mentioned in the gracious Speech. After that, Ministers’ responses then sounded more helpful: “We have agreed to undertake a thorough assessment of the request that this group...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...the Government’s strong opposition to vexatious litigation and to our service personnel and veterans being subjected to repeated investigations and potential prosecution arising from historical military operations overseas. Veterans rightly expect the Government to pay the closest attention to this issue. We will bring forward comprehensive legislation to address this as soon as...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Craig of Radley: ...arrangements. Treasury vacillations over allowances and tax clawback arrangements smack of serious mismanagement in setting up the scheme. It cannot be defensible morally, let alone fair under the military covenant, to seek to recoup large sums either through a tax related to pensions yet to be paid or by a lifetime reduction in pension. Heads the Treasury wins, tails the pensioner loses....

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