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Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: New Clause 3 - Access to legal advice for service personnel (22 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: ...require the Defence Secretary to commission an independent evaluation comparing the access to justice available to service personnel and veterans in relation to legal proceedings in connection with overseas operations with the access to justice available to asylum seekers and prisoners seeking to bring claims against the Government. In my view, that comparison is not the right one to make....

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 12 (22 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: Clause 11 introduces new factors that the court must consider when deciding whether to allow human rights claims relating to overseas military operations to be brought in the normal time—[Hon. Members: “We are on clause 12!] I am sorry; I got carried away. Hon. Members are right—it is clause 12. The measures in this Bill about derogation are not intended to change the existing and very...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 12 - Duty to consider derogation from Convention (22 Oct 2020)

Chris Evans: ...Parliament. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said in written evidence: “At the very least, we recommend support for amendment 57, which would require significant derogations regarding overseas operations proposed by the Government from the ECHR to be approved by Parliament before being made.” As it points out, the amendment is the very least that we should be doing to ensure...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill (22 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: Fantastic, fantastic. With any such legislation, I understand that there will be people with fears or concerns, and there will be an element of risk. I cannot honestly stand here and say that the Bill disadvantages troops or service personnel. I accept that there is a difference of opinion here, but I would not even think about introducing legislation that disadvantaged them. Looked at in the...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2020)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The business for the week commencing 2 November will include: Monday 2 November—General debate on covid-19. Tuesday 3 November—Remaining stages of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. Wednesday 4 November—Consideration of Lords amendments to the Agriculture Bill, followed by consideration of Lords amendments to the Immigration and Social Security...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill (22 Oct 2020)

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Schedule 2 - International Criminal Court Act 2001 (20 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: I am more than happy to slow down. The date of knowledge provision in this Bill is new for Human Rights Act claims relating to overseas operations, the primary time limit for which currently runs only from the date of the act. We introduced the date of knowledge to mitigate the risk of any unfairness that might be experienced by claimants as a result of the new absolute longstop. We chose 12...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 8 - Restrictions on time limits to bring actions: England and Wales (20 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: ...final remarks on the clause. The factors that have to be considered are the extent to which assessment of the claim will depend on the memories of service personnel and veterans, the impact of the operational context on their ability to recall the specific incident, and the impact of doing so on their mental health. The new factors reflect the reality of overseas military operations—the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (20 Oct 2020)

Lord True: ...to every speech, shall respond as fully as I can on the main issues and will write to noble Lords on points of fact where that is not possible. First, I address points made on the main parts of the Bill, ably presented by my noble friend Lord Callanan, before I come directly to answer the amendments before us, on which the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, has indicated...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 8 - Restrictions on time limits to bring actions: England and Wales (20 Oct 2020)

Kevan Jones: ...worked in submarines—as my hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn said, they threw asbestos around like confetti, as it was the great wonder material at the time—they would be time barred under the Bill. Again, coming back to what the Minister said, were it he and I then yes, I would agree, but lawyers will use that. I do not understand why part 2 is there. Why would the Government want to...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 5 - Requirement of consent to prosecute (20 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: ...consent of the Attorney General for England and Wales or the Attorney General for Northern Ireland before a case of an alleged offence committed by a serviceperson more than five years prior on an overseas operation can proceed to prosecution. We introduced the consent function because we believe it is important for service personnel and veterans to be confident that their case will be...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 4 - Section 3: supplementary (20 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: ...the years; it is not about investigations. People saw an announcement last week that we are having a judge-led review of how the Department does that. We will get the investigations right, but this Bill is very clearly about overseas operations and the situations in which we found ourselves, which actually resulted from when the right hon. Gentleman was a Minister in the Department.

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 3 - Matters to be given particular weight (20 Oct 2020)

Graham Stringer: ...amendment would exclude the prosecution of serious international crimes (such as torture, genocide, crimes against humanity, and certain war crimes) from the limitations otherwise imposed by the Bill. Amendment 58, in schedule 1, page 12, line 6, at end insert— ‘13A An offence under section 1 of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957 (grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions). 13B An...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill (20 Oct 2020)

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill (20 Oct 2020)

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill: Clause 1 - Authorisation of criminal conduct (15 Oct 2020)

Alistair Carmichael: I wish to speak also to amendments 14 to 19, which were tabled in my name and the names of other right hon. and hon. Members. It is worth reminding ourselves at the start why we are debating the Bill and why it is being proceeded with in all the dispatch that is apparent, what with Second Reading having been just on Monday of last week. As we know, the Government had a bit of a narrow...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 1 - Prosecutorial decision regarding alleged conduct during overseas operations (14 Oct 2020)

Kevan Jones: ...that far away—it is coming up fast. It comes back to the decision-making process. The hon. Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke mentioned the chain of command issue. That goes to the heart of the Bill because of the importance of having the audit trail for who took which decisions. It is difficult for anyone in the chain of command to take a decision, from the person executing the mission...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 3 - Matters to be given particular weight (14 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: ...the principle set out in the code for crown prosecutors. That includes the principle that they will work “to maintain public trust and to provide an efficient criminal justice system.” The Bill does not place service personnel above the law or make them somehow less accountable. Allegations of offences must and will continue to be investigated. Where appropriate, a prosecutor can still...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 2 - Presumption against prosecution (14 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: I am going to speak to new clause 1, and then I will happily give way. Our intention with the measures that we have introduced in part 1 of the Bill was to ensure that we could provide the utmost reassurance to our service personnel and veterans in relation to the threat of repeated scrutiny and potential prosecution for alleged offences occurring many years ago on overseas operations. This...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: Clause 1 - Prosecutorial decision regarding alleged conduct during overseas operations (14 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mercer: I will not. Repeat investigations of alleged historical offences or the emergence of new allegations of criminal offences relating to operations many years ago can make the delivery of timely justice extremely difficult. It can also leave our service personnel with the stress and mental strain of the threat of potential prosecution hanging over them for far too long. The measures in part 1 of...


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