Armed Forces: Visiting Personnel

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson in the Lords, Home Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In what circumstances United States military personnel within or outside military bases on United Kingdom soil are not subject to United Kingdom laws.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

United States Visiting Force (USVF) personnel are subject to United Kingdom laws both within or outside military bases in the United Kingdom made available to the USVF.

The service authorities for the USVF member alleged to have committed an offence and the United Kingdom authorities agree under which jurisdiction criminal charges are dealt with, in accordance with the provisions of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951.

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