Armed Forces: Training

Defence written question – answered on 20 October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department has taken in its formulation of policy on training of the summing-up remarks of Mr. Justice Royce of Winchester Crown Court before the acquittal of Provost Sergeant Russell Price, Sergeant Paul Blake and Corporal John Edwards on 31 July 2008.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Immediately following Mr. Justice Royce's summing-up remarks, amendments were made to the Adjutant General's Administrative Instructions 67 (AGAI 67) Part Two (Minor Action) and this amendment has also been incorporated into Joint Service Publication 833 (Minor Administrative Action). The amendments relate to the award of a minor sanction. Any person awarding a minor sanction must now give the individual supervising the sanction written details of the sanction.

Other aspects of the summing-up remarks will be investigated as part of either the ongoing investigation currently being conducted by the royal military police or by the subsequent Army Board of Inquiry. It would therefore not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

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