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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 May 2013, Official Report, column 495W, on armed forces: sexual offences, what sanctions against a perpetrator are available to a commanding officer following the conclusion of an investigation of a sexual offence listed in schedule 2 to the Armed Forces Act 2006 which they have undertaken; and if he will make a statement.
The Ministry of Defence takes the issue of sexual offences in the armed forces very seriously and this is reflected in the policy dealing with those offences that are listed in schedule 2 of the Armed Forces Act 2006. A commanding officer has a legal duty to ensure that the service police are informed of any offence or suspected offence listed under schedule 2. The service police will undertake the investigation which, on its conclusion, will be referred to the Director Service Prosecutions (DSP). If the DSP decides to bring a prosecution this will result in a court martial.