Armed Forces: Death

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th November 2018.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures were in place prior to the 2016 Fatal Accident Act coming into force to brief military personnel and their families on the lack of a mandatory requirement for a Fatal Accident Inquiry in Scotland for military deaths.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

It has not been possible to establish what, if anything, military personnel and their families may have been told regarding the differences between the English and Scottish legal systems in the event of a death prior to the introduction of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016. We can advise that such information is not included in briefing for military personnel and their families should they have been deployed to Scotland post 2016.

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