Military Law

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 15 February 2024.

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Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were found (a) guilty and (b) not guilty of the offence of (i) assisting an enemy, (ii) misconduct on operations, (iii) obstructing operations, (iv) mutiny, and (v) desertion in each year since 2015.

Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have been dishonourably discharged from service for (a) treason, (b) subterfuge, (c) espionage and (d) spying for a foreign power since 2014.

Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel of what (a) service and (b) rank were found guilty of drugs possession in each year since 2015.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Court Martial results from the Military Court Service are available back to 2010 in a searchable format at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/court-martial-results-from-the-military-court-centres. Information includes rank, service, final legal charges, finding and overall sentence. However, the particulars of the offence are not included. The detailed information necessary to answer every question would require the recall of physical files from archives to examine each charge sheet, and this could only be achieved at disproportionate cost. In addition, the term ‘dishonourably discharged’, is not used by the UK Armed Forces.

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