Members of the Lords, including two former Chiefs of Defence Staff, a former head of the Army and a vice-president of the Armed Forces Pensions Society discussed the key principles and purpose of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 11 July.
Members discussed practicalities of providing flexible working arrangements to members of the armed forces, changes to pay and pension and mental health provision for current and former members of the armed forces.
Members also discussed recruitment, the bill's definitions of part-time and flexible working and distinctions between regular and reserve forces.
Committee stage, the first chance to amend and the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill summary
This bill aims to make provision for part-time working by members of the regular Armed Forces, and for their service to be subject to geographic restrictions.