Lords examines Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill

13 September 2017

The Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill will had its committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Tuesday 12 September.

The committee stage of this bill takes place in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. Any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes take place.

Members discussed a range of subjects, including the protection of pay and allowances, annual reports on the impact of part-time working and implications for the Armed Forces Covenant.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 11 October.

Lords second reading: 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.

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.

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