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Military Exercises and the Duty of Care: Further Follow-Up

22 July 2019

The Defence Committee is holding a further follow up evidence session on military exercises and the duty of care.

Previous work on Military exercises and the duty of care

In 2016 the Defence Committee published a report "Beyond Endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care".

This report examined the overarching policies and guidance of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces in respect of the health and safety of service personnel during training, exercises and selection events and whether effective processes existed for learning the lessons from accidents and deaths that occurred during such events.

The Committee indicated when it published the Government response to the report that it would return to this subject to monitor the MoD's progress on the Committee's conclusions and recommendations and the various initiatives outlined by the MoD in its response.

The first follow-up evidence session was held in November 2016.

What the session will cover

The second follow-up session will focus on what has been achieved since the publication of the Committee’s report in 2016.

It will consider whether the actions taken have addressed the concerns raised in the initial report, whether lessons have been learnt, whether a culture of continual learning exists and what scope there is for further improvement.

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The terms of reference are:

  • Has appropriate guidance and policy been developed and implemented? Is it being adequately practiced at all levels? How is it monitored?
  • How are lessons being captured, disseminated and learnt?
  • What steps are taken to ensure key safety policy documents are easily understood and updates are communicated and practiced?
  • Is a positive safety culture being instilled across the Armed Forces at all levels?
  • How effective have the Defence Safety Authority and the Duty Holder Concept been in improving safety? How is safety measured?
  • Has there been an increased awareness of heat and cold injury policy? How is this awareness monitored?
  • Are the distinctions made between Regular and Reserve training pathways appropriate?
  • Are the current support provisions provided to the families of those who have been injured or died appropriate?
  • What more can be done to ensure safety during hazardous training and selection without impacting operational effectiveness?
  • Have the special cadre of coroners for military inquests received any additional training?
  • Are Crown Censures enough to make the MoD accountable when failures in duty of care have been identified?

The session may use individual cases to highlight overarching policy concerns, but the committee is unable to investigate cases.

Use the written submission form to submit your views. Written evidence should be submitted by Tuesday 24 September 2019.

The Committee plans to hold a single oral evidence session, the date will be announced later this year.

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