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Lords starts examination of Armed Forces Bill

8 September 2021

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The House of Lords begins committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, of the Armed Forces Bill on Wednesday 27 October.

The Armed Forces Bill seeks to renew the Armed Forces Act 2006 and maintain the effectiveness of the service justice system, so that it continues to meet the needs of the armed forces.

Line by line examination

Committee stage, the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes, will take place from 4.15pm.

The committee stage of this bill is taking place in Grand Committee, away from the chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments (changes) can be made but no votes can take place.

Proposed changes

Members speaking on day one of committee stage have put forward changes (PDF) (amendments) to the bill to be discussed.

The amendments cover a range of subjects, including courts martial and the armed forces covenant.

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Watch live on Parliament TV from 4.15pm. Read a transcript in Lords Hansard from three hours after the debate. 

Explore further information

Read background on the bill in the Lords Library Armed Forces Bill briefing.

What's happened so far?

Second reading: Tuesday 7 September

Members discussed the main issues in the bill during the second reading debate, including war widows, the contribution of Commonwealth forces and veterans, the Armed Forces covenant and service justice system.

Members speaking

Baroness Goldie (Conservative), Minister of State for Defence, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

Members speaking in the debate included:

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript Lords Hansard.

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