Lords starts examination of Armed Forces Bill
8 September 2021
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.
The amendments cover a range of subjects, including courts martial and the armed forces covenant.
Watch and read 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.
Baroness Goldie (Conservative), Minister of State for Defence, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Lord Browne of Ladyton (Labour), former Secretary of State for Defence
- Lord Craig of Radley (Crossbench), former Chief of Defence Staff and vice president, Forces Pension Society
- Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton (Conservative), Deputy Colonel Commandant, Brigade of Ghurkhas and Commissioned Officer, Army Reserve
- Lord Thomas of Gresford (Liberal Democrat), Chair, Association of Military Court Advocates
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