Early day motion 694

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THE RECRUITMENT OF MINORS BY THE UK ARMED FORCES

That this House notes the contents of the Medact Report into the effects of the recruitment of minors by the UK armed forces, published in October 2016; further notes the report's findings that child recruits are more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, self-harm, suicide, death and injury during an armed forces career when compared to either their demographically-matched civilian peers or adult recruits; notes that the report concludes that the current practices for recruiting minors into the UK armed forces do not meet the criteria for full and informed consent, in part due to the fact that adolescents' cognitive and psychosocial development make them unfairly susceptible to military recruitment marketing; notes that the report's conclusion states that those recruited as children, on turning 18, are more likely than adult recruits to end up in frontline combat roles which carry greater risks than other roles; recalls the repeated condemnation of UK armed forces' recruitment of minors by national child rights experts and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Deepcut Review's recommendation that the minimum enlistment age should be reviewed; notes the growing body of independent research evidencing significant detrimental outcomes for the youngest recruits; and calls on the Government to launch a review of the minimum armed forces enlistment age.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 28.11.2016
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 18.11.2016
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 21.11.2016
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 17.11.2016
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 09.01.2017
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 18.11.2016
Kerevan, George Scottish National Party East Lothian 21.11.2016
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 22.11.2016
Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 30.03.2017
Monaghan, Paul Scottish National Party Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 18.11.2016
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 21.11.2016
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 22.11.2016
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 17.11.2016
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 17.11.2016