Today (31st March), the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill sat to scrutinise the bill line-by-line.
In this session, we debated and voted on new clauses that had been put forward.
Labour want to see the following changes:
In today's session, I interjected to comment on the proposed new clauses relating to the creation of a Representative Body, akin to the Police Federation.
I also contributed to argue in favour of New Clause 11. This clause would require the Government to report annually on the standard of service accommodation, and produce a Serving Housing Charter to set and enforce a common, minimum standard across all service accommodation. When nearly half of all service personnel are dissatisfied with their accommodation, we know something must change.
The drafting of the Special Report will start soon.
Information and Support
You can find out more about Wednesday's session, and watch it in full here
The Armed Forces Bill is available to read here
The Royal British Legion
Help for Heroes
Veterans Wales (Swansea Bay University Health Board contacts)
Swansea Council's Councillor Champion for the Armed Forces - Cllr.Wendy.Lewis@swansea.gov.uk
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I'm pleased to confirm that I have been re-elected Chair of the APPG on Cancer. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC) aims to be the voice in Parliament of cancer patients and their families, and campaigns on multiple issues, including early diagnosis, workforce, rarer cancers and patient experience.
The Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill have today launched our survey on the Armed Forces Bill 2019-21, in order to help direct our inquiry into the matter.
We are seeking the views of Armed Forces personnel, veterans, families and anyone subject to service law.
This survey will be used to inform the Committee’s inquiry, and responses to the survey may be included in the Committee's report. Responses will be treated anonymously.
Complete the survey here.
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The problems of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill; and the Select Committee on the Armed Forces bill - weekly update 20/3/21
This week, evidence sessions for the Select Committee on the Armed Forces bill continued. Here is a summary of what happened.
Over the past 2 days, MPs debated the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill in the House of Commons. I was proud to be able to contribute to the debate and explain why I oppose the bill. Sadly, the bill passed it's second reading. It will now proceed to the committee and report stage before it goes on to be considered by peers in the House of Lords.