HC Deb 29 March 2001 vol 365 cc733-4W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 22 March 2001,Official Report, column 298W on Ministry of Defence police, in what way the proposals in clause 32 of the Armed Forces Bill are designed to restore parity between his Department's police and Home Department forces in respect of disciplinary procedures. [156103]

Mr. Spellar

The proposals contained in clause 32 give effect to schedule 5 to the Bill. Schedule 5 introduces amendments to the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987, in particular the introduction of section 3A(2)(a)(i) and 3A(2)(b), thereby restoring parity between the Ministry of Defence Police discipline regulations and the discipline regulations of the Home Department forces which were introduced in August 1999.

In particular they allow persons other than the Secretary of State—for example, Appeals Tribunals—to make decisions, whereas order the present regulations decisions are confined to the Secretary of State.

Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the report by chief inspector Reid into the complaint against the Ministry of Defence police by Mr. E. McHugh was forwarded to the Police Complaints Authority. [156002]

Dr. Moonie

The Deputy Chief Constable Ministry of Defence police is currently examining the report and will forward it, together with his recommendations, to the Police Complaints Authority in due course.