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Armed Forces Act 2021

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Sessions 2019-21, 2021-22

Act of Parliament (1)

Full text of the Act of Parliament as passed by Parliament (this is the Act in its original state. The Act may have been amended by another Act and any such amendments are not shown in this version).

Armed Forces Act 2021 (c. 35)
15 December 2021

Full text of the Bill as introduced and further versions of the Bill as it is reprinted to incorporate amendments (proposals for change) made during its passage through Parliament.

HL Bill 83 Commons Reasons
13 December 2021
Lords
Bill 213 2021-22 (Lords Non-Insistence and Amendments in Lieu)
9 December 2021
Commons
HL Bill 78 Commons Reasons
6 December 2021
Lords
Bill 206 2021-22 (Lords Amendments to the Bill)
30 November 2021
Commons
HL Bill 70 (as amended on Report)
23 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 62 (as amended in Grand Committee)
8 November 2021
Lords
14 July 2021
Lords
Bill 132 2021-22 (as amended in Committee of the Whole House)
23 June 2021
Commons
Bill 132 2021-22 (as amended in Committee of the Whole House) - large print
23 June 2021
Commons
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced)
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced) - large print
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 244 2019-21 (as introduced)
25 January 2021
Commons
Bill 244 2019-21 - (large print)
25 January 2021
Commons

Documents to explain the purpose of the Bill.

Bill 206 EN 2021-22
30 November 2021
Commons
14 July 2021
Lords
Bill 002 EN 2021-22
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 002 EN 2021-22 - large print
12 May 2021
Commons
Bill 244 EN 2019-21
25 January 2021
Commons
Bill 244 EN 2019-21 - (large print)
25 January 2021
Commons

The Government provide a delegated powers memorandum for all public (including hybrid) bills to justify the delegation of powers, usually to Ministers, in the bill. For reports of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee, see “Select Committee Reports”.

Armed Forces Bill: Supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum
15 November 2021
Lords
Armed Forces Bill: Delegated Powers Memorandum
15 July 2021
Lords

Full list of amendment papers relating to the Bill. Individual amendment papers will be replaced with consolidated lists before the amendments are discussed. Page and line references in amendment papers refer to the PDF version of the Bill.

HL Bill 83-I Marshalled list for Consideration of Commons Reasons
14 December 2021
Lords
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 13 December 2021
13 December 2021
Commons
HL Bill 78-I Marshalled list for Consideration of Commons Reasons
7 December 2021
Lords
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 6 December 2021
6 December 2021
Commons
Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 3 December 2021
3 December 2021
Commons
Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 2 December 2021
2 December 2021
Commons
HL Bill 62-I Marshalled list for Report
19 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 62(d) Amendments for Report
18 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 62(c) Amendments for Report
17 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 62(b) Amendments for Report
16 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 62(a) Amendment for Report
11 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42-III Third marshalled list for Grand Committee
4 November 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42-II Second marshalled list for Grand Committee
29 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42-I Marshalled list for Grand Committee
25 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
22 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(k) Amendment for Grand Committee
22 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(j) Amendment for Grand Committee
21 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(i) Amendment for Grand Committee
20 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(h) Amendments for Grand Committee
19 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(g) Amendments for Grand Committee
11 October 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(f) Amendments for Grand Committee
22 September 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(e) Amendments for Grand Committee
16 September 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(d) Amendment for Grand Committee
13 September 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(c) Amendments for Grand Committee
10 September 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(b) Amendment for Grand Committee
9 September 2021
Lords
HL Bill 42(a) Amendments for Grand Committee
8 September 2021
Lords
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 13 July 2021
13 July 2021
Commons
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 13 July 2021 - large print
13 July 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 12 July 2021
12 July 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 9 July 2021
9 July 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 2 July 2021
2 July 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 25 June 2021
25 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 24 June 2021
24 June 2021
Commons
Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 23 June 2021
23 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 22 June 2021
22 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 21 June 2021
21 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 18 June 2021
18 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 17 June 2021
17 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 16 June 2021
16 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 15 June 2021
15 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 14 June 2021
14 June 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 21 May 2021
21 May 2021
Commons
Select Committee Amendments as at 31 March 2021
26 March 2021
Commons
Select Committee Amendments as at 25 March 2021
25 March 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 23 March 2021
24 March 2021
Commons
Notices of Amendments as at 22 March 2021
23 March 2021
Commons

In the House of Commons, amendments are grouped together so that amendments relating to a particular topic or issue are discussed together.

Grouping of Lords Amendments by Secretary Ben Wallace and selection of motions relating to Lords Amendments by the Speaker - 13 December 2021
13 December 2021
Commons
Grouping of Lords Amendments by Secretary Ben Wallace and selection of motions relating to Lords Amendments by the Speaker - 6 December 2021
6 December 2021
Commons
Provisional grouping and selection by Mr Speaker
13 July 2021
Commons
Chairman of Ways and Means’s provisional grouping and selection of Amendments - 23 June 2021
23 June 2021
Commons
Chairs’ provisional grouping of amendments in Committee
23 March 2021
Commons

Details of proceedings in Public Bill Committee or Committee of the whole House, on any report (consideration) stage, and on any consideration of Lords Amendments or any subsequent Lords Messages. The documents contain the text of amendments considered at each sitting and show whether it was agreed to, negatived (not agreed), not called, not moved or withdrawn.

Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Messages as at 13 December 2021
13 December 2021
Commons
Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 6 December 2021
6 December 2021
Commons
Report Stage Proceedings as at 13 July 2021
14 July 2021
Commons
Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 23 June 2021
24 June 2021
Commons
All proceedings up to 31 March at Select Committee Stage
31 March 2021
Commons

House of Commons Library and House of Lords Library briefing papers aim to be politically impartial, containing factual information as well as a range of opinions on each subject. Briefing papers on Bills are produced before Second Reading and, in the Commons, after Committee Stage.

Briefing Paper on Lords amendments
1 December 2021
Commons
Armed Forces Bill
1 September 2021
Lords
Research Briefing on Progress of the Bill
28 June 2021
Commons
Briefing Paper at Committee Stage - June 2021
21 June 2021
Commons
Briefing paper on Second Reading
3 February 2021
Commons

The following select committee reports have been identified as relevant to the debate on the Bill.

10th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
18 November 2021
Lords
7th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
18 October 2021
Lords

The Government human rights memorandum is prepared by the Government to assist the Joint Committee on Human Rights with its scrutiny of the Bill’s human rights implications.

Human Rights Memorandum by the Ministry of Defence
28 June 2021
Commons

Occasionally questions put to government Ministers during debates on Bills in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords may be answered by the Minister saying 'I will write to the Hon Member'. Such “will write” replies are not published in Hansard but are placed in the Library of the House concerned and published on the Parliamentary website.

Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Browne of Ladyton regarding the Army regulations regarding minimum service period discriminating against younger recruits.
23 November 2021
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Baroness Massey of Darwen regarding retention rates for under 18s in the Armed Forces, as raised in the report stage debate.
23 November 2021
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Thomas regarding the Defence Serious Crime Unit as raised in the Bill committee stage debate.
19 November 2021
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Lancaster regarding an issue raised in the committee stage: flexible service in the Armed Forces.
17 November 2021
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Thomas regarding issues raised in the committee stage debate: judicial review of jurisdictional decisions, and concurrent jurisdiction for serious crime.
16 November 2021
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Morris regarding issues raised in the committee stage: the number of murder, manslaughter and rape cases in the service justice system in 2020, and training of Court Martial Judge Advocates hearing the cases.
16 November 2021
Letter from Johnny Mercer MP to Kevan Jones MP regarding issues raised during the committee stage: Service Police complaints, and clause 19 and its effect on the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
13 April 2021
Letter from Johnny Mercer MP to Kevan Jones MP regarding issues raised during the committee stage: Service Police complaints, and clause 19 and its effect on the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
13 April 2021

Full transcripts

Select Committee Debates: compilation pdf of sittings so far
31 March 2021
Commons
31 March 2021
Commons
25 March 2021
Commons

Link to the relevant section in the Commons Hansard Daily Report

Commons 2nd reading

8 February 2021
Commons

Commons Committee stage

Committee of the Whole House - Commons Hansard link
23 June 2021
Commons

Commons Report stage

Report stage - Commons Hansard link
13 July 2021
Commons

Commons 3rd reading

3rd reading - Commons Hansard link
13 July 2021
Commons

Commons Programme motion

Programme Motion - Commons Hansard link
13 July 2021
Commons

Commons Consideration of Lords amendments

Consideration of Lords Amendments - Commons Hansard link
6 December 2021
Commons

Commons Consideration of Lords message

Consideration of Lords Message - Commons Hansard link
13 December 2021
Commons

Lords 1st reading

14 July 2021
Lords

Lords 2nd reading

7 September 2021
Lords

Lords Committee stage

8 November 2021
Lords
2 November 2021
Lords
27 October 2021
Lords

Lords Report stage

23 November 2021
Lords

Lords 3rd reading

29 November 2021
Lords

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

8 December 2021
Lords

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

14 December 2021
Lords

Royal Assent

15 December 2021

Lords 1st reading

Minutes of Proceedings
14 July 2021
Lords

Lords 2nd reading

Minutes of Proceedings
7 September 2021
Lords

Lords Committee stage

Minutes of Proceedings
8 November 2021
Lords
Minutes of Proceedings
2 November 2021
Lords
Minutes of Proceedings
27 October 2021
Lords

Lords Report stage

Minutes of Proceedings
23 November 2021
Lords

Lords 3rd reading

Minutes of Proceedings
29 November 2021
Lords

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

Minutes of Proceedings
8 December 2021
Lords

Lords Consideration of Commons amendments

Minutes of Proceedings
14 December 2021
Lords

Royal Assent

Minutes of Proceedings
15 December 2021