Thursday, June 13, 2024

This is an ARCHIVED article at Information and links may well be out of date.

The House of Commons Defence Committee has now published the written evidence submitted to its inquiry into the work of the Service Complaints Commissioner (SCC). It includes evidence submitted by BAFF.

The evidence can be downloaded from the House of Commons website here: The work of the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces - written evidence

Only four parties submitted evidence: Ministry of Defence, British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF), RAF Families Federation, and Major R A McLeod R SIGNALS.

Like BAFF, Maj McLeod called for the SCC to be imbued with the full powers of an armed forces ombudsman.

Maj Mcleod's call for "a root and branch overhaul of the Army's AGAI 67 internal sanctions regime overseen by ACAS and the SCC" attracted media attention. Army discipline often equivalent to kangaroo courts' - Channel 4 News.

With the Bale Baleiwai and Sgt Nightingale cases also in the news lately, there are signs of a growing debate about the service justice and discipline systems. BAFF has already been making sensible informed contributions to that debate on other sites.

BAFF is studying Maj McLeod's recommendations and believes that they deserve close attention by the Defence Committee.