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Armed Forces Redress of Grievance Procedure

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Burlison : Redress of grievance cannot be submitted by service personnel against summary trial proceedings. Personnel may, however, request a review of summary trial dealing. The figures for the period 1 November 1998 to 31 October 1999 are as follows:



    RAF: 2

The Army does not hold these figures centrally, and could only provide them at disproportionate cost.

Earl Attlee asked Her Majesty's Government:

    For each of HM Armed Forces, how many "redress of grievance" cases are outstanding after more than eight weeks, in respect of : (a) officers; and (b) other ranks.[HL80]

Lord Burlison : The figures for cases dealt with by the three Services at unit level are not held centrally. However, it is possible to provide figures for cases that have reached Service Board level that are currently outstanding after more than eight weeks following initial receipt at MoD Headquarter level.

OfficersOther Ranks
RN717
Army2647
RAF83


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Naval Personnel: Notice Period

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have any plans to alter the current notice periods for officers, Royal Naval ratings and Royal Naval other ranks applying to leave the Naval Service.[HL150]

Lord Burlison: A common notice period of 12 months will be introduced for officers, Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks who wish to leave the Naval Service from 1 June 2000. This will represent a significant improvement to the terms of service of personnel in the Naval Service. Currently, officers who apply to retire voluntarily must wait for up to 15 months to leave the Service. RN ratings and RM other ranks are required to provide 18 months' notice.

As a consequence of this change, the minimum period of service on the trained strength by RN ratings and RM other ranks, following completion of initial training, will be reduced from four years to three and a half years from 1 June 2000. Officers, RN ratings and RM other ranks who submit notice applications on or before 31 May 2000 will remain subject to existing notice periods. However, personnel may apply on an individual basis for these to be adjusted so that no more than 12 months are served from 1 June 2000.

Northern Ireland: Prisoner Releases

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Dubs on 13 May (WA 166-167), whether they will update the table showing the number of prisoners released each week since 6 September 1998 and the cumulative total, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.[HL73]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Dubs): The table below updates the previous information provided in May 1999. It provides the numbers of prisoners released during each week starting Sunday 6 September 1998 and the cumulative figures of all prisoners released by the end of each week. The information contained in the table is drawn from information current at 26 November 1999.

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Week NoWeek Commencing (Sunday)Number of prisoners releasedWeek-ending (Saturday)Cumulative total of prisoners released
106 September 1998712 September 19987
213 September 19981719 September 199824
320 September 19981826 September 199842
427 September 19982503 October 199867
504 October 19981810 October 199885
611 October 19984717 October 1998132
718 October 19984124 October 1998173
825 October 19981831 October 1998191
901 November 1998707 November 1998198
1008 November 1998614 November 1998204
1115 November 1998521 November 1998209
1222 November 1998428 November 1998213
1329 November 1998305 December 1998216
1406 December 1998512 December 1998221
1513 December 1998619 December 1998227
1620 December 1998226 December 1998229
1727 December 1998002 January 1999229
1803 January 1999209 January 1999231
1910 January 1999116 January 1999232
2017 January 1999523 January 1999237
2124 January 1999030 January 1999237
2231 January 1999306 February 1999240
2307 February 1999013 February 1999240
2414 February 1999220 February 1999242
2521 February 1999027 February 1999242
2628 February 1999206 March 1999244
2707 March 1999313 March 1999247
2814 March 1999120 March 1999248
2921 March 1999527 March 1999253
3028 March 1999203 April 1999255
3104 April 1999010 April 1999255
3211 April 1999417 April 1999259
3318 April 1999124 April 1999260
3425 April 1999201 May 1999262
3502 May 1999208 May 1999264
3609 May 1999115 May 1999265
3716 May 1999222 May 1999267
3823 May 1999129 May 1999268
3930 May 1999005 June 1999268
4006 June 1999412 June 1999272
4113 June 1999119 June 1999273
4220 June 1999426 June 1999277
4327 June 1999003 July 1999277
4404 July 1999210 July 1999279
4511 July 1999117 July 1999280
4618 July 1999224 July 1999282
4725 July 1999031 July 1999282
4801 August 1999107 August 1999283
4908 August 1999014 August 1999283
5015 August 1999221 August 1999285
5122 August 1999128 August 1999286
5229 August 1999104 September 1999287
5305 September 1999511 September 1999292
5412 September 1999418 September 1999296
5519 September 1999025 September 1999296
5626 September 1999002 October 1999296
5703 October 1999109 October 1999297
5810 October 1999116 October 1999298
5917 October 1999123 October 1999299
6024 October 1999030 October 1999299
6131 October 1999006 November 1999299
6207 November 1999013 November 1999299
6314 November 1999220 November 1999301
6421 November 1999127 November 1999302

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