30 Oct 15. Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill. Launches Its Inquiry Into The Armed Forces Bill 2015. The Committee will begin taking evidence on the Armed Forces Bill shortly. To aid this process, written evidence is invited from interested parties on the provisions of the Armed Forces Bill 2015. The Select Committee is working to a tight timetable and it would therefore be helpful to receive these submissions by Thursday 12 November 2015 at the latest.
As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and to maximise efficiency, the Committee is using a new web portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions for this inquiry should therefore be sent via the Armed Forces Bill Committee 2015 website.
Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases. You should be careful not to comment on matters currently before a court of law, or matters in respect of which court proceedings are imminent. If you anticipate such issues arising, you should discuss with the clerk of the committee how this might affect your submission.
Guidance on submitting written evidence
Written submissions for this inquiry should submitted online, by Thursday 12 November via this web page: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/armed-forces-bill-committee-2015/
Each submission should:
a) be no more than 3,000 words in length
b) be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
c) have numbered paragraphs
Please note that:
• Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a web link to the published work should be included.
• Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
• Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. It is the Committee’s decision whether or not to accept a submission as formal written evidence.
• The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
• Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.
• Further guidance on submitting evidence to Select Committees is available on the parliamentary website.
27 Oct 15. Defence Committee – New Inquiry: An Acceptable Risk?
The Use Of Lariam For Military Personnel. The House of Commons Defence Select Committee will be conducting an inquiry into the safety of Lariam.
The inquiry will not consider individual cases. It will concentrate on:
1. The Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) policy of prescribing Lariam to military personnel and the practice and policy of other Nations;
2. The effectiveness of Lariam and alternative anti-malarial drugs;
3. Assessments of the safety of Lariam conducted by the MoD and other organisations;
4. The accuracy of reports highlighting adverse side-effects of using Lariam; and
5. The MoD’s policy for dealing with military personnel who have suffered from detrimental side effects of using Lariam.
Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted via the inquiry page on the Defence Committee website. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 4 December 2015.
Submissions should state clearly who the submission is from e.g. ‘Written evidence submitted by xxxx’ and be no longer than 3,000 words, please contact the Com