Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-2021: Lords amendments

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-2021 was introduced in the House of Commons in March 2020. It was introduced in the House Lords unamended in November 2020. Commons consideration of Lords amendments is scheduled for 21 April 2021. The purpose of the Bill is to protect service personnel and veterans from legal action relating to overseas operations. It would raise the threshold for bringing prosecutions, including introducing a presumption against prosecution after five years for alleged offences committed during overseas operations; it would create a hard time limit for civil and Human Rights Act claims; and it would require the Government to consider derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to significant overseas operations.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-2021: Lords amendments