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Soldiers (Yellow Card Instructions)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the instructions for soldiers set out in the

of refitting the Royal Yacht "Britannia" and why it is necessary at this time.

All ships need refitting at regular intervals during their lives, to repair defects and bring equipment up to date, including meeting new international regulations. "Britannina's" last refit was four years ago; her current refit is necessary to ensure she will continue to give the reliable and satisfactory service required of a vessel undertaking "Britannia's" duties. The full cost, including dockyard labour, materials and overheads, is estimated at £5 million.This figure is based on the estimated deployment of 8,300 man-weeks of labour, of which the principal constituents are:yellow card; and in what way its instructions to soldiers about shooting have been amended in recent years.

No. Only the courts can decide whether an action by a soldier was justified in particular circumstances. The yellow card, which is kept under review, provides no more than guidance to soldiers.