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Service Personnel (Illegal Acts)

Volume 181: debated on Friday 30 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it can be any part of the duty of a member of Her Majesty's armed forces to participate in an act that is contrary to British criminal or civil law.

A member of Her Majesty's armed forces who disobeys a lawful command may be charged with an offence under the Services Discipline Acts. To be lawful, a command must not be contrary to British or international law and must be related to military duty.