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Bermuda Regiment

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will investigate complaints of abuse of conscript recruits by non-commissioned officers in the Bermuda Regiment; and if she will make a statement. (111490)

The Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment has confirmed that he has not received any complaints of abuse.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the practice requiring conscript recruits in the Bermuda Regiment to urinate in plastic bags after 11pm was ended; and if she will make a statement. (111553)

It has never been the practice for Bermuda Regiment recruits to be required to urinate in plastic bags.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Governor of Burmuda will authorise a stay of enforcing the conscription of those recruits to the Bermuda Regiment who are seeking judicial review of their conscription until the review has been determined in the courts; and if she will make a statement. (111554)

On 19 January, Counsel for the Crown undertook to the Supreme Court of Bermuda that no action would be taken against the plaintiffs pending resolution of the matters before the Court.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why it is necessary for a section commander to escort conscript recruits to the Bermuda Regiment to the toilets after 11pm; and if she will make a statement. (111555)

The Bermuda Regiment has a lights out policy during recruit camp in order to enable recruits to sleep undisturbed between the hours of 11pm and 5.45am. Should a recruit need to use the toilet during these hours, he is escorted to the ablution block by his section commander. This ensures the security of sensitive camp areas, ensures that the section commander is accountable for his recruits and helps to ensure the safety of the recruit.