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Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many offences under the (a) Naval Discipline Act 1957, (b) Army Act 1955, (c) RAF Act 1955 and (d) Armed Forces Act 2006 resulted in (i) disciplinary action and (ii) convictions in each of the last 10 years, broken down by offence. (184315)

The information is not held centrally by the Army or the Royal Air Force and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information held by the Royal Navy is shown as follows:

Summary Dealing

Offence

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007 (to date)

Absent Without Leave (including desertion)

1095

1085

1345

1105

985

1100

625

Failure to report deserters/absentees

1

1

1

Insubordinate Behaviour

40

40

70

50

50

50

55

Disobedience to lawful Command

40

45

40

40

30

40

30

Disobedience to Standing orders

380

410

465

390

350

310

295

Resisting Arrest

1

 

1

1

Escape from confinement

1

1

 

 

Offences in relation to Courts Martial

1

Conduct Prejudice to Naval Discipline

175

150

175

130

85

80

60

Failure to attend Duty/Leaving post

595

570

745

745

720

760

275

Malingering

1

Neglect/negligent performance of duty

50

50

60

45

40

55

35

Drunkenness

295

280

300

260

240

230

425

Possession of Class A drug

10

1

10

 

1

1

1

Possession of Class B Drug

5

1

1

1

 

 

1

Possession of Class C drug

1

1

1

 

Possession class B with intent to supply

1

ABH

1

5

10

5

Common Assault

70

60

75

40

30

20

Fighting threatening words/Behaviour

60

55

70

65

25

45

50

By or in relation to Sentry/watch

15

30

25

15

15

15

15

Offences against theft act

40

15

50

10

10

1

Other Theft Offences

1

15

1

1

 

1

Falsification of Documents

20

25

40

25

15

15

5

False Statement on entry

1

Other Fraud Offences

1

Issues and Decorations

25

80

165

105

150

110

Obstruction of Provost Personnel

1

1

1

Other civil Offences

45

25

25

20

20

45

55

Misapplication of service/public property

5

10

10

10

Criminal Damage

1

1

5

1

Public Order Offences

1

1

1

1

Offences against Morale

1

 

Loss of service or public Property

5

15

10

25

10

Sexual Offences (M on F, F on M)

1

Gross indecency

1

Other Offences of Violence

1

1

1

 

1

1

Indecent Assault

1

1

Indecent exposure

1

Disgraceful Conduct

1

1

1

1

1

Disgraceful Conduct Homosexual

1

Damage to service Public Property

20

15

40

5

20

5

Other damage to property

1

Unauthorised disclosure of documents

1

Other security Offences

1

Causing annoyance by low flying

1

Low Flying

1

Negligent discharge of weapon

1

Other Damage to property

1

Lying

1

Inaccurate certification—air/seaworthiness

1

Offences against Civilians

1

Total

2,970

2,915

3,650

3,170

2,765

2,960

2,065

1 Denotes fewer than 5.

Notes:

1. Information on Summary Dealings prior to 1 January 2001 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

2. All entries are guilty findings as Summary acquittal statistics are not captured.

3. Still awaiting a small number of returns for 2007.

4. The introduction of a process to deal with minor acts of indiscipline administratively has reduced the number of cases put before a CO in 2007.

5. All numbers are rounded to nearest five. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not equal the sum of the parts.

Court Martial

Offence

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007 (to date)

Absent Without Leave (including desertion)

5

1

1

1— (*)

5

10 (*)

15 (*)

20 (*)

5

10

Insubordinate Behaviour

1

1

1

1

5

10 (*)

20 (*)

1

1

Disobedience to lawful Command

1

1

1

1

1

5 (*)

10

5

Disobedience to Standing orders

1

1— (*)

1

1

15 (*)

1

5

Resisting Arrest

1

Conduct Prejudice to Naval Discipline

1

1

1

1

1

10

5

Failure to attend Duty/Leaving post

1

1

5

1

Malingering

1

Neglect/negligent performance of duty

1

1

5

5

1

10

1

Drunkenness

20

10

15

5

10

1

10 (*)

10

1

1

Possession of Class A drug

1

1— (*)

1

5 (5)

5 (5)

1— (*)

1

1

1— (*)

1

Possession of Class B Drug

1

5 (*)

1— (*)

1

5 (*)

1— (*)

Supplying class B drug

1

1— (*)

Possession class C with intent to supply

1

Other drug related offence/Laundering money

1

ABH

10

1

10

5 (*)

5

5 (*)

10

5

15

GBH/endangering life by admin of poison

1

GBH

1— (*)

1

Common Assault

10

15

25

30 (*)

30 (*)

25 (*)

25

10 (*)

5

Fighting threatening words/Behaviour

10

5

1

1

1

1

1

5

 

 

Other offences of violence

1

1— (*)

5 (*)

15

1

By or in relation to Sentry/watch

1

1

1

1

1

1

Offences against theft act

1— (*)

5 (*)

10 (*)

1

35 (5)

20

10 (*)

10 (*)

20

Other Theft Offences

1

1— (*)

15 (15)

10

15

10

1

Falsification of Documents

1

1

1

30 (20)

1

False Accounting

1— (*)

1— (*)

1— (*)

1

1

Other Fraud Offences

1

1— (*)

1— (*)

Ill treatment of Subordinate

1

Other civil Offences

1

1

1

1

Misapplication of service/public property

1

1

1

1

Damage to service Public Property

1

1

1

1— (*)

1

1

Criminal Damage

1

1

1

False witness

1

Forgery

1

1— (*)

1— (*)

Using False instrument

 

1— (*)

1

Sexual Offences (M on F, F on M)

1

1

1

1— (*)

Other Offences of Violence

5

5

Indecent Assault(M on M)

1— (*)

1— (*)

1

1

5(*)

1

Indecent Assault

10

Rape/Attempted rape

1

Disgraceful Conduct

1— (*)

1

Indecent exposure

1

Indecent Assault (F on F)

1

Other sexual Offences

1

Other damage to property

1

Other security Offences

1

Causing annoyance by low flying

1

Other Damage to property

1

Evading liability by deception

1

Total (charges)

75

65

95

70

85

140

155

185

80

95

Total (guilty)

75

60

85

40

70

120

135

155

75

90

1 Denotes fewer than 5.

Notes:

1. Figures in brackets indicate acquittals with ‘*’ = fewer than 5.

2. Contains figures on offences rather than Courts Martial

3. All numbers are rounded to nearest five. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not equal the sum of the parts.