This document contains the following information: The Government’s response to the House of Commons Defence Committee’s third report of session 2004 to 2005, on duty of care.
This document sets out the Government’s reply to the Committee’s report (HCP 63-I, session 2004 to 2005; ISBN 0215022734), published in March 2005, into the way that the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces have managed their duty of care responsibilities to recruits undertaking initial training programmes, focusing on the army. In light of the deaths of four young soldiers at the Deepcut army barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002, and subsequent police investigations, the Committee’s report sought to examine the working of the duty of care regime and made recommendations for improvements, including the creation of an independent military complaints commission to investigate claims of bullying and harassment with its judgements having binding authority; and that the MoD should examine the impact of raising the minimum recruitment age from 16 to 18 years.
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