I consider the conduct of Armed Forces personnel serving overseas to be of the utmost importance. I am proud of the fact the UK has some of the most committed and professional service personnel anywhere in the world, who not only adhere to the rule of law but promote it through the conduct of their operations.
The Government has tabled an amendment to the Bill which will specifically exclude offences related to torture from the measures in Part 1. Although the Bill in its original form would not have prevented the prosecution of historical events where serious wrongdoing occurred, including torture, clearly concerns have been raised about these provisions.
I therefore welcome the Government’s decision, which reaffirms the UK's commitment to upholding the rule of law in international conflict and the principle that torture should never be a part of war.