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SCHEDULEE+W+S+N.I. Adaptions of M1 Visiting Forces Act 1952

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InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)In this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

  • civilian member of a headquarters” has the meaning assigned to it by paragraph 2 of this Schedule;

  • headquarters” means a headquarters or organisation designated by an Order in Council under section 1 of this Act;

  • member of a headquarters” means military member or civilian member of a headquarters;

  • military member of a headquarters” means a member of any country’s forces who is for the time being appointed to serve in the United Kingdom under the orders of a headquarters, except that it does not include a member of the home forces.

(2)Any reference in this Schedule to a section is a reference to that section of the M2Visiting Forces Act 1952, and any expression used in this Schedule and in that Act has the same meaning in this Schedule as in that Act, except that the expression “dependant” does not include any person who is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies or is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

(3)References in this Schedule to a member of a headquarters belonging to any country are references, in the case of a military member, to his being a member of that country’s forces and, in the case of a civilian member, to his being employed by that country’s forces.

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2(1)In this Schedule “civilian member of a headquarters” means a person who for the time being holds such a passport as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 10, being a passport containing—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)an uncancelled entry made by or on behalf of an authority appointed for the purposes of this paragraph by any country outside the United Kingdom or by the headquarters stating that he is a civilian member of the headquarters; and

(b)an uncancelled mark or indication made on behalf of the Secretary of State signifying that the entry has been noted and approved;

and whose recognition as a civilian member of the headquarters has not been withdrawn by a notice in writing given to the said authority by or on behalf of the Secretary of State.

(2)Subsections (3) and (4) of section 10 (which contain supplementary provisions as to the passports mentioned in that section) shall with the necessary modifications apply for the purposes of this paragraph.

Powers of service courtsE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2) of this paragraph, a military member of a headquarters who belongs to a country to which section 2 applies shall be included among the persons who are subject to the jurisdiction of the service courts and service authorities of that country in accordance with that section, and subsection (6) of that section shall apply in relation to him as it applies in relation to members of a visiting force.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph does not apply to a military member of a headquarters who became (or last became) a member of the forces of the country to which he belongs while he was in the United Kingdom, unless it is shown that he did so with his consent.

Restriction of trial by United Kingdom courtsE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)Section 3 shall apply in relation to a person charged with an offence who at the time the offence is alleged to have been committed was a member of a headquarters and belonged to a country to which that section applies as it applies to a person who at that time was a member of a visiting force of that country or was a member of a civilian component of such a force, according as the first-mentioned person was then a military or civilian member of the headquarters; and, as so applying, shall be further adapted as follows:—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)the reference in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) to his duty as a member of that force or component shall be construed as a reference to his duty as a member of the headquarters;

(b)the references in paragraphs (b) and (c) of that subsection to a person having a relevant association with a visiting force of that country shall be construed as including references to any person who at the said time was, or was a dependant of, a member of a headquarters belonging to that country;

(c)the references in the said paragraph (c) to property of the sending country shall be construed as references to property of the country to which the person charged belonged, to property of the headquarters, to such property of any other country to which the section applies as was used or to be used for the purposes of the headquarters, and to such property of any other headquarters as was used or to be used for those purposes;

(d)the references in subsection (2) and in paragraph (a) of subsection (3) to the sending country shall be construed as references to the country to which the person charged belonged.

(2)In relation to a person to whom section 3 applies apart from sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph, that is to say, a person charged with an offence who at the time the offence is alleged to have been committed was a member of a visiting force of any country or a member of a civilian component of such a force, that section shall have effect subject to the adaption that references in paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (1) to a person having a relevant association with a visiting force of the same country shall be construed as including references to any person who at the said time was, or was a dependant of, a member of a headquarters belonging to that country.

Restriction on proceedings in respect of service as member of headquartersE+W+S+N.I.

5The references in section 6 to service as a member of a visiting force or as a member of a civilian component of such a force shall include references to service as a member of a headquarters.E+W+S+N.I.

Coroners’ inquests and removal of bodiesE+W+S+N.I.

6The references in section 7 to a deceased person who at the time of his death had a relevant association with a visiting force shall include references to a deceased person who at the time of his death was a member of a headquarters and belonged to a country to which that section applies or a dependant of such a member.E+W+S+N.I.

Application of law relating to home forces and settlement of claimsE+W+S+N.I.

7Sections 8 and 9 shall apply in relation to a headquarters and its members and property and persons connected with it as they apply in relation to a visiting force and its members and property and persons connected with it.E+W+S+N.I.

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8For the purposes of the M3Visiting Forces Act 1952 as adapted by this Schedule—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a certificate issued by or on behalf of an authority appointed by a headquarters for the purposes of paragraph 2 of this Schedule stating that at a time specified in the certificate a person so specified either was or was not a military or civilian member of that headquarters and, if he was, belonged to any country so specified;

(b)a certificate so issued stating that an alleged offence, if committed by a person so specified, arose out of and in the course of his duty as a member of that headquarters;

shall be sufficient evidence of the fact so stated unless the contrary is proved.

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9Subsection (3) of section 16 shall apply in relation to any document purporting to be any such certificate as is mentioned in paragraph 8 of this Schedule, and to the authority issuing such a certificate, as it applies in relation to such a certificate and authority as are mentioned in that section.E+W+S+N.I.

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