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Armed Forces Act 1971

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66Redress of complaints

(1)The following provision shall be substituted for section 130 of the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (under which a Person subject to that Act may complain of oppression, injustice or other ill-treatment to the authority specified for that purpose by Queen's Regulations, and, if dissatisfied, may carry the complaint to the next superior authority, and so on):— Redress of complaints.

130(1)If a person subject to this Act thinks that he has suffered any personal oppression, injustice or other ill-treatment, he may make a complaint in accordance with the procedure laid down in Queen's Regulations and, if he does not obtain the redress to which he thinks he is entitled, a complaint to the Defence Council.

(2)On receiving any complaint made by virtue of subsection (1) above, it shall be the duty of the Defence Council to investigate the complaint and to grant any redress which appears to them to be necessary, or, if the complainant is an officer and so requires, to make a report to Her Majesty through the Secretary of State in order to receive the directions of Her Majesty thereon.

(2)Section 181 of the Army Act 1955 and section 181 of the Air Force Act 1955 (complaints by warrant officers and below) shall each be amended as follows—

(a)in subsection (2) (under which a person who has complained to his commanding officer and has not received satisfactory redress, or who thinks himself wronged by his commanding officer for any other reason, may complain to a superior officer under whom he is serving), for all the words from " he may make a complaint with respect thereto " to the end there shall be substituted the words

he may, in accordance with the procedure laid down in Queen's Regulations, make a complaint with respect thereto to the Defence Council, and

(b)in subsection (3) (duty of a commanding or other officer to have any complaint received by him investigated, and to give any redress appearing to him to be necessary), for the words " a commanding or other officer " there shall be substituted the words

a commanding officer or, as the case may be, the Defence Council,

and the words " or them " shall be inserted after the words

by himand after the words " to him ".

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