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Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1991

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60Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures in Northern Ireland

(1)The Secretary of State shall appoint a person to be known as the Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures in Northern Ireland (in this Act referred to as “the Independent Assessor”).

(2)A person shall not be eligible for appointment as the Independent Assessor if he is, or at any time during the period of twenty years ending with the date of the appointment has been, a serving member of Her Majesty’s forces.

(3)Schedule 6 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the Independent Assessor.

(4)The Independent Assessor—

(a)shall keep under review the procedures adopted by the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland (“the GOC”) for receiving, investigating and responding to relevant complaints;

(b)shall receive and investigate any representations concerning those procedures;

(c)may investigate the operation of those procedures in relation to any particular complaint or group of complaints;

(d)may require the GOC to review any particular case or group of cases in which the Independent Assessor considers any of those procedures to have operated inadequately; and

(e)may make to the GOC recommendations concerning any inadequacies in those procedures, including inadequacies in the way in which they operate in relation to any particular complaint, group of complaints or description of complaints.

(5)In this section “relevant complaint” means a complaint relating to the behaviour of any member of Her Majesty’s forces under the command of the GOC, other than—

(a)any complaint which has been referred by the GOC to the Royal Ulster Constabulary and not remitted by the Royal Ulster Constabulary to the GOC to be dealt with by him; and

(b)any complaint relating to a matter in respect of which a claim for compensation has been made under section 63 below or which is the subject of proceedings involving a claim for compensation which have been instituted in any court.

(6)The GOC shall—

(a)furnish such information;

(b)disclose such documents; and

(c)provide such assistance,

as the Independent Assessor may reasonably require for the purpose of the performance of his functions.

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