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Armed Forces Act 2001

Hansard References

The following table sets out the dates and Hansard references for each stage of this Act’s passage through Parliament.

StageDateHansard Reference
House of Commons
Introduction11 December 2000Vol 359 Col 371
Second Reading  9 January 2001Vol 360 Cols 893-1028
Select Committee

16 January 2001-

13 March 2001

Select Committee Report on the Armed Forces Bill Vols I & II HC 154
Committee, Report &  Third Reading2 April 2001Vol 366  Cols 63-133
Consideration of Lords Amendments11 May 2001Vol 366  Cols 63-133
House of Lords
Introduction3 April 2001Vol 624  Col 741
Second Reading23 April 2001Vol 624  Cols 1147- 1199


Report &Third Reading

10 May 2001Vol 624 Cols 2215-2229
Royal Assent: 11May 2001House of Lords Vol 624 Col 2282
House of Commons Vol 368 Col 406

Table of Equivalent Service Ranks

Royal NavyRoyal MarinesArmyRoyal Air Force
Admiral of the FleetField MarshalMarshal of the Royal Air Force
AdmiralGeneralGeneralAir Chief Marshal
Vice-AdmiralLieutenant GeneralLieutenant GeneralAir Marshal
Rear-AdmiralMajor GeneralMajor GeneralAir Vice-Marshal
CommodoreBrigadierBrigadierAir Commodore
CaptainColonelColonelGroup Captain
CommanderLieutenant ColonelLieutenant ColonelWing Commander
Lieutenant-CommanderMajorMajorSquadron Leader
LieutenantCaptainCaptainFlight Lieutenant
Sub-Lieutenant (but junior in rank to Army and Air Force ranks) LieutenantLieutenantFlying Officer
Midshipman (but junior in rank to Army and Air Force ranks)Second LieutenantSecond Lieutenant

Pilot Officer

Acting Pilot Officer (but junior in rank to Second Lieutenant)

Warrant OfficerWarrant Officer Class IWarrant Officer Class IWarrant Officer
Warrant Officer Class  II (but junior to Naval and Air Force Warrant Officer  )Warrant Officer Class  II (but junior to Naval and Air Force Warrant Officer  )
Chief Petty OfficerColour SergeantStaff Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

Chief Technician

Petty OfficerSergeantSergeantSergeant
Leading Rating (but junior to Army rank of Corporal)CorporalCorporalCorporal
Lance CorporalLance Corporal

Able Rating

Ordinary Rating


Junior Technician

Senior Aircraftman/woman

Leading Aircraftman/woman


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