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Role of the Committee

The Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill is an ad hoc Select Committee appointed to consider the Armed Forces Bill.

The Select Committee may go through the Bill formally, clause by clause, and make amendments if it wishes; it may also take formal evidence and make visits. As well as reporting the Bill to the House the Select Committee may make a Special Report to the House of its findings and recommendations.

An Armed Forces Bill is required every five years in order to continue in force the provisions of the current Service legislation relating to Service discipline, and to make any amendments.