Armed Forces Act 2021


continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed forces; to make provision about service in the reserve forces; to make provision about pardons for certain abolished service offences; to make provision about war pensions; and for connected purposes.

Government Bill

(Ministry of Defence)
What is this Bill?

The Armed Forces Act 2021 was a Government Bill that became an Act of Parliament.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

No. This Bill was introduced on 26 January 2021 and became an Act of Parliament on 15 December 2021.

Whose idea is this Bill?

Government Bills implement the legislative agenda of the Government. This agenda, and the Bills that will implement it, are outlined in the Queen's Speech at the Session's State Opening of Parliament.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

Would you like to know more?

See these Glossary articles for more information: Act of Parliament, Government Bills, Process of a Bill

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons Completed
Lords Completed
Royal Assent

Latest Key documents

Bill Debate
15/12/2021
Act of Parliament
15/12/2021
Bill
13/12/2021
Briefing paper
01/12/2021
Explanatory Note
30/11/2021

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

15/12/2021
Royal Assent (Commons)
15/12/2021
Act of Parliament
Armed Forces Act 2021 (c. 35)
14/12/2021
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords)
14/12/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 83-I Marshalled list for Consideration of Commons Reasons
13/12/2021
Consideration of Lords message
13/12/2021
Bill
HL Bill 83 Commons Reasons
13/12/2021
Amendment Paper
Commons Consideration of Lords Messages as at 13 December 2021
13/12/2021
Amendment Paper
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 13 December 2021
13/12/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Messages as at 13 December 2021
13/12/2021
Selection of amendments: Commons
Grouping of Lords Amendments by Secretary Ben Wallace and selection of motions relating to Lords Amendments by the Speaker - 13 December 2021
09/12/2021
Bill
Bill 213 2021-22 (Lords Non-Insistence and Amendments in Lieu)
08/12/2021
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords)
07/12/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 78-I Marshalled list for Consideration of Commons Reasons
06/12/2021
Consideration of Lords amendments (Commons)
06/12/2021
Programme motion
06/12/2021
Bill
HL Bill 78 Commons Reasons
06/12/2021
Amendment Paper
Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 6 December 2021
06/12/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
Proceedings on Consideration of Lords Amendments as at 6 December 2021
06/12/2021
Selection of amendments: Commons
Grouping of Lords Amendments by Secretary Ben Wallace and selection of motions relating to Lords Amendments by the Speaker - 6 December 2021
03/12/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 3 December 2021
02/12/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of CCLA Amendments as at 2 December 2021
01/12/2021
Briefing papers
Briefing Paper on Lords amendments
30/11/2021
Bill
Bill 206 2021-22 (Lords Amendments to the Bill)
30/11/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 206 EN 2021-22
29/11/2021
3rd reading (Lords)
24/11/2021
Legislative Consent Motions-devolved legislatures
Legislative Consent Motion agreed by the Senedd Cymru
23/11/2021
Report stage (Lords)
23/11/2021
Bill
HL Bill 70 (as amended on Report)
23/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Browne of Ladyton regarding the Army regulations regarding minimum service period discriminating against younger recruits.
23/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Baroness Massey of Darwen regarding retention rates for under 18s in the Armed Forces, as raised in the report stage debate.
19/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62-I Marshalled list for Report
19/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Thomas regarding the Defence Serious Crime Unit as raised in the Bill committee stage debate.
18/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62 Running list of amendments
18/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62(d) Amendments for Report
18/11/2021
Select Committee report
10th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
17/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62 Running list of amendments
17/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62(c) Amendments for Report
17/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Lancaster regarding an issue raised in the committee stage: flexible service in the Armed Forces.
16/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62 Running list of amendments
16/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62(b) Amendments for Report
16/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Thomas regarding issues raised in the committee stage debate: judicial review of jurisdictional decisions, and concurrent jurisdiction for serious crime.
16/11/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Baroness Goldie to Lord Morris regarding issues raised in the committee stage: the number of murder, manslaughter and rape cases in the service justice system in 2020, and training of Court Martial Judge Advocates hearing the cases.
15/11/2021
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Armed Forces Bill: Supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum
11/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 62(a) Amendment for Report
08/11/2021
Bill
HL Bill 62 (as amended in Grand Committee)
04/11/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42-III Third marshalled list for Grand Committee
29/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42-II Second marshalled list for Grand Committee
27/10/2021
Committee stage (Lords)
25/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42-I Marshalled list for Grand Committee
22/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
22/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(k) Amendment for Grand Committee
21/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
21/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(j) Amendment for Grand Committee
20/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
20/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(i) Amendment for Grand Committee
19/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
19/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(h) Amendments for Grand Committee
18/10/2021
Select Committee report
7th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
11/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
11/10/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(g) Amendments for Grand Committee
22/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(f) Amendments for Grand Committee
16/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
16/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(e) Amendments for Grand Committee
13/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
13/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(d) Amendment for Grand Committee
10/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
10/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(c) Amendments for Grand Committee
09/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42 Running list of amendments
09/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(b) Amendment for Grand Committee
08/09/2021
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 42(a) Amendments for Grand Committee
07/09/2021
2nd reading (Lords)
01/09/2021
Briefing papers
Armed Forces Bill
15/07/2021
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Armed Forces Bill: Delegated Powers Memorandum
14/07/2021
1st reading (Lords)
14/07/2021
Bill
HL Bill 42 (as introduced)
14/07/2021
Explanatory Notes
HL Bill 42 Explanatory Notes
14/07/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
Report Stage Proceedings as at 13 July 2021
14/07/2021
Lords Hansard
Lords Hansard
14/07/2021
Minutes of Proceedings
Minutes of Proceedings
13/07/2021
3rd reading (Commons)
13/07/2021
Report stage (Commons)
13/07/2021
Programme motion
13/07/2021
Amendment Paper
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 13 July 2021
13/07/2021
Selection of amendments: Commons
Provisional grouping and selection by Mr Speaker
13/07/2021
Amendment Paper
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 13 July 2021 - large print
12/07/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 12 July 2021
09/07/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 9 July 2021
02/07/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 2 July 2021
28/06/2021
Human rights memorandum
Human Rights Memorandum by the Ministry of Defence
25/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 25 June 2021
24/06/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
Committee of the whole House Proceedings as at 23 June 2021
24/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 24 June 2021
23/06/2021
Committee stage (Commons)
23/06/2021
Bill
Bill 132 2021-22 (as amended in Committee of the Whole House)
23/06/2021
Bill
Bill 132 2021-22 (as amended in Committee of the Whole House) - large print
23/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Committee of the whole House Amendments as at 23 June 2021
23/06/2021
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chairman of Ways and Means’s provisional grouping and selection of Amendments - 23 June 2021
22/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 22 June 2021
21/06/2021
Briefing papers
Briefing Paper at Committee Stage - June 2021
21/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 21 June 2021
18/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 18 June 2021
17/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 17 June 2021
16/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 June 2021
15/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 15 June 2021
14/06/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 14 June 2021
21/05/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 21 May 2021
12/05/2021
Bill
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced)
12/05/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 002 EN 2021-22
12/05/2021
Bill
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced) - large print
12/05/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 002 EN 2021-22 - large print
12/05/2021
Bill
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced)
12/05/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 002 EN 2021-22
12/05/2021
Bill
Bill 002 2021-22 (as introduced) - large print
12/05/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 002 EN 2021-22 - large print
13/04/2021
Will write letters
Letter from Johnny Mercer MP to Kevan Jones MP regarding issues raised during the committee stage: Service Police complaints, and clause 19 and its effect on the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
31/03/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
All proceedings up to 31 March at Select Committee Stage
26/03/2021
Amendment Paper
Select Committee Amendments as at 31 March 2021
26/03/2021
Bill proceedings: Commons
Select Committee Proceedings as at 25 March 2021
25/03/2021
Select Committee stage (Commons)
25/03/2021
Amendment Paper
Select Committee Amendments as at 25 March 2021
24/03/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 March 2021
23/03/2021
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 22 March 2021
23/03/2021
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chairs’ provisional grouping of amendments in Committee
08/02/2021
2nd reading (Commons)
08/02/2021
Programme motion
08/02/2021
Money resolution
08/02/2021
Carry-over motion
08/02/2021
Commons Hansard Daily Report
2nd reading
03/02/2021
Briefing papers
Briefing paper on Second Reading
26/01/2021
1st reading (Commons)
25/01/2021
Bill
Bill 244 2019-21 (as introduced)
25/01/2021
Bill
Bill 244 2019-21 - (large print)
25/01/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 244 EN 2019-21
25/01/2021
Explanatory Notes
Bill 244 EN 2019-21 - (large print)