Thank you for contacting me about the Overseas Operations Act.
I consider the conduct of Armed Forces personnel serving overseas as a matter of the utmost importance. I am proud of the fact the UK has some of the most committed and professional service personnel anywhere in the world, who not only adhere to the rule of law but promote it through the conduct of their operations. I have full confidence that this Act ensures allegations of torture will continue to be investigated and prosecuted wherever and whenever there is sufficient evidence to do so.
I am confident that this Act ensures serious offences, such as torture, are pursued where appropriate, but also that service personnel and veterans are protected from the endless cycle of vexatious claims and repeated investigations that have blighted so many in recent years.
Service personnel are subject to the criminal law of England and Wales, and a disciplinary framework through Service Law, and have a duty to uphold both, wherever they are serving in the world.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.