Government rejects proposals to reform military exemptions in the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007

Response by Margaret and Kelvin Roberts, Parents of Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts BSc

We are extremely disappointed that the Government has decided not to accept the recommendation of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee to remove the immunity from prosecution from the MoD when served with a Crown Censure.

The Government states that they fail to see how losing the immunity would make improvements to the safety of military training, however, we believe that if the MoD are legally accountable for their actions then they will be more responsible and diligent in their training methods.

We have done our best to have the immunity removed and bereaved families in the past have also tried, so we are pleased that the Defence Committee intend to pursue their interest in this matter with the MoD.

Margaret and Kelvin Roberts

Parents of Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts BSc