The Government has published the report by former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir David Calvert-Smith, who was commissioned in April 2016 to carry out a review of the systems in place at the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) for receving and processing allegations through to the ultimate decision as to whether to recommend prosecution.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) has given The Sun its first reaction to Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) intending to cease operations at the end of the month following the withdrawal of their legal aid authorisation. An IHAT spokesperson told the newspaper on Monday:

Earlier this year we encouraged former regulars and reservists and their family members to participate in an NHS England survey about the provision of mental health services.

The survey closed on 31 March. NHS England have now said they have listened to feedback, and will announce plans shortly to improve mental health care for armed forces veterans.

Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sir Eric Pickles MP, was asked by the government last year to consider what further changes were needed to make the electoral system more secure. This was particularly in light of the 2015 Tower Hamlets election scandal that led to the disqualification of the elected mayor for a number of corrupt and illegal practices. Sir Eric's report has been published today, containing 50 detailed recommendations, about which BAFF has just one comment in connection with service voters.

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The response of senior commanders to the creation of BAFF and their criticism set out for the House of Commons Select Committee has been mixed.

While some senior commanders have argued that any independent organisation designed to ''fight for the rights'' of British troops is completely unnecessary and threatens a dangerous breakdown of military discipline, others, such as the late Lord Garden, a former RAF Air Marshal and veteran of the first Gulf War, have been ''surprised talking to retired senior military people who are prepared to think about it, saying there might be a case for it''.

Out of Step, the case for change in the British armed forces, T Edmunds & A Foster, Demos think tank 2007

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