|Rt. Hon. Ben Wallace MP|
In today's edition of the Daily Telegraph it emerged that the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP (late Scots Guards) has 'decided to give fresh consideration' to the issue.
Emma Norton, who is representing the potential claimants, welcomed the decision saying "Now the MoD must make good on its promise to genuinely look afresh at this vitally important and incredibly sensitive issue...If the Secretary of State for Defence is serious about wanting to stamp out sexual assaults in the forces, then the simplest and quickest solution is to hand these cases over to the civilian courts.”
It is not clear, however, how the issues raised in the Telegraph article would be cured by transferring such cases to the Crown Court.