On Thursday, 15th July I had the pleasure of visiting RAF Northolt as part of my ministerial duties. RAF Northolt opened as Royal Flying Corps' Military School in Ruislip in 1915, and the station played a key role in defending the UK during the Battle of Britain, including being home to Polish fighter Squadrons. Home to some 2,000 service personnel (including civil servants), RAF Northolt in west London is used by both military and civilian aircraft and is home to units from all three Armed Services and the Ministry of Defence.
My visit to RAF Northolt was to the Service Prosecuting Authority (“SPA”) which is based there and which prosecutes courts-martial under my general superintendence as HM Attorney General. The SPA is the principal prosecuting authority within the Service Justice System and is responsible for the prosecution of service offences before the Service Courts.
Our Armed Forces are a source of great pride to this country. The SPA maintain a strong tradition of thorough and fair service justice and I was honoured to meet those who serve in this capacity.