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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:37 am on 8th February 2007.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:37 am, 8th February 2007

May we have a debate on the conditions of service of Commonwealth servicemen in our armed forces? During the summer, I had the privilege of sharing a room with Corporal Charlery in Afghanistan. He had been recruited in Antigua and told that, after five years' service, he would be eligible for a British passport. However, he has subsequently been told that his service in Afghanistan—and, indeed, in Germany—will not count towards that five-year period. Is it right to discriminate against our servicemen in that way?