Armed Forces (Postal Charges)

Petition – in the House of Commons at 10:31 pm on 3 July 2007.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point 10:31, 3 July 2007

Following Castle Point veterans day on Friday, which was a tremendous success and unprecedented, with more than 500 people attending, I am honoured to present a petition on behalf of tomorrow's veterans. It calls on the Government to show that they recognise and care about the difficulties that our servicemen and women face right now. They are fighting and some are dying for the security of this country and the wider world; they are fighting people who would destroy our way of life. Like the Castle Point veterans, they are, as Tony Blair put it last week, the "bravest and the best".

The petition states:

The Petition of David Cain, Philip Redl and others declares that the cost of sending parcels and letters to members of HM Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is inequitable in relation to the nature of their work and the commitment they have made to serve their country.

Therefore, your Petitioners request that the House of Commons urges the Government to adopt a policy of free postage to members of HM Armed Forces from family and friends in the UK in recognition of the contribution made by these brave men and women.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.