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Armed Forces Covenant

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:49 pm on 2nd February 2017.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 1:49 pm, 2nd February 2017

I do slightly take offence at my hon. Friend’s suggestion that the survey is just a smokescreen to bring in this policy. The purpose of the survey is to inform opinion. Some 27,000 of our service personnel responded to the survey, and it will form the evidence base for how we move this policy forward. If my hon. Friend is suggesting that we should not have surveyed our armed forces personnel, I entirely disagree with her. However, let me be clear that no firm decisions have yet been made about how this policy will proceed, and to suggest that we should not have surveyed service personnel is fundamentally wrong.