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Armed Forces Covenant

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:52 pm on 2nd February 2017.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 3:52 pm, 2nd February 2017

As one Royal British Legion vice-president to another, may I tell the hon. Gentleman that I very much take the point he is making? He will be aware, although the House may not, that every branch of the Royal British Legion and most branches of the Royal Naval Association have a welfare officer, who is very often the conduit or link between recently discharged servicemen and women, and the local authority, social housing providers and general providers of social aid and assistance. Does he agree that the Government could do more in the pre-discharge period to let servicemen and women know about the advantages of the Royal British Legion, which can do so much for them? In many cases, sadly, that offer is not taken up.