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Armed Forces Covenant

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:06 pm on 2nd February 2017.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 4:06 pm, 2nd February 2017

As someone who was around in 1979, I must say that, while I hate to disagree with the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I do not think that the prime purpose of the covenant is to raise the morale of the troops. It is to repay a debt of honour we owe to servicemen and women. It is a debt of honour being repaid by the civilian society. It is not just about morale, surely.