Armed Forces Covenant

Part of Bombardier – in the House of Commons at 2:50 pm on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 2:50 pm, 22nd November 2018

I was about to get offended. Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.

The hon. Member for Leeds North West spoke about the importance of accommodation and the problems we have had with Annington Homes. I appreciate that. I recognise that 95% of our accommodation does meet the decent homes standard. However, there is more that we can do.

My good friend, my hon. Friend Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who did so much in her role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, raised a number of important issues, not least to do with having a national conversation about the work we do in supporting our armed forces. She also made the interesting proposal of having an ombudsman. If I may, I would like to discuss that further with her.

Gavin Robinson spoke about some of the issues. I have promised to come back to Belfast to discuss these matters in more detail. My hon. Friend James Cleverly talked about the importance of working with councils. That is critical for the work that we do.