Scottish Veterans

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Bill Grant Bill Grant Conservative, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the welfare of Scottish veterans.

Photo of Chris Davies Chris Davies Conservative, Brecon and Radnorshire

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the welfare of Scottish veterans.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

As members of the ministerial covenant and veterans board, the Secretary of State for Defence and I have worked closely together and with the devolved Administrations on the ambitious UK-wide veterans strategy, encompassing devolved areas, including housing, education and mental health, to address the needs of veterans in all parts of the UK, including Scotland.

Photo of Bill Grant Bill Grant Conservative, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

My right hon. Friend will be aware that, sadly, some veterans may find themselves homeless. What engagement has he had with the Scottish Government and local authorities in Scotland to help resolve this matter?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

My hon. Friend will be aware that housing is a devolved area and the responsibility of the Scottish Government. However, the UK Government support the veterans gateway, which, among other things, provides advice to veterans on housing and accommodation in Scotland and across the UK.

Photo of Chris Davies Chris Davies Conservative, Brecon and Radnorshire

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the first ever UK-wide veterans strategy is a fantastic example of the significant collaboration that occurs every day between the UK and the Scottish Government?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

Yes, indeed—I am very happy to confirm that. Although we see a lot of politicking in this Chamber and in Holyrood, the fact is that on a day-to-day basis the Scottish Government, the UK Government and indeed the Welsh Assembly Government can work productively together.