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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:59 am on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Chair, Defence Committee 10:59 am, 6th February 2020

Can we have a debate on the merits of cadets and the University Officers’ Training Corps? I read with dismay that Cambridge University students’ union has banned the officers’ training corps from operating in the freshers’ fair. I declare an interest: I was the proud president of my students’ union at the academically superior Loughborough University. That idea was quickly kicked into touch when it was suggested. Does my right hon. Friend agree that officers’ training corps represent an important symbiotic bond between our civilian and military communities and provide a good education on what our proud armed forces do?