Armed Forces: Pay — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 20 March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench 3:30, 20 March 2013

My Lords, during the passage of the Armed Forces Bill last year, we discussed the question of the Armed Forces covenant. We were given to understand that the Statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence each year on the covenant would be taken in this House, giving us an opportunity to ask questions about it. That did not happen. I suspect that if it had, my noble and gallant friend's Question could have been put earlier. Will the Minister undertake that in future years the Statement on the Armed Forces covenant will be taken in this House?