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Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Suicide (23 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: The Office for National Statistics will trial a new method of of recording veteran suicide from early 2023 by working closely with the Office for Veterans’ Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. As part of a 10-year retrospective study, analysis of veteran suicide data is expected to be completed by the ONS in 2023. Details on how and when this data might be published will be finalised...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Veterans: Mental Health Services (23 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: This government will continue to prioritise supporting veterans with their mental health needs. There is a range of statutory support for veterans across the UK, including the bespoke mental health service for veterans in England: Op COURAGE. Charities continue to play a vital role in helping veterans with their mental health, and I pay tribute to them for all they do. The Government provided...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I thank the hon. Lady for her kind words. She is right to pay tribute to the campaigners in this space; as politicians we come and go, but these individuals have been campaigning over many years. I met a man yesterday who started campaigning for a medal 60 years ago. I pay tribute to those campaigners for their relentlessness and their ability to keep going, and I am delighted we have been...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for all his efforts. As he rightly identified, in 2012 for the first time, David Cameron, the then Prime Minister, gave official recognition of nuclear test veterans. Mt hon. Friend is also right about £25 million going into the aged veterans fund as a result of much of his work. I pay tribute to him for his campaigning over the years and agree that this is...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I thank the hon. Lady for her questions—they are very fair questions indeed. The one about why it has taken so long is a fair question. As time has passed since the nuclear tests, our perspective and understanding of what we ask people to do has improved, and the security that they generated for our country has come more sharply into focus. That has certainly had a role to play. When it...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend and his constant campaigning on veterans’ issues. When it comes to awarding the medal posthumously, the criteria will be laid out in 2023, as I have said, but families will be able to apply. I accept that whenever we do something such as this, it will come too late for many, and that is obviously a point of regret, but we will do everything we can to make...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady for her relentless campaigning on this issue. Whether I have been in or out of Government, she and I have had conversations and she has continued to campaign relentlessly on behalf of veterans. I know that they are incredibly grateful for what she has done. The Prime Minister committed yesterday, when he saw the families, to meeting those who took part in the...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: There is an important piece of work alongside this—it is important that people understand that the medal is only one part of it. We have committed almost half a million pounds to recording and documenting an oral archive of the experiences of the test veterans. One thing on which I have campaigned for many years is for us to truly understand what it means to go through such things. The pain...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I do not have that data, but I am happy to write to the hon. Lady. When it comes to Veterans UK, my position does not change whether I am inside or outside the tent. There are good people there who work hard but have been underinvested in over the years by Governments of all colours, to the point that, two years ago, they were still working from paper records. Clearly, they will not get...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I pay huge tribute to Christopher Jefferies and all the veterans and civilians who, at that time, when the science was very unclear about the long-term effects of the tests, went through that experience for the greater good to provide a blanket of security that all nations enjoy today and that continues to be the backbone of our defence. Of course, I pay tribute to them not only for what they...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: There have been four longitudinal studies on that over the years, and the truth is that the science is not as clear as we would like. If the science were clear, it would have been easier to resolve this a long time ago. But it is not a closed book—the last study was only three years ago—and we will continue to look at it. Anyone who thinks they have been affected must go to Veterans UK...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: I thank my hon. Friend for her campaigning over the years. I would love to come to Ynys Môn. I know of a lot of her work up there in terms of the armed forces breakfast clubs and things like that, and I would love to come and support her in what she is doing. I am delighted that relatives can now apply for medallic recognition. It is an extremely important part of service in this country,...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: Absolutely. The Government and I are clear that there is no sort of deliberate blocking of anything like that. We all have to accept that the science is not straightforward—if it was, this would have been resolved some time ago. Also, different peer countries do it differently for different reasons. We are always open to those conversations. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind words. It...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: We were the last of those nations to provide some sort of medallic recognition. New Zealand has a commemorative coin. It is similar in the United States, and Australia has a similar programme. We are speaking to all those nations all the time. We are also aware that these tests were carried out in indigenous lands in Australia. Indeed, the UK contributed £20 million to clear up these tests...

Nuclear Test Veterans: Medals (22 Nov 2022)

Johnny Mercer: With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the significant contribution of the nuclear test veterans from across the Commonwealth who participated in Britain’s nuclear testing programme. Seventy years ago, on 3 October 1952, the UK undertook its first nuclear test and in so doing confirmed our country’s status as the world’s third nuclear power. Critical to...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Allergies: Medical Equipment (27 Sep 2022)

Johnny Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of EpiPen/epinephrine; and what steps his Department takes to help ensure sufficient supply of that medication.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Candidates: Elections (27 Jul 2022)

Johnny Mercer: It is the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in public office. The Government has been clear that the responsibility for supporting disabled candidates sits with political parties and that the EnAble Fund was an interim measure to give parties time to put their own support in place. The government is committed to seeing more people with disabilities standing for local...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Universal Credit (27 Jul 2022)

Johnny Mercer: We do not hold centrally those who were in receipt of the report (dated three years ago) but details about the report are available as a Deposited Paper in the Libraries of the House (Ref: Dep2021-0836 Paper No. 7a).

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Coronavirus: Death (26 Jul 2022)

Johnny Mercer: A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached. UKSA letter response to PQ38578 (pdf, 114.6KB) Accompanying dataset for PQ38578 (xls, 55.5KB)

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Drugs: Misuse (26 Jul 2022)

Johnny Mercer: The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached. UKSA Letter in response to PQ38626 (pdf, 117.2KB) Dataset accompanying response to PQ38626 (xls, 183.5KB)


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