Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:47 pm on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South 3:47 pm, 14th September 2017

I pay tribute to everyone who has spoken in this debate. I thank my hon. Friend Luke Pollard for his important comments on the contribution that armed forces personnel make to local economies, and on the shortages for engineering jobs. I understand that that is also the case with chefs, and it is certainly an issue in Portsmouth too.

I also thank my colleague from the SNP, Stewart Malcolm McDonald, for his contribution on what the devolved Government in Scotland are doing and for his important message about the lack of Back-Bench Conservative Members in this debate. That says a lot about their support for the armed forces and it is a concern.

I thank the Labour spokesperson, my hon. Friend Wayne David, for his contribution on accommodation. He reminded us of the key findings of recent reports and the real challenges we face on recruitment to the armed forces.

As I said in my introduction to the debate, it is for us in this place to speak up for those who dedicate their lives to the armed forces, because they often feel unable to do so owing to a sense of loyalty to Queen and country. We have heard about the impact that the cap has had on morale, retention and recruitment. I will continue to work with colleagues throughout the House to build a cross-party consensus to hold the Government to account and to ensure that the armed forces get the pay they deserve.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered armed forces pay.

Sitting adjourned.