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Veterans: Railways

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport and (b) Welsh Ministers on the introduction of the Veterans' railcard in Wales.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Department for Transport is the lead Government Department working on a railcard for veterans. While the Defence Secretary has discussed the new railcard with the Transport Secretary and is supportive, Defence Ministers have had no discussions with colleagues around the introduction of a railcard for veterans in Wales. However, we are aware that the Transport Secretary has written to his counterparts in Wales and Scotland, inviting them to work with him to ensure that a railcard for veterans is accepted on the services for which they are responsible.

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