New Forest East


[Maggie Throup: Will my right hon. Friend look at refreshing the Heroes Return scheme for the next generation of veterans so that those who served in the Falklands, the first Gulf war and Kosovo have the same opportunities that my father did when he returned to Burma

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Tobias Ellwood): Mr Speaker, I did not actually hear the question, but, unless my hon. Friend is able to repeat it, I would be delighted to meet her afterwards to discuss the matter further. All I heard was a reference to the Falkland Islands.

Mr Speaker: I am sorry, but there is probably a lesson there. It is quite a crowded House, so Members need to speak up a bit.

Dr Julian Lewis: May I give the Minister a second chance to answer the question that he could not hear earlier about veterans being given the opportunity to revisit the battlefields on which they have fought?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Tobias Ellwood): It is important that we give veterans the opportunity to return to the battlefields. I think that my right hon. Friend is referring to a return to the Falklands. I will endeavour to see what can be done, and whether we can use the air bridge to allow veterans to return to that battle place.]