CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

NIO – REPRESENTATION OF NORTHERN IRELAND ON THE VETERANS BOARD – 21 October 2019

Dr Julian Lewis: Given that service personnel, their families and service veterans are losing out under the terms of the armed forces covenant not being fully applied in Northern Ireland, will the Secretary of State give consideration to the recommendation made in a recent report by the Defence Committee that the Northern Ireland civil service should appoint someone directly to sit on the veterans board that administers the covenant?

[The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Julian Smith): I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for that report and for his Committee’s thinking in this area. I am giving consideration to that report and how we can execute parts of that report in a positive manner to ensure that we deliver for the armed forces who served in Northern Ireland.]