DEFENCE – SERVICE CHARITIES – 24 March 2016
Dr Julian Lewis: Before my hon. and gallant Friend [Johnny Mercer] resumes his main narrative, may I thank him for the vigour that he brings to these issues on the Defence Committee and to other issues that we examine as well? What is his view on the sheer numbers of Service charities and the difficulties of co-ordinating their efforts? I am thinking of the huge variety, from post-First World War charities such as Veterans Aid in Victoria to very modern ones such as the adventurous Pilgrim Bandits in Hampshire, where special forces take grievously injured service personnel on adventure treks to the mountains and rivers of Canada, for example? How do we bring all this effort together when there are so many actors in the field?