To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which component of the Armed Forces Covenant he plans to place under statutory law.
7 January 2020
The Government, local authorities, the wider public sector, charities, commercial organisations and civil society all have a role in supporting the Armed Forces community. While this includes support to veterans in the areas of employment, healthcare, housing, education, and financial advice, it is also about recognising how Government can make a positive difference for those in the front line of our nation's Defence. Whilst the Ministry of Defence gave statutory foundation to the Armed Forces Covenant in the 2011 Armed Forces Act, with a requirement on the Defence Secretary to report annually to Parliament, this Government has recognized more must be done to ensure the Armed Forces community suffer no disadvantage. We have therefore committed to the creation of a legal duty to have due regard to the Armed Forces Covenant and are further enshrining it in law to support this.