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Jenny quizzes Defence Ministers

On Monday 10th July Jenny spoke in the Commons regarding the life satisfaction of service personal. Jenny also argued for a review into the services offered to the family of those in the Armed Forces by local authorities and the rules around divorce.

You can read the transcript here or follow the link to watch Jenny speak in the Chamber.  


Defence questions – House of Commons – 10th July 2017

Oral questions to the Secretary of State for Defence and team


Jenny Chapman MP – Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU:

What steps is his Department taking to improve service life satisfaction rates in the Armed Forces.


Tobias Ellwood MP – Undersecretary of State for Defence:

The experience and morale of service personnel are central to defence. Both the Department and the new single services place the management of this as a high priority. As such, we have put in place a large number of programmes, namely the flexible engagement system—a Bill on which will come to the House shortly—the future accommodation model, the new joiners offer and the armed forces family strategy.


Jenny Chapman MP – Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU:

Currently, forces families are given special assistance by local authorities when they leave the Army. Is the Minister aware that, upon divorce or separation, an Army spouse is instantly no longer classed as part of an Army family and receives no such support?

Will he look into this and consider amending the advice given to local authorities?


Tobias Ellwood MP – Undersecretary of State for Defence:

I am certainly happy to look into that, and I am grateful that the hon. Lady has taken the matter up. It is important that we get the package of measures right so that we can support our armed forces personnel and their families as they transition through their career.

Watch Jenny by clicking here


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