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star this property date less than 2015-11-09more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Defence: Families more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to embed the family test into its policy making. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 15350 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-16more like thismore than 2015-11-16
star this property answer text <br /><br /><p>The Family Test was announced by the Prime Minister in August 2014 and introduced in October 2014. The Department for Work and Pensions published guidance for Departments and officials on how the test should be applied when formulating policy and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) follows that guidance: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/368894/family-test-guidance.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/368894/family-test-guidance.pdf</a></p><br /><p>The Family Test is an integral part of the policy making process and is applied in a proportionate way in the development of all new policy in line with the Family Test guidance. While the guidance states that Departments should consider publishing assessments carried out under the Test, there is no requirement to do so.</p><br /><br /><p>Over the last five years the MOD has significantly increased the support provided to the families of Service personnel. For details of these I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 9 June 2015 to Question 1192 to the hon. Member for Enfield Southgate (Mr Burrowes): <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-06-04/1192/" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-06-04/1192/</a></p><br /><p>Since I provided that answer I was delighted to announce to the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) Annual General Meeting on 30 September our plans for the first UK Armed Forces Families Strategy, the aim of which is to provide a clearer focus for our efforts to understand, value and empower the families of our Armed Forces personnel. This Strategy will build on the successes outlined in my answer by addressing inconsistencies and incoherence in MOD policies and by improving our communications to Armed Forces families.</p><br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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15331 more like this
15341 more like this
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less than 2015-11-16T16:29:34.13Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-16T16:29:34.13Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
445894
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star this property date less than 2016-01-19more like thismore than 2016-01-19
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Veterans: North West more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West have been helped by Veterans UK since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
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Andrew Stephenson more like this
star this property uin 23072 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-26more like thismore than 2016-01-26
star this property answer text <br /><p><br></p><p>I have taken help by Veterans UK to mean assistance provided by the Veterans UK Welfare Service. The Veterans Welfare Service provides Veterans and their families' with free and confidential advice on a wide range of issues.</p><br /><p>Regrettably, the information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.</p><br /><p>However, the total number of visits to Veterans from the Veterans UK Welfare Service since 01 January 2010 to 20 January 2016 in the Pendle, Lancashire and North West district, are set out below.</p><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>District</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>*Number of Visits</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pendle</p></td><td><p>100</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lancashire</p></td><td><p>1,870</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West(1)</p></td><td><p>7,240</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>(1) This figure incorporates the Pendle and Lancashire districts.</p><br /><p>*In line with departmental policy, values have been rounded to the nearest 5.</p><br /><br />
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-01-26T15:42:09.713Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-26T15:42:09.713Z
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1544
star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-08more like thismore than 2015-12-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Defence: Buildings more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 4.62 in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, published on 23 November 2015, what estimate he has made of the revenue that will be received from the sale of 30 per cent of the built estate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling more like this
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Steven Paterson more like this
star this property uin 19187 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
star this property answer text <br /><p>As stated in the Spending Review 2015 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) expects to generate £1 billion through the disposal of sites in the financial years 2016-17 to 2020-21.</p><p>The MOD does not disclose annual breakdowns due to the potential for prejudice to its commercial interests.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2015-12-15T16:23:37.55Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-15T16:23:37.55Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steven Paterson more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-09more like thisremove minimum value filter
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Veterans: Cancer more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that British veterans who develop cancer through exposure to asbestos are entitled to the same level of compensation as civilians. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 15511 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-16more like thismore than 2015-11-16
star this property answer text <br /><p>As the Prime Minister said during Prime Ministers' Questions on 4 November 2015, the Ministry of Defence is looking into the matter.</p><p>The Government has continuously made compensation available under the War Pensions Scheme for injuries, illness or disease caused by service before 6 April 2005, including mesothelioma. The War Pensions Scheme provides Veterans with mesothelioma with the maximum award paid on a weekly/monthly basis and additional supplementary allowances and, where appropriate, entitlement to dependent's benefits.</p><p>While there are currently no plans for separate compensation arrangements for veterans suffering with mesothelioma, consideration is being given to whether any flexibility can be provided for future claimants under the War Pensions Scheme. As this issue is a complex matter, officials have been undertaking a detailed review. I hope we will be able to present our conclusions soon.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2015-11-16T17:13:03.55Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-16T17:13:03.55Z
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1544
star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-05more like thismore than 2016-01-05
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Veterans: Mesothelioma more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to give veterans affected by mesothelioma the choice between receiving a traditional War Pension or a lump sum payment that is comparable to the awards given to civilians under the Government's Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
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Daniel Zeichner more like this
star this property uin 20900 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
star this property answer text <br /><p>Mesothelioma is a devastating disease affecting not only the individual diagnosed, but their family and loved ones. It is important to ensure we offer the right support for those veterans affected.</p><p>As I announced on 16 December 2015, veterans who were diagnosed on or after that date with diffuse mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during their military service prior to 6 April 2015 would have the option of receiving a lump sum of £140,000 under the War Pension Scheme. For those who elect to receive the lump sum, this will take the place of the current arrangements of payment of a regular War Pension, any Supplementary Allowances and dependant's benefits.</p><p>The necessary legislative changes need time to be brought into effect. Subject to the agreement of the Privy Council, these changes will be made on 11 April 2016.</p><p>Those diagnosed on or after 16 December 2016, who elect to receive the lump sum before legislation has been introduced, will in the interim be able to receive the War Disablement Pension and any Supplementary Allowances until the lump sum is paid. Any such payments would then be deducted from the lump sum which will be paid following the introduction of the legislation on 11 April 2016.</p><p>The Veterans Welfare Service is on hand to help claimants and their families understand the details of the options available.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-01-12T17:24:12.85Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-12T17:24:12.85Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Daniel Zeichner more like this
438895
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star this property date less than 2015-12-16more like thismore than 2015-12-16
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Animals more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many official animal mascots there are in the armed forces; and what the (a) rank, (b) rations, (c) species and (d) regiment is of such mascots. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 20460 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-11more like thismore than 2016-01-11
star this property answer text <br /><p>Official military animal mascots are a long-standing tradition in our Armed Forces and carry out ceremonial roles and duties. There are a total of nine publicly funded official mascots in the Armed Forces, all of which are attached to the Army. The details are provided below:</p><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Name</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Rank</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Rations</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Species</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Regiment</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Talavera</p></td><td><p>None</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Drum Horse</p></td><td><p>The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Alamein (‘Charlie')</p></td><td><p>None</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Drum Horse</p></td><td><p>The Queen's Royal Hussars</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Domhnall of Shantamon</p></td><td><p>None</p></td><td><p>Dog food</p></td><td><p>Wolfhound</p></td><td><p>Irish Guards</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>None</p></td><td><p>None</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Indian black buck</p></td><td><p>The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Llwelyn</p></td><td><p>Fusilier</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Kashmiri goat</p></td><td><p>1st Battalion The Royal Welsh</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Shenkin III</p></td><td><p>Lance Corporal</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Kashmiri goat</p></td><td><p>3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Derby XXX</p></td><td><p>Lance Corporal</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Swaledale ram</p></td><td><p>The Mercian Regiment</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Cruachan IV</p></td><td><p>Lance Corporal</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Shetland pony</p></td><td><p>The Royal Regiment of Scotland</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pegasus V</p></td><td><p>Lance Corporal</p></td><td><p>Pasture forage and concentrate</p></td><td><p>Shetland pony</p></td><td><p>The Parachute Regiment</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>As their traditional Regimental Mascot, an Indian black buck, is now an endangered species, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have adopted a British Otterhound as their stand-in Regimental Mascot; he holds the rank of Fusilier and is fed dog food.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-01-11T15:17:57.517Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-11T15:17:57.517Z
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1544
star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Marines: Defence Equipment and Uniforms more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy that Royal Marines are required to contribute towards the cost of their uniform or equipment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
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Andrew Gwynne more like this
star this property uin 22829 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-26more like thismore than 2016-01-26
star this property answer text <br /><p>On joining and for deployments, Royal Marines are issued with the uniform and equipment required for their role and specific tasking.</p><p>Officers, unlike Other Ranks, are required to pay for the maintenance of their uniforms for which Income Tax relief is provided automatically via salary.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-01-26T15:37:09.83Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-26T15:37:09.83Z
star this property answering member
1544
star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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1506
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-14more like thismore than 2015-12-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Army more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving members of the regular Army have been transferred to the staff and personnel support branch in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Garston and Halewood more like this
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Maria Eagle more like this
star this property uin 19815 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-18more like thismore than 2015-12-18
star this property answer text <br /><p>Since 2010 the numbers of trained regular officers and soldiers transferring to the Adjutant General's Corps Staff and Personnel Support Branch, AGC(SPS), each calendar year are as follows:</p><p>2010 - 130</p><p>2011 - 160</p><p>2012 - 50</p><p>2013 - 40</p><p>2014 - 60</p><p>2015 to 31 October - 150</p><p>Where there is a shortage of key personnel, the Army offers a transfer bonus which is payable to soldiers upon successful completion of the transfer into the specified trade.</p><p>From 2010 to 2013, transfer bonus payments of £1,500 each were made to 73 soldiers who transferred into the AGC(SPS) as Military Clerks or Combat Human Resource Specialists. No payments were made from 2014 onwards. The amount spent each calendar year since 2010 is as follows:</p><p>2010 - £52,500</p><p>2011 - £51,000</p><p>2012 - £3,000</p><p>2013 - £3,000</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 19816 more like this
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less than 2015-12-18T12:11:35.66Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-18T12:11:35.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Maria Eagle more like this
438056
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-14more like thismore than 2015-12-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Army: Pay more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on bonuses for regular Army personnel who have been transferred to the staff and personnel support branch in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Garston and Halewood more like this
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Maria Eagle more like this
star this property uin 19816 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-18more like thismore than 2015-12-18
star this property answer text <br /><p>Since 2010 the numbers of trained regular officers and soldiers transferring to the Adjutant General's Corps Staff and Personnel Support Branch, AGC(SPS), each calendar year are as follows:</p><p>2010 - 130</p><p>2011 - 160</p><p>2012 - 50</p><p>2013 - 40</p><p>2014 - 60</p><p>2015 to 31 October - 150</p><p>Where there is a shortage of key personnel, the Army offers a transfer bonus which is payable to soldiers upon successful completion of the transfer into the specified trade.</p><p>From 2010 to 2013, transfer bonus payments of £1,500 each were made to 73 soldiers who transferred into the AGC(SPS) as Military Clerks or Combat Human Resource Specialists. No payments were made from 2014 onwards. The amount spent each calendar year since 2010 is as follows:</p><p>2010 - £52,500</p><p>2011 - £51,000</p><p>2012 - £3,000</p><p>2013 - £3,000</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 19815 more like this
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less than 2015-12-18T12:11:35.847Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-18T12:11:35.847Z
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1544
star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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483
unstar this property label Biography information for Maria Eagle more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces Covenant: Northern Ireland more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the Armed Forces Covenant applies to Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast East more like this
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Gavin Robinson more like this
star this property uin 22172 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-18more like thismore than 2016-01-18
star this property answer text <br /><p>Since the launch of the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011 the Ministry of Defence has worked closely with Northern Ireland Government Departments, Service charities and other groups to build on existing measures to support the Armed Forces Community. In 2013, the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs reported that, less some specific areas, Covenant measures were being applied in Northern Ireland.</p><br /><p>I acknowledge that the Armed Forces Covenant does not enjoy the same level of awareness or appreciation in Northern Ireland as in other parts of the UK. However, I am clear that every effort is being made to implement the Covenant against the particular nuances of the Northern Irish political and legal environment. The Ministry of Defence and other parties work tirelessly to ensure good relationships help develop improved understanding of specific needs and I have been impressed by the way in which solutions to these needs are generated in a focussed and professional manner. Such provision is fully commensurate with the aims and objectives of the Covenant, whether it is branded as such or not.</p><br /><p>Service personnel in Northern Ireland are well-catered for under the auspices of the Covenant and are at no particular disadvantage, although more work is needed to identify the needs of those within the veterans community. This work is ongoing, well-resourced, and fully recognised as activity provided within the scope of the Armed Forces Covenant.</p><br /><br />
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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22173 more like this
22174 more like this
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less than 2016-01-18T15:59:18.067Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-18T15:59:18.067Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gavin Robinson more like this