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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>I discuss these important issues with the Northern Ireland Secretary and other relevant Ministers on a regular basis. As I set out in my written ministerial statement of 21 May 2019 (HCWS1575), our obligations to veterans who have served in Northern Ireland remain the same as to those who served in other theatres, and I have agreed with the Northern Ireland Secretary that my Department will provide formal input to any process taken forward by the Northern Ireland Office resulting from the Stormont House Agreement.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) intends to undertake a public consultation on legal protections measures for personnel deployed on operations overseas, including a statutory presumption against prosecution of current or former personnel for alleged offences committed in the course of duty abroad more than 10 years previously. Prosecutions in such circumstances would not be considered to be in the public interest, except in “exceptional circumstances”. The presumption measure would not apply to historical alleged offences in Northern Ireland. The Secretary of State for Defence will continue to work with the Northern Ireland Secretary on the proposals for addressing Northern Ireland legacy issues. The MOD provides veterans, including those who served in Northern Ireland, who are subject to investigation and potential prosecution with legal, welfare and pastoral support.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>This Government is clear that it is only due to the unstinting efforts of our Police and Armed Forces that we have peace in Northern Ireland today. We have always acknowledged our ongoing duty of care to our former soldiers which includes providing legal support and representation.</p><p> </p><p>Policing in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. It is the role of the Police Federation to represent and promote the interests and welfare of the Police.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for David T. C. Davies more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence holds information on grants made to units and charities undertaking projects with, for, and including veterans in Northern Ireland from Legacy Funds, the Covenant Fund and the Aged Veterans Fund for the years 2012-13, 2015-16 and 2016-17, broken down below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2012-13</strong> <strong>Organisation</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Project </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grant </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Fund</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ulster Defence Regiment &amp; Royal Irish Aftercare Service</p></td><td><p>Welfare support network and advisory service for veterans and their dependants in Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>£50,000</p></td><td><p>LIBOR Funds 2013-2016</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong> <strong>Organisation</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Project</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Fund</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ballymacanallen Community Association</p></td><td><p>Mrs Sergeant's Boys</p></td><td><p>£4,715</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>38 (Irish) Brigade</p></td><td><p>Horse-assisted coaching for empowerment, leadership</p></td><td><p>£20,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>NI Veterans Therapeutic Gardening Project</p></td><td><p>Horticultural Therapy</p></td><td><p>£37,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Combat Stress</p></td><td><p>Mental Health services for Veterans in Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>£466,400</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Royal British Legion</p></td><td><p>Somme Nursing Home</p></td><td><p>£600,000</p></td><td><p>Aged Veterans Fund</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong> <strong>Organisation</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Project </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Fund</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Families Acting for Innocent Relatives</p></td><td><p>Remembrance</p></td><td><p>£10,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rathfriland Royal British Legion Branch</p></td><td><p>Hilltop to Over the Top</p></td><td><p>£19,478</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Reserve Forces &amp; Cadets Association for Northern Ireland (RFCA NI)</p></td><td><p>Horse-assisted coaching for confidence, leadership, anxiety reduction and communication.</p></td><td><p>£20,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department of Community Mental Health at Thiepval Barracks</p></td><td><p>Green Care</p></td><td><p>£20,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>AA Veterans Support</p></td><td><p>Counselling and Holistic Support Service</p></td><td><p>£20,000</p></td><td><p>Covenant Fund</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence provides free legal advice for Northern Ireland veterans facing allegations relating to their own conduct while on duty. The question of a refund should not therefore arise.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State and I have had several conversations with the Defence Secretary and other Ministers about this issue. This Government is clear about the duty of care we owe all our veterans, including those that served in Northern Ireland and we will ensure they get the support they need and deserve.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Scott Mann more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence has had no discussions with the Northern Ireland Executive on the provisions of a 24 hour-a-day contact and referral service from veterans' charities and helplines for ex-Service personnel. However, the Covenant Fund has awarded a £2 million grant to a consortium of organisations led by The Royal British Legion and including Combat Stress, SSAFA and Poppyscotland who are working towards setting up a one-stop service to better support the UK's Armed Forces veterans community. It will give veterans, regardless of age or location, a simple point of contact to turn to for advice and help in accessing an array of public, private and charitable services and will be delivered across Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>In accordance with its normal policy, the Department funds the provision of legal advice to current or former Service personnel whose conduct in the course of their duties in Northern Ireland is being investigated by the police with a view to possible prosecution. This support includes the services of a barrister wherever necessary. The support will be available from the point at which the individual is notified that the police wish to interview him or her as a suspect, which will of course be before any charge, and will continue until the determination of the proceedings. In addition, the Department works closely with Regimental Associations and other Service and veterans' welfare organisations to ensure the provision of appropriate pastoral support.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Julian Lewis more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>In accordance with its normal policy, the Department funds the provision of legal advice to current or former Service personnel whose conduct in the course of their duties in Northern Ireland is being investigated by the police with a view to possible prosecution. This support includes the services of a barrister wherever necessary. The support will be available from the point at which the individual is notified that the police wish to interview him or her as a suspect, which will of course be before any charge, and will continue until the determination of the proceedings. In addition, the Department works closely with Regimental Associations and other Service and veterans' welfare organisations to ensure the provision of appropriate pastoral support.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Julian Lewis more like this
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Northern Ireland Office more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government accepts that we have a duty of care to all current and former members of the Armed Forces, and the MoD pay for independent legal advice when both current and former members of the Armed Forces face prosecution in matters related to their service.</p><p>The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces recognising that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.</p><p>In Northern Ireland, there is a bespoke aftercare package in place to support former members of the UDR and R IRISH (Home Service), their dependents and widows. This consists of welfare teams spread across Northern Ireland which offers vocational resettlement training, medical support, and a UDR/ R IRISH benevolent fund. In August 2015, the MoD agreed that the UDR &amp; R IRISH (HS) Aftercare Service should continue to exist and be funded since circumstances leading to its inception have not markedly changed, need is still evident and demand is being effectively met. However, in line with other defence restructuring, it has been decided that eventually it should become owned by the MoD’s main veterans’ support organisation, known as Veterans UK.</p><p>This is in addition to the services available to all veterans; including Veterans UK (in particular the Veterans Welfare Service which has welfare representatives based across the UK); Service and ex-Service charities such as the Army Benevolent Fund – the Soldiers charity, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity and Combat Stress.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this