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Iraq Conflict

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the First Minister and the Ministry of Defence about providing support to the families of Scottish troops presently in Iraq. [106721]

The Government recognise the important contribution service families make to defence. The First Minister said in his statement to the Scottish Parliament on 19 March they will have our care and support. The Ministry of Defence-1/2s aim is to manage with care the issues of dependent family members recognising the special circumstances of service families, particularly at this time.