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Armed Forces: Children

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1161W, on armed forces: children, which internal welfare agencies are available to give support and assistance to children of service personnel killed or injured while on operations; and what funding they have received from his Department in the last five years. (126197)

Each of the services is responsible for the co-ordination of its own welfare organisations such as the Navy Personnel and Families Organisations, Army Welfare Organisation and the Royal Air Force Community Support. The support offered covers a wide remit and is provided by the chain of command as well as a host of dedicated welfare providers including contracted organisations such as the SSAFA (Forces Help), WRVS and Defence Medical Welfare Services.

Over the past five years approximately £123 million of funding has been provided to fund dedicated welfare support to the three services as a whole, which of course extends well beyond the support of children of personnel killed or injured on operations.