We have the bravest and the best servicemen and women in the world. That is why there is so much support for them from our constituents. I am extremely proud of the work that our forces have done, including by veterans over many years, to make the world a safer and more stable place. People are particularly concerned about those who are sent to serve their country in the most difficult places, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The petition is signed by 1,000 people and calls on the Government to ensure that our troops are provided with the correct equipment while they are serving and given a better deal when they return to this country. David Cain of Canvey island, excellent members of the local branches the Royal British Legion and many other constituents are deeply concerned about this issue.
The petition states:
The Petition of Residents of Castle Point and others,
Declares that members of HM Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting and dying, and that they lack basic equipment to do their job and there is insufficient appreciation and support from the Government for them and their families, particularly when they return from active service, and, in welcoming the provision of limited free postage, feel that the Government should go much further to give help and recognition.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to adopt more generous policies for serving and returning members of HM Armed Forces, and to give them priority in housing, in recognition of the contribution made by these brave men and women.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.