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Veteran Support

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support provided by his Department to service personnel leaving the armed forces; and if he will make a statement. (309587)

Although the great majority of service personnel make a successful transition from the armed forces to civilian life, the Ministry of Defence recognises that it can be a daunting experience. Therefore, my Department remains committed to supporting service leavers in making this important step.

I am satisfied that the existing resettlement arrangements offered to service leavers by my Department remain robust and effective. However, resettlement arrangements are kept under constant review, to ensure that the needs of service leavers are met.

The last major assessment of my Department’s resettlement provision was undertaken in 2007 by the National Audit Office.

The NAO commended the assistance offered to service leavers in helping them transition to civilian life, and found that 94 per cent. of service personnel who were seeking work using the Career Transition Partnership services were in employment within six months of leaving the armed forces.