§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of counselling for ex-servicemen. 
§ Dr. Reid
The Ministry of Defence has not commissioned or evaluated any research into the effects of counselling for ex-Service personnel. However, my Department maintains links with numerous ex-Service organisations and charities, including the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress), which provides limited counselling facilities. We very much value the contributions which these organisations make towards the resettlement and aftercare of ex-Service personnel.