HL Deb 27 March 2001 vol 624 cc22-3WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What response they have made to the Royal British Legion's long-standing campaign to secure a Minister for Veterans' Affairs; and what consultation they will be having with the ex-Service community about their response. [HL1308]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

My right honourable friend the Prime Minister announced in another place on Wednesday 14 March 2001 (Official Report, col. 1019W) the appointment of a Veterans' Minister. We will be consulting representatives of the ex-Service community about how this initiative might be taken forward, as well as seeking their views on arrangements for the Veterans' Task Force and Forum, the latter of which will include representatives of the veterans groups.