MPs debate Armed Forces pay and Exiting the EU

01 November 2017

MPs debated Armed Forces pay in the House of Commons on Wednesday 1 November. The debate is the first of two to take place this afternoon on subjects chosen by the Opposition.

Armed Forces

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Nia Griffith. Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, responded to the Statement on behalf of the Government.

The debate was on the motion:

'That this House notes that the pay of Armed Forces personnel has been capped at 1 per cent in 2017-18 and that this represents another below inflation pay settlement; further notes that the size of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and Royal Marines is below stated targets; notes that dissatisfaction with pay has been identified by service personnel as a reason for leaving their respective force; and calls on the Government to end the public sector pay cap for the Armed Forces and give Armed Forces personnel a fair pay rise.'

Exiting the EU: sectoral impact assessments

The second Opposition debate was on exiting the EU, sectoral impact assessments.

The motion was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for the European Union, Kier Starmer. He was responded to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker.

The debate was on the motion:

'That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the list of sectors analysed under the instruction of Her Majesty's Ministers, and referred to in the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 239, be laid before this House and that the impact assessments arising from those analyses be provided to the Committee on Exiting the European Union.'

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