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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on veterans. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. For material on war pensions see Sickness, disability and carers’ benefits.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
31.10.2016'Stolen Valour': An international comparison
'Stolen Valour' is the term commonly applied to the phenomenon of individuals wearing military medals or decorations that they have not been awarded, with the intent to deceive. This briefing paper outlines the legislation in force in a number of countries, detailing the laws regarding unlawful wearing of medals and uniforms, as well as the penalty for committing such offences in each country.
02.09.2016Support for UK Veterans
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
17.06.2016War widows' pensions
Looks at the background to the change in the rules to allow all people in receipt of a War Widow(er)s' Pension in April 2015 to keep it for life (regardless of remarriage or cohabitation) and at the current campaign to allow pensions to be reinstated for those who had already surrendered them.
20.05.2015How to apply for a military medal
Constituents may contact their Member of Parliament seeking advice on military medals. This briefing provides information on eligibility for military medals and how to apply.
20.05.2015Maintaining and funding war memorials
There are estimated to be over 100,000 war memorials in the UK. This note collates some useful resources for individuals seeking information on funding, maintenance and other war memorial related questions.
12.11.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme legacy issues - survivors' benefits
Looks at changes in survivors benefits from the armed forces pension schemes
06.08.2014Constituent casework: military medals
This briefing paper has been replaced by CBP-7190: How to apply for a military medal
06.08.2014In brief: Military Medals review update
The Government announced the outcome of the second stage of Sir John Holmes' review into military medals in July 2014. This now completes work into various retrospective medal campaigns. The government has stated that no further reviews of historic claims will now take place unless significant, new, evidence is produced that an injustice has occurred.
15.05.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
06.05.2014Constituent casework: war memorials
Resources and information for Members' staff about war memorials.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
24.03.2014Britain and the First World War: Parliament, Empire and Commemoration
The centenary of the start of the First World War will be marked in 2014. Britain entered the conflict in August 1914 and remained at war until November 1918.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
03.02.2016Psychological Health of Military Personnel
A POSTnote which examines the impact of military service on the psychological health of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. It outlines what is known about the effectiveness of interventions, and highlights areas for further research.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.12.2011MUNITIONS WORKERS IN THE WORLD WARS
That this House commends all those who served in Royal Ordnance factories and privately-owned munitions factories across the UK during the First and Second World Wars; honours their ...
07.11.2011REPRESENTATION OF BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES AND CROWN DEPENDENCIES ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
That this House calls on Her Majesty's Government to recognise the enormous contribution made by members of Her Majesty's Armed Services from each of the British Overseas Territories ...
26.10.2011PROTESTS AT ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL AND THE NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE
That this House notes that protesters have created a permanent camp outside St Paul's Cathedral; further notes that the Cathedral is closed indefinitely as a resultandthat this means ...
13.10.2011COLONEL CHANAN SINGH DHILLON
That this House notes with sadness, and marks with honour, the passing of Colonel Chanan Singh Dhillon, who was renowned as a Punjabi Sikh hero of the Second World War, who worked tirelessly ...
11.10.2011COMBAT STRESS CAMPAIGN
That this House congratulates Combat Stress onits ongoing work to support ex-service personnel throughits organisations in Scotland and England and on marking World Mental Health Day ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses