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NDM6132 - Welsh Conservatives debate

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Meeting: 09/11/2016 - Plenary (Item 6)

Welsh Conservatives debate

NDM6132 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that, according to the Royal British Legion's 2014 Household Survey, there are 385,000 members of the current, and former, service community in Wales.

2. Recognises that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect.

3. Believes that Wales should be at the forefront of implementing the Armed Forces Covenant, which is intended to "redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made".

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) note the Scottish Government's creation of a veterans commissioner, to champion the needs of the armed forces community, and further calls on the Welsh Government to create an armed forces commissioner for Wales which would be dedicated both to veterans and the wider armed forces community, with the overall objective of improving outcomes for both veterans and serving forces; and

b) introduce a veterans needs assessment as the basis for delivering services to ensure that former members of the armed forces are entitled to receive the support they deserve.

'Royal British Legion's 2014 household survey'

'Armed Forces Covenant'

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Delete point 4.

Amendment 2. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to examine ways in which the needs of veterans, and the communities they live in, can be championed and promoted, looking at best practice elsewhere.

Amendment 3. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the work of organisations such as '65 degrees north' that help the rehabilitation of veterans, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Ministry of Defence to ensure people about to leave the Armed forces are aware of such organisations.

Amendment 4. Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

Welcomes the steps taken by Welsh Government in partnership with the armed forces community, including:

a) the invaluable work of the Armed Forces Expert Group;

b) the development of the Welcome to Wales booklet for serving armed forces personnel and their families on being deployed to Wales;

c) the improved support for armed forces and their families, including the development of a Housing Pathway for ex-service personnel and their families;

d) the Armed Forces Employability Pathway which enables young people to build skills and confidence, gain qualifications and secure employment;

e) the continued work to progress health and welfare provision for ex-service personnel including the annual funding of £585,000 given to Veterans NHS Wales, free swimming and the total disregard of the war disablement pension from April 2017.

'Welcome to Wales'

Minutes:

The item started at 17.23

Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM6132 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that, according to the Royal British Legion's 2014 Household Survey, there are 385,000 members of the current, and former, service community in Wales.

2. Recognises that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect.

3. Believes that Wales should be at the forefront of implementing the Armed Forces Covenant, which is intended to "redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made".

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) note the Scottish Government's creation of a veterans commissioner, to champion the needs of the armed forces community, and further calls on the Welsh Government to create an armed forces commissioner for Wales which would be dedicated both to veterans and the wider armed forces community, with the overall objective of improving outcomes for both veterans and serving forces; and

b) introduce a veterans needs assessment as the basis for delivering services to ensure that former members of the armed forces are entitled to receive the support they deserve.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

34

46

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Delete point 4.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

11

46

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 2. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to examine ways in which the needs of veterans, and the communities they live in, can be championed and promoted, looking at best practice elsewhere.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 2 was agreed.

Amendment 3. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn):

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the work of organisations such as '65 degrees north' that help the rehabilitation of veterans, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Ministry of Defence to ensure people about to leave the Armed forces are aware of such organisations.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 3 was agreed.

Amendment 4. Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

Welcomes the steps taken by Welsh Government in partnership with the armed forces community, including:

a) the invaluable work of the Armed Forces Expert Group;

b) the development of the Welcome to Wales booklet for serving armed forces personnel and their families on being deployed to Wales;

c) the improved support for armed forces and their families, including the development of a Housing Pathway for ex-service personnel and their families;

d) the Armed Forces Employability Pathway which enables young people to build skills and confidence, gain qualifications and secure employment;

e) the continued work to progress health and welfare provision for ex-service personnel including the annual funding of £585,000 given to Veterans NHS Wales, free swimming and the total disregard of the war disablement pension from April 2017.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

8

0

46

Amendment 4 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6132 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that, according to the Royal British Legion's 2014 Household Survey, there are 385,000 members of the current, and former, service community in Wales.

2. Recognises that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect.

3. Believes that Wales should be at the forefront of implementing the Armed Forces Covenant, which is intended to "redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made".

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to examine ways in which the needs of veterans, and the communities they live in, can be championed and promoted, looking at best practice elsewhere.

5. Notes the work of organisations such as '65 degrees north' that help the rehabilitation of veterans, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Ministry of Defence to ensure people about to leave the Armed forces are aware of such organisations.

6. Welcomes the steps taken by Welsh Government in partnership with the armed forces community, including:

a) the invaluable work of the Armed Forces Expert Group;

b) the development of the Welcome to Wales booklet for serving armed forces personnel and their families on being deployed to Wales;

c) the improved support for armed forces and their families, including the development of a Housing Pathway for ex-service personnel and their families;

d) the Armed Forces Employability Pathway which enables young people to build skills and confidence, gain qualifications and secure employment;

e) the continued work to progress health and welfare provision for ex-service personnel including the annual funding of £585,000 given to Veterans NHS Wales, free swimming and the total disregard of the war disablement pension from April 2017.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

The motion as amended was agreed.


 

 

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