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Written Question
Veterans UK: Coronavirus
8 Jul 2020

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the news story on the Veterans UK section of gov.uk entitled, COVID-19: changes to Veterans UK Services, published on 19 March, what steps he is taking to ensure that Veterans UK will be able to offer their full range of services as soon as possible as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Answered by Johnny Mercer

Veterans UK has helped over 13,000 veterans since 23 March 2020.

All regular War Pension, War Widows Pension, Armed Forces Compensation and Armed Forces Pension payments continue to be paid into nominated bank accounts.

The full range of veterans' support services, including the Veterans UK Helpline and Welfare Service, has continued to be provided throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and all requests for help have been responded to.

Veterans Welfare Service and Defence Transition Services have continued to operate remotely and provide all services except face to face meetings. Work is ongoing to assess when the face to face service might be able to begin again and will be based on Government Guidance and risk assessments for staff and veterans.

Staff have been returning in a progressive manner to the office since this became possible by implementing the Government advice and maintaining social distancing in the workplace.

Veterans UK are currently in the process of assessing outstanding workloads and developing a recovery programme to process new and existing claims and appeals as quickly as possible.


Written Question
Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the safety of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

Statistics on the use of Freedom of Information exemptions are published by the Ministry of Justice in their annual reports on FOI Statistics (Table 10). The annual reports are available here

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

These statistics provide the number of times section 38 as a whole has been used by each Government Department, including the Ministry of Defence. More detailed figures for the constituent parts of section 38 are not readily available because our systems are not designed to provide a more detailed breakdown than is required for the published statistics.


Written Question
Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions his Department applied the exemption in section 38(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (disclosure likely to endanger the physical or mental health of any individual) in wholly or partly refusing a freedom of information request in each of the last five years.

Answered by Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

Statistics on the use of Freedom of Information exemptions are published by the Ministry of Justice in their annual reports on FOI Statistics (Table 10). The annual reports are available here

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-foi-statistics.

These statistics provide the number of times section 38 as a whole has been used by each Government Department, including the Ministry of Defence. More detailed figures for the constituent parts of section 38 are not readily available because our systems are not designed to provide a more detailed breakdown than is required for the published statistics.


Written Question
Ministry of Defence: Freedom of Information
9 Jul 2015

Questioner: Peter Grant (SNP - Glenrothes)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, in considering whether to apply the exemptions in section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Answered by Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

The Ministry of Defence issues guidance to Freedom of Information practitioners on the use of section 38, along with other exemptions. This guidance is attached.