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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04863: Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to respond to the Medact report, The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces.

Answered by: Keith Brown 30 November 2016

The Scottish Government supports the Armed Forces and the contribution they make to our communities. We would also expect that the MoD fully complies with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act and the “Policy on the Care of Service Personnel under the Age of 18” and other policies designed to provide safeguards for the care of those personnel.

The Scottish Government has no plans to respond to the Medact report. Matters of defence, including recruitment to the Armed Forces, are reserved to the UK Government and it is therefore a matter for them to respond to the report’s conclusions.