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Cameron 'sets up forces committee'

David Cameron is to set up a Cabinet committee to look after the welfare of British servicemen and women, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister is said to be planning to personally oversee the first meeting of the Armed Forces and Veterans Committee - which will be made up of ministers from across Government departments linked to the forces - in the new year, The Sun reported.

According to the newspaper, the committee will look after all aspects of service personnel welfare, including medical care, housing and jobs.

Mr Cameron was reported to have said: "This will be my way of ensuring our troops get the support they need."

The news comes ahead of the Sun Military Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the armed forces and those who support them, and will be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Mr Cameron, who is reported to be attending the awards, known as the "Millies", is said to be putting his pledge to help the forces into writing in a pre-Christmas address this week.

He told The Sun: "My Military Covenant Pledge is a reminder to the committee of our responsibilities - holding departments to account when they fail to live up to it.

"Our armed forces do so much to keep us safe. This committee will be my way of ensuring our troops and veterans get the support they need.

"One of its first priorities will be to address the challenges facing hundreds of troops returning from the front line in Afghanistan.

"In the coming year, I will make sure we deliver."


From Belfast Telegraph