Scottish Questions

At Scottish Questions today I asked the Secretary of State what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart for Defence on the welfare of Scottish veterans. In my supplementary question, I raised the problem of veterans who find themselves homeless, asking what recent engagement he has undertaken with the Scottish Government and local authorities on this point. In response, I was pleased to hear Mr Mundell reference the Veterans Gateway, which provides support on housing and accommodation to veterans in Scotland and across the UK. Of course, we have a number of proactive charities working across Ayrshire with veterans and their families, and I was delighted to be able to reference some of them in recent debates.

Bill Grant
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the welfare of Scottish veterans.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell)
As members of the ministerial covenant and veterans board, the Secretary of State for Defence and I have worked closely together and with the devolved Administrations on the ambitious UK-wide veterans strategy, encompassing devolved areas, including housing, education and mental health, to address the needs of veterans in all parts of the UK, including Scotland.

Bill Grant
My right hon. Friend will be aware that, sadly, some veterans may find themselves homeless. What engagement has he had with the Scottish Government and local authorities in Scotland to help resolve this matter?

David Mundell
My hon. Friend will be aware that housing is a devolved area and the responsibility of the Scottish Government. However, the UK Government support the veterans gateway, which, among other things, provides advice to veterans on housing and accommodation in Scotland and across the UK.