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Military covenant debate

MPs took part in an opposition-day debate tabled by the DUP on the military covenant on 21 November 2012.

The DUP motion, which MPs agreed without a vote, called for the full implementation of the military covenant in each region of the UK.

The military covenant is Britain's duty of care to its armed forces began as an unspoken pact between society and the military, possibly as far back as Henry VIII's reign.

It holds that soldiers will be called upon to make sacrifices - including the ultimate sacrifice.

In return, they and their families can expect support and fair treatment.

The principles of the covenant were recognised in law for the first time in November 2011 when the Armed Forces Bill received Royal Assent.

The Armed Forces Act 2011 created the requirement for an annual Armed Forces Covenant report to Parliament each year.

This sets out how the government is supporting the Armed Forces, their families and veterans in key areas such as healthcare, housing and education.

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