South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed progress of the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill, which passed its Second Reading yesterday, Monday 30th October.
The purpose of the Bill, which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech, is to support the recruitment and retention of personnel in the Armed Forces by enabling flexible working arrangements for regular service personnel. The Bill has already passed through the House of Lords.
Mr Dunne said: “I am delighted this Bill has passed through its Second Reading yesterday. While I was a Defence Minister I spoke to many members of the Armed Forces, both in the UK and on operations overseas. While there is always clear dedication to duty, we must acknowledge one of the top reasons why people choose to leave the Armed Forces is the impact of their service on family life.
This Bill allows service personnel to provide their service in a more flexible way to better suit their lifestyles, which is being backed by all three service branches. So I look forward to seeing this Bill progress through the House.”