Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, yesterday thanked the Chancellor of the Exchequer via his junior minister, David Gauke, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, for the £3.5 million given in the Budget to Samaritans so they can help members of the armed forces suffering from mental health problems and to prevent suicide:
Sir Edward Garnier (Harborough) (Con): My hon. Friend will know that members of the armed forces are sadly not immune to mental health problems and that, even more sadly, some of them take their own lives. As a member of the advisory board of Samaritans, may I thank the Minister and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor for the £3.5 million given to Samaritans to assist military personnel who are suffering in this way?
Mr Gauke: I am very grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for highlighting that point.