Garnier thanks Treasury for money to Samaritans

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.