Armed Forces Covenant in NI: Select Committee evidence session, 26 June 1.30pm Note - This is an alert for upcoming business in the House of Commons. We encourage discussion and comments concerning the topic or content of the debate. The evidence session will be streamed live on Parliament TV: Player Oral evidence session: Implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland An evidence session will be held on Wednesday 26 June at 1.30pm. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will take evidence from Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, on its inquiry into the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland. About the inquiry: The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee announced in December 2012 that it would inquire into the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland. Taking account of progress made so far in implementing the Covenant in England, Scotland and Wales, the inquiry has examined progress in its implementation in Northern Ireland, including: links between the Armed Forces Community in Northern Ireland and Departments of the NI Executive; barriers to progress, statutory or otherwise, in implementing the Covenant; the level of co-ordination between the NI Executive, the Northern Ireland Office, the Ministry of Defence and other relevant UK Government Departments, and the absence of NI representation on the Covenant Reference Group. To date, the Committee has held six public evidence sessions, with witnesses including: The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for Northern Ireland. Armed Forces charities: SSAFA Forces Help, Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, and ABF the Soldiers' Charity. Northern Ireland Executive Departments: Nelson McCausland MLA, Minister for Social Development NI and Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety NI. MoD: Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Rear Admiral Simon Williams, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff and Gavin Barlow, Ministry of Defence. Also, the Commander of 38 (Irish) Brigade. Representatives of the Regimental Association for the Royal Irish Regiment. The Committee on the Administration of Justice and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Transcripts of the above sessions are available on the Committees website: Publications Issues discussed so far include: The current level of support for the Armed Forces Community in Northern Ireland Action the Northern Ireland Executive has taken to work with the Armed Forces Community How the UK Government has addressed implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland Whether the equality framework in Northern Ireland is compatible with the Armed Forces Covenant Please note - The Committee is in the closing stages of their inquiry but wanted to inform you of their work. The Committee encourages discussion on this topic but regrets that they are no longer seeking formal evidence. For more information about the inquiry and the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee please visit the inquiry homepage.