13 September 2010
Andrew Bridgen congratulates cadet forces in their 150th anniversary year and calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to reassure the combined cadet forces on their future following the strategic defence review.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating cadet forces in the year in which they celebrate 150 years of activity in the UK? What assurances can he offer the combined cadet forces so that they can play their part in the big society following the strategic defence review?

Dr Fox: Well, they keep digging. My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the role of the cadets, who play an important part as a bridge between society as a whole and the armed forces. They are greatly to be encouraged, and we are looking at ways in which we can make them more effective as part of the SDSR.

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