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Military 'target schools in deprived areas' claim petitioners

William Powell AM receives the petition outside the Senedd Photo: Welsh Liberal Democrats

A petition signed by over 350 people has been handed into the Assembly, calling for a ban on the UK armed forces from entering schools for the purposes of recruitment. The petition also suggests that the armed forces target schools in the most deprived areas for new recruits. The Chair of the Assembly Petitions Committee, William Powell, accepted the document from Arfon Rhys of the Society for Reconciliation, who was supported by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and her fellow Plaid AM, Rhodri Glyn Thomas.

Armed forces recruitment in our schools is clearly a deeply contentious issue and I am grateful to lead petitioner Arfon Rhys for bringing it to the Petitions Committee’s attention. We have written to the Minister for Education and Skills for his view on the petition and have also commissioned research to detail the differences between armed forces recruitment in the UK and other EU nations.

– Petitions Committee Chair William Powell AM