Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP said
"Labour welcomes the recommendations in today’s report. We have been campaigning on this important issue for some time now and it is about time the Government did more than pay lip service to the needs of veterans.
“At a time when the government didn’t recognise this as a problem, Labour was arguing that more needed to be done to help keep our ex-servicemen and women out of our courts and prisons. It’s just a shame that it’s taken so long for change to happen.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to former members of our armed services. Most go on to have constructive lives after leaving the armed services but some can drift into a life of crime and we need to do more to prevent this. But I hope ministers will make a better fist of implementing the findings of today’s overdue report than they’ve done of producing it in the first place. Their whole approach to the issue has been half-hearted and insulting".