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Rhodesia (Special Air Service Members)

Volume 894: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether those members of the British Special Air Services who go to work for the illegal régime in Rhodesia are given (i) letters of reference from British Army officers under whom they have served and (ii) any guarantee or undertaking of, or understanding on, re-employment by Her Majesty's Government when they have completed their service under the illegal régime.

There are no members of the British Special Air Service Regiment serving in Rhodesia. Army personnel on leaving the Service are given an official certificate of discharge, which is designed to assist them in seeking employment generally. They may also seek testimonials direct from officers under whom they have served, but my Department does not keep records of these. We do not give any form of undertaking on re-employment when personnel leave the Army.