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Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will issue to Her Majesty's Forces, a brief statement of Her Majesty's Government's latest position in regard to the gratuities of short-service officers; and if he will publish it in the Official Report.

An immediate signal reflecting my right hon. Friend's statement to the House—[Vol. 928, c. 1099]—was sent to all units of the three Services on 22nd March. Detailed written instructions are in preparation for issue to all units as soon as possible. I will arrange for the main points to be published in the Official Report.