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Falkland Islands

Volume 25: debated on Friday 18 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will institute a free-of-charge parcel service, subject to maximum weight limitation, to all forces serving in the South Atlantic.

No. Although the "Forces aerogramme" special letter forms are carried to and from the South Atlantic theatre free of charge, to do the same for packages and parcels would impose an unreasonable burden on our severely stretched means of resupply. We are, however, providing a parcel service to the task force at the equivalent of United Kingdom inland rates, which represents a concession some 80 per cent. below the normal postal tariff to the Falklands.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a breakdown of the fatal casualties in the Falklands campaign by (a) Service, including Marines and the Merchant Navy and (b) cause of death, namely (i) Argentine air attack, (ii) Argentine ground forces, (iii) accident and (iv) others.

The latest available figures are as follows:

Royal Navy85
Royal Marines26
Army124
Royal Air Force1
Others19
Total255
It is not possible at this stage to provide figures showing the cause of death.