asked the Secretary of State for Defence what provision there is for men serving with the British Army of the Rhine and their dependants to voice opinions on the provision of welfare services to which they have access; and how it compares with the United Kingdom.
Men serving in the British Army of the Rhine can make representation about welfare matters through their commanding officers. In the case of their families, welfare committees are established in all major garrisons and stations to consider matters of common interest. These committees, which meet regularly, include representatives of the garrison or station staff, service men or their wives and of local welfare agencies.Any matters which cannot be resolved locally are referred to the next level of command and ultimately to the Ministry of Defence. The system, both for service men and their families, is identical in the United Kingdom and Germany.