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Naafi Hostel, West Germany (Police Search)

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence who authorised the search of the NAAFI hostel at Salamanca barracks, Soest in West Germany on 10 February 1987; what evidence there was to justify this search; what was the outcome of the search; what guidelines the Royal Military police operate under when dealing with civilians: and if NAAFI employees in Germany are subject to the same discipline as service personnel.

The search of the NAAFI hostel at Salamanca barracks, Soest in West Germany on 10 February was authorised by the commanding officer of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps in his capacity as Station Commander, Soest. It was considered justified as a result of witness evidence received to the effect that stolen goods were held on the premises. This allegation was also considered pertinent to an inquiry being undertaken into offences committed at the NAAFI HQ in Soest in 1986. Nothing of evidential value was found during the search. The Royal Military police operate under the following guidelines when dealing with civilian personnel:

  • (a) The Manual of Military Law 1972.
  • (b) Queens Regulations for the Army 1975.
  • NAAFI personnel are subject to the same disciplinary processes as are applicable to United Kingdom based civilians and their dependants who are attached to, or are employed by, the armed forces in Germany. The provisions of the service discipline Acts apply to civilians in a modified form.