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Falkland Islands

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements exist to permit relatives of (a) Regular Army personnel and (b) Territorial Army personnel serving in the Falkland Islands on tours of (i) six months or less and (ii) more than six months to be flown on military flights when spare seats are available; and what charge is made.

Spouses and dependants of Regular Army personnel serving married accompanied tours of 12 months' duration in the Falkland Islands are entitled to fly on indulgence terms to the United Kingdom and return, where seats are available on RAF flights.In addition, spouses and dependants of Falkland islanders serving elsewhere are similarly entitled. The cost of an indulgence passage is £68 adult return, children under 12 travel at half fare, infants under two travel free.In the unlikely event of a Territorial Army soldier serving a temporary engagement in a 12-month accompanied tour in the Falkland Islands, his family would be entitled to the same indulgence concessions as a Regular Army counterpart.