To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further steps he is taking, following the judgment in the case of Stephen Anderson, to prevent racial discrimination in the armed services.
The services are fully integrated non-discriminatory organisations and discrimination is not tolerated. Any complaint of racial discrimination will be thoroughly investigated and if substantiated disciplinary action will be taken against those found to have been involved. The Anderson judgment relates not to this policy but to the procedures followed by the Army Board in dealing with claims of racial discrimination brought under the Race Relations Act 1976. As soon as the final, approved, judgment has been received the Ministry of Defence will consider in detail what changes may be necessary to service procedures to conform with the judgment.