HC Deb 10 July 1963 vol 680 cc1214-5
2. Lieut.-Colonel Cordeaux

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will revise the present regulations concerning adventure training so far as they affect members of the Women's Royal Army Corps.

Mr. Godber

The extent to which members of the Women's Royal Army Corps take part in adventure training schemes is decided locally in consultation with the senior W.R.A.C. commander. The latest War Office directive on adventure training was issued on 18th June this year. It is, of course, a document which lays down policy: detailed supervision of exercises must remain a command responsibility. I shall consider, after the inquiry into the recent incident has been completed, whether the directive should require further revision.

Lieut.-Colonel J. K. Cordeaux

While not wishing to be a spoilsport or to stop all the girls' fun and games, may I nevertheless ask my right hon. Friend to ensure that members of the W.R.A.C. are not necessarily put in a position where they are in danger of suffering death or capture in a hostile or wild country?

Mr. Godber

It is not a question of fun and games. I assure my hon. and gallant Friend that these are serious exercises carried out for important purposes of morale and experience. I would not, however, wish to say anything further on this matter until I see the report of the inquiry.

Miss Harvie Anderson

Would my right hon. Friend agree that the W.R.A.C. would not wish any special rules or regulations to be made for them or imposed upon them and that they interpret with common sense the regulations made by the C.-in-C. of the area concerned?

Mr. Godber

I am grateful for that comment from my hon. Friend. I fully endorse what she has said and I consider it important that they should act fully as part of the Services.

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