HC Deb 24 November 1965 vol 721 c500
26. Sir J. Maitland

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is aware of the unsatisfactory state of some of the ambulances serving the forces stationed in Germany; and what early action he is taking to improve this service.

Mr. Mulley

I am aware that there has been concern about some ambulances which are old and due for replacement. I am looking into the matter and will write to the hon. and gallant member.

Sir J. Maitland

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Sennelager there are 1,250 families and that they got together under S.S.A.F.A. and bought an ambulance for themselves because the conditions were so bad? There was no heat in the ambulances which were supplied. Will the right hon. Gentleman look at this matter as a matter of extreme urgency during the very cold winter in front of us?

Mr. Mulley

I am aware of the concern which has been expressed, and that is why we are looking into the matter as a matter of urgency. But the hon. and gallant Gentleman will realise that there is a conflict between the kind of vehicle and standard of comfort required for civilians in peacetime and the ambulance requirement which might have to serve in operational circumstances.