§ Mr. Driberg
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether officers and men of the Royal Navy, having attempted without success to take up Service problems and grievances through the usual channels, are entitled to communicate on such matters with their Members of Parliament.
Although, as I have pointed out to the hon. Member in correspondence, there is no other method provided in the King's Regulations for making complaints or seeking the redress of grievances than the usual Service channels, the House may rest assured that neither officers nor ratings are penalised for making representations to their Members of Parliament in the particular circumstances described in the Question, provided, of course, that the representations themselves are genuine.
§ Mr. G. Strauss
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give an assurance that the rights of naval officers and other ranks to communicate with Members of Parliament are no less than those enjoyed in the Army and the R.A.F.