§ 52. Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in the light of the Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Circular "O" 222/75 of 18th December 1975, outlining arrangements to help members of the Diplomatic Service with additional costs arising as a result of the bringing into operation of the Rent Act 1974, and of the fact that the same provisions apply to home civil servants, he has considered providing the same assistance to members of Her Majesty's Forces; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Gilbert
One of the items covered in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office circular—the reimbursement of legal costs incurred in drawing up tenancy agreements—has already been introduced for Service men posted overseas. The other items are under consideration, but it would not be possible to introduce such assistance for the Armed Forces under the current stage of the pay policy.