§ Mr. Kinnock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assume on the Vote of his Department the cost of providing residential education for the children of Service personnel.
§ Dr. Gilbert
The Ministry of Defence already assists financially with the residential education of children of Service personnel by the payment of boarding school allowance. All ranks, wherever they are serving, are eligible for the allowance if they decide to send their children to boarding school in the interests of maintaining continuity of education.
The Ministry of Defence also provides residential schooling at its own schools in Germany for some of the children of Service personnel serving there.