HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c58W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in theOfficial Report the rules governing visits to sites within his responsibility by right hon. and hon. Members; when they were last updated; and why.

Mr. Freeman

Right hon. and hon. Members may by mutual agreement with local armed forces units visit defence establishments within their constituency; and similar arrangements may be made for Front Bench defence spokesmen in respect of defence establishments outside their constituency. Hon. and right hon. Members may also visit defence establishments as part of all-party parliamentary groups whose plans are drawn to the attention of hon. and right hon. Members.

These arrangements are intended to assist hon. and right hon. Members in the conduct of their parliamentary duties, while minimising disruption to the normal conduct of military activities and maintaining the political impartiality of the armed forces.

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