§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he has made for the spiritual guidance of the troops stationed on South Georgia.
§ Mr. Hanley
The South Georgia garrison is visited every six weeks by ships based in the Falkland islands. A padre regularly accompanies these sailings and services are held either aboard ship or on the island. Those based in South Georgia have a direct radio link to the Falkland islands and there is a resident service padre at Mount Pleasant as well as a Roman Catholic priest in Port Stanley. The Roman Catholic priest is an officiating padre to the British forces. Either of these can be contacted and consulted as necessary.