§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps(a) he has taken and (b) he intends to take to ensure that the armed forces comply with the equal treatment directive; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
The armed forces are aware of the provisions of the equal treatment directive and are continuing to develop policies accordingly. It is the Government's intention to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 in relation to its application to the armed forces as soon as a legislative opportunity arises.