§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the occasions on which(a) rum and (b) other alcohol is provided free to members of the Royal Navy. 
§ Mr. Soames
The issue of alcohol at public expense to members of the Royal Navy is governed by regulations and occurs when:
- (1) the order 'Splice the Main Brace' is given by Her Majesty The Queen or members of the Royal Family, or by the Admiralty Board, on special occasions of celebration or national rejoicing; or
- (2) in very exceptional circumstances such as occasions of particularly arduous service or exposure, with the approval of a senior commander and, usually, of a Medical Officer.