HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc400-1W
33. Mr. Gardiner

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government are taking to improve service welfare telephone allowances. [96155]

Mr. Spellar

We recognise the importance of personnel deployed on operations being able to telephone home. We increased the free telephone allowance from 3 to 10 minutes in the Strategic Defence Review last year. The previous Secretary of State for Defence, Lord Robertson, announced on 28 September 1999 a further increase, doubling the allowance to 20 minutes a week. This was to take immediate effect and demonstrated our commitment to the welfare of Service personnel.

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