HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 cc34-5W
20. Mr. Bellingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is given to service men on dealing with the media. [58690]

Mr. Ingram

Invitations for service personnel to take part in media interviews are usually made by broadcasting and press authorities through official departmental channels. If, however, members of the armed forces are invited directly to take part in radio or television broadcasts, or undertake press interviews, there is guidance in The Queen's Regulations that instructs personnel on how to report the approach, and if the interview is sanctioned, guidance about the handling of the interview and not being drawn on any policy issue which is, or may become, a matter of controversy between political parties.

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