British Forces, United States (Reciprocal Benefits)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley 12:00 am, 2nd April 1958

asked the Minister of Defence what benefits have been received since 1946 by members of Her Majesty's Forces serving in the United States of America which correspond to those provided under the National Health Service to members of the United States Forces serving in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

Members of Her Majesty's Forces serving in the United States of America and their dependants receive medical treatment from the Medical Services of the United States Forces, wherever such facilities are available.

Photo of Mr Eric Johnson Mr Eric Johnson , Manchester, Blackley

Do members of Her Majesty's Forces serving in the United States receive tax-free petrol in the same way as American forces in this country?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I was asked how these benefits corresponded with the benefits under the National Health Service. I know of no petrol-free arrangements under that Service.

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what happens to British personnel where the services are not available? In his reply to the hon. Gentleman he said where the service was available. Will he tell us what happens to British personnel where the service is not available? Do they have to pay for it themselves?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

Yes, Sir. They have to pay for it.