§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he intends to take to help to retain married officers and non-commissioned officers in the Army.
§ Mr. Freeman
The changes to servicemen's allowances announced earlier this year were designed to ensure that they would be up to date, and appropriate to the requirements of modern service life, to support accompanied service and compensate for family mobility. Retention rates are kept continuously under review, and we are examining a variety of ways in which they might be improved further.