HC Deb 17 May 1916 vol 82 c1494

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the Royal Marines on His Majesty's ship "Suffolk" have been at their post for nearly three years without leave; and can he hold out any hope of these men obtaining leave at an early date?


I have more than once, I think, informed my hon. Friend that leave must depend upon the exigencies of the Service. I need not assure him that every care, subject to that, is taken to treat our men with consideration. In this particular case the statement in the question is not correct. A number of the Royal Marines in the ship in question have been relieved within the last twelve months, and it is hoped to relieve the remainder shortly.