HC Deb 13 February 1917 vol 90 c424
27. Mr. WARDLE

asked under what circumstances the leave which is usually granted to men in the Army who are on draft for overseas has been refused to men in the railway divisions at Bordon and Longmoor camps, many of whom have had no opportunity to arrange their private affairs, and all of whom are naturally anxious to visit their relatives and friends before proceeding overseas; and whether an assurance will now be given that all these men will be allowed some part of, if not all, the leave usually granted?


Leave is always given, whenever it is possible to do so. In exceptional cases, however, it is necessary to withhold it, when drafts or units are very urgently required to embark at short notice.