HC Deb 03 July 1918 vol 107 c1696

asked the Undersecretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the arrears of leave of men in the labour groups in France; whether he is aware that it was understood that no man would be kept in France for more than twelve months without leave unless as the result of unsatisfactory conduct; and whether the War Office will call the attention of the commandants of the labour groups to this undertaking, with a view to leave being given in all suitable cases?

The UNDER-SECRETARY Of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

The number of soldiers proceeding on leave depends on the military situation, and, as I explained yesterday, the exigencies of the moment only allow a limited number of troops being granted leave. I can assure my hon. Friend that every effort is made to give leave to all men who have served in France without leave for over twelve months.