HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc583-4
27. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give in- structions that whenever a soldier goes on leave he should be given an adequate ration allowance before leaving his unit?

Mr. Eden

Instructions have been issued that soldiers going on leave are to be paid ration allowance at the appropriate rate in advance.

Mr. Mander

Is it obligatory in all cases?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir, certainly.

Mr. George Griffiths

Will it date back for those who have not had it?

Mr. Eden

I cannot give back rations to soldiers.

The following Question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Mr. THURTLE:

32. To ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is his policy that, where military exigencies permit, leave should be granted to officers and men who are desirous of obtaining such leave for the purpose of getting married; and, if so, will he make that policy known to commanding officers?

Mr. Thurtle

I do not ask this Question, but I hope, nevertheless, that no obstacle will be put in the way of any legitimate marriage.