§ Mr. Eden
My hon. Friend will understand that it is not practicable to grant leave to more than a small proportion of men at any one time, but instructions have been issued that up to seven days' compassionate leave should be given to officers and men whose near relatives or homes have sustained injury from bombing. I may add that the welfare officers and the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association have been rendering great assistance when families have been displaced from their homes.
§ Mr. R. J. Taylor
Is compassionate leave deducted from the seven days' leave to which a soldier is entitled every six months?
§ Mr. Bellenger
Will the right hon. Gentleman give preference to men whose families have been bombed in the present allotment of the week's leave which is due every six months?