HC Deb 13 December 1944 vol 406 cc1209-10
6. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will give an undertaking that West Indian members of aircrews who have served for more than three years in Britain or Europe will be allowed leave in the West Indies before they are posted to the Far East.

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir, but every effort would be made to give home leave in the circumstances described by the hon. Member.

Mr. Driberg

Would the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the number concerned is very small—perhaps about mo—and that it should, therefore, not be very difficult? It would mean a great deal to these men if they could get away for a time from this climate of ours.

Sir A. Sinclair

I think my answer covers the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, but if he has any particular case in mind I hope he will let me know about it.