HC Deb 25 July 1944 vol 402 cc567-8
16. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now make arrangements to permit of privilege leave to Army personnel serving in this country.

18. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now make any statement as to the continued ban on leave for home based troops.

Sir J. Grigg

This question is under constant review. I am most anxious that leave should be restarted as soon as operational conditions permit.

Mr. Bellenger

Are we to understand from that reply that my right hon. Friend hopes that privilege leave will be restarted very soon?

Sir J. Grigg

Well, I hope, fairly soon, anyway.

Captain Duncan

Will the right hon. Gentleman give urgent consideration to the question of reopening agricultural leave, in view of the approaching harvest?

Sir J. Grigg

I will certainly look into the matter, but I must make it clear that, in the conditions of this year, there will be very much less chance or scope for releasing troops for agricultural work during the harvest than in previous years.

Sir Percy Harris

Could not the number of German and Italian prisoners available be used?

Sir J. Grigg

Most of them are already employed in agriculture.

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