HC Deb 10 October 1945 vol 414 c215
36. Colonel Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, following the development of air transport, he will consider introducing the principle of annual home leave for all British personnel sent overseas by his Department in order to protect their health, improve their personal contacts with his Department in London, and, in general, to make the conditions of over seas service more attractive so as to appeal to the best available talent.

Mr. George Hall

Colonial civil servants are employed and paid by the respective Colonial Governments and local conditions vary considerably. I am in general sympathy with the idea underlying this question and I hope that it will be possible as transport facilities improve to develop the practice of allowing officers to take short leave at frequent intervals rather than long leave after protracted tours of service abroad. Some Colonial Governments have indeed already taken steps to review their leave regulations with the object of giving effect to this purpose when circumstances permit.

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