HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc198-9
40. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will arrange for increased leave to be granted to men whose discharge will be delayed by the slowing down of the rate of demobilisation.

Mr. Bellenger

Men whose discharge is delayed continue to be granted leave in their turn, under the arrangements in force in the Command in which they are serving. I could not agree to increase their leave during service, since it is already being granted on the maximum scale possible, nor could I consider increasing the amount of release leave for particular classes of men.

Mr. Lipson

Can no concession of any kind be made to men who have served for very long periods, and whose release is being delayed for reasons beyond their control?

Mr. Bellenger

I have answered the Question on the Order Paper, which was whether increased leave could be granted.