HC Deb 26 November 1946 vol 430 cc1401-2
34. Brigadier Low

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will announce the arrangements made for officers and other ranks living with their wives and families in Germany, to travel on leave to the United Kingdom accompanied by their families: and whether they can make the return journey accompanied by their wives and families.

Mr. Bellenger

It is a condition of families joining officers or other ranks at stations abroad that the husband ceases to be eligible for conveyance at public expense to the United Kingdom on leave. Service personnel and their families may, of course, return to the United Kingdom for holidays at their own expense. They could not, however, travel together as there are no facilities for families on the ships which carry Service personnel, and vice versa. Ships have had to be specially adapted for the transport of wives and children

Brigadier Low

Bearing in mind the fact that, for a great many purposes, service in Germany counts as home service, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that he ought to make arrangements whereby families can go on leave where they like?

Mr. Bellenger

No, Sir, I think not. In some respects B.A.O.R. is in a much more favourable position than other commands.