HC Deb 15 October 1946 vol 427 c772
24. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for War what British troops are now stationed in Japan; what proportion of these are from the Colonies and from the Dominions; and what are the arrangements for leave, both local and home.

Mr. Bellenger

It is not the practice to make public figures of the strength of our Forces in particular overseas theatres. The British troops in Japan are eligible for the same leave as those in other Far East commands.

Mr. Teeling

Arising out of the point about eligibility for the same leave, what is being done about it, because they are not actually getting it? They are getting only one in five men on leave to England at the present moment.

Mr. Bellenger

In relation to leave in the United Kingdom, that proportion which the hon. Member has stated is correct. But if he has any case where the leave is not properly working, and will let me have the particulars, I will look into it.