HC Deb 16 March 1948 vol 448 cc1875-6
45. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Prime Minister whether he will take steps to ensure that boards of nationalised industries will grant two weeks holidays to enable employees who are members of the Territorial Army to attend annual camp.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

The attention of the boards concerned has already been drawn to the statement made on my behalf by the then Secretary of State for War in this House on 21st July last. As was stated in answers given in the House on 9th March by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, some of the nationalised industries have already arranged to grant additional leave for the purpose of attending Auxiliary Force camps, and I understand that the boards of the others have the matter under consideration.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some of these boards are alleged—I say alleged--to be granting only one week's leave for a two weeks' Territorial camp? Is this the example which employers throughout the country are expected to follow?

The Prime Minister

As I understand it, it is not intended that there shall be two-week camps this year; they are eight day camps.