HC Deb 18 May 1949 vol 465 cc415-6
32. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Air why release, demobilisation and discharge leave and the overseas leave scheme has been cut since 31st March; and why this applies to Regulars who have done many years' service.

The Secretary of State for Air (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

It was decided in 1945 that regular personnel whose engagements terminated during the currency of the age-and-service release scheme, should reecive the same terminal benefits as were applicable under the scheme, including overseas service leave. As the hon. Member will know, the age-and-service release scheme came to an end on 31st March, 1949, and as from that date the grant of terminal and overseas service leave ceased. Regulars released since that date receive 28 days' release leave, in accordance with the post-war code for the Armed Forces. In addition until March, 1950, they will be entitled to 28 days "end of war" leave, unless already taken.

Mr. George Ward

Can the Minister say what steps were taken to make these facts known to Regulars whose period of service was approaching its end?

Mr. Henderson

I understand that at the time announcements were made in the three Services.

Mr. Teeling

Is the Minister aware that quite a number of Regulars feel very dissatisfied about this matter and say that they knew nothing about it?

Mr. Henderson

It would be very regrettable if that were so. The difficulty is that some date had to be fixed, and that those who were on the wrong side of the line perhaps will be in an anomalous position.

Mr. Teeling

If particulars are sent to the right hon. and learned Gentleman to prove that some of the Regulars did not have this information, does he think that something can be done about it?

Mr. Henderson

I would certainly like to look into the position of those who feel that they have been unjustly treated.

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