HC Deb 15 July 1959 vol 609 c401
36. Mr. G. Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Air why certain National Service men have been retained on Christmas Island for more than twelve months without leave.

Mr. Ward

I am making inquiries and will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Roberts

Is the Minister aware that a firm promise was given to these men when they departed for Christmas Island that they would receive extended home leave within twelve months and that the failure to redeem this promise has led to considerable discontent and uncertainty, and avoidable anxiety to their families?

Mr. Ward

I have told the hon. Gentleman that I am making inquiries. The tour of duty in Christmas Island is twelve months. The only thing I can think of which would cause some slight delay in repatriation is a difficulty about transport. I do not know whether that was so in this case.