HC Deb 24 May 1916 vol 82 cc2115-6W

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether there are any ships in the West Atlantic Squadron which have not returned to England since the outbreak of the War; and whether he is aware that there are men serving in the West Atlantic Squadron who have not had an opportunity of seeing their families since the outbreak of war, owing to their not getting leave to come home?


I have more than once stated that, so far as the exigencies of the Service permit, arrangements are being made to bring home in turn all men who have been away from home on foreign service, for lengthy periods, but those longest from home have the first claim, and no guarantee can be given for any specific man or ship.