§ Mr. SNOWDEN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is now able to state what steps are being taken to grant leave to men who are serving in the Near East who have had no leave for three years and more?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
As regards Salonika, I am glad to be able to announce that it has now been found possible to make arrangements for the resumption of leave parties to the United Kingdom. In the case of Egypt and Mesopotamia a certain number of troops are granted leave to this country as opportunity occurs, but leave from these theatres is necessarily restricted, as the accommodation available depends upon the shipping situation. Preference is given to those men who have served longest overseas without leave, and I am satisfied that cases such as those referred to by my hon. Friend receive every possible consideration.