HC Deb 25 November 1920 vol 135 cc661-2W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether soldiers serving in Ireland when they obtain their usual leave are only given a single railway warrant to their homes in England, and have to pay their return fare themselves; why this distinction exists between service in Ireland and any other theatre of war; and whether he will direct that a full warrant be granted in future?


A soldier serving in Ireland who is granted furlough for a period of more than six days pays the single railway fare to his home in England and the State pays for his return journey. This is the rule throughout the Army, and no distinction is made in the case of troops serving in Ireland. The question whether any further concession should be made to soldiers serving in Ireland is now under consideration.