§ Mr. SUMMERSBY
asked the Secretary of State for Air the periods of service without home leave of the lower ranks in the Air Force at overseas stations in the Mediterranean; and whether leave to visit their homes can be given to these men every year?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The normal period of service of airmen in the Mediterranean command is five years,
— Great Britain. France. Japan. No. Tonnage. No. Tonnage. No. Tonnage. Built … … … 13 412,550 3 66,567 6 184,080 Building … … … — — 3* 88,000* — — 13 412,550 6 154,567 6 184,080 * Includes one 35,000 ton battleship not Yet laid down, but for which money has been voted.
and leave to the United Kingdom during the tour is granted only in special cases. I regret that it would not be practicable to allow the airmen to come home each year.