HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1091-2W
Mr. Smedley Crooke

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the disappointment felt by young soldiers of regiments detailed for service overseas in not being given leave on free railway warrants to go to their homes for taking leave of their parents and other relatives before embarkation; and whether, in view of the necessity for offering inducements to aid recruiting, he will consider the advisability of granting leave to those soldiers in similar circumstances?

Sir V. Warrender

I can understand that some disappointment is felt in this matter but I fear that the cost of granting the concession makes it impracticable. All soldiers when travelling on leave, are, however, entitled to the railway concession of half the ordinary rate charged to the general public.