HC Deb 11 June 1940 vol 361 c1150W
Mr. Goldie

asked the Secretary of State for War whether free travelling facilities were granted to all men in His Majesty's Forces to whom short leave was granted on their return from the recent operations in Flanders; and, if not, whether it is proposed to refund to such men the cost of travelling to and from their homes?

Mr. Eden

Instructions have been issued that a free travelling warrant shall be granted for the leave given to men who were evacuated from ports North of the Somme on or after 11th May. Travelling expenses incurred by such men before receipt of the instructions will be refunded.

Mr. Goldie

asked the Secretary of State for War whether adequate arrangements were made by his Department to enable men evacuated to this country as a result of the recent operations in Flanders to obtain immediately, on arrival at the stations to which such men were posted, pay owing to them, or, alternatively, advances of pay for the purpose of purchasing necessaries?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Fleming

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, during the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the Continent, precautions were taken to prevent the entry into the United Kingdom of enemy agents disguised as Allied personnel; were nominal rolls prepared at embarkation points, and was a check carried out at the ports of disembarkation, or elsewhere; and how many enemy agents have been caught up-to-date?

Mr. Law

Every possible precaution was taken, but I do not think it would be desirable to disclose further information.

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