HC Deb 08 April 1941 vol 370 cc1423-4W
Mr. Sloan

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction amongst the members of Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes at Edinburgh, regarding inability to obtain leave; that many of them have not obtained the leave promised when they returned from Dunkirk; that many of them are survivors from the "Lancastria" and have not yet obtained the leave promised; and, in view of the fact that the men have to apply to Imperial Court, Kennington, and can get no redress locally, will he undertake to have the matter investigated?

Mr. Law

I am aware that representations regarding leave have been received from certain Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes personnel in Scotland, some 20 in number, for whom it has hitherto not been possible to provide reliefs. Arrangements were completed last week, however, which will enable all the men concerned to proceed on leave before Easter.

Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes have power to requisition buildings; and in whom is the power to sign requisitions vested?

Captain Margesson

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." Power to requisition is delegated by me to officers in charge of administration in commands, and these are the only officers empowered to authorise requisitioning. The actual form of requisition may, however, be signed by the officer serving the form, who is authorised to do so by the officer in charge of administration.

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