HC Deb 19 June 1941 vol 372 cc835-6W
Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for War how many officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks now serving in His Majesty's Forces in Iceland have had a leave of absence during their service in Iceland; will he bear in mind that large numbers of men serving in Iceland have been there now for over a year; that they have already spent one winter in Iceland without leave; and will he, consistent with war exigencies, arrange that no man serving in Iceland should serve for a second winter without an interval of leave?

Mr. Law

I am afraid that it would not be in the public interest to give any figures which might enable the enemy to draw conclusions about the strength of our Forces in Iceland, but it is hoped that, provided the general situation permits, all officers and men who spent last winter in Iceland will be able to obtain a period of leave in this country before next winter.