HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 c2321W
Mr. W. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the feeling of resentment by British troops in the South-eastern Command, he will permit them, in future, to visit London during week-ends off duty, particularly in view of the fact that such permission appears to apply to Dominion troops and United States troops in the Home Counties area and to prevent British troops feeling that they are the victims of unfair discrimination?

Mr. A. Henderson

In view of the limited accommodation available in London it has been necessary to allow only those troops to visit London on leave whose homes are in London, or whose homes are out of this country and can only be reached by a sea journey, or who are stationed in the London district. Dominion and United States troops have no homes to go to in this country and I do not think our troops will consider that in such circumstances any question of unfair discrimination arises. My hon. Friend will appreciate that this rule, which is very necessary, cannot be relaxed for the men of only one Command.