HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 cc1482-3W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air why the 205 Group, R.A.F., were moved from Italy; why members of the 214 Squadron were deprived of 14 days' United Kingdom leave to which they were given to understand they were entitled; and what action he is taking to remove the men's grievances, as this particular squadron was the last to move from Italy and therefore the other squadrons in the group had priority for United Kingdom leave.

Mr. Strachey

I am afraid there is little I can add to the reply which I gave on 12th December to the hon. Member for Chester (Mr. Nield). I am sending my hon. Friend copies of that reply together with the other detailed replies I have given. I am extremely sorry that some members of 214 Squadron were disappointed in their hopes of home leave. This is, however, a matter where it would not be fair to make an exception in favour of one squadron; on the other hand, I do not think there is any question that this squadron has suffered in regard to home-leave by comparison with others that were moving about the same time or later.