HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 c50W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the frequency of leave from front line service given to troops of the 36th Division in Burma; where are they allowed to go to and for how long; and whether he can state the number who have been serving with this Division continuously for a period of over two and a half years.

Sir J. Grigg

The approved scale of recuperative leave for troops serving in Burma is fourteen days annually, spent at Calcutta, Shillong, or Darjeeling. But the difficulties of transport in this area, where all men going on leave have to be carried by air in both directions, and the intensity of the recent very successful operations there, have made it impossible for this scale to be reached in all cases. Only about half of the troops now serving in the 36th Division have had leave in the past twelve months, but I hope it will be possible to arrange for leave more extensively in the next few months. I regret that it would not he in the public interest to give the information asked for in the last part of the Question.