§ 51. Mr. W. J. Brown
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that many employees of the Government, who absented themselves from duty with prior official permission for two days in order to deal with the results of their homes being flooded, have been deprived of two days' pay; and whether he will authorise up to three days' special leave with pay in all approved cases of this sort.
§ Mr. Dalton
A general instruction would not, I think, be appropriate. A grant of special leave with pay in these cases, as 83W in other cases of urgent domestic distress, is within the discretion of the Department concerned.