HC Deb 21 January 1949 vol 460 cc63-4W
Mr. H. Wallace

asked the Minister of Defence whether he will make a statement as to the practice of the nationalised undertakings granting additional leave to enable employees who are members of the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces to attend annual camp.

Mr. Alexander

This question has recently been reconsidered by the Boards of some of the undertakings. I understand that their practice in future will be as follows:

The Bank of England and the Civil Aviation Corporations will continue to give one week's additional paid leave.

The National Coal Board will, subject to certain limitations, allow a week's leave to attend camp in 1949, and will make up Service pay for the week to the amount paid for a week's holiday.

The British Transport Commission will allow two weeks' additional leave and will make up Service pay to the standard civil pay for one week. In the case of those employees who are members of the R.E. (Transportation) Units (Supplementary Reserve) and whose military training is of value to the undertaking, the Commission will make up the balance of civil pay for the whole period.

The Raw Cotton Commission will grant leave with pay for the whole period of camp.

Cable and Wireless Ltd. will grant special leave to attend camp on similar conditions to those obtaining in the Civil Service—that is to say—paid leave for the whole camp period except for employees whose normal leave entitlement is large.

The North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board will give leave of absence for the full period of camp and will make up Service pay and allowances to normal rates of wages for those attending.

The British Electricity Authority and the Area Boards have not yet finally decided their policy.

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