HC Deb 12 July 1949 vol 467 c11W
24. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for War what are the normal periods of embarkation leave for drafts proceeding to the principal overseas theatres.

Mr. Shinwell

Regular soldiers and National Servicemen who were called-up before 1st April, 1948, are granted 14 days' embarkation leave, except when posted to North-West Europe, when seven days are granted. National Servicemen called-up after 1st April, 1948, are now granted seven days' leave on a suitable occasion after completion of basic training, and a further seven days' embarkation leave is added to this period if they proceed overseas immediately. If they are not sent abroad immediately on completion of basic training but at a later date, they are then granted a further period of seven days' embarkation leave. All National Servicemen called-up after 1st April, 1948, thus now receive a total of 14 days' leave in the United Kingdom before being posted abroad.