§ 77. Mr. Gibson
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make a statement on the subject of time-expired men in the Canal Zone being allowed to find their way home at their own expense; and if he will see that this does not happen again.
§ Mr. Head
During August there was, for reasons which I have already told the House, some delay in bringing men home from the Middle East. Arrangements were made by the brigade commander concerned whereby 24 guardsmen due for release could, if they so wished, avoid delay by going to Malta in a ship of the Royal Navy and thence returning to England by air at their own expense.
This procedure was at variance with the intention of existing regulations and I have taken steps to see that it does not happen again. I have also authorised the repayment of expenses incurred by these men.