HC Deb 25 April 1956 vol 551 c156W
Sir J. Crowder

asked the Minister of Defence to give details of the amount of annual leave granted to members of the three Services stationed in the United Kingdom.

Sir W. Monckton

In the Royal Navy the basic annual leave allowance for both Regular and National Service personnel shore-based in the United Kingdom is 30 days, plus 12 long week-ends.

In the Army and Royal Air Force Regular officers and warrant officers are eligible for 42 days' leave a year, as are also sergeants in the Army and those engaged on flying duties or training and certain other personnel in the Royal Air Force; other Regular personnel are eligible for 30 days' leave a year. National Service officers and men in the Army and Royal Air Force are allowed 14 days' leave in their first year and 21 days in their second year of service, except that in the Royal Air Force those engaged on flying training or duties are allowed 42 days and National Service officers not eligible for 42 days' leave are allowed an extra day's leave for each two months' commissioned service.

In addition to this leave, members of the Army and Royal Air Force may be granted a number of 48-hour passes at week-ends. Cadets, apprentices and boy entrants attending schools are granted annual and special leave according to the training school, college or university vacations.

Members of the three Services may also have time off for public holidays if they can be spared and, if their annual leave involves a long journey home, travelling time of up to 48 hours may be added to it.