Leave (Travel Facilities).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1941.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Secretary of State for War why soldiers, who are entitled by regulation to four periodic leaves during the year, receive free rail vouchers for only two of these leaves; and will he take steps to provide free vouchers for all the definitely regulated leaves for soldiers?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson) on 18th June last, of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

In view of the fact that it is considered desirable that four leaves a year should be given, why cannot free vouchers be provided on all four occasions?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

This question has been very carefully considered. As I explained in reply to a Question yesterday, in addition to the two free vouchers soldiers have the right to a ticket for the return journey at the single fare, and I do not think we can go further than that.