Leave (Gibraltar).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

asked the Secretary of State for War what conditions govern leave to men stationed at Gibraltar; whether he is aware that men complain that their prospect of leave is not likely, under present circumstances, for several years; and whether anything can be done to remove the grievance?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

The amount of leave which can be given to troops stationed at Gibraltar is conditioned by the amount of shipping available, and every opportunity is taken to utilise for this purpose any shipping space that can be spared.

Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

Is the Minister aware that some of these men have not had leave since the beginning of the war?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

I am also aware of the very great difficulties in regard to shipping.

Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

Can the Minister tell me what are the conditions concerning local leave?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

I should want notice of that Question in order to give exact details.