Privilege Leave.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any reduction in privilege leave is made in consequence of a soldier being granted compassionate leave?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

Compassionate leave normally counts against the allotment of privilege leave up to a maximum of seven days in any one period. But in cases where compassionate leave is granted as a result of enemy action the first seven days of such leave do not count against the normal allotment of privilege leave.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Is it not unfair to take away a man's privilege leave because he has had to visit his wife who is seriously ill for four or five days? Why cannot he have his leave in the ordinary way?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

We always have to take into consideration the percentage of soldiers away at any one time, otherwise it would not be fair on other men.