asked the Home Secretary whether there is any limitation on the period of leave which may be granted to a married woman serving in the National Fire Service, so that she may be on leave at the same time as her husband is on leave from His Majesty's forces; and whether leave so granted is with full pay?
The standard allowance of annual leave with pay in the National Fire Service is 14 days a year. Married women in the Na ional Fire Service whose husbands are serving in His Majesty's Forces or in the Merchant Navy will be expected, so far as possible, to arrange to take their annual leave so as to coincide with that of their husbands. I recognise, however, that annual leave may not suffice in all cases and I am considering how best such cases, with due regard to National Fire Service requirements, can be met sympathetically. Instructions are now being prepared, and I shall be happy to communicate their effect to my hon. Friend in due course. The same considerations apply to local authority Civil Defence General Services.
Is the Minister aware that in some areas this leave is limited to three days and that no pay is allowed for that period, and in view of the more generous treatment given to women members of His Majesty's Forces will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving similar facilities to women in the National Fire Service?