Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Allen:
asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the hardship caused to Northern Ireland teachers and others in Great Britain by the present regulation that permits for travel home are only granted once in six months, which precludes travelling in both the August and Christmas holidays; and will he amend the regulation so as to enable them to travel twice in the 12 months, giving those concerned the privilege of selection?
This question has been frequently and sympathetically considered, but I regret that I can hold out no prospect of modifying the decision which I have explained in answer to previous Questions.
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that this is a question of pounds, shillings and pence to these very deserving teachers? They cannot afford to spend their holidays in this expensive country, whereas at home in Ulster they get free board and lodging with their parents.