Overseas Service (Leave).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Oliver Mr George Oliver , Ilkeston

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps are being taken to grant leave to come home to men who have been continuously overseas since the outbreak of war?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I regret that it is impossible at the present time to grant individual leave from most stations abroad. I can, however, assure my hon. Friend that the desirability of relieving complete units which have been overseas since the outbreak of war is not being overlooked, but he will realise that shipping and operational factors govern the situation.

Photo of Mr George Oliver Mr George Oliver , Ilkeston

Are there any prospects of the answer of my right hon. Friend being put into effect in the near future?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

My hon. Friend can judge that as well as I can.

Photo of Mr George Oliver Mr George Oliver , Ilkeston

I have not the facts at my disposal.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I should not have thought that the prospects were very rosy.