Belgian Personnel (Home Leave)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Forge – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1945.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Cook Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Cook , Norfolk Northern 12:00 am, 7th February 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will permit Belgian airmen now serving in the R.A.F. to spend their leave with their wives and families in Belgium.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

The possibility of permitting Belgians serving in the Royal Air Force to spend leave in their home country is under consideration by the interested Departments. Meanwhile, applications from Belgian airmen to proceed to Belgium on compassionate grounds will be considered on their merits.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that this is a matter that might have been considered a long time ago, in view of the fact that Belgium has been largely liberated from Germany for some time, and that leave is allowed now to members of the British Army of Liberation in Belgium?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Perhaps it might have been. But the matter is being considered now.