Middle East Forces (Home Leave)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East 12:00 am, 24th May 1949

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the reintroduction of home leave for men serving three years in the Middle East Land Forces and if air transport will be used for this purpose where adequate shipping is not available.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

There is no intention of re-introducing a period of home leave during a normal tour of service in the Middle East Land Forces which is at present three to three and a half years.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Is the Secretary of State aware that there is considerable discontent at this decision in view of the home leave given to Forces sent abroad but to places nearer to this country?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Naturally there is a distinction, due to transport difficulties and other circumstances, between the troops in North-West Europe and those in the Middle East.