Troops, Canal Zone (Leave)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely 12:00 am, 22nd July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements he has made to enable British troops in the Canal Zone to take their leave in Cyprus.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

A special summer leave scheme has been started to allow those who have served six months or more in Egypt, and still have six months to serve in the theatre, to take 10 days' leave in Cyprus or, provided their families are there, in Libya. Travel in both cases is free.

The scheme includes Regulars and National Service men and their families, and the leave camps in Cyprus have been improved and extended to make conditions there as good as possible.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

While welcoming that reply, may I ask what free passes in the way of travel are issued and whether my right hon. Friend will give the assurance that this form of leave will never be regarded as a substitute for leave to the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

This is purely local leave, and all this leave is free.