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Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Overseas Service (Home Leave) (12 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: I would refer my hon. Friends to the statement I made in the course of the Debate on Friday.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Overseas Service (Home Leave) (12 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: As I understand it, the particular point of that was that men have been told that the grant of seven days' leave would stop their Python entitlement. I made it clear to the hon. Member, and I will make it clear to the people concerned, that there is no question of that.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Overseas Service (Home Leave) (12 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: I thought it did deal with these questions. I tried to explain earlier that men posted for operational reasons from the C.M.F. to the B.L.A. had a choice—either a small number could have 28 days' leave or the whole lot could have nine days' leave. A personal arrangement was made with Field-Marshal Montgomery whereby the whole of them were given leave at a shorter period. If there had been...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army: Overseas Service (Home Leave) (12 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: All I could do at short notice was to arrange for the general sense of my remarks to be broadcast on the General Forces programme, and I had arranged beforehand for the Army newspapers in the various theatres of operations to reserve space to print it as fully as possible. I would like to consider whether any other steps are necessary.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: To France? To the B.L.A.?

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: Where to—to the B.L.A.?

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell me whether it is merely a fear or whether the men are definitely under orders?

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: I can give an explanation about that immediately. There was, at the outset, both in Italy and B.L.A., a considerable black market in currency, and this regulation was intended to stop transactions on the part of our own troops in the black market.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: The general answer I will give is that the newspaper story is untrue. I will give it later in the afternoon.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: The newspapers were asked not to publish it, and they refused to accept the advice given to them.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: That is undoubtedly true.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: I am really astounded that an education officer can write that sort of stuff. Not only has the scheme been put into a booklet and sent out by the Ministry of Labour, and broadcast to every part of the Army, but lecturers have been sent out by the Ministry of Labour and the War Office to explain this to the troops. That an education officer should not know about it sounds quite frightful.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: This information was sent out long before 27th May.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: And a little, of course, on the course of operations.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: The answer is that, in good time, they do. As I have tried to explain in this House on dozens of occasions the number of cases that come forward of this kind amount to something like 20,000 a month, and the only possible way to deal with them quickly is for the War Office, to put on whatever comments are justified on the merits of the case, and send it to the Commander to deal with. Quite...

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: About the Army only.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: If he has not already done so, could the hon. Member give me the specific case? There is no warrant for the statement that this seven days' leave would interfere with the Python scheme.

Supplementary Vote of Credit, 1945: Overseas Forces (Conditions and Welfare) (8 Jun 1945)

Sir James Grigg: I will deal with that in general terms in my reply.


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