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Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of occasions in a year on which an airman is entitled to leave and the length thereof; and whether commanding officers have discretion to grant passes to destinations other than the man's home?

In reply to the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Stoke (Mr. Ellis Smith) on 21st January; and in reply to the second part to the answer given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Stockport (Wing-Commander Hulbert) on 18th March.

Could I put this question definitely to my right hon. Friend? If a man is entitled to leave, and he desires to go to some other part of the country than his own and shows good cause, has the commanding officer power to grant him a pass to that place?

Yes, Sir, the commanding officer can give four free warrants every year to any part of the country; it is within his discretion.