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Overseas Officers (University Courses)

Volume 414: debated on Tuesday 16 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he will arrange for regular officers who have been serving overseas for a long period to be granted eight or 12 months' leave at home to enable them to attend short university courses or otherwise refresh themselves.

No, Sir; not in present circumstances. Regular officers are in the same position regarding length of overseas tour as those commissioned during the emergency. They have the some opportunities for leave and I see no justification to make the distinction suggested. The military education and refreshment of officers is covered by attendance at courses in this country or overseas. The situation regarding Regular officers who require university courses for military purposes is at present under consideration.