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Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of Labour if he is prepared to grant a travelling warrant to ex-Servicemen attending the rehabilitation centres to enable these men to visit their homes at proper intervals; and to pay for their two weeks' recess next Christmas.
The normal length of the course at the Ministry's Industrial Rehabilitation Centre at Egham is six to eight weeks. Men come to the Centre from all parts of the country and it would not be practicable, nor is it considered desirable, to encourage them to visit their homes during their short period of stay in the Centre. This residential Centre will not be closed for Christmas, but men who wish to spend Christmas at home will be permitted to do so under their own arrangements.