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Forces, Basra (Leave)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1954

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asked the Undersecretary of State for Air if he will outline the tour of duty and the leave conditions for ground and air forces under his control stationed at Basra, M.E.A.F. 20, with the cost of available transport for any member seeking to pay a visit home.

Members of the Royal Air Force normally serve at Basra for one year, during which they may be given leave in accordance with the scales, ranging from 28 to 42 days, laid down in Queen's Regulations and Air Council Instructions. They are allowed a free return journey to Ser Amadia, a leave camp in the Kurdistan Mountains, but if they wish to come back to this country they must travel, at their own expense, by one of the commercial air services operating between Basra and the United Kingdom.