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Compassionate Leave

Volume 409: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1945

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24.

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will endeavour to arrange for compassionate leave for men in the Army who come from the Channel Islands as soon as the islands are liberated.

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply I gave my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Petersfield (General Sir G. Jeffreys) on 24th October.

25.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether consideration has now been given to the application made to his Department, on 19th December, for compassionate leave for Signalman F. E. May, whose mother is suffering from cancer and father from pulmonary tuberculosis.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that after three months' delay the only reason given for not repatriating this gentleman was that he had some brothers at home who might see their dying parents, and does he think that would be adequate consolation for them?

I would be very grateful if the hon. Member would read the very full answer which I gave on 12th December to the hon. Member for Streatham (Mr. Robertson) on this very subject.