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Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many of the troops who refused to sail in the troopship "Johan de Witt" were within a month of their due date for demobilisation.

I could not say definitely without considerable research into personal records whether there were any such men, but as the men were returning from United Kingdom leave under the L.I.A.P. scheme none of them should have been due for such early release. Under the existing L.I.A.P. rules men are not to be sent home on leave when they have only a few months to serve overseas before home posting or release.