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Compassionate Leave

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the case of Corporal F. G. Lawrence, No. 1582783, of which he has been informed, he will see that in future when his Department informs relatives, or societies acting on behalf of relatives, that application will be made to serving men's commanding officers for compassionate leave, these applications will, in fact be forwarded to the appropriate unit.

I much regret the delay which occurred in the case of Corporal Lawrence, which was due to the very large number of applications in hand at the time. The present procedure aims at bringing home as quickly as possible those men with the greatest claims on compassionate grounds, but, as stated in reply to the hon. Member for Oxford (Mr. Hogg) on 21st August, I have this matter under consideration.