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Releases And Compassionate Postings

Volume 415: debated on Monday 5 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that many Army Welfare officers, unit Welfare officers and commanding officers show themselves to be unaware of the recent relaxations of the conditions under which compassionate release for a fixed period, compassionate posting and indefinite release under Class C may be obtained; and whether he will take steps to inform these persons of the changed conditions in. detail.

Where there has been any relaxation in the conditions for compassionate release, compassionate posting, or indefinite release, full information has, as a matter of course, been circulated through Command Welfare Officers at home and Command Headquarters abroad. In particular the recent relaxations as regards one-man businesses, and as regards cases where a parent was dying, the appropriate information was at once given and is being acted upon.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give instructions that, so far as possible, Christmas leave shall be made available to all those serving at this time in the United Kingdom who have been overseas for the last three Christmas Days.

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply I gave on 23rd October to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Sparkbrook (Mr. Shurmer).