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Compassionate Leave

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will again review the policy now prevailing of refusal to grant compassionate leave to unmarried soldiers willing to marry the mothers of their babies, in order to legitimise them before birth.

I have already reviewed the policy and am of opinion that the present arrangement whereby each case brought to notice is judged on its merits is the most satisfactory. I am, however, keeping the matter under review, and should any modification be desirable I will carry it out.