36. Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the following restrictions regarding special leave were laid down by the Director of Roads, General Headquarters, British Expeditionary Force, France, under dates 21/10/18 and 29/10/18: Cases of illness cannot be considered unless confirmed as dangerous, except in the case of wives, when cases of serious illness may be considered; cases of illness of relatives (other than wives), even though confirmed as dangerous, can only receive favourable consideration if there are further extenuating circumstances which necessitate the applicant's presence, and full particulars of such, where they exist, must accompany the application. Similarly an even stronger case of necessity must be made out for special leave on 213 account of the death of parent or child; whether these orders are still in force; and can more consideration be shown in future in all cases of bonâ fide family illness?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have no information as to this, but am having inquiry made and I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as I am in a position to do so.