§ 13. Sir P. GRIGGS
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state why Signaller F. E. Foley, No. 134415, Royal Garrison Artillery, 48th Siege Battery, British Expeditionary Force, France, who is a slip man, having received his letter on 7th January duly stamped by the Labour Advisory Board at Ludgate Circus, is still being retained with the Colours, he being a man of thirty-nine years of age with nearly three years' service partly served abroad, and having a wife and five children under twelve years of age; and if he will issue instructions for his immediate demobilisation under the compassionate cases clause?
If the facts are as stated by my hon. Friend, Signaller Foley would appear to be eligible for demobilisation, and will no doubt be released in due course. I would point out that the fact of a release slip being received in respect of a soldier does not 1059 entitle him to be released forthwith, but his name is registered, and, if eligible, he receives a certain priority of release.