HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 cc515-6
22. Mr. J. P. Morris

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Miss Joan Richardson, Bermersyde, Sea View, Warrenpoint, made an application for an exit permit to proceed by air to Singapore in order to marry Lieutenant D. E. D. Morris, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, attached to the Malay Regiment; that such application has been refused by the director of movements of the War Office; and, in view of the fact that a passage has been book on an air liner for 23rd November, 1939, will he reconsider the decision not to give permission to Miss Richardson to leave the country in order that she may get married?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

It is not considered desirable, in present circumstances, that any military families should proceed to Mediterranean and Far East stations in addition to those who were there before the outbreak of war.

Mr. Morris

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that on the same date and for the same purpose a lady made an application to go to Calcutta which was granted? Why the discrimination?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The Passports Office will presumably be able to give the information. I do not know about all the ladies who have been given passport's.