HC Deb 03 December 1941 vol 376 c1140
68. Sir Leonard Lyle

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will define, in general terms, the grounds on which applications based on compassionate grounds, by serving soldiers for exemption from service, temporary or permanent, are regarded by his Department as meriting consideration?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Sandys)

Temporary release is authorised on compassionate grounds in authenicated cases of distress of the parents or family of a soldier, caused by illness or business difficulty, provided that the presence of the soldier at his home is essential and will enable him to arrange matters so that he can return to his unit at the end of his release with the problem solved.