HC Deb 29 February 1944 vol 397 cc1234-5
30. Major C. S. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the case of a man in the Army and his wife in the A.T.S., both serving overseas, in the event of the husband receiving a home posting, he will permit the wife also to return to a home station if the exigencies of the service permit.

Sir J. Griģģ

The fact that an officer or other rank has been posted to this country does not entitle his wife in the A.T.S. to receive a similar posting, and I regret that I cannot consider bringing a wife back to this country in such circumstances, until further progress has been made with personnel who have been abroad for long periods.

Major Taylor

As this can affect only a very limited number of cases — there cannot be many men in the Army with their wives, both serving overseas—can my right hon. Friend look at the matter with a little more sympathy?

Sir J. Griģģ

No, Sir. In addition to the question of shipping accommodation, there is the question of fairness, and that weighs with me a great deal.