HC Deb 04 October 1944 vol 403 c918
27. Colonel Greenwell

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the Government's proposals for demobilisation will permit of officers who are serving on permanent Regular commissions in the Royal Navy resigning their commissions at the appropriate time, should they so desire, and being demobilised in accordance with the scheme; and what will, similarly, be the position of other ranks on long-service attestations.

Mr. Alexander

The release scheme promulgated in the recent White Paper does not apply to permanent service officers or men whose normal periods of service have not expired.

Colonel Greenwell

Will sympathetic consideration be given to the claims of officers and men in these categories who, on the termination of hostilities, would like to take up vacancies that may occur or be offered them in civil life?

Mr. Alexander

I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that applications received in that way will be dealt with, as now, on their merits.