HC Deb 24 October 1944 vol 404 cc5-6
15. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for War whether in view of the fact that they have never been able to go home since the start of the war, he will reconsider his decision not to grant Channel Island born men priority of home posting on the liberation of these Islands.

Sir J. Grigg

Channel Islanders are serving in many units of the Army and I regret that it would not be in the interests of the Army to withdraw them all from their present duties as suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend. Where there are special compassionate circumstances the usual conditions governing compassionate postings and compassionate leave will apply to these men.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is it not a fact that there are comparatively few Channel Islanders in the Army, that they are spread about among many units, and that they are in a peculiar position as compared with any other troops, having been cut off from their homes for the whole of the war?

Sir J. Grigg

I do not think there is such a sharp distinction as my hon. and gallant Friend supposes. In any case, they are spread over many units, and to treat them all specially will be rather difficult.