HC Deb 10 December 1946 vol 431 cc961-2
30. Mr. W. D. Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for War what factors are taken into consideration in determining Class C releases other than compassionate circumstances.

Mr. Bellenger

Only compassionate factors are taken into account in deciding whether a soldier should have compassionate release. In the case, however, of men applying for release on "one man business" grounds, their age and service groups are taken into account in deciding whether the release should be temporary or indefinite.

Mr. Griffiths

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that cases of an extremely compassionate nature, admitted by his Department to be so, are being rejected because the soldier is too young, or has too short a period of service? How can he possibly justify this as the basis for judging compassionate leave?

Mr. Bellenger

I really think my hon Friend is under a misapprehension. They are not extremely compassionate cases to which he referred, if the only compassionate ground is that of a one-man business.