HC Deb 21 May 1946 vol 423 cc167-8
8. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Secretary of State for War why official military communications on the subject of deferment are under a restricted heading; and if he will consider lifting this restriction.

Mr. Lawson

"Regulations for Release from the Army, 1945,"Is obtainable from His Majesty's Stationery Office. Subsidiary instructions are issued from time to time through the medium of Army Council Instructions which are restricted."In appropriate cases the instructions contained in them are published in the form of Notice Board Information on which there is no restriction.

Major Legge-Bourke

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that when deferments have to take place, the more frank and open the authorities can be about the matter, the less cause for resentment there will be?

Mr. Lawson

I do not know whether the hon. and gallant Member has in mind a particular case or order. If he will let me know, I will do what I can to straighten matters out. It is the desire of the War Office that there shall be full information.