HC Deb 21 May 1946 vol 423 c180
36. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Secretary of State for War what arrangements have now been made for visits by relatives to dangerously-ill soldiers in C.M.F.

Mr. Bellenger

It has now been decided that one relative may be sent to any place in Europe for the purpose of visiting a Service man who is dangerously ill. Transport costs and the cost of other necessary facilities, such as accommodation, will be met by the public.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

May I ask the Minister whether that will be published immediately in Army Council Instructions?

Mr. Bellenger

I do not know whether it will be published in A.C.I., but, at any rate, we will see that it gets proper publicity.

Mr. Marples

Will the Minister consider extending the same facilities to the Far East?

Mr. Bellenger

No, Sir. That would be out of the question, I am afraid.

Lieut.-Colonel Kingsmill

May I ask the Minister how long an average delay there would be in these circumstances before they actually found themselves there?

Mr. Bellenger

Practically no delay, obviously, if the soldier is dangerously ill. It would be necessary, if we agree that a relative should go to see him, that the relative should go quickly, and we will do everything we can to see that that is done.