No, Sir. I am afraid the circumstances do not justify this rating being brought home specially.
§ Mr. Mack
Would it not be a more appropriate gesture for my hon. Friend to extend these regulations in this and similar cases, especially in peace-time, and does he not think that if his Department showed a little more compassion and imagination in matters of this kind it would encourage recruitment and discourage discontent in the Services?
We are looking into this question to see whether it is possible for the regulations to be modified in any way, but I cannot say definitely yet what the decision will be.
§ Mr. John Lewis
Is my hon. Friend telling the House that in a case where it is established to the satisfaction of his Department that a mother is dying, there are regulations which prohibit him from making arrangements for this man to be sent home immediately?
Yes, the usual regulations are that if the mother has another son or a daughter present in the country, 2821 the rating will not be brought back if he is required for duty. If there is no other son or daughter present, he will be brought back in any circumstances.
No, I said I was looking into the general question. If this rating were given special treatment before the general review takes place, it would be unfair to other ratings who have not had it up till now.