§ 29. Mr. Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for War on what grounds compassionate postings are now arranged; and whether he will review present policy on this matter.
§ Mr. Chapman
Does the Secretary of State agree that the international situation has improved a good deal and that questions of urgency which could have governed the cancelling of compassionate postings have largely disappeared? Could we not take it that we are not now very near to war and could revert to having real compassionate decisions in these cases?
§ Mr. Head
As I think any other hon. Member who has had to handle this matter would agree, compassionate postings would lead to a very large number of applications with the system of National Service, in which full use of a man's service has to be made. We have still a very large proportion of soldiers abroad and I am satisfied that the most deserving cases are dealt with by these other means.
§ Mr. Nicholson
Am I right in thinking that applications for compassionate posting are considered only if the application is made by the man concerned?