§ Mr. Head
Compassionate postings were stopped in 1947. The policy since then has been to examine every case on its merits and to be as liberal as we can be in providing postings for deserving cases. At the same time, I believe it best to gauge the position both on the percentage of the British Army overseas and how far we are able to go. That we do and, as the position improves, so we are in a position to be more helpful in this matter.
§ Mr. Bellenger
Why does the right hon. Gentleman continually refer back to 1947? It is nine years since that happened and the conditions were quite different then, when there was a large Army serving overseas, from what they are today. May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, since he does not really require so many National Service men now, why he does not give more lenient treatment to some of those troops who have good grounds for a compassionate posting nearer home?