§ 12. Mr. V. Yates
asked the Secretary of State for War why Private Churchley, prior to his discharge from the Army, was requested to appear on parade every hour for fourteen days with a caliper on his leg at Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire; and whether he will take action to discontinue this kind of punishment for soldiers suffering from leg injuries.
§ Mr. Head
Private Churchley was fit to walk about and take limited exercise during his convalescence. Indeed in such cases the patient is encouraged to take what exercise he feels capable of. Private Churchley had frequently walked to the nearest village about half a mile away. The reason why he reported at frequent intervals was that he was confined to barracks as a result of having broken out of barracks on a previous occasion.
§ 18. Mr. Gower
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will reconsider the cases of Mrs. C. K. Cordy of 28, Coldbrook Road, Cadoxton, Barry, and Mrs. A. Spence of 30 Merthyr Street, Barry Dock, in the light of correspondence which he has received from the hon. Member for Barry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gower
Does my right hon. Friend know that since I first wrote to him about the case of Mrs. Cordy, her husband has died and therefore the need for her to have her son near home has been thereby increased? In the case of Mrs. Spence, does not my right hon. Friend agree that the family circumstances, plus the illness of her mother, would appear to merit special consideration?
§ 24. Sir L. Plummer
asked the Secretary of State for War under what authority the commanding officer of D Troop, Line Group, School of Signals, Catterick Camp, refused the application for demobilisation of 23161200 Signalman S. Bough, whose release from the Army had already been approved by the right hon. Gentleman.
§ Sir L. Plummer
It took six weeks to discharge the boy. Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the case, because the adjutant is reported to have told him that a medical certificate about his mother's health was required before he would be released, although the right hon. Gentleman's Department had agreed six weeks previously that he should be released?
§ Mr. Head
Part of the delay was caused by the fact that, when the matter, in principle, was considered, it was done 12 at the request of Signalman Bough's mother. Therefore, the first thing was to make certain that Signalman Bough wanted release. We could not have released him without his own request. There was a secondary delay in the unit, and I am attempting to find out what happened.