HC Deb 22 July 1919 vol 118 cc1164-5W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now see his way clear to allow the only son of a widowed mother, who is entirely dependent on the soldier and incapable of earning, to be released on the grounds of compassion?


asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the complaint that it is practically impossible to get men demobilised on compassionate grounds; and whether he can relax the conditions under which such release is granted?


I would refer my hon. Friends to the Memorandum published on 17th instant, which greatly enlarges the scope of the demobilisation Regulations, and also renders eligible numbers of men not previously eligible for release. Under the circumstances I regret that I cannot, at present, consent to any further modifications of the Regulations governing demobilisation. I would add that during May and June, 7,864 cases were authorised in addition to over 25,000 granted in previous months.