HC Deb 03 August 1944 vol 402 cc1623-4W
Major Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether arrangements can now be made for the grant of privilege leave to Service personnel.

Sir J. Grigg

I regret that privilege leave cannot at present be restored and I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply I gave the hon. Members for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger) and Rugby (Mr. W. J. Brown) on 25th July. But special consideration is being given to the grant of leave for certain compassionate reasons and in other cases.

Mr. Loftus

asked the Secretary of State for War if compassionate leave will be granted to a soldier serving overseas, of whom particulars have been sent to him, in view of the fact that his wife and her mother were recently killed by enemy action, his home being destroyed at the same time, his personal belongings scattered and also in view of the fact that he has served overseas for some years and has been severely wounded with many months in hospital.

Sir J. Grigg

The full particulars of this case have been forwarded to the Commander-in-Chief in the theatre of war overseas in which this man is serving. In compassionate cases of an exceptional character the Commander-in-Chief decides whether he can allow the man to revert to the Home Establishment.